George (#3) & Elizabeth's Marriage Certificate
Through the efforts of William Marion Harlan (MO) and Arthur Chapman (Portadown, Northern Ireland), a copy of the marriage certificate of George Harland and Elizabeth Duck was obtained. Notice that the day of the marriage in September is the twenty-seventh day instead of the seventeen day of 1678, as printed in Alpheus Harlan's The History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family
To obtain a copy of the certificate, it was necessary to receive written permission from the local Society of Friends. Then Arthur Chapman, with permission in hand, went to the Public Records Office in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the certificate is on file. Those who went on the Ireland part of the 1994 Harlan Family tour will remember that Mr. Chapman was among those who greeted the group at the Friends Meeting House in Lurgan.
Thanks go to both Marion Harlan and Arthur Chapman for their efforts. Below is the handwritten copy, recorded on page 91 of the Marriage Book of the Lurgan Monthly Meeting, and then Marion's "translation" of the text.
|George Harland in the parish of Donnahlong in ye County of Down |
and Elizabeth Duck of Lurgan in ye parish of Shankill and County of Armagh,
having intentions of marriage (according to God's ordinance) did lay their
said intentions before ye men and womens meetings who taking it into
their considerations, desired they waite a time in which time several
Friends were appointed to make enquiry in ye several places where their
residences are or of later years have been wheather ye man is free of all
other women, and ye woman free from all other men and wheather their
relations and parents are satisfied with their said intentions.
And they presenting themselves the second time before ye men and
womens meeting and an account being brought to ye meeting, where all
things being found clear and their intentions of marriage being several
times published in ye meeting to which they do belong, and nothing
appearing against it.
A meeting of ye people of God was appointed at the house of Marke
Wright in ye parish of Shankill on the twenty seventh day of ye ninth
month anno 1678, where they being contracted the said George Harland
declared publickly and solemnly in the presence of God, and of his people
in these vows, I take Elizabeth Duck to be my wife, and said Elizabeth
Duck declared in like manner, I give myselfe to George Harland to be his
wife and I take him to be my husband, as witness our hands.
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