Abijah Barentine and Celia Ann Orrick

Proof of Marriage

                             Proof of Marriage                               
State of Arkansas,                                                           
County of Garland,                                                           
Personally appeared before me a Notary Public within and for the County of   
Garland and State of Arkansas, duly appointed, commissioned, qualified, and  
acting and fully authorized to administer oaths, John T. Lavender aged 54    
years, and Matilda Lavender aged 52 years, both of whom are residents of the 
County of Garland in the State of Arkansas, but whose Post Office address is 
Chrystal Springs in the County of Montgomery and State of Arkansas, both of  
whom being by me duly sworn according to law, deposeth and sayeth: that they 
were present at the residence of Rebecca Orrick at Pike County, Arkansas on  
the 28 day of December A.D. 1870 and witnessed the Marriage Ceremony         
performed by Parson Ewing Alford, M.G., between Abijah Barentine and Celia   
Ann Orrick; and they further state that they have had personal knowledge of  
the said Abijah Barentine and Celia Ann Barentine nee Orrick each and every  
year from the said 28th day of December 1870 up to the present time this 21  
day of October 1896 and that they have personal knowledge and do know that   
they have lived peaceably, continually, and uninterruptedly together as      
husband and wife ever since their said marriage and they further state that  
they have no interest in this matter either direct or indirect, present or   
prospective; and that their Post Office address is Chrystal Springs,         
Montgomery County, State of Arkansas.                                        
                            John T. Lavender                                 
                           Matilda E. Lavender                               
                                May Brown                                    
Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 21 day of October 1896 A.D. and I  
hereby certify that affiants are to me well known as respectable and         
credible persons whose statements are entitled to full faith and credit and  
that their reputation for truth and veracity is good and without question    
and that they are so regar(d)ed and reputed by the community in which they   
reside or where every they are known; and I further certify that I           
carefully read over said affidavit to said affiants and acquainted them with 
the nature and purposes of said affidavit at and before the execution hereof 
and I am satisfied from an examination of the witnesses or affiants herein,  
that they fully understood the same and I further certify that I am in no    
wise interested in this matter and that my commission expires on the 31st    
day of January 1898 and that my Post Office address is Arkansas.             
                              R.D. Suddeth                                   
                              Notary Public                                  
State of Arkansas,                                                           
County of Pike,                                                              
I, M.M. Mauney, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex Officio Recorder within    
and for said County, do hereby certify that the foregoing and annexed        
instrument of writing was filed in my office for record on the 22nd day of   
February A.D. 1897 at 1 o'clock P.M. and that the same is now duly recorded  
with the acknowledgment and certificate thereon, in record Book B, Pages     
335 and 336.                                                                 
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official    
Seal this the 23rd day of February A.D. 1897.                                
(Seal)                       M.M. Mauney, Clerk                              
Pike County, Arkansas Deed Book B, pages 335-336.                            
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