Graphology – Deciphering Old Timey Handwriting

Graphology
The Marriage Certificate of Garner Mayes and Judith Morris in Amelia County, Virginia, 1789.

Translating Handwriting

There comes a time in every genealogy case in which a researcher will  need to translate, or decipher some unrecognizable handwriting on a document.  The first time is a shock – you go through all the trouble and the time it takes to track down that marriage certificate, or that death certificate that you desperately need.  When it shows up in the mail after a long wait, you open the envelope and when you finally lay eyes on the document, it appears to be written in hieroglyphics.

Closing in on 10,000 followers to our @BklynAncestry twitter account gives us a lot of help when we have a problem like this.  10,000 sets of eyes are better than 1.  This document needs some of those eyes to decipher it.  I am going to fill in the words I believe the document says.  Garner Mayes and Judith Morris are definitely the names of those involved. unfortunately the right side of the document is not part of the photo.

 

  1. Know all men by these presents that — Garner Mayes
  2. John Gill Craddock______– — ————
  3. —– —– Beverly ——- Governor of Virginia
  4. the sum of fifty pounds —– money of Virginia
  5. the which payment will and   —- to be ———
  6. our ————————————————–
  7. then ——— sealed with our seal and dated this 5 day
  8. July_____1789
  9. Whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be  ——–
  10. —– between Garner Mayes and Judith
  11. Morris
  12. The condition of the above obligation is such that if
  13. —- ——- —- to obstruct the —- Marriage then
  14. the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in —
  15. — and —-
  16. Sealed and Delivered__________________Garner Mayes
  17. In Presence of _______________________ John Craddock

At this time the mystery has been solved in the comments.

 

 

1917 Marriage Certificate from NY

In the next document is an example of the exact opposite.  In this certificate I know everything except for the names or the grooms Parents.  I know the groom is a Toy Maker from Cadiz, Spain.  The name of his father and mother are not so clear cut.  What do you all think?

 

1917 New York Marriage Certificate
Graphology expert needed

3 thoughts on “Graphology – Deciphering Old Timey Handwriting”

  1. Tip: A lot of these sorts of documents are legal boilerplate and turn up in many documents. If you can puzzle out some of it, Google it. It will help you with the rest. (See, e.g. http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/charlotte/misc/m0misc.txt )

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    Know all men by these presents that we Garner Mayes [and] John Gill Craddock are held and firmly bound unto Beverly Randolph, Esq., Governor of Virginia the sum of fifty pounds current money of Virginia the which payment [well] and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs, [executors] and [administrators], jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seal and dated this 5 day [Feb’y?] 1789

    Whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solem-nized between Garner Mayes and Judith Morris

    The condition of the above obligation is such that if [there] be no lawful cause to obstruct the said Marriage then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

    Sealed and Delivered__________________Garner Mayes
    In Presence of _______________________ John Craddock

    ——————–

    Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverley_Randolph

  2. RE: the 1917 Gomez Marriage Certificate.

    The Groom’s Mother’s name looks like Carlotta Cortez
    &
    The Groom’s Father’s name looks like Maximiliano

    What do you think?

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