Bickerstaff researchers are plentiful: some share sources, others don't; but none that I know of share images. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find images for marriage records for my great-great-grandfather Ellis Bickerstaff's second wife, and a clear copy of the marriage document for him and his first wife.
Wife #1: Emma P. Nelson - Emma is my direct-line ancestor.
Married September 1, 1861 in Jefferson County, Ohio
Source: Jefferson County Ohio Marriage Records, 1850-1866, Volume 7, p. 465, No. 10580. Found at FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDPR-8S4
Wife #2: Sarah J. McCune
Married April 15, 1880 in Jefferson County, Ohio
Source: Jefferson County Ohio Marriage Records, 1866-1883, Vol. 8, p. 673, No. 16568.
Found at FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZZM-5S4
Wife #3: Lucy (Umbarger) Irwin
Married January 15, 1883 in Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Source: Civil War Pension File of Ellis H. Bickerstaff
(I don't have a marriage certificate for Ellis and Lucy but don't feel the need since she's not my direct-line ancestor. For me, this CWPF is sufficient.)
- It's interesting that Emma's name is "E. P." in her marriage certificate but "Emma V." in the Civil War Pension File (CWPF). I have no other documents to indicate which middle initial may be correct. Ellis's granddaughter, who is my grandmother, was given the name Emma Virginia Bickerstaff.
- From the CWPF I learn the date of Emma's death, the names of Ellis and Emma's 3 children and their birth dates, as well as that a child was born to Ellis and Lucy.
- It's curious that in the CWPF, Ellis mentions only his first wife and his current wife but makes no mention of second wife, Sarah J. McCune. Perhaps, because there was only space for one previous wife, Ellis chose his first wife to whom he had been married longest.
- It's interesting how less, shall we say, attentive I am to the non-direct-line-spouses of my direct-line ancestors.
- You gotta love an organization that gives you free images of sources that would have taken a month of Sundays to find plus at least several weeks' wait and several SASEs in the process. Thank you, FamilySearch, for providing images of two of Ellis's marriage records, and so much more!