04 March 2010

My Grandparents' Marriage Records - Powers, Cameron, Johnson, Garrett

The 4th "challenge" found at The Accidental Genealogist:

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

My Paternal Grandparents (source):

Groom's name: Ralph N. Powers
Groom's age: 27 years
Groom's birth year: 1897
Groom's birthplace: Michigan
Bride's name: Jesse B. Cameron*
Bride's age: 23 years
Bride's birth year: 1901
Bride's birthplace: Michigan
Marriage date: 29 Mar 1924
Marriage place: Flint, Genesee, Michigan
Groom's father's name: Wm. S. Powers
Groom's mother's name: Addie Moore
Father of bride's name: Donald Cameron
Mother of bride's name: Anna Cameron
Film number: 2342762
Digital GS number: 4210108
Image number: 31
Reference number: v 3 p 26 rn 6909
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925

When I first found this record, years ago, I questioned my aunt because Grandma's name on the record was "Jessie" B. According to her, my grandmother never used the name Jessie. Her name was Beatrice on her birth record and she always went by Beatrice with no middle name.

My Maternal Grandparents:
Groom's name: Hearshall Garrett
Groom's age in years:
Groom's estimated birth year:
Groom's residence:
Bride's name: Cathrine Johnston
Bride's age in years:
Bride's estimated birth year:
Bride's residence:
Marriage date: 21 Oct 1923
Marriage license date:
Marriage place: , Craighead, Arkansas, United States
Film number: 2184828
Digital GS number: 4338471
Image number: 00824
Page: 180
Source: Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1837-1957
Collection: Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957

My grandfather's name was James Hershell Garrett. Even better, the 1930 census (Flint, Genesee, Michigan) listed the family under the surname of "Hershel" instead of "Garrett."

Years before these records were online, I searched for this Garrett marriage record in Michigan, Saline County, Illinois, and finally Arkansas (first Poinsett Co., though). The Illinois and Arkansas searches were in person after money was spent in futility guessing at when and where in Michigan they may have married. Today it was a couple of clicks and voila! there were the marriage records. Thank you Family Search and volunteers.

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