Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wedding Wednesday on Thursday: My Grandparents Marriage License Reveals A Surprise!

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Yesterday was one of those days for me when simply there's just not enough time in the day to get everything you want done accomplished. So here we go folks with Wedding Wednesday on Thursday! (Smile)

Last year I shared on my post called Fearless Females --Marriage Records --Ethel Smith and Harold Murrell, a little about the wedding of my paternal grandparents. When I wrote that piece, I had not obtained yet a copy of their marriage record from the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives.  Well this past December I decided to remedy this and sent off a request for the document. Guess what came in the mail last week? That's right and I found a nice surprise when I opened the envelope.

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I learned from my father a few years ago that Adam Clayton Powell Sr. had married his parents Harold Murrell and Ethel Smith at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Sure enough, there's Powell Sr.'s signature on the line labeled "person performing the ceremony."  The surprise I found out was that along with my great grandmother Ella Dixon being present, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was also a witness to the marriage. 

Now how cool is that!

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