Columbiana County, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1870
“Columbiana County, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1870” is no ordinary marriage book. Since many Ohio ministers failed to file returns of marriages with the Columbiana court house and since some Columbiana couples opted to be married in neighboring Pennsylvania, where a marriage license was not required by law, author Carol Bell broadened her pursuit of marriage “evidences” to wills and other probate records, deeds, birth and death records, and, importantly, to local newspapers, where marriage notices were frequently published. The abstracts are arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the groom (a separate index to brides and other persons named in the abstracts may be found at the back of the book). In many cases, the abstracts also provide the name of the person who performed the ceremony, the site of the marriage, the home town and/or age of the bride and/or groom, and other details. In all, Mrs. Bell has produced a compilation of more than 6,000 marriage entries, many from obscure sources.
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