Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On This Day -- Marriage of David Bishop & Mary Magdelene Long - 15 Jan 1809

My husband’s third great granduncle, David Bishop, married Mary Magdalene Long on this date 15 Jan 1809 in Ross County, Ohio.[1]

Ross, Ohio, Marriages vol A, p 96; FHL microfilm 281637.

The marriage record does not say much: 
"I hereby certify that David Bishop and Mary Long was joined in the Holy State of matrimony on the 15th day of January by me."
                                                                    John Matthews, January 30th, 1809.

Because it stated Holy State of Matrimony, does that mean John Matthews was a minister? I checked other entries on the same page. One was from John Ratcliff, J.P. so now I know who was a Justice of the Peace. Another signature was John Collins, Minister of the Methodist E. Church. 

Checking further pages answered the question. John Matthews was the Justice of the Peace of Scioto Township in Ross County. His marriage entries all stated Holy State of Matrimony.

David was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia in 1785, the son of Heinrich Bischof and Catherine Schreyer. His family moved to Ross County about 1806. Mary was born about 1788. She died first in 1850 and David died in 1856. David and Mary had six children: Elizabeth, Henry, Nancy, Catherine, Frederick and Jacob G.

[1] "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images,  FamilySearch  ( : accessed 15 Jan 2014),  David Bishop and Mary Long, 30 Jan 1809; citing Ross, Ohio, United States, Marriages vol A, p 96; FHL microfilm 281637.

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