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       The Descendants of Joannes Dockweiler

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                                                    Generation No. 1

1. Joannes1 Dockweiler was born Abt. 1750. He married Elisabetha Huther Abt. 1770. She was born Abt. 1750.

Child of Joannes Dockweiler and Elisabetha Huther is:

+ 2. i  Christian2Dockweiler, born Abt. 1775 in Reifenberg, Pfalz, Bavaria.

                                                   Generation No. 2

2. Christian2 Dockweiler (Joannes1) was born Abt. 1775 in Reifenberg, Pfalz, Bavaria. He married Barbara Baerman 17 June 1800 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria1, daughter of Joseph Baerman and Elisabeth Maurer. She was born 03 November 1780. (SEE DESCENDANTS OF OSTWALD BAERMAN)

Children of Christian Dockweiler and Barbara Baerman are:

3 i. Maria Elisabeth3 Dockweiler2, born 07 April 1801 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

                Maria Elisabetha's godparents were Jacob Berman, farmer, and her grandmother,                                  Elisabeth Maurer, widow of Joseph Berman of Contwig.

4 ii. Joannes Dockweiler2, born 06 June 1802 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

                Joannes's godparents were Joannes Berman, farmer, and Catharina Huther, of Contwig.

5 iii. Barbara Dockweiler, born 15 October 1803 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

                Barbara's baptismal record states that she was born "22 Vindem. 12th year", and that she was baptised on 15 October 1803. Her godparents were Joannes Bermen and Barbara Maurer.

6 iv. Magdalena Dockweiler, born 23 March 1805 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

                Magdalena's baptismal record states she was born 2 Germinal 13th year, and baptised on 23  March 1805. Her godparents were Christian ? and Magdalena Bayer, wife of Jacob Berman.

7 v. Maria Barbara Dockweiler, born 05 May 1806 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

                Maria Barbara's godparents were Nicholas Schlachber, farmer, and Barbara Mauer,                  daughter of Theobald Maurer, farmer of Contwig.

8 vi. Catherina Dockweiler, born 21 January 1808 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2; died Bef. 1812 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria.

                 Catherina was the twin of Jacob. They were both born and baptised on 21 January 1808  in Contwig, and their godparents were Jacob Berman of Contwig and Catharina Huther of  Contwig.

+ 9 vii. Jacob Dockweiler, born 21 January 1808 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria; died Bef. 1892.

10 viii. Christian Dockweiler, born 11 June 1810 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

             Christian Dockweiler was born on 11 June 1810 and baptised on 14 June. His godparents were Christian Weisler and Elisabeth Barmann.

11 ix. Catherine Dockweiler, born 30 May 1812 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

             Catherine's godparents were ? Maurer and Catherina Weber.

12 x. Nicolaus Dockweiler, born 09 March 1815 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2.

              Nicolaus' godparents were Nicolaus ? and Elisabetha Barmann.

Generation No. 3

9. Jacob3 Dockweiler (Christian2, Joannes1) was born 21 January 1808 in Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria2, and died Bef. 1892. He married Anna Maria Berang Abt. 1836. She was born Abt. 1811 in Bavaria3, and died 14 July 1901 in St. Clair, Schuylkill Co., PA4.

The surname Dockweiler is also spelled Dochweiller, Docweiler, Docwiler, Dacweiler, Duckweiler, Dutweiler, Dockwilder, etc. in various records. The original surname may have been Deatwiler or Detweiler, although the baptismal records found in Germany record the name as Dockweiler.

Jacob Dockweiler was born and baptised on 21 January 1808 in Contwig, with his twin sister Catherina. Their godparents were Jacob Berman of Contwig and Catharina Huther of Contwig.

