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Household reunited with misplaced marriage certificates

BOLIVIA, N.C. (WECT) – A Brunswick County thrift retailer discover holds fairly the shock: tucked proper behind a donated portray was a virtually 150-year-old marriage certificates for a pair from New Jersey.

“I nonetheless can’t imagine it,” mentioned Irene Cornish, the great-granddaughter of the couple who obtained the wedding certificates in 1872. On Monday, she held it for the primary time. “I’m going to have it for my household — I’m so overwhelmed.”

Late final month, somebody dropped off a portray on the Hope Chest Thrift Retailer, considered one of a number of thrift shops that assist fund Brunswick County’s home violence program and shelter Hope Harbor Dwelling. Identical to all donations, it went by means of a cleansing course of to get it able to hit the cabinets.

“I used to be going to take the body aside and clear the again of it, clear the entrance of it with the glass,” mentioned assistant supervisor Pam Phelps. “Once I took it off, that’s once I found that that was there.”

A chunk of paper, virtually falling aside on the contact, hidden contained in the body. It was the wedding certificates of William Deworth and Katey Havey in Bordentown, New Jersey. Phelps instructed her supervisor and the chief director of Hope Harbor Dwelling, Karmen Smith, who posted it to Fb.

“I had a whole nerd second and began spiraling on why it was hidden and who it may have belonged to and clearly if there was any household dwelling that this certificates might be returned to,” mentioned Smith.

Trying on the certificates, genealogist Connie Knox may make out the writing simply: William Deworth and Katey Havey, married in 1872 in New Jersey. Knox tracked down Cornish on Ancestry.com and despatched her a hyperlink to the submit.

“It’s just a little overwhelming,” mentioned Cornish. “It feels good to have this again. I’m nonetheless actually in a state of shock about the way it occurred.”

When requested how a wedding certificates finally ends up inside a portray, Cornish mentioned all she will assume is that her great-grandmother or grandmother put it there for safekeeping and after they died, an unsuspecting relative offered it or donated it to a different thrift retailer.

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