Searching for Edward Wilson's parents New Jersey

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Edward Wilson was born in 1823 in Burlington County, New Jersey. He died in Monmouth County NJ, in 1887. His wife was Margaret Fowler from Monmouth county, NJ. Edward and Margaret had a son named Henry, who is my great grandfather. Any help would be appreciated. He's my brick wall on my dad's side.
in Genealogy Help by Ruth Genne G2G Rookie (220 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Is Edward Wilson on Wikitree?  Can you give us profile numbers for him, Margaret, or Henry?

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I have good news, Ruth.  You have two excellent shots at breaking down your brick wall. 

Strategy 1
There is a marriage certificate for Edward Wilson and Margaret Fowler filed at the New Jersey State Archives.  It is likely that Edward's parents' names will be listed on the certificate.  Parents' names are not indexed and not available online, so you will need to order the record to see what it contains.

Visit http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/
Click Searchable Databases and Records Request Forms.
Under Searchable Databases, click Marriage Records, May 1848 - May 1878.
Plug in the bride's and groom's names and you will see they were married 1 September 1851.
The certificate is yours' for $10.

Strategy 2

You know Edward's date of death, do you have his death certificate?  If his parents' names were known to the informant, they will be on the certificate.

Visit http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/
Click Searchable Databases and Records Request Forms.
Under Records Request Forms, click Death Records Search May 1848-1917.
This content is not available as a public index.  You can pay $10 and Archives staff will search for his death cert and send it to you.

Alternately, if you're within a drive of Trenton, you could visit the Archives (for free) and view the microfilm yourself.  Archives staff are very helpful.

There are a number of other strategies for breaking brick walls for this era, but these are your absolute best bets.  Let us know what you find out. 

Heather
New Jersey Project Coordinator

by Heather Husted G2G6 Mach 5 (56.3k points)

This looks like his FindaGrave profile, which has a more specific date of death. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14405592

Thanks! I've ordered a copy of the marriage certificate as per your advice! I'm hoping this will put a crack in my brick wall! Thanks, everyone!

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