In the 1850 census, Jacob, age 42, and his wife Anna Maria (Berang), age 39, were living in the North West Ward of Pottsville, Schuylkill Co. PA, in the area known as Fishback, with their children: Michael, age 13, Joseph age 11, Peter age 6, Teresia age 4, and Catherine, age 2. All children are listed as being born in PA. Jacob's occupation is listed as Cooper (makes wooden casks and barrels). The value of real estate Jacob owned listed on this census is $400. In the 1850 census index, the spelling of Jacob's name appears as Dinckwiler, although the spelling on the actual census record page is "Duckwiler". Living next to the Dockweiler family is Nicholas Schmidt, age 55, and his wife Elizabeth, age 54.

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                                                                      Pottsville PA

In 1850, the population of Pottsville was 7575, and it's importance was due the discovery of anthracite coal there thirty years earlier.

From the "HISTORY OF SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA" , New York: W.W. Munsell & Co., 36 Vesey Street, 1881, Press of George Macnamara, 36 Vesey Street, NY:

"Pottsville Borough. When this century dawned the valley where now stands the capital of Schuylkill county, and the metropolis of the southern and middle coal fields, was an unused waste in an uninhabited and almost unknown portion of old Berks beyond the mountains. Surrounded by a district illy adapted to agriculture, and covered with a timber growth promising no rich harvest for the woodman's axe, the families of Lewis Reese and John began in the spring of 1800 to form the nucleus around which, in less than two decades, were to cluster the essential elements of a prosperous city...

Schuylkill county, being the daughter of "old Berks", contained at the time of its formation, and yet contains, a population largely composed of people of German descent, who preserve the language of the fatherland.

That part of the Norwegian tract which lies in the valley of the West Norwegian creek has been known for forty years by the name of Fishback. The origin of the name, as applied to the locality, cannot be traced to any certain source. Fishback occupies one of the five conterminous valleys in which the borough is situated. It's name, in the vernacular of the Teutons, alluded to the West Norwegian creek, which drains this valley, and was evidently applied to it before the sulphur water from the mines above had made the stream quite tenantless."

In the record of St. John The Baptist R.C. Church in Pottsville, PA of Jacob and his wife, Anna Maria (Berang)'s children, Anna Maria, John and Jacob, who were all born on 24 June 1850, it states that the three children were premature triplets. An additional church record, also dated 24 June 1850, records the triplets' deaths at the time of birth.

Sometime after 1850 the Dockweilers moved from Pottsville to neighboring St. Clair. The St. John The Baptist church record of their son, John Jacob Duckweiler's birth on 15 January 1852 and baptism on 18 January 1852, states that the parents were now living in St. Clair. It also states that the parents, Jacob Duckweiler and Anna Maria (Berang), were both from Bavaria, and that Jacob's father's given name was Christian. The sponsors at their son's baptism were John Sieler from Prussia and Elisabeth (Schmidt) Diel from Bavaria. The St. Bonifacius German Catholic Church in St. Clair was built beginning in 1852, so at the time of their youngest child's birth, the Dockweilers would have still been attending their church in Pottsville.

Also in St. John The Baptist Church is recorded the birth on September 15, 1852 and baptism on October 3, of Elisabeth, daughter of Phillip Diel and Elisabeth, born Schmidt, of Bavaria, of Sillimansmine. Phillip Diel's father is recorded as Phillip, and the godparents were Lambert Johann and Maria Dockweiler, born "Derang" (Berang?). The relationship of Lambert Dockweiler and Maria "Derang" to the family is unknown at the present time.

From the "HISTORY OF SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA" , New York: W.W. Munsell & Co., 36 Vesey Street, 1881, Press of George Macnamara, 36 Vesey Street, NY:

"St. Clair Borough. In 1831 Carey, Lee & Hart, who had bought the Nichols farm, which then comprised the whole of the St. Clair tract, laid out the first street of the new village, which was named from the Christian name of its former owner, St. Clair Nichols. The new village contained only 8 houses...

