Humorous & Surprising Marriage Record from the late 1700s

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ancestry.com has a digital copy of what may be the original town records of Williamsbury, Mass. The writing style is quite old, and two adjacent pages that have different handwriting.

But that's not the fun part. Each marriage entry has the town of the parties. Here's the good one:

"Cuds Gardner and Cl?? Turner Citizens of the World  June 3 1797"

Somehow that phrase seems out of place for that time period!

in The Tree House by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (158k points)

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The 18th century was right in the middle of the Age of Enlightenment, and the latin 'civem totius mundi' existed since the 15th century. Perhaps they were travelers or of separate social 'classes'?

Very interesting in any case!
by Steve Harris G2G6 Pilot (411k points)

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