Bouquet La Porte County, Indiana
Marriages

This is only a study file and not meant as a legal document.   
Also, keep in mind some may be applied for dates or dates where license was turned in late by clergyman.  


Please note samples of marriages below. The early marriage license only contained the Groom and Bride's names, date they were married and the official that married them or approved the marriage license. (see samples below)
Then beginning in 1882, the counties were required to send marriage information on to the state for statistical purposes. You can only obtain copies of marriage record information from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the license was issued. Types of records the court may have included:   licenses (issued before the marriage took place, in the county where the bride lived); ministers' returns (made by the minister who performed the marriage and then, usually but not always, returned by the minister to the clerk of the court); and affidavits of consent (needed when either the bride or groom was under legal age).

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Early Marriages: La Porte County, Indiana 1851 to 1890

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Marriages
St. Mary's Catholic Church at Otis Weddings.

1873 to 1930
Contributed by: Jim Piechorowski
Marriages
St. John Kanty Catholic Church at Galena Township
,
1891 to 1951
Contributed by: Jim Piechorowski

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La Porte County Donated Marriage files
Saul Wiltfong and Barbary Hollister 23 Jan 1843
Contributed by: Brenda Horton

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1850 and before Marriages in Indiana
1993 to 2000 Marriages
  

  Miscellaneous Early Marriages - donated by researchers

1st Marriages in LaPorte County from Book A 1832 -
Please note how brief the forms were with no other family members or dob's given.
State of Indiana Sct - I Jacob Miller an Associate Judge in and of La Porte County for the county of and do hereby certify that Charles Vail of St. Joseph County and Olive M. Stanton of La Porte County and State of were legally joined in Marriage by me on the first day of July in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty two.
Given under my hand and Seal this 2nd day of August 1832. (seal)
Jacob Miller
Associate Judge.
I Jeremiah Sherwood, minister of the Gospel do Certify that Charles Nowlan and Charlotte Rambo were Married on the 23rd of Oct. 1832 -
Nov 1, 1832
Jer Sherwood
I Jermiah Sherwood, do hereby certify that Joseph P. Osborn and Urzilla Eahart was married together by me on the 14th February 1833
Jermiah Sherwood
This may certify that I did on the 20th day of January, 1833 Solemmize the Marriage Contract between Nathaniel Harris and Nancy Clark.
- of eternal life
David St. Clair, Minister of the Gospel
I Jeremiah Sherwood do here by certify that Charles Egbert and Mary Thomas was Married together by me on the 11th April 1833
Jeremiah Sherwood
As we move up a decade and into 1841, there is a little more detail than the earliest records, though not much more. Note following examples:
Be it remembered that on the 9th day of December AD 1841 -- A Marriage License Issued out of the Clerk's Office of the Laporte Circuit Court, in these words to wit:
"The State of Indiana, LaPorte County, SS.
To my person duly authorized to solemmize Marriages in the County aforesaid:
You are therby impowered to join togeth in the Holy State of Matrimony Samuel S. Towle and Maria Stevens, and for so doing this shall be your sufficient voucher.
In Testimony whereof, I William Hawkins, Clerk of the Laporte Circuit Court, have herein to set my name and affixed seal of said Court, at Laporte, this 9th day of December, AD 1841. Wm Hawkins.....
Dec 11, 1842
And afterwards, towit, on the 11th day of December A. D. 1842, come to the said Clerk's office, Francis A. Standiford, a regularly licensed Minister of the Gospel, and files, in the behalf, the following Certificate, towit. "State of Indiana, Laporte County - I, Francis Standiford a licenses Minister of the Gospel, do hereby certify, that Samuel S. Towle and Mariah Stevens, were joined in Marriage by me, on the Ninth day of December, 1841.
Wit.. my hand, this 11th day of December 1841. F. A. Standiford
Example of a 1849 early lincense on a printed form
BE IT KNOWN, Tha on the 13th day of January in the year eighteen hundred and forty nine, a marriage license was issued ou of the Clerks offic of the Laporte Circuit Cout to David Moore and Candac Baldwin
Which said license is in the words and figures following to-wit: State of Indiana county -- To any person empowered by law to solemize marriages in the county of Laporte, Greeting You are hereby authorized to join together as husband and wife , Mr. David Moore and Miss Candace Baldwin.
