Marriage certificate of Leonardus van Pamelen with Hendrika Hamelijnck at
Biervliet on May 10,1849. Witnesses: his halfbrothers Jan Francies, Bernardus and Pieter van Pamelen (D.0., D.1.
and D.2.) and his only living brother Jacobus van Pamelen (D.11.).
This certificate is signed bij the Public Servant A. Altena, the bridegroom Leonardus and the fourth
witness Jacobus van Pamelen. The bride Hendrika and her parents, Leonardus's mother Maria Cornelia
and the first three witnesses declared not be able to write or sign.
Marriage certificates give a lot of information. From both, the bride and the bridegroom, are
mentioned the name (first names), age, occupation, place of birth and residence. Also both parental
couples are mentioned and if they are alive also their occupation and residence are noted. The
certificate also provides a summary of the supplements which have been handed in. In the final part
of the certificate are mentioned the witnesses as well as their age, profession and residence and
mostly also their connection to the bride and groom. Up to 1927 the witnesses are always male.