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How to find marriage info when little is known, like where in LA

How to find marriage info when little is known, like where in LA

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 7:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Apr 2012 7:46PM GMT
Surnames: DECKER
Greetings!
A Staten Island, NY man named Sylvanus Simpson DECKER
b ca 1817 in NY
married a woman born in Mississippi named Catherine Ann or Matilda Ann or some combination of names and unknown surname in early 1840s.
They had a son named Leonidas S DECKER born Mar 1843 in Louisiana before moving back north.
Any thoughts on how I might locate the marriage record and birth/baptism record of the son? (They were Methodist-Episcopal.)
Thanks!

Re: Leonidas S Decker

Posted: 1 May 2012 8:32AM GMT
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 1 May 2012 10:40AM GMT
Surnames: DECKER
Not what you asked for but may help

NJ
Name: Decker
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 23 Jan 1886
Birth Place: Elizabeth, Union Co , New Jersey
Father's Name: Leonidas S Decker
Father's Age: 43
Father's Birth Place: United States
Mother's Name: Laura A Randolph
Mother's Age: 36
Mother's Birth Place: United States
FHL Film Number: 494206


Name: Chas W Decker
Birth Date: abt 1861
Birth Place: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Death Date: 5 Apr 1866
Death Place: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Death Age: 5 years
Marital Status: Single
Gender: Male
Father Name: Sylvanus Decker
Mother Name: Catherine Decker
FHL Film Number: 584583


MISSOURI
Name: Chas W Decker
Age: 23
Birth Date: abt 1862
Marriage Date: 27 Jun 1885
Marriage Location: Jackson, Kansas City, MO
Spouse Name: Miss Lola Boone
Spouse Age: 18


Name: Chas W Decker
Birth Date: abt 1861
Birth Place: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Death Date: 5 Apr 1866
Death Place: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Death Age: 5 years
Marital Status: Single
Gender: Male
Father Name: Sylvanus Decker
Mother Name: Catherine Decker
FHL Film Number: 584583


Name: Sylvaneus S Decker
Birth Date: abt 1816
Birth Place: United States
Death Date: 5 Sep 1893
Death Place: Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey
Death Age: 77 years
Occupation: Retired
Marital Status: Married
Gender: Male
Residence: New Jersey
Father Birth Place: United States
Mother Birth Place: United States
FHL Film Number: 589797


1870
Name: Sylvanus S Decker
Age in 1870: 53
Birth Year: abt 1817
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Rahway Ward 3, Union, New Jersey
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Rahway
+
Name: Catharine Decker
Age in 1870: 45
Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1870: Rahway Ward 3, Union, New Jersey
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Rahway


1860
Name: Selvines Decker
Age in 1860: 44
Birth Year: abt 1816
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1860: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Gender: Male
Post Office: Rahway
+
Name: Catherin M Decker
Age in 1860: 35
Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1860: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Gender: Female
Post Office: Rahway
+
Name: Lenads Decker
Age in 1860: 17
Birth Year: abt 1843
Birthplace: Louisiana
Home in 1860: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Gender: Male
Post Office: Rahway
+
Name: Jane L Decker
Age in 1860: 10/12
Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1860: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Gender: Female
Post Office: Rahway



1920
Name: Leonidas Decker
[Leondas Decker]
Age: 76
Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: Louisiana
[Pennsylvania]
Home in 1920: Elizabeth City Ward 11, Union, New Jersey
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Laura Decker
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Louisiana
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
+
Name: Laura Decker
Age: 70
Birth Year: abt 1850
Birthplace: New Jersey
Home in 1920: Elizabeth City Ward 11, Union, New Jersey
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Leonidas Decker
Father's Birthplace: New Jersey
Mother's Birthplace: New Jersey
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes


1900
Name: Lewis Decker
[Leoni Decker]
Age: 57
Birth Date: Mar 1843
Birthplace: Louisiana
[Pennsylvania]
Home in 1900: Elizabeth Ward 8, Union, New Jersey
[Union]
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Laura A Decker
Marriage Year: 1866
Years Married: 34
Father's Birthplace: New Jersey
Mother's Birthplace: Louisiana
+
Name: Laura A Decker
Age: 50
Birth Date: Sep 1849
Birthplace: New Jersey
Home in 1900: Elizabeth Ward 8, Union, New Jersey
[Union]
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lewis Decker
Marriage Year: 1866
Years Married: 34
Father's Birthplace: New Jersey
Mother's Birthplace: New Jersey
Mother: number of living children: 2
Mother: How many children: 2
+
Name: Mildred A Decker
Age: 13
Birth Date: Jun 1887
Birthplace: New Jersey
Home in 1900: Elizabeth Ward 8, Union, New Jersey
[Union]
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter


1870
Leonidas Decker 27
Laura Decker 20
Nellie G Decker 2
Rahway Ward 3, Union, New Jersey


Name: Nellie Decker
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 8 Feb 1868
Birth Place: Rahway, Union, New Jersey
Father's Name: Leonides S Decker
Mother's Name: Laura A
FHL Film Number: 494163

Re: Leonidas S Decker

Posted: 1 May 2012 10:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the effort. It's basically what I have and I'm looking for marriage of Sylvanus and Catherine/Matilda/Ann to get her last name. Son Leonidas' marriage might get me this.
I appreciate your interest VERY much!

Re: How to find marriage info when little is known, like where in LA

Posted: 8 Dec 2012 5:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Have you tried looking in newspapers? I have found the obits in the Times-Picayune list the woman's maiden name. Do you know when & where Catherine died?

BTW....I did find some interesting articles about her...if in deed it was her.
Daily Advocate(BatonRouge) Feb 24, 1857
A shocking case of inhumanity has come to light on Staten Island,NY
Mrs. Matilda Decker of LongNeck obtained a young girl age nine named Anna Hilton. Long story short, Anna died & a coroners inquest found she came to her death by being beaten in a brutal manner, exposure, & want of proper nourishment at the hands of Mrs. Decker who was arrested.

NY Herald Nov 1857
Mrs. Matilda Decker is indicted for manslaughter.

I will continue to look through newspapers but, get back to me if you have dates.
Bonnie

Re: How to find marriage info when little is known, like where in LA

Posted: 8 Dec 2012 9:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
Oh, that's her all right. Interesting that the Baton Rouge paper picked up the story about her murdering poor little Anna Hilton. Although she got away with it, her notoriety forced her and her husband to move to New Jersey where I found them using middle names. I did find their death certificates and that's how I got Matilda's maiden name. I still don't have their marriage info though. Thanks for the reply.

Re: How to find marriage info when little is known, like where in LA

Posted: 8 Dec 2012 4:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
oops, my mistake. I thought your original post mentioned a women named Catherine or Matilda Ann & that you were looking for a marriage of their son in hopes of obtaining her maiden name. But, that was months ago so, I'm sure you found more since then.
Ancestry has a lot of records for Louisiana....I've found plenty of birth & marriages here.(unfortunately my subscription just expired or I'd help you look).There are several free sites out there with NY records. Have you tried familysearch.org ? They have NY & NJ records.

good luck.
btw... Matilda's indiscretions were in several papers!!

Re: How to find marriage info when little is known, like where in LA

Posted: 9 Dec 2012 7:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
FYI: You may not find their marriage in Orleans Parish during the early 1840's because there was no law requiring marriages to be recorded civilly until 1846.
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