St. Clair is situated on Mill Creek, near the centre of the first or southern anthracite coal field... The waters of Mill Creek, the banks of which are now faced by stone walls, connected by three iron and six wooden bridges, once abounded with shad and other fish. On the sides of the stream was a dense forest, which has disappeared. The streets are regularly laid out at right angles with each other. The walks are paved; many with white gravel from Silver Creek. The buildings stand very closely together, and nearly every one is on the line of the street. The dwellings though plain are tasteful... The place is well supplied with dry goods stores and groceries, fancy stores, stove, tin and hardware store, shoe stores, drug stores, a book store, etc. It has also a lumber yard and an extensive machine shop and brass foundry, as well as numerous shops for the supply of the ordinary wants of the people."

There is evidence that sometime after 1852 Jacob Dockweiler and his family moved to Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY. According to Jacob's son, Joseph's "Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension" dated 11 July 1889, he states that since leaving the service he resided in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA and in the city of Brooklyn NY. On the 1870 census for the 14th Ward City of Brooklyn, Post Office Williamsburgh, Kings Co., NY there is a Joseph "Duckwelter" age 30 who is a Cooper, with wife Elizabeth age 28 and sons Joseph age 9 and Jacob age 4. The ages of Joseph and Elizabeth match the birth dates of Joseph Dockweiler and his wife Elizabeth Geller. The trade of Cooper on this census record also matches the profession of his father, and his own as stated on his naval service records. However, this census indicates that Joseph was born in New York, not PA.

On the 1860 census for the 1st Ward in the City of Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, there is listed Jacob "Duckwilder" age 52, whose profession is listed as a Cooper, born in Bavaria. Also listed is Mary age 50 born in Bavaria, and children Michael age 23, Joseph age 21, Teresa age 14, Casse age 12, Jacob age 8, Daniel age 5 and Folendine age 4 months. All the children are listed as being born in NY. The ages of Jacob and Mary, along with the 5 oldest children, on this census record match the birthdates and names of Jacob Dockweiler's family. (Assuming "Casse" is Catherine.) Their son Peter, who is not enumerated, would have been age 16 at that time. No further record of Peter can be located after 1850, and it is possible that he died. The only other descrepancy between Jacob Dockweiler's family and this census record is the location of the births of the children. The records of Jacob's children's births in Pottsville begin with Catherine. It is unknown where the 4 older children were born, although the 1850 census record indicates they were all born in PA. In the 1870 census for the 14th Ward in Brooklyn, the Joseph "Duckwelter" (see above) enumerated there matches the son Joseph "Duckwilder's" birth year listed on this census record and the information on both records that he was born in New York is consistent. Jacob Dockweiler's son Joseph was born in Pottsville PA as evidenced by several military and pension records. Because of these descrepancies, it cannot be assumed that this census record is Jacob Dockweiler and his family, although it seems likely. For this reason Daniel born ca. 1855 and Folendine born ca. 1860 who appear on this 1860 census record, and may have been the sons of Jacob Dockweiler and Anna Maria Berrang, do not appear in this genealogy.

In the 1891-1892 Boyd's Directory for Pottsville, there is an "artist" named Ambrose Dockweiler residing in Anna Maria and Jacob's son Michael's home at 712 Minersville Street. Ambrose appears to be too old to be Michael's son, and there is a possibility that Ambrose may be another child of Jacob and Anna Marie's, who was born either after they moved to St. Clair in 1852, or before the other children's births recorded in the St. John The Baptist Church in Pottsville. Todate the records of the births or baptisms of the older children, Michael, Joseph, Peter and Theresa have not been located. St John The Baptist was founded in 1841 for the German population in Pottsville. The records of Jacob's children's births found in this church begin in 1847 with the birth of daughter Catherine. The 1850 census record indicates the children were all born in PA. (Ambrose does not appear on this same census record)

The 1830 census index lists a John "Duckweiler" as head of household, in Pottsville Township, Schuylkill Co, on Page 124. John's relationship to Jacob is unknown, but it is possible that John is Jacob's brother "Joannes" and that Ambrose is the son of John. But because Ambrose is living with Jacob's son Michael, it is presumed that the relationship of Ambrose is to either Jacob or Michael.

