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Re: Brunson/Bronson Marriage circa 1810
Posted by: Jade (ID *****8954) Date: March 19, 2009 at 15:22:54
In Reply to: BRUNSON/BRONSON Marriage circa 1810 by Kathleen Wass McIntyre of 237

Marriages were not recorded by the Counties at this time.

Town Clerks began recording marriages in the 1880s.

No newspapers were published in this area at this time, but if you know where your parties came from it is possible that a surviving newspaper there had a marriage notice.

I do not know of any surviving church records from this time. The population's various denominations at best could have been served by circuit riders rather than an in-place minister, but even that is unlikely. There could have been an occasional visit by a minister or missionary, but finding any records (such as a journal) concerning any of the residents would be an extremely lucky find. The area was quite sparsely settled, and practically no Euro-Americans had been there more than 5 to 10 years.

It is quite possible that a Justice of the Peace kept some marriage records, but you would have to locate his personal papers. I do not know of a Justice of the Peace's personal records' surviving from this time from here.

I am sorry I do not have good news, but there is some hope that you might find documentation of who Julia's family was in estate records and deeds. Since Hector was in Tompkins Co. until 1854, that would be the first place to start. It is possible that Samuel and Julia sold their share of land that had belonged to Julia's parents. It is possible that if you go though estate records for as many of their Hector Town neighbors as you can identify, one of them might provide evidence regarding Julia's family. This sort of record would not of course give you a specific date, but would be evidence of the marriage. These records must be searched in person. If you cannot go to the Tompkins Co. treasure house (Courthouse) yourself, you can hire a skilled researcher to do the research for you. The web sites of the Board for Certification of Professional Genealogists and of the Association of Professional Genealogists can give you leads as to people to contact.

Good hunting

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