familysearch.org. (Remember to use any index as a guide for where to locate the actual record.)
This marriage record should contain names of parents, which would be wonderful, if I could locate the record.
|Record of 1887 marriage of Patrick ODonnell to Delia Joyce in Bayonne.|
Courtesy St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
|Index of Marriages in New Jersey|
June 1, 1878 to December 31, 1900
(No listing for Patrick ODonnell to Delia Joyce)
There are possible explanations for the marriage not appearing in the index: it was misspelled, it was left out of the index, or the return was never filed with the State. For now, the above church record is what I use for a source of the marriage date and place, but with a notation that the record cannot be located in the State's records.
You may ask, "Why does this matter?" For this particular couple, we are dealing with some common surnames. We would like to pluck this Patrick ODonnell out of the vast sea of ODonnells inhabiting Hudson County in the late 1800s. This particular Patrick ODonnell was born in Ireland, but we know that he was in the United States by 1887 because he married in New Jersey. This 1887 marriage record is actually the earliest definitive record that I have found on this man. The 1880 United States Federal Census does not provide us with a good match for an Irish couple named Peter and Margaret ODonnell with a son named Patrick. The 1890 census was destroyed. In 1900, Patrick is living with his wife and children, but not his parents. We need to link Patrick ODonnell to a set of parents, and the marriage return is a great way of doing this. The luck of the Irish was with me when someone filled out Patrick's death certificate in 1931. His parents are listed as Peter ODonnell and Margaret Gallagher, which bolsters the information supplied at familysearch.org.
We want to next establish the identity of the parents of the bride, Delia Joyce. She died in Bayonne in 1929. Her death certificate lists her father, but not her mother.
I previously wrote of the death of Delia Joyce's mother in 1870 in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York. The record of this death is provided by the 1870 mortality schedule, a companion to the census. In this record, Mary Joyce was killed by a train in 1870; she matches up to family 21 in the census, which is Patrick Joyce, age 40, with a bunch of small children, but no wife.
|1870 morality schedule for Pawling, Dutchess County, New York|
Viewed at Ancestry.com