Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Marriage of John Platts and Sarah Redfern

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As promised, this is the marriage certification for John Platts and Sarah Redfern. A big thank you to my sister Gina, Thomas Arakawa and the Krause Center for Innovation for help with the scan (my scanners are not working).
Although I am posting the scans and pictures better, the above is still hard to read. My transcription is below, the regular type is printed on the certificate and the italic is for the items that were handwritten in.
Top Right:
Application Number PAS1129995
Across top, inside box:
1867. Marriage Solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Matlock in the County of Derby.
First box: No. 284
Second box: Wh. married June 12th
Remaining boxes, lines for groom:
Name and Surname: John Platts
Age: 28
Condition: Widower
Rank or Profession: Framesmith
Residence at time of Marriage: Ashover Lea
Father's Name and Surname: Josiah Platts (deceased)
Rank or Profession of Father: Accountant
Remaining boxes, lines for bride:
Name and Surname: Sarah Redfern
Age: 20
Condition: Spinster*
Rank or Profession: Worker in Factory
Residence at time of Marriage: Matlock Riber
Father's Name and Surname: Henry Redfern
Rank or Profession of Father: Farmer
Line along bottom of boxes: Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me, Charles Jones, Curate of Matlock
Bottom of box:
This marriage was solemnized by us, John Platts, Sarah Redfern, in the Presence of us, Samuel Platts, Selina Hutchinson
Bottom of Form, below box:
Certified to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a register of Marriages in the Registration District of Bakewell, Given at the General Register Office, under the seal of such office , the 19th day of January 2007.
[The rest is legal small print that does not pertain to the Platts/Redfern marriage and I am not going to transcribe]
*Spinster refers to a woman who has never married; it did not get it's "old maid" connotation until around the 1920s, long after this marriage!

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