Originally written by Jean Boling for the JPR series, As It Was.
Josephine County, Oregon Cemeteries, Vol 1 by K W Phillips, 1991; and personal conversations with same.
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Marriage records at the state level in Oregon are available from January 1910 to the present.
In the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s archives, however, there are local certificates of marriage dating to the mid- to late-1800’s. Here is a fascinating example of one such license, from 134 years ago, in February of 1877.
STATE OF OREGON, County of Jaxson.
This is to Certify
That the undersigned, a minister of the Gospel – by authority of a License bearing date the 22d day of February A.D. 1877 and issued by the County Clerk of the County of Jaxson, did, on the 25 day of February A.D. 1877, at the house of Mrs. Charlotte Russell in the County and State aforesaid, join in lawful wedlock R.P. NEIL of the County of Jaxson and State of Oregon, and Lydia RUSSELL of the County of Jaxson and State of Oregon with their mutual assent.
In the Presence of L.A. Neil, C. Merrith, WITNESSES.
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