Thursday, December 3, 2015

What God Hath Joined Together …

This magnificent marriage certificate comes from the Hobart Historical Society museum. We know the bride and groom well: Edward Sauter and Augusta Schumacher.

2015-12-3. Sauter-Schumacher marriage certificate
(Click on image to enlarge)
Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

The first witness listed, Johann Schumacher, may have been Augusta's father, or her 17-year-old brother. I don't know who Louise Schumacher was. (Augusta's mother's name was Johanna; she went by "Annie" in the 1880 Census, but if she ever went by "Louise" I haven't heard about it.)

Herman Tabbert was then about 17. I believe he was the H.C. Tabbert who ran a shoe store in Hobart. He married Emma Wettengel in 1891 (Indiana Marriage Collection).

Among the scripture and verses scattered around the certificate, we find the German equivalent of that familiar injunction: "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." But, as we know, these two did put themselves asunder.

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