There is no family tree link for this post, since the couple listed in this wedding certificate are not related to our family. This was a find in an antique shop many years ago, at least 20 or likely more, and possibly in Florissant, Missouri. (These days, where antiques are found generally tells little of their origin, however, as online sellers, big antique dealers, and family scattered far and wide contributes to a lack of provenance for an item. No so back then for many items.) Anyway, the item begged to be given a home where it would be appreciated. After it was brought home, though, it did not feel right to frame ‘bought ancestors’ and I did not ever want it mixed with the real articles that belong to our family. So it has been only appreciated rarely during the intervening years, but it is time, now, to share it.
According to the above marriage certificate, censuses, and The genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America, William Wheeler (#15667, page 906-7) married Nellie Call. He was the only child of Edward Wheeler (#15666) and his first wife, Achsah Munger. (William’s second wife was Hattie Herrick.) William was born in October of 1864 in Ohio.
Nellie Alberta Call most likely was born in March of 1868 in New London, Huron, Ohio, to Charles Call and Mary Ellen Daniels (1835-1921). Her father may have been from Canada per some sources- maybe the origin of her middle name?
Various family trees and other records have two different dates for their marriage, but this record most probably shows why they differ. The 8 November 1889 date is when the marriage license was issued. The actual ceremony to unite the couple occurred on 13 November 1889. The two were combined beautifully in the single certificate.
Tomorrow: The Call-Wheeler family.
Notes, Sources, and References:
- The genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America. Compiled by the American College of Genealogy under the direction of Albert Gallatin Wheeler, Jr, Volume 2, pp906-7. https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalency02whee#page/906/mode/2up/search/call
- Marriage License/Certificate owned by author.
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