Is there a German reader who is able to read this script for me?

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This is a birth record from my 4th gr. grandmother, Margaretha Willems Gelz. I can read some German and usually can read birth records with no problem. However, I am having an unusually difficult time with this script and am very curious as to why this record is two pages long and so very descriptive. I am trying to find out Margaretha's parents. Any transcription help would be very much appreciated.

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WikiTree profile: Margaretha Gelz
in Genealogy Help by Culley Schweger Bell G2G6 Mach 7 (77.6k points)
edited by Culley Schweger Bell

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The record you actually want begins at the bottom of the next page (^^6249-00009).

On 23 Jan 1815 there appeared the burgher Jakob Gelz [continued on next page], age 27, born in Niede [a line seems to be missing, completing the birth place to Niederperl and giving the date of the birth] in 1787, adult son of Matthis Gelz, day laborer in Niederperl, and Margaretha Braunshausen, day laborer in Niederperl. Also maiden Margaretha Wilhelm, age 24, born in Niederperl 2 July 1790, adult daughter of Mathis Wilhelm, carpenter in Niederperl, and Johamartha [possibly short for Johanna Martha] Focht, day laborer in Niederperl. . . . [yada yada yada]


1. Matthias Gelz, day laborer, age 67, of Niederperl, father of the bride [sic, should be groom - he was the father of the bride in the previous marriage that day].

2. Nicolas Maaß . . . not related

3. Matthias Wilhelm, carpenter, age 52, of Niederperl, father of the bride

4. Anton Braunshausen . . . not related

by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 9 (90.7k points)
selected by Dieter Lewerenz
Thank you so much! No wonder I could not recognize the name anywhere to find my bearings. I truly appreciate your efforts.
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Working on it.
by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 9 (90.7k points)
This is not a birth record, but rather a marriage record, done as a civil record during the period when this area was under [radically secular] French rule during the Napoleonic period.
Not an exact translation, but the gist: On 23 January 1815 there appeared before me the civil registry official in Perl on the one hand the burgher Johann Baden, age 34, born in Niederperl 28 July 1780, by profession a tailor, living in Niederperl, adult son of Theodor Baden, innkeeper in Niederperl, and Angela Becker, midwife in Niederperl, and on the other hand the maiden Anna Gelz, age 26, born (according to witnesses, as documentation has been lost) 15 January 1788, by profession a day laborer, living in Niederperl, adult daughter of Mathis Gelz, day laborer in Niederperl, and Margaretha Braunshausen, day laborer in Niederperl. The remainder is a lot of legalese documenting the marriage (banns were issued, no objections raised, he promised, she promised, therefore I declare them married, yada yada yada).

So I am afraid this is not your 4th-great-grandparents (Jacob Gelz and Margaretha Willems), but perhaps the bride here was Jacob's sister.
Towards the end of the document it lists the witnesses:

1. Nicolaus Maaß, unrelated to the groom

2. Anton Braunshausen, brother-in-law of the groom

3. Matthis Gelz (age 67, day laborer in Niederperl), father of the bride)

4. Matthis Wilhelm (age 52, carpenter in Niederperl), not related to the bride.

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