18547Re: marriage witnesses
- Aug 1, 2007Lil:
Your message supports my "Respected Member" theory.
--- 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
> 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.
> 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@...
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