An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.
A few weeks a go I posted the Marriage Record for Elisabeth Nilkowski that I received from Germany. Elisabeth is my great-grandmother and was marred to Christian Fasel. He died in 1887 and Elisabeth later married my great-grandfather Gerhard Linnemann.
Many thanks again to Robert for translating this record for me:
Gelsenkirchen, 4 November 1886
1. The miner Christian Fasel, personally known, of the Roman Catholic faith, born on 31 December 1860 in Himburg, Disrict of Montabaur, residing in Gelsenkirchen, Kesselstr. 13, son of married couple oven maker Johann Fasel and Maria Margaretha, née Henrich, both deceased, last residing in Himburg, District of Montabaur, and
2. the housemaid Elisabeth Barbara Nilkowski, personally known, of the Roman Catholic faith, born on 15 April 1865 in Alt Muensterberg, District of Marienburg, residing in Gelsenkirchen, Bochumer Str. 28, daughter of married couple laborer Johann Nilkowski and Maria, née Schild, residing in Braunswalde, District of Stuhm,
appeared today before the undersigned Registrar for the purpose of entering into matrimony.
Present as witnesses were:
3. Miner Hermann Strohm, personally known, 23 years of age, residing in Gelsenkirchen, Kesselstr. 13, and
4. Carter Wilhelm Henrich, personally known, 21 years of age, residing in Gelsenkirchen, Hochstr. 46.
In the presence of the witnesses, the Registrar asked the couple individually, one after the other, if they wished to enter into matrimony with each other.
The betrothed answered in the affirmative. The Registrar by the power vested in him by the Civil Code then pronounced the couple man and wife.
[signed -- the signatures of all four]
The Registrar [signature]