Personal Marriage Records of Rev. J. J. Strine [Lancester County, Pennsylvania]


Rev. Strine served a roster of parishes, including Elizabethtown (Christ), Maytown (St. John’s), Strasburg (St. Michael’s), Conestoga, Columbia (Salem), Leacock (Zion), Marietta, Rohrerstown (Salem), Landisville (Mountville), Mt. Pleasant, Concordia, and Manor Schoolhouse. He served these congregations and what might be called preaching points faithfully as entries in surviving registers attest. In a day of slow transportation, his parish covered quite a distance at any given time, even with the coming and going of congregations. His death came suddenly on 4 April 1870, for he had conducted a marriage on 29 March, probably the last ministerial act he performed. Since no licensing was required, there were also no public records kept of those who married. Most marriages in this time period were performed by clergy and whether records were kept depended on them. This record of over 4500 marriages in six of the first seven decades of the nineteenth century reveal interesting details about the practice of marriage ceremonies at that time (1815-1870). It includes an interesting and informative introduction followed by an every name index.

Frederick S. Weiser and Debra D. Smith

2002, 6" X 9", cloth, 202 pp.

ISBN: 9781558563698