Part 837hg – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – Search for the Marriage of Great-Grandparents John Eugene and Hannah (née Gallagher) Holmes – Pennsylvania?

05 February 2013

Good Day,

Sometimes in the work of my search and research of genealogy I have a number of pokers in the fire. In this case it is the search of the vital records of the actual marriage of great-grandparents John Eugene and Hannah (née Gallagher) Holmes.

According to the 1880 US Census taken in Rahn Township in the County of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania they were husband and wife as of 18 June 1880. Of their three children listed on the same Census, their eldest, granduncle John Herbert Holmes was 4 years old. (See Part 751h.) Further according to the Calvary Episcopal Church Baptism Register he was baptized 2 November 1876 and his parents are listed as Jno. Eugene & Hanora Boyd Holmes. This Church was located at Tamaqua in Schuylkill County. (See Part 768h.)

Following the two document leads and searching for great-grandparents John Eugene and Hannah (aka Honora)’s marriage I began a search for a registration in the Tamaqua area.

Today I received notice from The Historical Society of Schuylkill County that

The information that you are requesting would need to come from church records. It wasn’t until 1885 that Schuylkill County began keeping marriage records and it was 1893 when they started to keep birth records. We do have an index of marriages that appeared in the Pottsville Miners Journal newspaper for the timeframe that John & Hannah would have been married but they are not listed in the index. We don’t have any Episcopal Church records for the Tamaqua area.

Back to the drawing board. Where were great-grandparents John and Hannah married? I will searching.




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