Friday, August 24, 2012

1847 Handwritten Marriage Intention of Nathaniel G. Jenness & Miss Emeline E. Lang of Rye, New Hampshire


Handwritten marriage intention between Mr. Nathaniel G. Jenness and Miss Emeline E. Lang, dated 20 March 1847 and signed by John A. Trefethen, Town Clerk of Rye, New Hampshire.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Nathaniel Gilbert Jenness was born 21 November 1822 at Rye, New Hampshire, son of Samuel and Clarissa (Jenness) Jenness.  

Emeline E. Lang was born 28 September 1829 at Rye, New Hampshire, daughter of Leonard and Data (Garland) Lang.  They fulfilled their marriage intention on 11 April 1848.

I believe the couple spent their lives at Rye, New Hampshire, where they raised at least two children.  Nathaniel died 12 March 1897 at Rye, New Hampshire.  Emeline died 31 October 1913 at Rye.


The Town Clerk who handwrote the marriage intention was John Adams Trefethen, who was born 27 July 1799 at Rye, New Hampshire, son of Captain William and Elisabeth (Tucker) Trefethen.  

In November 1834, shortly after he signed the marriage intention above, John married Mary Locke, daughter of Joseph and Abigail (Marden) Locke.  Mary was born 25 September 1809 at Rye, New Hampshire.  They had at least four children and lived their lives, it appears, at Rye, New Hampshire.

In addition to being Town Clerk, John served as a selectman, school teacher and state representative.

He died 5 October 1870; his widow Mary died 30 September 1888.

Two of their children, by then elderly, died in 1918, a date that always makes me think of the Spanish Flu, but I don't know the cause of their deaths.  

I found a reference online that indicated about 3000 New Hampshire residents died of this epidemic, which seemed to strike the young and vigorous more than the elderly.

If you have corrections or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

See another blog post for the marriage intention of Nathaniel Gilbert Jenness' first cousin, once removed, Samuel Wallis Jenness and Miss Polly J. Edmonds, dated 25 November 1834 and also signed by John A. Trefethen, Town Clerk of Rye, New Hampshire.

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