This is a copy of the original marriage license and certificate located at the Mercer County Clerk’s office – another of those brittle pieces of paper! Note the five cent stamp in the lower left-hand corner – did Mr. Daniel Young mail this to the clerk’s office?
I also bring to your attention the name of the county clerk – Ben C. Allin. If you remember from earlier writings the very first county clerk for Mercer was Thomas Allin, who died during the cholera epidemic of 1833. After his death Thomas’ son Philip Trapnell Allin became clerk, and after his death, Philip’s younger brother, Ben, became county clerk. Such a family tradition!
The Commonwealth of Kentucky
To any Minister of the Gospel, or other Person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony.
You are permitted to solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between John M. Wilson and Jane B. Gill the requirements of the law having been complied with. Witness my signature as Clerk of Mercer County Court, this 17th day of December 1866 – Ben C. Allin, Clerk.
This is to Certify, That on the 19th day of December, 1866, the Rites of Marriage were legally solemnized by me, between John M. Wilson and Jane B. Gill in the County of Mercer in the presence of B. Wilson and Lambert Brewer. Signed: Daniel P. Young.