Monday, June 3, 2013

Certificate of Poverty

These documents are nearly always found as part of a couple's marriage supplements.  Take the record below:

The below-signed Mayor
That Luigi Rosati[,] son of Giuseppe[,]
and Maddalena Damiani[,] daughter of the deceased Agotino[,]
born and residing in this Town
They are notoriously poor.
In witness thereof,
The Town Hall of Abbradia S [San] Salvatore
Them 10 November 1889
For the Mayor
[illegible signature]
I found this record particularly interesting because they used the word "notoriously," not a word commonly found describing a person's financial condition.  These records were required in the marriage supplements when a couple was poor and couldn't pay the fees necessary to file the marriage documents. 
Looking further into other documents within the marriage supplements, I was able to verify that the groom's surname is spelled Rosati (it is hard to read in this document) and that the bride's father is really named  Agostino.   Always look further for other examples of a name if you are unsure of the spelling in a particular document.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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