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When I married in 1979, my wife knew that one of my hobbies was family history.

She provided me names and dates to help fill out her side of our family tree.

We came to a brick wall with her 2Great-grandfather – David Lucas.

Questions arose from the transcriptions of the Rockbridge County (Virginia) Marriage Record.

In all of the typed transcriptions, the record states:

Lucas, David   64   W   Cumberland, PA   Rockbridge   Farmer
Lucas, Danl.   Lucas, Edith   8/3/1869   Schreckhise, J.W.
Reece, Mary M.   28   S   Augusta   Rockbridge
Reece, C.   Reece, M.A.

This record states that David Lucas was a 64 year-old widower, born in Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He is a farmer. His father is Danl Lucas and his mother is Edith Lucas.
David Lucas and Mary M. Reece were married on 3 August 1869 by J.W. Schreckhise
Mary M. Reece is 28 years old, single and born in Augusta County, Virginia. She now lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Her parents are C. Reece and M.A. Reece.

Before I began my record search I questioned my in-laws for any information or stories they might have about David. Results were – NONE. Some did recall a grandmother Reece, but I determined these were all about the daughter Georgianna Reese (Mary’s daughter) who married their great-grandfather Daniel Campbell.

David and Mary were married in 1869 and I found them in the 1870 Federal Census in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Both David and Mary state their place of birth is Virginia.

David appears in the 1860 Federal Census in Rockbridge County, Virginia married to Elizabeth (Strine) with nine children ages 23 – 9. Here again David, Elizabeth and all nine children were born in Virginia. I found the marriage record of David Lucas to Elizabeth Strine in Augusta County, on 29 Nov 1832. From the transcribed record there was no indication of place of birth.

I found no record of David and Elizabeth in the 1850 Federal Census – in either Augusta or Rockbridge County, Virginia. I did find David listed in the 1840 Federal Census in Augusta County, Virginia.

The challenge was to find Daniel and Edith Lucas, David’s parents. Were they in Virginia or Pennsylvania?

I was successful in finding a Daniel and Elizabeth Lucas in Augusta County, Virginia. I was also successful in finding a Daniel and Eva Lucas in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. In neither case did I find a marriage record.

A trip to the Rockbridge County Courthouse to VIEW the original marriage document would allow me to determine if David’s birthplace was correctly transcribed. Was he born in PA or VA? I could also verify the mother’s name. Is she correctly recorded as Edith or is the entry an abbreviation of Elizabeth? Thus far I have not found a digitized copy of the marriage record to answer these questions.

Sometimes the answers are not so readily available. Transcribed books may be correct or in error. Images of documents may not be available. Images may be so poor that when viewing either online or in person, the information is not clearly discernible.

So my search continues.

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