  In testimony whereof, I, Thomas P. Armstrong, Clerk of the Circuit Court of said county, here unto subscribe my name and affix the Seal of said Court, as Laporte, this thirteenth day of January A. D., 1849.     Thomnas P. Armstrong, clerk
The marriage of whom is thus certified: State of Indiana, Laporte county, I, Almon Steele, a Justice of the Peace.. do hereby certify that David Moore and Candace Baldwin were legally joined together as husband and wife, on the fourteenth day of January A. D., 1849 by me. Almon Steele  J P
Filed & Recorded July 19, 1849.
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And this is from the first book of marriage applications and related license
Book titled Marriage Applications "1"
Apr. 1905
Jan. 1906
Next on our list of marriages here is the very first application that appeared in this boo
k.
APPLICATION OF MARRIAGE LICENSE ---MALE.
_____________________________
Application is hereby made for a license for the marriage of
Frank W. Wetherbee to Ida E. Moyer 
UPON THE FOLLWING STATEMENT OF FACT RELATIVE TO SAID PARTIES
1. The full christian and surname of the man is Frank W. Wetherbee
2. Color White 3. Where born: Flowerfield, Mich.
4. When born May 7th, 1878
5. Present residence   Three Rivers, Mich
6. Present occupation: Laborer
7. If no occupation, what means has the male contracting party to support a family.
8. Is the maile contracting party of nearer blood kin to the female contracting party then second cousin?   No
9. Full christian and surname of father  William H. Wetherbee
10. His color - white   11. His birthplace, Three Rivers, Mich.
12. His occupation: Retired Farmer  13. His residence Three Rivers, Mich
14. Full christian and maiden name of mother Aville Wood
15. Her color  White  16. Her occupation  Housewife
17. Her birthplace  near Three Rivers, Mich  18. Her residence Three Rivers, Mich
19. Has the male contracting party been an inmate of any county asylum or home for indegent persons within the last five years.   No
20. If so, is he now able to support a family and likely to so continue.
21. Is this his first marriage:   yes
22. If not, how often has he been married: ______
23. Has such prior marriage, or marriages been dissolved?_______________
24. If so, How? ____________________-   25. When?___________________
26. Is the male contracting party afflicted with epilepsy, tuberculosis, venereal or any other contagious or transmissible disease.  ____No
27. Is he an imbecile, feebel-minded, idiotic or insane, or is he under guardianship as a person of unsound mind. ______ No
Signature of Applicant:  Frank W. Wetherbee
The remainder of application is the seal of the court and court signature:
APPLICATION OF MARRIAGE LICENSE ---FEMALE.
_____________________________
Application is hereby made for a license for the marriage of
Frank W. Wetherbee to Ida E. Moyer 
UPON THE FOLLWING STATEMENT OF FACT RELATIVE TO SAID PARTIES
1. The full christian and surname of the woman is Ida E. Moyer
2. Color White 3. Where born: Clyde, Ohio.
4. When born   April 7, 1882
5. Present residence   LaPorte, Ind
6. Present occupation: Housekeeper
7. Full christian and surname of father  Henry, Moyer
8. His color - white   9. His birthplace, Clyde, Ohio.
10. His occupation:____ Farmer  11. His residence ____deceased
12. Full christian and maiden name of mother _____________ Sarah Neerhood
13. Her color  White  14. Her occupation  Housekeeper
15. Her birthplace  near ____ Clyde, Ohio  16. Her residence _____LaPorte Co., Ind
17. Has the female contracting party been an inmate of any county asylum or home for indegent persons within the last five years.   No
18. Is this her first marriage:   yes
19. If not, how often has she been married: ______
20. Has such prior marriage, or marriages been dissolved?_______________
21. If so, How? ____________________-   25. When?___________________
22. Is the female contracting party afflicted with epilepsy, tuberculosis, venereal or any other contagious or transmissible disease.  ____No
23. Is she an imbecile, feebel-minded, idiotic or insane, or is he under guardianship as a person of unsound mind. ______ No
Signature of Applicant:  Frank W. Wetherbee
The remainder of application is the seal of the court and court signature:
 
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Following Marriages Contributed by: Brenda Horton

Monroe Wiltfong
To
Emma E. Wise

BE IT REMEMBERED, That heretofore, to wit: on the 12 day of May 1926, the following Marriage License was issued, to wit: INDIANA, TO WIT; LAPORTE COUNTY, SS:

TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:

KNOW YE, That any person legally authorized by law to solemnize Marriage to hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife Monroe Wiltfong and Emma E. Wise and for so doing this shall be sufficient authority.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREFORE, I, OTHIE JACK, Clerk of the Laporte Circuit court, hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said Court, at Laporte, this 12 day of May 1926

Othie Jack, Clerk.

