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Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society
Source: April 1955 Volume 8 Number 3, Pages 77–78
An eighteenth-century Quaker marriage certificate
An interesting certificate of marriage found among the Lewis Family Papers in the possession of William West Wilson of Elda Farm, Berwyn, Pa., is here published for the first time. This old certificate, written in a large clear hand on now fragile paper, records the marriage in 1769 of Azariah Lewis of Newtown Township and Hannah Scott of Easttown Township, daughter of the James Scott who figured so prominently in the controversy over an early road of the locality (see Volume VI, No.1, pp10 ff.). It is of especial interest to historians because of its variation from the usual form of Quaker marriages, for which there is an explanation, if not apology, written on the certificate itself by the groom, and directed to the Recorder of Goshen meeting.
Whereas Azariah Lewis Son of Nathan Lewis of Newtown Township County of Chester and province of Pennsylvania & Hannah Scott Daughter of James Scott of Easttown Township County and Province aforesd. Haveing published Their Intention of Marriage with Each Other at Two Seperate Monthly Meetings at Goshon and No Reasonable or Lawfull Objection appearing Now these may Certify whome it may Concern That for the Full Accomplishing of Their Said Intention The Said Azariah Lewis and Hannah Scott With Divine permission Did appear In A poblick Assembly At Newtown meeting House The 29th Day of the 11 th Month 1769
Where Said Azariah Lewis Did Take Said Hannah Scott by the Hand
and in A Sober Manner Said He Took her to be His wife hopeing by
Divine Assistance To be a True and Loveing Husband to her Untill
Death Seperate Them and then & there in Like Manner Said Hannah
Scott Did Say She Took Said Azariah Lewis to be Her husband
hopeing by Divine Assistance To be a True and Loveing Wife To
him untill Death Seperate them and Moreover The Said Azariah
Lewis and Hannah Scott She according To the Custom of Marriage
Assuming The Name of her Husband Did then & There to These
presents set their hands and We whose Names are hereunder Written
being Present at Said Marriage in Manner afforesd. Haveing
Freedom Do also Subscribe Our Names as Witnesses the Day And Year
Above Written. —
To the Recorder of Goshen Monthly Meeting —
Certificate of Marriage, Azariah & Hannah Lewis. RECORDED.
EDITOR"S NOTE: The quote above was presumably transcribed as written with the idiosyncratic capitalization and spelling irregularities from the original document, and no attempt has been made to change them.
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