The Schuylkill County Vital Records Vol. III records the death of "Mary Dockweiler, widow of Jacob" on 14 July 1901 in St. Clair. There is no mention of Jacob's death in the Miners Journal obituary index. "Mary" Dockweiler" is listed in the 1891-1892 Boyd's Directory for Pottsville, living with their son Jacob, as the "widow of Jacob", so Jacob must have died before these dates.

The Berang surname also appears as Durang and Derang, and also as Perrang in transcribed records of St John The Baptist RC Church in Pottsville PA.

In these records appears the birth and baptismal record of Catherina, daughter of Peter "Durang" and Catharina, born, Kappler, or Grossader. Catherina's birth is listed as 16 Sept 1852, and her baptism as October 10 in the same year. The record also states that Peter Durang's father's name was Jacob. The godparents are recorded as being Joannes Metzinger and Catharina Meyer, of Bavaria. At the present time it is unknown what relationship Peter "Durang" had to Anna Maria Berang.

In this same record of St. John The Baptist Church is recorded the birth on September 15, 1852 and baptism on October 3, of Elisabeth, daughter of Phillip Diel and Elisabeth, born Schmidt, of Bavaria, of Sillimansmine. Phillip Diel's father is recorded as Phillip, and the godparents were Lambert Johann and Maria Dockweiler, born "Derang". The relationship of Lambert Dockweiler and Maria "Derang" to the family is unknown at the present time.

In the records of 1855 appears the birth on 22 January, and baptism on 28 January of Maria, daughter of Francis Gummel of Bavaria and Joanna, born "Perrang" of Reidsmine(?). Francis Gummel's father's name is recorded as Wilhelm, and the godparents were Joannes "Perrang" of Bavaria and Maria Stier of Bavaria. The relationship of Joanna "Perrang" and Joannes "Perrang" to the family is unknown.

The Boyd's Directory 1881-1882 shows a Frank Berrang, a picker boss residing in Ashland. A Picker Boss would have been in charge of a gang of young slate pickers at one of the collieries. Boys as young as six worked in the breakers, as well as older miners who were unable to perform the physical labor required in the mines. A Picker Boss was usually one of the older miners. This same Directory also shows a Jacob Berrang operating a saloon on Centre Street, below 3rd, at the east end of Ashland. Later, in Ashland's Boyd's Directory of residents in 1906, three Berrangs are listed: Anthony, a laborer, Joseph, a barber, and William, a laborer. All three are listing as residing in "Centre 1".

Anna Maria (Berrang) Dockweiler appears in the 1891-1892 Boyd's Directory for Pottsville, in the same residence as her son Jacob, as "Mary", the "widow" of Jacob Dockweiler". They are residing at 316 Prospect Street in Pottsville at that time.The Schuylkill Vital Records, Vol III, indicates on page 55 the death of "Mary Dockweiler, widow of Jacob", on July 14, 1901, and records that she lived in St. Clair. Anna Maria, or Mary, is not listed in the Pottsville Northwest Ward Census Directory for 1890. By 1906 there are no Dockweilers listed in Pottsville or St. Clair.

Children of Jacob Dockweiler and Anna Berang are:

+ 13 i. Michael4 Dockweiler, born Abt. 1836 in PA.

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                                             CIVIL WAR ANCESTOR
+ 14 ii. Joseph Dockweiler, born Abt. 1839 in PA5; died 9 December 1899.  He married Elizabeth Geller born Abt. 1842 on 9 September 1860 in Brooklyn, Kings Co. NY 

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15 iii. Peter Dockweiler, born Abt. 1844 in PA7.

16 iv. Teresia Dockweiler, born Abt. 1846 in PA7.

+ 17 v. Catherine Dockweiler, born 13 August 1847 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA; died Aft. 1880.

18 vi. Anna Maria Dockweiler, born 24 June 1850 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA8; died 24 June 1850 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA.

19 vii. Jacob Dockweiler, born 24 June 1850 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA9; died 24 June 1850 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA9.

20 viii. Johannes Dockweiler, born 24 June 1850 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA9; died 24 June 1850 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA9.