By________________, Deputy

BE IT RUTHER REMEMBERED, That on this 13 day of May, 1926, the following Certificate was filed in my office, to wit:

INDIANA, TO WIT, LAPORTE COUNTY, ss:

THIS CERTIFIES, That I joined in marriage as Husband and Wife, Monroe Wiltfong and Emma E. Wise, on the 12 day of May 1926

George D. Lay, Justice of the Peace.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Edward Slater
To
Amanda Wiltfong

Indiana, to wit: Laporte County, ss:

TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:

Know Ye, That any person legally authorized by law to solemnize Marriage, is hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife, Edward Slater and Amanda Wiltfong, and for so doing this shall be his sufficient authority.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, George Link, Clerk of the Laporte Circuit Court, hereunto subscribe my name, and affix the seal of said Court, at Laporte, this 13th day of February, 1909.

George Link, Clerk.

BE IT FURTHER REMEMBERED, That on this 16th day of February, 1909, the following Certificate was filed in my office, to wit: INDIANA, TO WIT: LAPORTE COUNTY, ss:

This Certifies, That I joined in Marriage as Husband and Wife, Edward Slater and Amanda Wiltfong, on the 13th day of February, 1909,
S. E. Grover, J.P.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Guy Chambers
To
Hazel Groth

BE IT REMEMBERED, that heretofore, to wit; 19 day of July, 1924 the following Marriage License was issued,
INDIANA, TO WIT: LAPORTE COUNTY, SS:
TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:

KNOW YE, That any person legally authorized by law to solemnize Marriage is hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife, Guy Chambers and Hazel Groth, and for so doing this shall be his sufficient authority.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, FRANK A ROGERS, Clerk of the Laporte Circuit Court, hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said Court at this 19th day of July, 1924

Frank A Rogers, Clerk
By Laura Zieke, Deputy

BE IT FURTHER REMEMBERED, That on this 19th day of July, 1924, the following Certificate was filed in my office, to wit: INDIANA, TO WIT: LAPORTE COUNTY, SS:

THIS CERTIFIES, That I joined in marriage as Husband and Wife, Guy Chambers and Hazel Groth, on the 19th day of July, 1924
GG Bratzel, Evang Pastor, LaPorte Ind

______________________________________________________________________________________________

Edward Burger
To
Goldie Chambers

BE IT REMEMBERED, That heretofore, to wife: on the 26 day of June, 1926, the following Marriage License was issued, to wit:
INDIANA, TO WIT: LAPORTE COUNTY, SS:

TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:

KNOW YE, That any person legally authorized by law to solemnize Marriage is hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife, Edward Burger and Goldie Chambers, and for so doing this shall be his sufficient authority.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, OTHIE JACK, Clerk of the Laporte Circuit Court, hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said Court, at Laporte, this 26 day of June, 1926.

Othie Jack, Clerk
Laura Zieke, Deputy.

BE IT FURTHER REMEMBERED, That on this 28 day of June, 1926, the following Certificate was filed in my office, to wit:

INDIANA, TO WIT: LAPORTE COUNTY, ss:

THIS CERTIFIES, That I joined in marriage as Husband and Wife, Edward Burger and Goldie Chambers, on the 26 day of June, 1926

George D. Lay, Justice of the Peace

INDIANA, to-wit: Laporte County, ss.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Henry Hammon
and
Adeline Chambers

To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting.

Know Ye, That any person legally authorized by law to solemnize marriages, is hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife, Henry Hammon and Adeline Chambers, and for so doing this shall be his sufficient authority.

In Testimony Whereof, I Chas Spauth, Clerk of the LaPorte Circuit Court, hereunto subscribe my name, and affix the Seal of said Court, at LaPorte, this Seventeenth day of March, 1874.

Chas Spauth, Clerk,

By______________, Deputy

Be it further remembered, that afterwards, to-wit: on the _____ day of April 1874, the following Certificate of Marriage was filed in my office, to-wit: Indiana, to-wit: LaPorte County, ss.

This Certifies, that I joined in marriage as Husband and Wife, Henry Hammon and Adeline Chambers, on the 17th day of March, 1874.

