Pownal Marriage Records were prepared and submitted by Colleen
Johnson of Bountiful, Utah.
records were taken from a book of Pownal Vermont Marriages in the Salt
Lake Family History Library. They had been extracted from the Berkshire
Gen Notes #3 Dec 1941 in which Elmer I. Shepard, Williamstown, Ma. related:
"Seeking records of marriages of Williamstown persons in the adjoining
town of Pownal, Vt., I found that local marriages were greatly outnumbered
by those where one or both of the parties came from neighboring town, particularly
from Western Ma. It seemed desirable to make these records more available."
has arranged these Pownal marriages by place of residence, first Pownal
and other Vt. towns, then Ma., NY, and other states. The records copied
are in Books #1, & #2 of the Pownal Town Records which are well preserved
in the Town Office in Pownal Center.
writes that she is indebted to Mr. William B. Browne of Adams, Ma for the
use of a copy which he had made of the earlier records in Book #1.
the spelling of names is usually kept as in the record, this is not done
where the vararies of the spelling by the Town Clerk or other person making
the record would cause persons evidently of the same family to be separated
in the alphabetical arrangement. In such case the most usual spelling
number of marriages were entered in two places and in some cases with differing
data. In places where it is impossible to be sure of the record,
a "?" follows the doubtful name or data. An ommission in the record
is shown by a "-"
the residence of the second party is not given, it is the same as that
of the first. Where the record gives no place of residence it was
assumed to be Pownal. This may be wrong particularly where the residence
of the bride may also have been intended for the groom but the word "both"
ommitted by mistake, and therefore it is suggested that a particular name
be looked for under Pownal as well as under the known residence.