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Sunday, June 13, 2010

THE MARRIAGE OF PHILIP JOHN WEST AND CLARA FORD (ELLINGWOOD) TIDWELL

 Last week I had success finding information on my mother's family at
FamilySearch  Record Search and since then I've gone back and tried
looking up other family members. This morning I entered my great
grandfather Philip John West's name in the search box and Maine as a
location. I was hoping to find a record of his marriage to my great
grandmother Clara (Ellingwood) Tidwell. but apparently my streak of
genealogy luck was at an end. Then on a hunch I tried New Hampshire
as a location, since both the West and Ellingwood families moved back
and forth from one state to the other.

And my streak of luck continued!

The first three entries on the screen were from the New Hampshire 
Marriages 1720-1920 collection and all were transcriptions of my
great grandparents' marriage.

The first:
Groom's Name: Philip J. West
Groom's Birth Date:
Groom's Birthplace: Upton, Me
Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Clara J. Tigwell
Bride's Birth Date: 1865
Bride's Birthplace: Dummer, Nh
Bride's Age: 29
Marriage Date: 25 May 1894
Marriage Place: Marriage Index, , Misc, New Hampshire
Groom's Father's Name: Jonathan West
Groom's Mother's Name: Louisa Richardson
Bride's Father's Name: Truman Ellingwood
Bride's Mother's Name: Florilla Dunham
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M73156-1
System Origin: New Hampshire-VR
Source Film Number: 1001321
Reference Number: 2:1V4P54S
Collection: New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920

The second:
Groom's Name: Philip J. West
Groom's Birth Date: 1867
Groom's Birthplace:
Groom's Age: 27
Bride's Name: Cora J. Tywell
Bride's Birth Date: 1865
Bride's Birthplace:
Bride's Age: 29
Marriage Date: 25 May 1894
Marriage Place: Shelburne, Coos, New Hampshire
Groom's Father's Name: Jonathan West
Groom's Mother's Name: Louisa Richardson
Bride's Father's Name: Trueman Ellingwood
Bride's Mother's Name: Florilla Dunahm
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I05109-6
System Origin: New Hampshire-EASy
Source Film Number: 988467
Reference Number:
Collection: New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920





And the third:

                          
Groom's Name: Philip J. West
Groom's Birth Date:
Groom's Birthplace:
Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Clara J. Tigwell
Bride's Birth Date:
Bride's Birthplace:
Bride's Age:
Marriage Date: 25 May 1894
Marriage Place: New Hampshire
Groom's Father's Name:
Groom's Mother's Name:
Bride's Father's Name:
Bride's Mother's Name:
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M73156-1
System Origin: New_Hampshire-ODM
Source Film Number: 1001321
Reference Number:
Collection: New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920


Up until now I hadn't found the date and place of PJ and Clara's
marriage anywhere online so I'd put it aside to possibly be looked into
on a trip up north or perhaps an inquiry to the New Hampshire Vital
records site. Now  the information from these transcriptions to order
a copy of the actual marriage record!

One of the things I noticed about all three transcriptions are the mistakes
on the names. Clara's father Asa Freeman Ellingwood sometimes
went by the name Freeman Ellingwood but in the first two transcriptions
he's listed as Truman and Trueman. And poor Clara! All three have her
name from her first marriage wrong, Instead of Tidwell, it's Tigwell,
Tygwell  and in the second she's Cora Tywell! How do I notify Family
Search Record Search about those mistakes?

So I'm still on a lucky roll, genealogically speaking!




 

2 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

Bill, the new New Hampshire Vital Records room is a delight to use. Its easy to find near the intersections of Rt. 93 and 89 in Concord. Deb Moore, who is also on the NH Mayflower board with me, is the current director. She gave me a wonderful tour about a month ago. The volunteers there are great, and made it easy to work through dozens and dozens of records in just an hour or two.

Apple said...

I found it interesting that the 1st and 3rd examples gave the same batch number as a source so I went to old? familysearch.org and looked at the batch. The new indexing provides a lot more information than the original index did! There are dozens of other West's in this batch so I imagine you could have fun mining it for some time! I still have no idea how/why you ended up with two different names indexed from the same source!