Today I’d like to share one of my “Maddening” experiences with these two individuals.
They have not one, but TWO, marriage records in the Monroe County, West Virginia files!
The first is for April 29, 1878:
You will note that it contains the date and their names.
The second entry is for 02 May 1878:
and this one contains the same information [with the date change] PLUS the name of the individual who performed the marriage ceremony.
So, when did they ACTUALLY get married?
Searches through local newspapers for the time have been fruitless.
In order to cover all bases, I have both dates listed in my notes, and where I obtained the two dates from in my sources. But in my genealogy program in the space for the date, I have put the 02 May date, as it also included the minister’s name who performed the ceremony. Does this mean that’s most likely the truer date?
No, either date could be correct. So, I’ve just made sure to mention both, and their sources, as well as the copies of the micro-fiche, to make sure everything is covered. Should at some time a more definitive proof become available, we can always eliminate the less true one if need be.
And this just drives me “Mad” in the meantime!!!