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Sarah Stafford & James Kinner, both of Jackson
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Subj:  Chemung Co. Marriage Certificate
Date:  08/21/2003 6:47:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Gary Hoffman)

Hello:  You've got a fantastic web site! I thought that you might want to look at the Marriage Certificate of my paternal grandparents, James Kinner and Sarah Stafford.  They moved from Southport, NY to Bergen Township, Marathon County, Wisconsin in the late 1870's.  Their daughter Katherine (Kate/Katie/Katy) was my dad's mother.  Katherine married John Hoffman May 8, 1897 in Day Township, Marathon Co, WI.  I'm having a hard time finding cemetery records for James and Sarah, but it's a lot of fun trying.  Take care, and thanks for your efforts with the web site!

Gary W. Hoffman
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Marriage: Sarah Stafford & James Kinner both of Jackson 
Township: Town of Southport, Chemung County NY
Year: Married 1871
Certificate sent in by Gary Hoffman
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This Certifes that on the Thirteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one, at Southport, Chemung County and State of New York - United in Marriage James Kinner of Jackson Penna and Sarah Stafford of Jackson Penna that I am satisfied they are respectively of sufficient age to contractg marriage, and are personally known by me, or satisfactorily proven, to be the persons above named. And also that after due inquiry made, there appeared no impediments to such marriage.
I do further ceritfy that Jemima S. Evans and Susan Cross were present at such marriage as attesting witnesses. 
Charles Evans, Justice of the Peace for Chemung Co.

The writing appears to say nine to me, but Gary has recorded one. Further research indicates that is it one.

I looked in the 1880 census and found a James and Sarah Kinner living in Wisc. They had three children the oldest being 9 who was born in Pa. If this is the right family then it lookes like they were married in 1871. I have the index's for the 1871 paper home on my computer from the Elmira paper and I looked for their marriage but it wasn't listed. If I have time this week I will look in the 1879 paper and see if I see anything listed.

Further information on James and Sarah. I found them on the 1900 census living in Day town  Marathon Co, Wisc. Ed 70 pg. 2. James was b. July 1837 Sarah b. May 1840 It says that they have been married 28 yrs. So looks like the marriate certificate says 1871 since the census was done on June 6, 1900.
I'm adding a photo of Ed Brewer, Clara Kinner-Brewer, and unidentified child.  Clara was my Grandmother's sister.  From what I can tell, she must have returned to NY from WI at some point in her life. 
Gary Hoffman
Clara Kinner was daughter of Sarah Stafford & James Kinner
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

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 Subj:  Re: Kinner-Stafford Marriage Certificate
Date:  09/14/2003 8:01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (gwhoffman1)

You're right, It does look like a nine.  James's & Sarah's daughter Katherine (my paternal grandmother) was born 5/29/1880 in Bergen Township, Marathon County, WI.  She had two older sisters Hetta (b.~1870) and Clara (b. ~1875.)  Maybe the two sisters were from a previous marriage of Sarah Stafford's.  Or else James & Sarah waited nine years to get married!?!? (did they do that in those days?)  I have little information on my dad's lineage.  He died in 1995, and all his siblings have passed away, so I don't have anyone to consult.  So, from the looks of it, I'll go with 9/13/1879.  Thanks again for a great web site!


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