David Vincent Hassett and Edith Aileen Wharton: Marriage

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It proved elusive for the longest time, but now the marriage record of David Vincent Hassett and Edith Aileen Wharton has now been discovered, and filled in a significant piece of the Hassett-Wharton jigsaw.

Their marriage certificate states the date of marriage as 27 December 1922:

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In addition, the marriage certificate revealed:

  1. Marriage location: Christ Church, Byculla
  2. Marriage date: 27 December 1922
  3. Names: David Vincent Hassett and Edith Aileen Wharton
  4. Age: David: 25, Edith: 19
  5. Bachelor or Widower: David: Bachelor, Edith: Spinster
  6. Profession of David: Preventive Officer H.M. Customs
  7. Domicile: David: 20 Pine Mansion, Mazagaon Edith: 3rd Victoria Cross Lane, Byculla
  8. Father’s name: David: James Hassett, Edith: William Bernard Wharton
  9. Banns or Licence: Banns (public announcement in a Christian parish church of an impending marriage)
  10. Witness signatures: Oswald Wharton and H. Ferguson
  11. Minister: A. J. Sears, chaplain

This confirmed the marriage date (27 December 1922) and Christ Church, Byculla as the location. Ages are confirmed, David 25 and Edith 19 (which incidentally was her correct age, contrary to her future declarations of age). The certificate further confirms the parents names of both. Witness records have previously proved interesting as the names appear in diary entries, letters and other personal items of family members. Again, here the witness names may prove insightful – as relatives / friends / colleagues of David and Edith; Oswald Wharton is very likely a relation of Edith, and worth further attention. Interestingly, the marriage certificate states the addresses (rather than just the neighbourhood) where David and Edith lived at the time of their marriage. This provides valuable insight for the family map and trip to India in 2016.

This marriage certificate fills a huge, important, gap in the official records found so far. The date (1922) is within my previous speculations (between 1919 and 1923) in the posts on David and Edith. In addition, Edith remains the most intriguing ancestor discovered so far, in part, due to living relatives having information / memories of her, but also due to her evolving individual story, well-documented through this blog.


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