As genealogists it is our responsibility to determine the kinship between our ancestors. While most can be straightforward, there are some which require a determination based on the evidence and analysis of it. If we think of each piece of evidence as a dot, then the analysis of it requires you to connect the dots together, showing how all the pieces of evidence are referencing the same person(s). That becomes more difficult when an ancestor moves from one country to another and their records appear in each country using different spellings of their names. Such is the case for my 3rd great-grandparents, Charles and Mary Martin of Highgate, Vermont. This marriage record is one of those connecting pieces of evidence. It makes no mention of their Americanized name since they resided in Quebec at the time, and it makes no mention of their eventual move to Highgate which occurs a few years later. It is just a dot in the many dots that prove Charles Martelle in Saint-Hyacinthe and Saint-Hugues is the same as Charles Martin of Highgate, Vermont, and that Archange Hémeri (Emery) of Sainte-Rosalie and Saint-Hyacinthe is the same as Mary Martin of Highgate, Vermont.
Charles Martelle + Archange Hémeri
le quatre mai, mil huit cent trente cinq, après la publication de trois bans de mariage faite au prône de leneuf paroissiale, par trois demandes courentisse entre Charles Martelle, cultivateur, de la paroisse de Saint Hugues, fils <majeur> de feu Antoine Martelle + de défunte Louise Languedoc en leur vivant de la paroisse de Saint Hyacinthe, et Archange Hémeri, residant dans cette paroisse, fille majeure de joseph Hémeri cultivateur, et de defunte Marguerite Daufinas, de la paroisse de Saint Hyacinthe, Curé sue publication ayant en leur dures les paroisse de Saint Hyacinthe + de Saint Hugues ne fitant decouvert ancure pechement a ce mariage, nous pretre
soussigné curé avec l’agriment des paventy avons reçu leur mutuel consentement des parties, et leur avons donné la bénédiction nuptiale in presence de Francois Martelle, prere de l’epoux, de Noel Paulin, son témoin, de joseph Hémeri, pere de l’epouse, + de Michel Daiguean, son témoin, qui ainsi que les époux n’ont su signer, un mot interligne bon.
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Charles Martelle + Archange Hémeri
on May 4, one thousand eight hundred and thirty five, after the publication of three marriage banns made at the new parish, and three requests at the old between Charles Martelle, farmer, of the parish of Saint Hugues, <adult> son of the late Antoine Martelle + of the late Louise Languedoc while they were alive in the parish of Saint Hyacinthe, and Archange Hémeri, residing in this parish, adult daughter of joseph Hémeri farmer, and of the late Marguerite Daufinais, of the parish of Saint Hyacinthe, Undersigned of this agreement having in their jurisdiction the parish of Saint Hyacinthe + of Saint Hugues not having discovered sin at this marriage, we the undersigned parish priest with the approval of the parents have received their mutual consent from the parties, and have given them the nuptial blessing in the presence of Francois Martelle, brother of the husband, of Noel Paulin, his witness, of joseph Hémeri, father of the wife, + of Michel Daiguean, his witness, who as well as the spouses did not know how to sign. One word inserted <> is good.
- Majority in Quebec in 1835 for men and women to marry was 21. Charles was 23 and Archange was 21. While no parental approval was required, a parent (Joseph Hemeri), the only one still alive, indicated that he did approve of the marriage.
- The records for Ste. Rosalie at Ancestry.com start in 1836. There were actually 2 years prior to then (1834-1835) which were recorded, and those pages were found on FamilySearch. A different copy was microfilmed and digitized at GenealogieQuebec. I do not know which of these two were the original source, or if they were both copies of a different copy or the original. I have not discovered any copy of this marriage at Ancestry.com.
- These marriage records provide proof of the marriage between Charles Martelle and Archange Hémeri on 4 May 1835 at Saint Rosalie.
- They also provide kinship proof between Charles Martelle and his parents Antoine Martelle and Louise Languedoc of Saint Hyacinthe, and between Charles and his brother Francois. They also provide evidence that both of Charles parents were deceased by 4 May 1835.
- These records also provide kinship proof between Archange Hémeri and her parents Joseph Hémeri and Marguerite Daufinais. They also provide proof of her relationship to her brother, Joseph.