The Civil Ceremony
Part of the marriage registration
of Jankiel Moskowicz of
Działoszyn and Laja Abramowicz
- Markowiczowna of
Dębina/Osjaków on their marriage
in Osjaków in December 1819.
There are many things to note
about the civil ceremony including
the detailed involvement of the
parish priest in this process and
the requirements of the use of the
Code Napoleon - even in this
village in the depths of rural
western Poland. After the civil
ceremony the religious ceremony
would have taken place later.
Osjaków. Year 1819, on December 20th about 3 p.m.
In front of us, the Osjaków parish priest, also undertaking the duties of the civil clerk, in
the borough of Osjaków, a district of Wieluń, of the Kaliszkie voivodship, a Jew, Jankiel
Moszkowicz personally came forward. A bachelor, 18 years old (according to the
document issued by Malinowski, the Mayor of Działoszyn) and confirmed by the
Magistrates Court of Wieluń district on 16th September in this current year), son of
Mosziek and Estera Dawidowicz, residing with his parents in Działoszyn, in the presence
of his father and a Jewess Laja Markowiczowna, a maiden, 19 years old (according to
the document issued in Dębina on 3rd October current year by Wojciech Madaliński,
Osjakow village-mayor and confirmed by the Magistrates Court of Wieluń district on the
same day), daughter of Abraham and Ryfka Markowicz, residing with her parents in
Dębina in Osjaków parish, in the presence of her father.
Both sides require us to carry out a marriage ceremony whose banns were published in
front of the doors of our Town Hall on October 31st (first bann) and November 2nd
(second bann) current year about noon on Sundays. In Działoszyn borough, the groom’s
place of residence, the banns were published on: July 25th (first bann) and August 1st
(second bann) current year about noon on Sundays – according to the confirmation
document issued by a civil office clerk of Działoszyn borough. No objection to that
marriage was declared in either borough. The parents of both the bride and groom,
being under aged, gave their permissions for the marriage to take place. In order to fulfil
their requirements, we read all the documents mentioned above and the 6th chapter of
the Code Napoleon [entitled “About a marriage”] and asked both spouses separately if
they wished to get married. Each of them separately declared “that is my will”.
Hereby we declare in the name of the law that Jankiel Moszkowicz, a bachelor and the
maiden Laja Abramowicz are joined together with the ties of marriage. We wrote down
the marriage registration in the presence of the witnesses: the Jews Mosiek Markowicz,
42 years old, the bride’s uncle, Haskiel Jakubowicz, 32 years old, Herszlik Pelta, 42
years old, Szmul Suszek, 40 years old, all residing in Osjaków. That registration was
read to all persons present but only signed by us because the newly married and
witnesses cannot write Polish.
Father Wacław Piotrowski, Osjaków parish-priest and civil clerk.
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Marriage Index Entry
The Signing by JP Norblin