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Index Marriages - Persons Residing In or Born In Washington County

Records of the Department of Internal Affairs
RECORD OF MARRIAGES, 1885-1889. {series #14.25}

Please READ this IMPORTANT INFORMATION about these records.

Instead of marriages performed "in" or at Washington Co., Pa., I pulled ALL entries for people born in or residing "in" or at Washington Co., Pa.
*These MAY help prove someone was born in Washington Co. PA -- since births were not recorded this early in the county.

Index for Brides and Grooms Residing In or Born In Washington County:


Note:  ALL were WHITE race.

Column Headers:  Full Name of Female, Residence, Place Of Birth, Age of Female, Color, Date Of Marriage, Full Name of Male, Occupation, Residence, Place Of Birth, Age of Male, Color, County

WC-PA = Washington County, Pennsylvania

BRIDES "O" NAMES - 4 pages (not included in the count)


Beginning URL :

Page BRIDE Residence Birth Age Date Groom Occupation Residence Birth Age Married County
Page 1 ; 2 =none                      


Unknown Bride


Unknown Unknown  Unknown  Aug 25, 1887 Robert H. Blacka Clerk FC-PA Definitely says Washington Co. -- But Blacka lived in Washington TWP.  21 FC-PA
Page 4=none                      

Note: Half of this page is missing half of the Grooms section.

Instead, this Robert H. Blacka was possibly the groom of Sarah L. (Knotts).

WC-PA = Washington County, Pennsylvania
AL-C-PA = Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
BC-PA=Beaver County, Pennsylvania
BL-C-PA = Blair County, Pennsylvania
BU-C-PA = Butler County, Pennsylvania
FC-PA = Fayette County, Pennsylvania
FR-C-PA =Franklin County, Pennsylvania
GC-PA = Greene County, Pennsylvania
J-C-PA = Jefferson Co Pa.
LC-PA = Lawrence Co Pa.
McK-PA=McKean County, Pennsylvania
ME-C-PA =Mercer County, Pennsylvania
WmC-PA=Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

PUNX = Punxsutawney PA

D.T.'s List = Transcribed by Dawne Temple

The original entry reads:

Oberholtzer, Annie E. Southampton Township; Blank; 20; W; Aug 25, 1887; Robert H. Blacka; Clerk; Fayette Co.; Washington Co.; 21; W; Fayette Co.

For BLACKA I found these items:

1880 United States Federal Census

about H. Robert Blacka 
Name: H. Robert Blacka 
Home in 1880: Washington, Fayette, Pennsylvania 
Age: 10 
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1870 
Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Relation to Head of Household: Son 
Father's Name: John 
Father's birthplace: England 
Mother's Name: Sarah 
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Neighbors: View others on page 
Occupation: At Home 
Marital Status: Single 
Race: White 
Gender: Male 
Household Members: Name Age 
John Blacka 50 
Sarah Blacka 47 
Eden Blacka 17 
H. Joseph Blacka 16 
E. John Blacka 13 
H. Robert Blacka 10 
William Blacka 6 

1900 United States Federal Census 

about Robert Blacka 
Name: Robert Blacka
[Er Sta] 
Home in 1900: North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania 
Age: 33 
Birth Date: Aug 1866 
Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Race: White 
Ethnicity: American 
Relationship to head-of-house: Head 
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Spouse's Name: Sarah L 
Marriage Year: 1888 
Marital Status: Married 
Years Married: 12 
Residence : North Union Township, Precinct 4, Fayette, Pennsylvania 
Occupation: View Image 
Neighbors: View others on page 
Household Members: Name Age 
Robert Blacka 33 
Sarah L Blacka 35 
Robert P Blacka 10 
Don E Blacka 10 
Henry W Blacka 7 
Hugh Blacka 4 
Sarah E Blacka 3 

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Roll: T623 1411; Page: 9B.

