Marriage Certificate of Evan James & Margaret Jones
These are to certify to all persons to whom it may concern that Evan James, of Radnor, yeoman, and Margaret Jones, spinster, of Tredyffrin, both in the County of Chester and province of Pennsylvania, after the publication of their intentions, or bands of marriage, on three Lord’s days successively, immediately after the ending of public worship at the meeting house belonging to the congregation baptized upon confession of faith, meeting at the Great Valley, in the said county of Chester, as aforesaid, and no cause or impediment appearing against them: Now this eighth day of June, Anno Domini, 1739, being the day appointed by the said parties, they, the said Evan James and Margaret Jones, by and with consent of parents and other relations, and with the consent of the congregation whereof the said parties are members, and at the meeting house, belonging to the above said congregation, have in the presence of God and the congregation then there assembled entered into a solemn matrimonial covenant with one another in manner and form following, or to that effect:-
Before the Lord and this congregation I, Evan James do take thee, Margaret Jones, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, through all conditions whatsoever, in health or sickness, rich or poor, and I do promise through God’s assistance, to be unto thee a faithful husband; to love and cherish thee, and to perform all manner of duties towards thee as becometh a husband towards his wife, according to the rule of God’s word; and to keep myself only unto thee and to live with thee until God shall separate us by death.
Before the Lord and this congregation I, Margaret Jones, do give myself unto the, Evan James, to be thy wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward through all conditions whatsoever, in health or sickness, rich and poor, and I do promise, through God’s assistance, to be unto thee a faithful and obedient wife; to love and cherish thee, and to perform all manner of duty towards thee as becomes a wife towards her husband, according to the rule of God’s word; and to keep myself only unto thee and to live with thee until God shall separate us by death.
In testimony that the said Evan James and Margaret Jones did enter into the above covenant with each other, and were accordingly declared husband and wife, according to God’s holy ordinance, therefore the said Margaret Jones, by virtue of the above covenant shall hereafter be called after her husband’s name, viz., Margaret James; and these presents were signed by said parties, we have hereunto set our hands the day and year above written.
JOHN DAVIS, Minister.
David James (Evan’s father) Richard Evans Rachell John
Griffith John (Margaret’s father) Evan David Mary David
Thomas James (Evan’s brother) David Evan Sarah Jones (Evan’s sister)
William John Thomas Evan Mary David
Samuel John Jenkin Thomas Mary Evans
John Miles (Evan’s brother-in-law) Katherine John (Margaret’s mother) Elizabeth Edward
John Jones Mary James (Margaret’s sister) Deborah David