Monday, April 19, 2010

Mary Jane Bane's marriage info from the church


20/5th month/1730: "According to our last meetings order, James Burk and Mary Bane, the daughter of Mordecai Bane, declared their intentions of marriage before this meeting which is granted for their first appearance."--From minutes of monthly meeting held at Goshen.

17/6th month/1730: "James Burk and Mary Bane appeared at this meeting and declared that they continue their intentions of marriage with each other, it being the second time and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceeding. They are left to their liberty to accomplish their said intentions according to good order. Catherine Hains and Jane Bane are appointed to attend their marriages and so that good order to be kept and make report thereof to our next monthly meeting."

11/7th month/1730: "Whereas James Burke of Goshen in the County of Chester in the Province of Pennsylvania __ and Mary Bane, the daughter of Mordecai Bane of Goshen aforesaid __ having declared their intention of marriage with each other before two monthly meetings of the peoples __ Quaker held at Goshen __ according to the good order __ among them and having consent of parents and relations concerned their said proposal of marriage was permitted by the said Meetings now thsfo? and to certify all whom it may concern that for the full accomplishing of their said intentions this 11th day of the seventh month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty they the said James Burk and Mary Bane approved at a public meeting of the said people not together at their public meeting house at Goshen aforesaid and the said James Burke taking the said Mary Bane by the hand did in a solemn name openly declare that he took her and said Mary Bane to be his wife promising with the Lord's assistance to be unto her a faithful and loving husband until death should separate them and then and there in the said assembly the said Mary Bane did in like manner declare that she took the said James Burk to be her husband promising with the assistance of God to be unto him a faithful and loving wife until death should separate them and moreover the said James Burk and Mary - she according to the custom of marriage assuming the name of her husband as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to __ for their hands and __ names are under written being present at the solemnization of the __ marriage and subscription of witnesses thereunto have also to __ __ set our hands the Day and Year above written:

Thomas Evans Hannah Evans James Burk
Aaron James Elizabeth Evans Mary Burk
Alexander Bane Given Williams * * * * * * *
Robert __ Mary James Mordecai Bane
David Davies E__ Golding Nathan Bane
__ __ Elizabeth James James Bane
Thomas Smedley Mary __ Sarah Bane
Thomas Evans Martha Townsend Mordecai Bane Jr.
Joseph Townsend Susanna Parks Sarah Price
Isaac __ Rebecca Jones Hannah James
Thomas Price Jane __ Catherine __
Mordecai James Ruth Jones Margaret Aldridge
Richard Jones Deborah Taylor Elizabeth Brownard
Joseph Maslach Mary Woodward Jane Bane
William Beaunion Alice Taylor
Isaac __ Ann James
John __ Hannah Aldridge

14/7th month/1730: "Friends appointed to attend the marriage of James Burk and Mary Bane. They brought their certificate to be recorded."

Comment on the Wedding record: There seems to be no Burkes at the wedding - why? The older children of Mordecai Bane (born ~1683 Scotland) are listed at the marriage - Nathan, James, Sarah, and Mordecai Jr. Mary Medley is noticeably absent and may be dead. One lone dissident voice says her surname should be Smedley. Take a look at the witness list, but this entry may not be relevant. There are no Medleys anywhere in the Goshen Quaker records and I failed to check for Smedleys. Also note that the Quakers do not give Mary Bane’s name as Mary Jane Bane, as indicated by others.

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