19 September 2012

National Genealogical Society Member shares a photo from 1849!

Photo of Caroline E Mason on her wedding day, 22 November 1849
Used by permission of  MK

You may remember that last month I shared an 1826 photo considered the “First ever photo” and challenged Upfront with NGS readers to share the earliest photograph in their family’s possession.

An Upfront with NGS reader, who prefers to remain anonymous, shared the following as she has a photo from this 1849 marriage!

A little history - the marriage took place in Dahlonega, Georgia, where the bride lived. In the 1960s some Dahlonega people were collecting the town's history, and when I wrote asking for some info about my great-great-grandfather they responded. He had been sent there from the Philadelphia Mint to be Chief Coiner of the Mint established in Dahlonega because of the gold strike there, and become quite prominent, establishing the Presbyterian Church and Masonic chapter, and they wanted to know more about him. In the course of their assembling old records, the woman with whom I had been corresponding came across a box with unrecorded loose papers - including my great-grandparents' marriage license/certificate, which she then had recorded and sent me a copy of the original.



Transcription - verbatim - of marriage license:

Georgia ) To any ordained Minister
Lumpkin County ) of the Gopel (sic), Judge of the
Superior Court, Justice of the Inferior Court
or Justice of the Peace You are hereby
authorized to join Mr Robert H Goodman
and Miss Caroline E Mason in the Holy
State of Matrimony according to the Constitution
and laws of this State and for so doing
this shall be your sufficient License
Given under my hand and
Seal this 22nd day of November 1849

Jeremiah S Chastain C.C. {Seal}

I do hereby certify that the above named
persons were duly married by me on the date
above mentioned. J. B. Wardlaw, M.G.


Thanks for sharing MK!

Do you too have an “early” family photo (let’s say pre-1860) held by your family?  We’d love to see it!



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