Jefferson, Lewis, and St Lawrence Counties of Northern New York
The Marriage Collection is predominately derived from marriage notices reported in newspapers and the records of ministers and churches. Unlike wedding announcements of today, historical announcements typically contained a minimal amount of information. Generally they contained the names and ages of the bride and groom, the minister, the date and general location of the ceremony, and the general home residence of the bride and groom (i.e. town, village, etc.). Rarely did they mention the parents of either the bride or groom. Even less frequently were other parties involved in the ceremony reported. Minister and church records roughly provided the same level of information as published in periodicals. In some cases the records are not of individuals living in the Northern New York area; however, they clearly had sufficient ties to the area to warrant a published marriage notice.
Note: Rarely do we have a copy of the original source document; however we can generally provide the location of the source document.
Notice - Watertown Freeman Dec. 3, 1828
A divorce from 1828?