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James Emmet McAdams and Catharine Sullivan

In 1885, Allegheny County legislation standardized the marriage license process. Prior to 1885, each city had its own requirements. James and Catharine's Marriage License is recorded in the 1880 Ministers' Returns of Marriages in Pittsburgh, PA. It reads:


1. Full Name of Husband: Emmet McAdams
2.Occupation: Machinist
3.Residence - No.: Liberty Street, 16th Ward
4.Birth Place: Pittsburgh
5.Age when Married: Thirty two
6. Full Name of Wife previous to Marriage: Catharine Sullivan
7.Residence - No.: Liberty Street, 16th Ward
8.Birth Place: England
9.Age when Married: Twenty three
10.Date of Marriage: October 24th 1880
11.Where Married, Church of St. John Baptist
12.Color of the Parties: White
13.Ceremony employed: Roman Catholic
14.Name of Person performing the Marriage: Rev. C. V. Neeson
15.Residence - No.: 38 Thirtieth Street, 12th Ward
16.Date of Certificate: October 24th 1880

NOTES: Emmet, called James in most other documents, was the seventh of the nine children of James McAdams and Sarah Fagan. Catharine Sullivan was the daughter of Thomas Sullivan and Catharine Welsh. James and Catharine had four children: Thomas Joseph McAdams, Sr., Lydia, Gertrude, and James Emmett McAdams.

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