Pennsylvania 1910 Miracode Index 

about Robert Blacka 
Name: Robert Blacka 
Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
State: PA 
Age: 43 
Color: W 
Enumeration District: 0022 
Visit: 0062 
County: Fayette 
Relation: Head of Household 
Other Residents: Relation Name Age Birth Place 
Wife Sara 42 Pennsylvania 
Son Donald 19 Pennsylvania 
Son Henry 16 Pennsylvania 
Son Hugh 14 Pennsylvania 
Daughter Sara 13 Pennsylvania 
Daughter Eva 04 Pennsylvania 

Source Information: Pennsylvania 1910 Miracode Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: Pennsylvania Miracode. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

1910 United States Federal Census 

about Robert Blaska (Note: All should be BLACKA)
Name: Robert Blaska
[Robert Blacka] 
Age in 1910: 43 
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867 
Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Relation to Head of House: Head 
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania 
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania 
Spouse's Name: Sara 
Home in 1910: Dunbar, Fayette, Pennsylvania 
Marital Status: Married 
Race: White 
Gender: Male 
Neighbors: View others on page 
Household Members: Name Age 
Robert Blaska 43 
Sara Blaska 42 
Donald Blaska 19 
Henry Blaska 16 
Hugh Blaska 14 
Sara Blaska 13 
Eva Blaska 4 


Eva Maria Blacka

SOURCE: Newspaper: The Daily Courier (Connellsville, Pennsylvania)
Publication: 18 May 1943 - Connellsville, Pennsylvania 
Publication: 21 May 1952 - Connellsville, Pennsylvania 

Eva Maria Blacka, ingested poison 30 yrs ago... 40 yrs ago--died at age 2

Annie Oberholtzer 

1880 United States Federal Census 
about Annie Oberholtzer 
Name: Annie Oberholtzer 
Home in 1880: Southampton, Franklin, Pennsylvania 
Age: 15 
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1865 
Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Relation to Head of Household: Daughter 
Father's Name: Christian 
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Mother's Name: Elizabeth 
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania 
Neighbors: View others on page 
Occupation: At Home 
Marital Status: Single 
Race: White 
Gender: Female 
Household Members: Name Age 
Christian Oberholtzer 49 
Elizabeth Oberholtzer 59 
Henry Oberholtzer 24 
Elizabeth Oberholtzer 20 
Christian Oberholtzer 17 
Annie Oberholtzer 15 
John Oberholtzer 11 

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Southampton, Franklin, Pennsylvania; Roll: T9_1131; Family History Film: 1255131; Page: 100.1000; Enumeration District: 92; Image: 0203.

Ruth Sprowls did some BLACKA research for this page. She found this obituary:



Henry W. Blacka, 69, of 219 Grand Avenue, died Saturday in Memorial Hospital following an illness of several years.

A resident of Cumberland for the past 30 years he was a retired B&0 conductor. He was born on May 9, 1893 in Uniontown, Pa. and was a son of the late Robert and Sarah L. (Knotts) Blacka. [ Note: A marriage date of Aug 25, 1887 for parents would make Henry's birth reasonable.]

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and Cumberland Aerie 245, Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Leota C. Brown) Blacka, he is survived by a son, Henry L. Blacka, St. Louis Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. William Stevenson and Mrs. Rella M. Keller, both of Cumberland.  

Also surviving are two brothers Donald Blacka, Stewart, Fla. and Hugh Blacka, Weirton, W. Va., two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Bittner Miami, Fla. and Mrs. Eva Cook Homestead, Fla. and seven grand

The body is at the Scarpelli Funeral Home where friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to p. m. today and tomorrow.

A service will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p. m. with Rev. Robert E. Moales, pastor of Grace Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.

Members of Aerie 245. FO Eagles, will conduct a service a the funeral home tomorrow a
8:30 p. m.

Ruth Sprowls also found a 1939 Obituary for Sarah L. Blacka and for another son.

Source Information: 

These marriages from 1885-1889 were taken from original volumes housed at and copied by the Pa Archives for online use.  (*The website states: "The original records extend beyond this date, to 1991...")

These records are often called "Marriage Returns", meaning someone (usually the preacher) reported to the Court House Clerk, "Yep, they actually got hitched."  Getting a marriage license does not a marriage make.  (And, licenses were not required this early.)   The Index starts at this URL:




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