21 ix. Jacob Dockweiler, born 15 January 1852 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA10.

Johannes Jacob Dockweiler was born on 15 January 1852, and baptised on 18 January 1852 according to the record of St John The Baptist RC Church, 913 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville PA. This record states that the sponsors were John Sieler from Prussia and Elisabeth, born Schmidt, Diel from Bavaria. His name is recorded as Johannes Jacob, and in the german tradition, was probably known as Jacob, rather than Johannes (John).

According to the 1871 Boyd's business directory, Jacob Dockweiler was working as a clerk at 270 Centre Street in Pottsville, and boarding on Temple, at that time. Jacob was 19 years old at that time.

Generation No. 4

13. Michael4 Dockweiler (Jacob3, Christian2, Joannes1) was born Abt. 1836 in PA11. He married Kate D. Abt. 1858.

There has been no evidence found that Michael Dockweiler, like his brother Joseph, served in the military during the Civil War. Michael was a photographer. His photography studio was located in Pottsville, on the corner of Centre and Market Streets, in the heart of town. In the family's possession is a photograph taken in this studio of his sister Catherine.

In 1890 Michael's residence was on 712 Minersville Street, in the Northwest ward of Pottsville. The 1890 Census Directory for Pottsville's Northwest Ward lists Michael at age 54, occupation photographer. Living at this same residence are: Kate D., Kate L., Jacob D. age 20?, Barbara, Mary L., "Augusta" age 7, Valentine age 6 and Albert age 3. This census directory only lists the ages of the males, so it is probable that "Augusta" is a male named August. The relationship of these people living with Michael Dockweiler is unknown. Because of the order in which they are listed, it is probable that Michael's wife is Kate D. and that Kate L. is their daughter.

In the 1891- 1892 Boyd's Directory for Pottsville, there are several Dockweilers listed. Michael is listed as a photographer, with his business located at Centre and Market in Pottsville, and his home at 712 Minersville. Also listed is Jacob Dockweiler, clerk, working at a business located at 227 N. Centre, and residing at 316 Prospect, and Mary Dockweiler, widow of Jacob, residing at 316 Prospect. This is Michael's brother Jacob, and his mother, Anna Maria (Berrang) Dockweiler. Also listed in Boyd's Directory is Ambrose Dockweiler, whose occupation is "artist". His residence is the 712 Minersville Street address, which would indicate a relationship to Michael. On the records located to date, Ambrose does not appear as one of Anna Maria's (Berrang) and Jacob Dockweiler's 9 children, although it is possible he was born after 1852 when the family moved to St. Clair. The 1890 Census Directory for Pottsville only lists the people residing with Michael Dockweiler. It does not list his brother Jacob, his mother Anna Marie, or Ambrose. So it would appear they came to Pottsville in 1891 or 1892, the years covered by Boyd's Directory. By 1906 there are no longer any Dockweilers listed in Pottsville or St. Clair.

Children of Michael Dockweiler and Kate D. are:

22 i. Kate L.5 Dockweiler.

23 ii. Jacob D. Dockweiler, born Abt. 1869.

24 iii. Barbara Dockweiler.

25 iv. Mary Dockweiler.

26 v. August Dockweiler, born Abt. 1883.

27 vi. Valentine Dockweiler, born Abt. 1884.

28 vii. Albert Dockweiler, born Abt. 1887.

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                                              Catherine Dockweiler ca. 1865-70

               Photograph taken by her brother Michael Dockweiler in Pottsville PA.

17. Catherine4 Dockweiler (Jacob3, Christian2, Joannes1) was born 13 August 1847 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA12, and died Aft. 1880. She married Georg Schäfer Abt. 1867, son of Georg Schäfer. He was born Abt. December 1845, and died Bef. 1900.

Catherine Dockweiler, daughter of Jacob Dockweiler and Anna Maria Berang, was born 13 August 1847 and baptized 22 August 1847 in St Johns RC Church, 913 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, PA. The sponsers were Peter Schuster and Catherine Ochs.

