Monday, June 28, 2010

Amenuensis Monday: Lodewijk Wesselo and Elizabeth Lubach

I'm joining in Amenuensis Monday, the weekly blogging theme hosted by John Newark of Transylvanian Dutch Genealogy. I will transcribe and translate documents, the transcriptions will go directly into my genealogy database and the translations will be posted here. The translations will be in modern language with modern spelling, as it's hard enough to translate already!

My current project is the Wesselo family documents of the generations I am researching this year. I'm starting with Lodewijk Wesselo, the eldest son of the second marriage of Hendrik Wesselo, and his wife Elisabeth Lubach.

Today: the marriage certificate of Lodewijk and Elisabeth. Italics are handwritten, the rest is printed.

In the year eighteen hundred ninety-nine on the thirteenth of the month July appeared before us, civil servant of the municipal registry of Voorschoten in city hall, to be wedded before the law: Lodewijk Wesselo old twenty-three years, with the profession of goldsmith, born and living here, of age son of Hendrik Wesselo, silversmith, and of Alida Petronella van Grasstek, without profession, both living here and Elisabeth Lubach old twenty-five years, with the profession none, born and living here, of age daughter of Dirk Lubach, silversmith, and of Antje Zilstra, without profession, both living here.
By the appearers have been submitted the abstracts of their birth certificates and the prove of compliance with the national militia law of the male apearer.
The parents of the appearers here present state that they give their permission for this marriage.

Given the fact that there were no impediments to the execution of this marriage brought to our knowledge and the marriage bans were called in this town on Sundays the second and the ninth of July without objections, have we asked the appearers in public if they will take each other as spouses and faithfully honor the duties attached to the married state by law. After these questions were answered affirmative by both, is by us declared in the name their law, that they were married.

Of which this certificate was made in the presence of:
Johannes Wesselo, old thirty-four years, of profession teacher, living in Lisse;
Willem Lodewijk van Grasstek, old forthy years, of profession [illegible], living here;
Rienk Lubach, old thirty-five years, of profession engraver, living in Leiden;
Bertus Lubach, old twenty-seven years, of profession foreman, living here;
The first being the brother and the second witness being the uncle of the male appearer and the third and fourth witness being brothers of the female appearer.

After reading aloud this certificate it was signed by us, the appearers, the parents of the appearers and the witnesses, after approval of the crossing out of a letter.

1. The national militia law was passed in 1817, stating that one in every hundred citizens was to serve in the armed forces.
2. The crossing out of a letter was at the end of the Grasstek name.

1. Huwelijksakte Lodewijk Wesselo en Elisabeth Lubach, (13 July 1899), BS Voorschoten Huwelijksakten: Akte Jaar 1899 Nummer 11; Digitale Stamboom Regionaal Archief Leiden, Leiden, Zuid-Holland.


  1. Permission of the parents was necessary if the spouses were under thirty, not just for minors. So it was certainly needed for Lodewijk and Elisabeth.

  2. You're right, I was thinking with my 'modern'cap on, and completely forgot it wasn't until 1970 that it became 21 years old.