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Re: Cagle/Proctor marriage, Carroll Co.,Georgia c. 1854
Posted by: Al (ID *****0088) Date: January 16, 2011 at 11:27:13
In Reply to: Cagle/Proctor marriage, Carroll Co.,Georgia c. 1854 by Martha Wurtele of 1884

Is this your family?

Following is an abstract of the 1900 census of Morgan County, Alabama taken 15 June 1900:

Proctor, William H., head, b. Aug. 1854, m. 25 yrs, born AL, farmer.
Proctor, Hattie, wife, Nov. 1853, m. 25 yrs, 10 children - 10 living, born GA.
Proctor, Margie, dau, Apr. 1876, GA.
Proctor, William O., son, Mar. 1878, GA.
Proctor, Effie L., dau, Mar. 1880, GA.
Proctor, Emit L., son, Jan. 1882, GA.
Proctor, Mandy N., dau, Dec. 1883, GA.
Proctor, Ida M., dau, Feb. 1886, GA.
Proctor, Benjamin O., son, Apr. 1888, GA.
Proctor, Lula, dau, Jun. 1890, GA.
Proctor, Joseph L., son, Aug. 1892, GA.
Proctor, Absalom, son, Apr. 1895, AL.
Thaxton, Mandy, aunt, May. 1827, GA.
Bryam, Joh, boarder, Nov. 1875, GA.

The reason for locating the whereabouts of the family in 1900 was that census provides information to calculate an estimated marriage year. That translates to about 1875 for William and Hattie, a date confirmed by the 1930 census of Carroll County, Georgia which shows age at first marriage.

I have been unable to locate a marriage license issued in Carroll County for this couple in any year. This does not mean they were not married in the county. It is very common for a couple to obtain a marriage license in one county and be married in another county. State law allows this. There is no indication on an old Georgia marriage license as to where the ceremony occurred, just the date and the name of the person performing the ceremony.

To check for yourself you can go to the Carroll County Probate Court web site at http://www.carrollcountyga.com/pages/probate_court_welcome/ and scroll down toward the bottom. That's where the contact info is for the Chief Clerk. Someone in that office should be able to direct you to the right party. That is the office responsible for issuing licenses and maintaining county marriage records. There will probably be a small search fee.

As an alternative, the Georgia Archives has digitized their microfilm of Georgia marriages and placed them online. These cover time frames from the earliest records available for each county until as late as 1967. For Carroll County the last year available is 1904. These records are at http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/countyfilm.php. Scroll to the bottom and pick a county. For Carroll County there is no master index, just the original index at the beginning of each marriage book as written by the clerk of court. Each book has it's own index.

It may be that the 1900 and 1930 enumerations may be the only documentation available apart from family knowledge, but you should look at marriage records in nearby counties including Alabama border counties.

Al




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