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Personal Marriage Records of Rev. J.J. Strine, 1815-1870
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Personal Marriage Records of Rev. J.J. Strine, 1815-1870 by Frederick S. Weiser and Debra D. Smith (2001). ISBN#1558563695. Rev. Strine served a roster of parishes as developed by M.L. Heisey. They included: Elizabethtown (Christ), Maytown (St. Johnís), Strasburg (St. Michaelís), Conestoga, Columbia (Salem), Leacock (Zion), Marietta, Robrerstown (Salem), Landisville (Mountville), Mt. Pleasant, Concordia, and Manor Schoolhouse. He served these congregations and what might be called preaching points faithfully as entries in surviving registers attest. In a day of slow transportation, his parish covered quite a distance at any given time, even with the coming and going of congregations. His death came suddenly on 4 April 1870, for he had conducted a marriage on 29 March, probably the last ministerial act he performed. Since no licensing was required, there were also no public records kept of those who married. Clergy performed most marriages in this time period and whether records were kept depended on them. This record ofover 4500 marriages in six of the first seven decades of the nineteenth century reveal interesting details about the practice of marriage ceremonies at that time. Everyname index. 2O2pp. Hardbound.