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18547Re: marriage witnesses

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  • Gregory J Kopchak
    Aug 1, 2007
      Lil:

      Your message supports my "Respected Member" theory.

      Greg Kopchak


      --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "Lil Junas" <povetzlil@...> wrote:
      >
      > Good observation, Julie.
      > My dad was one of those persons who seemed to be in most weddings in
      > his little town of Lansford, Pa. He was a barber in the community and
      > a very well-liked, friendly person. I've had people from Lansford tell
      > me in recent years that he could have been mayor of the town if he
      > wanted.
      > So I think it's a bit of being known in the town, being a likable
      > person, having a lot of friends and perhaps also being active in the
      > church -- which my dad and his family were.
      > Lil
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On 7/31/07, J Michutka <jmm@...> wrote:
      > > I'm going through Slovak village marriage records in the late 1800s,
      > > and finding that some names occur many times in the marriage witness
      > > column. For example, one relative I'm tracking shows up 8 times
      > > between 1887 and 1894, and I dare say I'll see him some more before
      > > his death in 1905. Some of the weddings at which he was a witness
      > > were of people with whom he had a family connection (cousins, in-
      > > law's siblings), but for other weddings there is no apparent
      > > connection by blood or marriage (and I have the family pretty well
      > > mapped).
      > >
      > > The question has arisen as to whether we can make any assumptions
      > > about these people whose names appear with much greater frequency as
      > > marriage witnesses. Were they simply more popular? considered more
      > > religious? In the case of the relative, there is no indication of
      > > higher social status or money, although family stories say that he
      > > loved to dance, so he may have been a friendly sociable fellow. In
      > > contrast, siblings of his seldom appear as marriage witnesses in the
      > > records, and when they do, it's almost always for another sibling's
      > > wedding.
      > >
      > > One related question--these people named in the marriage records as
      > > witnesses--always 2 men--would they have been the same as the best
      > > man (druzba) and the zvac (inviter)? Sorry if it seems like the
      > > answer should be obvious, but with the difference in time and place,
      > > I try not to make assumptions, even for seemingly obvious questions.
      > > So my question stands.
      > >
      > > Thanks for any insights,
      > >
      > > Julie Michutka
      > > jmm@...
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Yahoo! Groups Links
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      > --
      > "To be nobody but myself."
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