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Marriage Certificate

This original, beautiful old Marriage Certificate is badly deteriorated. It has been scanned into a computer and the scan restored to near original condition to preserve it for posterity.


THIS CERTIFIES THAT: William T Morgan of Lemington, Utah and Lovina Ross of Leamington, Utah were by me united in HOLY MATRIMONY according to the ordinance of GOD and the LAWS of the land at Leamington on the 16 day of february, A. D. 1880.

It is signed by Silas Smith, who was Lovina Ross's grandfather, and who performed the ceremony. It was witnessed by William's younger brother James John Morgan and Amberzine Guston.

The open book in the center of this marriage license has the following written on it. Left Side (as you face it) "Age W J Morgan 23 years When Married." On the Right side it says "Age LoVina Ross 17 Years When Married."

William and Lovina Memorial

The original copy of this marriage license is large (16 inches by 20 inches). I scanned it in two parts, joined the parts in Photoshop (An graphics program), and retouched the tears, stains and scratches out of it.

There are some alterations on this marriage license. Where it says, on the open book in the center of the certificate, William T Morgan, Age 23, the 3 has been written in with pen. All the other writing on the license is in pencil. The 3 looks like a later addition. There has been an erasure where the first "Lemington" was written. It's not possible to tell if this was done when the license was first written out or if a change was made later. The "Lemington" entry is in pencil. Additional Note: In a life history I have for William Thomas Morgan it states that he was 29 when he was married.

My mother had this marriage license in the box with her family pictures. She had it in an envelope and had written "Marriage License of Wm Thomas Morgan and Sarah Lovina Ross" on the outside of the envelope. People have looked at it and wondered if it is a real marriage license. It looks more like a poster, being so large and colorful. But, so far as I know it is a real marriage license.