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From: Ellen Naliboff <>
Subject: Re: Marriage Licenses
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 16:40:21 -0800
The law only specified that the parties be "of full age" i.e. 21 for
males and 18 for females. If under age, minors cannot enter into a valid
contract without permission of parent or guardian.
John Kerley wrote:
>I am searching for Kerley and Fitzgerald in Chicago.
>I just received a copy of what I believe is for my ggrandparents. There is
>just one thing. From the 1900 census they listed birth years of 1874 for
>ggrandmother Nellie Fitzgerald and 1872 for ggrandfather John Kerley. The
>marriage license listed an age of 21 for John and 18 for Nellie. The
>marriage took place on November 1, 1899, which is consistent with the
>census. This would make John about 27 and Nellie 25. Was it a usual
>practice for a priest to enter what I assume was the legal age for marriage
>for each and not their actual ages?
>I also received a death certificate for John Kerley. Unfortunately, if is
>the wrong John Kerley. There aren't that many of us out there. Even fewer
>in Chicago and to have two die around the same time is quite interesting.
>This John died Feb. 6, 1934, born April 20, 1848 in Harvard, MA. Married
>to Mary Mooney. If this is of any help to anyone I would be glad to share
>--- John Kerley
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