Children of Catherine Dockweiler and Georg Schäfer are:

29 i. Mary5 Schäfer, born Abt. September 1868 in New York.

30 ii. Louis F. Schäfer, born 07 June 1870 in New York City, New York Co., NY; died 10 July 1955 in Westwood, Bergen Co., NJ13. He married Magdalena Kreiger 29 September 1898 in New York City, New York; born Abt. 1872 in New York City, New York Co., NY; died Abt. 1938 in Westwood, Bergen Co., NJ.

31 iii. Elizabeth Schäfer, born 29 October 1871 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA14.

32 iv. Theresa Matilda Schäfer, born 04 September 1876 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., PA14; died Abt. 26 September 1925 in Bergenfield, Bergen Co., NJ. She married Willett Morgan Beyea15,16 Abt. 1893; born 07 February 1865 in Deposit, Broome Co., NY17; died 19 July 1945 in Englewood New Jersey.

33 v. George Albert Schäfer, born 25 January 1879 in Port Jervis, Orange Co., New York; died 18 January 1910 in Evergreen Boro., Queens, New York18. He married Katherina C. Kohler 28 September 1902 in St Brigid's RC Church, Linden St & St Nicholas Ave, Evergreen Boro., Queens, NY19; born 12 February 1879 in Evergreen Boro., Queens, New York; died 05 September 1910 in Evergreen Boro., Queens, New York. (These are the parents of Helen Barbara Catherine Schaefer who married Albert Joseph Wallner.)

SEE DESCENDANTS OF GEORG SCHÄFER

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Endnotes

1. Register zu den Katholischen Kichenbuchen der Pfarrei, Contwig 1689-1798, St. Laurenthis, Contwig, Pfalz, Bavaria, Film 0489413.

2. Contwig, Pfalz, Bayern Roman Catholic Christening Records, LDS Film 489414.

3. St John The Baptist RC Church, 913 Mahantongo St, Pottsville, PA 17901 record of son John Jacob Dockwiler's birth, 15 January 1852

4. Schuylkill Co. Vital Records, Vol. III, Rice/Dellock, p. 55.

5. 1850 Fed Census Roll 827, Pg 324, North West Ward, Pottsville, Schuylkill Co. PA.

6. Civil War Union Pension Index 540880, Widow Application #10256, Cert. 6608, PA.

7. 1850 Fed Census Roll 827, Pg 324, North West Ward, Pottsville, Schuylkill Co. PA.

8. Record of birth and death dated 24 June 1850 from St John The Baptist RC Church, 913 Mahantongo St, Pottsville PA 17901

9. Record of Birth and death dated 24 June 1850 from St John The Baptist RC Church, 913 Mahantongo St, Pottsville PA 17901

10. Record of Birth and Baptism dated 15 January 1852, St John The Baptist RC Church, 913 Mahantongo St, Pottsville PA 17901

11. 1850 Fed Census Roll 827, Pg 324, North West Ward, Pottsville, Schuylkill Co. PA.

12. St. Johns RC Church, 913 Mahantongo Street. Pottsville, PA baptismal record

13. Record of Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Rd, Westwood, NJ and All-Faith Lutheran Cemetery Record, Middle Village, NY

14. St. Johns RC Church, 913 Mahantongo Street. Pottsville, PA baptismal record

15. 1865 NY State Census, town of Sanford, Broome Co., NY Elec Dist 1, Pg 52 FIlm 808829.

16. 1860 Census, Mamakating, Sullivan Co., NY, pg 617, Film 803866.

17. 1865 NY State Census, town of Sanford, Broome Co., NY Elec Dist 1, Pg 52 FIlm 808829.

18. Certificate and Record of Death #217, City of NY, Dept of Health Bureau of Vital Records, NY NY.

19. Marriage Certificate #6392, City of New York, State of New York, Bor. Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY FHL #1562347, Wedding Invitation St Brigid's R.C. Church dated 28 September 1902