When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record
When you contact a county or town clerk to request a copy of a marriage record it is important to tell the clerk that you want a copy of the ORIGINAL record as it is in the marriage book/register. If you don’t, you might get this:
Here is the copy from the marriage book itself, Marriage Book D, page 240:
The clerk thinks he/she has done you a favor by copying the information out of the marriage book and putting it on this nice certificate but this isn’t the case. In the original record Isaac’s name is Wm. Isaac Simmons. The clerk totally missed Isaac’s first name. Notice that Mary is listed as Mary Boon (no e) as well as Mary Boone (with an e). Also notice that the minister is listed as D. Boon. This might not seem significant but it is. The clerk transcribed their names as Boone without noting the two spellings. Their surname was actually Boon with no e. D. Boon was either Daniel her father or Daniel her brother. Both were preachers as was another brother. The original record also tells me that they applied for their marriage license on 18 November 1880, two days before they married. It that earth shattering news? No, but I still have a more complete picture knowing when they applied for their marriage license vs. when they actually got married. In this case it isn’t a big deal but what if there was a two month difference? I would try and find out why. The clerk’s name doesn’t appear on the transcribed certificate either. A. G. Webb could have easily been someone that I know since I am familiar with the entire community. This marriage puts A. G. Webb at a specific place and time and gives me his occupation.
I like putting a face to a name so here are Daniel Boon’s six remaining children out of 15 circa 1925. From left to right: Margaret Elenda (Boon) Hartfield, John Moses Boon, Elisha Boon, Thomas A. Boon, Mary Catherine (Boon) Simmons and Reuben Boon.
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