Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Marriage of Joseph Fields and Mary Jane Larocque

Sorry, the image above is from's files, and doesn't enlarge very well. This is a copy of the Marriage Registry showing the union of Joseph Fields and Mary Jane Larocque in the middle column. My best transcription with comments afterwards:

Source Information: and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2006. Original data: Ontario, Canada. Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1922. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Archives of Ontario. MS932, 632 reels.

Top of Register:
p. 179
Schedule B -- Marriages
County of Hastings, Division of Trenton(1)

Middle Column from Top:
No. 25
Stamped over: 004630

Groom's Name: Joseph Fields
Groom's Age: 20 years old
Residence when married: Trenton
Place of Birth: Cornwall
Bachelor or Widower (B or W): B
Groom's Occupation: Laborer
Name of Parents: Oliver Fields & Sarah Tovall(2)

Bride's Name: Jennie Larocque
Age of Bride: 19 years
Residence when married: Trenton
Place of Birth: Prescott
Spinster or Widower (S or W): S
Name of Parents: John Larocque & Mary Martell

Names of Witnesses: Adolphus Shorbia & Jane McCormick, Trenton
Date of Wedding: November 23rd, 1885
Place of Wedding: Trenton
Religion of Groom: RC (Roman Catholic)
Religion of Bride: RC
By [unreadable]: E.J. Walsh, B (3)
Lines on bottom are county clerk verifying that above was correct (as told to him) and date.
(1) Even though the register is from Hastings, it does not necessarily reflect that the marriage took place there. It could easily be the county seat, or the nearest governmental place to file the marriage. However, given that the bride, groom and witnesses lived in Trenton at the time of the marriage, it is a good bet that the marriage took place in the vicinity of Trenton.
(2) The last name of Joseph's mother has been transcribed as: Tovall, Lovell, and Lovatt by numerous websites. I have tried searching Canadian censuses with all those names, as well as for Oliver Fields, and have not turned up anything.
(3) From the looks of it, this was the priest or justice of the peace who performed the ceremony.
My commentary:
Finding this marriage registry was huge for me because it was the first non-US documentation that I found for any of my family lines. It also gave me the names of Joseph and Jennie's birthplaces as well as their parents. For Jennie, this linked to other family members who I will talk about later. However, Joseph's ancestry has become a brickwall for me. I can find no Oliver Fields nor Sarah Tovall/Lovell/Lovatt anywhere.

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