James Fradenburg, Justice

Following submitted by: Juliane Burbach

Name: Emma Harman ( Mary Emma Harman )
Spouse Name: Lyman Frame
Marriage Date: 20 Sep 1871
Source: W. P. A. Compiled by Indiana Works Progress Admin Book: R-G OS Page: 23
submitted by: Juliane Burbach

Name: Anna Harman
Spouse Name: William Goodman <sic> ( William H. Goodwin)
Born Illinois
Marriage Date: 20 Sep 1871
Source Title 3: W. P. A. Compiled by Indiana Works Progress Admin Book: R-G OS Page: 24
submitted by: Juliane Burbach

Additional Donated Marriage Information
Amos Dunking is actually Amos Duncan, he was a my 3 great grandfather. Amos Duncan was married first to Cynthia Wooten( my 3 great grandmother) in August 14, 1845 in Lagrange Co, Indiana. Cynthia died in 1853. Amos and Cynthia Duncan had 2 children, Sophia Duncan and Francis Marion Duncan. Amos Duncan's sister, Elizabeth Duncan who married Jacob Replogle took care of Sophia Duncan until @ 1860. In 1863, Sophia married Nathan L. Hill in Porter Co, Indiana. Nathan and Sophia Hill had 4 children.
Marilyn Moody
 
Ernest Leaming & Miss Mata L. Starr - wedding announcement. Contributed by: Sue Brown
Saturday, May 6, 1893
WILL BE MARRIED MONDAY
Ernest C. Leaming, Formerly of this City
Will Wed Miss Mata L. Starr,
Late of Cleveland, Ohio

The many friends of Ernest C. Leaming, for many years a resident of this city, will read with interest and pleasure the announcement of his approaching marriage, which will take place at the Grand hotel, Cincinnati, at high noon, Monday May 8th. The bride-elect is Miss Mata Lynes Starr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alden Starr, late of Cleveland, Ohio. The ceremony will be performed by Rev. Robt. A. Gibson, rector of Christ's Episcopal church, Cincinnati, in the presence of only a few intimate friends and a number of immediate relatives of the contracting parties. Following the wedding a wedding breakfast will be served to be followed by a short reception after which the bride and groom will depart for a short wedding tour.
   Of the bride-to-be, but little is known among Ernest's acquaintances here as he met the lady of his choices at Laporte, where she has visited with friends, and at her home in Cleveland.
Her father Mr. Alden Starr, is an old resident of Cleveland where the bride was reared to womanhood. he was recognized as on the the solid real estate business men of that city, and only recently closed out his real estate business there to locate elsewhere, probably in Michigan, after spending a few months traveling. The bride is an accomplished young lady, practical and womanly and of excellent judgment which she has fully demonstrated in her choice of a husband.
   The groom is a young man well known in Michigan City and Laporte county. He is a son of the late Charles Leaming, of Laporte, one of the early settlers of the county and was raised in this county. For twelve years past and until the last two years he was a resident of Michigan City, identified with the lumber interest in the city, in which business he held positions as traveling salesman for several years. His last engagement here was with the Michigan City Sash and Door company, which position he resigned nearly two years ago to accept a similar position with the Morgan Sash and Door company, of Chicago, for which firm he is still traveling, with Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan as his territory. He is a young man of excellent character and good business qualifications; of genial disposition and can well be recommended to any young lady as a model husband. His many friends at his old home will join The News in heartily wishing himself and bride much happiness and a long journey through life together.
   Mr. and Mrs. Leaming will be at home after June 1st, at 205 College avenue, Indianapolis.

Marriage Records

Beginning in 1882, the counties were required to send marriage information on to the state for statistical purposes. You can only obtain copies of marriage record information from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the license was issued. Types of records the court may have include licenses (issued before the marriage took place, in the county where the bride lived); ministers' returns (made by the minister who performed the marriage and then, usually but not always, returned by the minister to the clerk of the court); and affidavits of consent (needed when either the bride or groom was under legal age).

For marriages before 1882, county marriage records in Indiana may not include much information other than the bride's and the groom's names, the date of the marriage return, the officiating minister, and if the bride or groom was under legal age, the name of a parent or guardian. Beginning in 1882, the bride and groom also had to supply their age, birthplace, birth date, race, the names of their parents, and information about any previous marriages of either person.
For a better explanation of what did and didn't happen at times, please read page 4 of this article provided by the Indiana Genealogical Society at: http://www.indgensoc.org/research/articles/marriage_records.pdf

Disclaimer: Not responsible for misspelled names or incorrect dates from old records hard to read.
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