Database Updates – Oct Nov Dec 2019

The following 47 people were added to or updated in the Conrad-Todd-Garrison-Carman genealogy database between October and December 2019:

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August Database Updates

People & Media added or updated in the Conrad-Todd-Garrison-Carman genealogy database during August 2019:

People

Lloyd Thomas ALLEN
William M. Ogle BENNETT, Jr.
Forrest H. BILDERBACK, Jr.
Carmine BOCCHINFUSO
Harry Ridgeway BOULDEN, Jr.
Mary BOYD
Margaret FAIRBURN
James E. FLETCHER
Joseph FLETCHER
Gertrude HUNTSINGER
Mabel Jennie LEVENS
Joseph A. POOLE
Lena SEARS
Ferdinand TILSNER
George TILSNER
Gustav Henry TILSNER
Gustav H. TILSNER, Sr.
Justine (TILSNER)
Otto TILSNER
Viola TILSNER

Media

Lloyd Thomas ALLEN WWII Draft Card
William M. Ogle BENNETT, Jr. WWII Draft Card
Forrest H. BILDERBACK, Jr. WWII Draft Card
Carmine BOCCHINFUSO WWII Draft Card
Harry R. BOULDEN WWII Draft Card

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On this day: Orville Garrison & Naomi Carman wed

Marriage license of OW Garrison & NE Carman

My grandparents’ Elkton Marriage License (click to view full size)

On July 24, 1937, my grandparents Orville W. Garrison & Naomi E. Carman were married in Elkton, Maryland. My grandmother told me this, but unfortunately I did not know enough about Elkton to ask for more of the story. It turns out that Elkton was known as the place Philadelphians went to when they eloped or otherwise wanted a quick marriage. Unlike neighboring states, Maryland did not have a waiting period for marriage at the time.

The Boundary Stones blog has a brief overview of Elkton as the place for quickie marriages. According to that article “couples didn’t have to wait to use their marriage license in Maryland, but they did have to have a church service as part of the ceremony,” which might explain why my (as far as I know) irreligious grandparents were married by a Baptist minister. (My grandfather’s family were mostly Methodists. My grandmother’s were a mish-mash of various Protestant denominations, none of which were Baptist, and Catholics.)

I do know that my grandparents had waited to get married because they had both been out of work due to the Depression. So, perhaps after they got jobs, they just couldn’t wait? I do know it was not a “shotgun wedding,” as my mother was born a little less than a year later. It was also not due to the rashness of youth as described in the blog article above. My grandmother was 32 and my grandfather was 29, both had worked since adolescence and my grandfather had already been out west and returned, so they were not young people “first experiencing freedom.” I will probably never know why my grandparents ran off to Elkton to get married instead of waiting 48 hours to get married in Philadelphia, but it’s interesting to know they were a part of east coast history.

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Sources:

Maryland. Cecil County. Marriage Certificates. Clerk of the Circuit Court, Elkton. Orville W. Garrison & Naomi E. Carman, 1937.

Elkton, Maryland: The Quickie Wedding Capital of the East Coast,” by Krystle Kline. Boundary Stones: WETA’s Local History Blog, https://blogs.weta.org/boundarystones/.

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