Need help reading handwritten church records in Spanish

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A Juan Maria Urtado marriage record has a date of 7 Nov 1848 to Maria Natividad Valdez.  There is a 2nd marriage record with a date of 29 Nov 1847 to Maria Antonia Maestas, but it lists Juan Maria as a widower of Maria Natividad.  There is a lot of text in the first record that I can't read/translate which hopefully says something like "the marriage actually happened 2 years ago and she died last year." I would really appreciate it if someone could take a look and see if there is anything that explains the date discrepancy.  Thanks!!

ETA: I found Maria Natividad Valdés' death record.  She died in November of 1846.

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in Genealogy Help by Marcie Ruiz G2G6 Mach 2 (24.9k points)
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Hello Marcie.

There is nothing in the record saying that the marriage were performed time ago.

You found Natividad' death record. So it's clear that the date in the marriage record is wrong.

Browsing the film's images can be seen that there were very few marriages in that parrish, less than one marriage per month, and that the same priest (Fernando Ortiz) stayed there for many years, from Jan 1846 (Image 101) to Dec 1854 (Image 135).

The best explanation I can think of is this: the priest noticed that that marriage record was missing, he wrote the record on 1848 but he didn't put the actual date of the marriage in the record.
by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (671k points)
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By the way, Natividad was born on 7 Sep 1828:
Thank you so much!!  I agree that it must have been entered later.  I wonder what reminded him.
You're welcome, Marcie.

Perhaps the death of Maria Antonia Maestas reminded the priest of the marriage record (?) (Just guessing)

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