Saturday, July 9, 2022

Cora's Scrapbook - The wedding of her parents, Charles H.K. Brown & Cemanthe Avery - 1851


This is the story of my journey through Cora’s scrapbook.  This link will lead you to all my posts about her scrapbook My posts about Cora's Scrapbook

On the 12th of June 1851, my husband’s paternal 2nd great grandparents were married in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Charles H. K. Brown was 25 years old and Cemanthe Avery was 20 years old.   Her parents were Frederick AVERY (abt 1810-bet 1850 & 1868) & Emeline CASE (abt 1809 to 1889)

I don’t have any information as to who Charles H. K. Brown’s parents were.  I’d certainly like to know, but so far my research has come up empty.

I learned of the marriage of Charles & Cemanthe from a scrapbook left to the family by their daughter, Cora Emma Brown Hall. You can read more interesting posts from Cora’s scrapbook here.

Since I had no other information about Charles & Cemanthe’s marriage, this was a very good find. 

Here is the page from the scrapbook

Transcription – This certifies that Charles H. K. Brown and Cemanthe Avery were united in marriage at Saratoga Springs on the 12th day of June A.D. 1851; and that record of the same has been made in the Register of the Presbyterian Church.

John Woodbridge, Afficiating & Pastor

Given at Saratoga Springs, Sept 2nd 1851

Names of Witnesses; William Ayers & Charlotte Ayers 

A couple of questions come to mind from this piece of paper. 

·       Can I locate the original record at one of the Presbyterian Churches in Saratoga Springs, New York? 

·       Who were William & Charlotte Ayers?  Family, friends, random church members?  Found this couple in the 1850 census in Saratoga Springs.  Not living near Charles & Cemanthe that I could see.  So, I may never know how they were connected.  Perhaps just friends?

Charles & Cemanthe had 2 known children; Cora Emma Brown, 2nd great grandmother of my husband and author of the scrapbook this record was found in and Albert Walton Brown (1856-1937)

I’ve written about Charles H.K. Brown in my blog, you can find that post here.

Additionally, I have written about Cemanthe’s family, the Avery’s and you can find that post here Are you an Avery?

If you think you may be connected to the people mentioned in this post or any of the surnames, please contact me.  I’d love to exchange information.


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.