25 January 2017

Ida Dixon and Stephen Bruggy : Marriage Certificate

Ida Francis Dixon was the sister of William A. Dixon, my great-grandfather. They were the children of John Dixon and Isabella Porter. William was the couple's second child, Ida was their third. She was born on 12 June 1865 in Elizabethport [Elizabeth], Union County, New Jersey. (1)

Ida was 23 years old when she married Stephen L. Bruggy. At the time of their marriage he was 22 years old and employed as a boiler maker. (2) His place of birth on the Marriage Return is  Elizabethport, however, in the 1900 US Census Ireland is listed as his place of birth. It also records that he immigrated in 1872, around the age of 6. (3)

The couple was married on 31 March 1889 at 320 Franklin Street, Elizabeth, NJ. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Madison Hare, pastor of East Baptist Church. (2) According to the Elizabeth City Directory for 1888-89, the Rev. Hare resided at 213 Elizabeth Avenue, but the church was at the corner of Third and Franklin streets. However, the same city directory shows that Theodore J. Woodring lived at 320 Franklin Street, so it appears that the wedding occurred in his home. [Connection to either family still to be discovered.] (4) My great-grandparents, William and Mary Elizabeth (Klein) Dixon were the witnesses at the wedding. (2)

Marriage Return and Transcription

Marriage Return for Stephen L. Bruggy and Ida F. Dixon
31 March 1889, Elizabeth, New Jersey
NJ State Archives, Trenton.(2)
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State of New Jersey.
Marriage Return. [written in corner: B47]

1. Full Name of Husband: Stephen B. Bruggy
Place of Residence: 222 Bond Street
2. Age: 22 years. Number of his Marriage: First
3. Occupation: Boiler Maker. Country of Birth: Elizabethport, N.J.
4. Name of Father: Patric Bruggy. Country of Birth: Ireland.
5. Maiden Name of Mother: Eliza Grady. Country of Birth: Ireland.

1. Full Maiden Name of Wife: Ida Francis Dixon. Country of Birth: Elizabethport, N.J.
2. Place of Residence: 107 Elizabeth Ave.
3. Age, nearest birthday: 23. If in any trade or business, so state: [blank]
4. Last name, if a widow. Number of Bride's Marriage: First.
5. Name of Father: John Dixon. Country of Birth: Staten Island
6. Maiden name of Mother: Isabella Porter. Country of Birth: Ireland.
1. Date (in full) March 31, 1889. Place: 320 Franklin St. Elizabeth, N.J.
2. In presence of : W.A. Dixon, Mrs. W. A. Dixon.
3. Signature of Minister, (what Church Pastor of) or person officiating.
J. Madison Hare
Pastor, East Bapt. Ch.


(1) Ancestry.com. New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data:"New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1931." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

(2)  New Jersey Vital Records, May 1, 1848 to December 31, 1915. NJSA microfilm roll 64 (Marriage Certificates #384-83-A1 to #384-91-Z31), certificate #384-91-B47. New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.

(3) 1900 U.S. Census, Union County, New Jersey, population schedule, Elizabeth (City), enumeration district (ED) 99, Sheet A8, dwelling 111, family 155, Stephen Bruggy; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 14 January 2017); Year: 1900; Census Place: Elizabeth Ward 4, Union, New Jersey; Roll: 995; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1240995.

(4)  Cook & Hall's Elizabeth City Directory for 1888-9 (Elizabeth, New Jersey: Cook & Hall, 1888), p. 151, p. 329,  p. 335, image 190 of 256, East Baptist Church; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded all three pages 14 January 2017), names Rev. J. Madison Hare as pastor, gives location of church [p 335]; Hare residence [p. 151]; Woodring address [p. 329].

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