Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Richard-McCoig Wedding

The UFO Team was happy to see this particular marriage certificate stored safely in a zip lock bag. However we were disappointed to see it was heavily creased and that the two pictures that appeared to accompany the form at one time were missing.

This over-size piece of heavy-weight paper has two major crease lines where it has repeatedly been folded over the years. There are two ovoid holes at the top that appear to be for photographs with a tissue-like backing on the rear. No pictures were found. Located in the bottom right corner is a quote from scripture that reads "St. John - This is my commandment - "That ye love one another as I have loved You." This appears to be pasted on top of the certificate for decoration.

Unique Marks:
Bottom Left - "Cabinet Photograph" is printed in the corner.

Bottom Right - A watermark or seal shaped like a wreath of leaves with "The Holt Marriage Certificates" printed inside. Printed below that is "The Holt Concern, Publishers, Chicago, Ill."

Reverse - Handwritten note that reads "Keep Bens Marriage L."


The McCoig family originated in Inverness Shire, Scotland. Eva (or Evy) Agnes McCoig was the fourth child born to Neal and Emma (Hable) McCoig. She was born in 1890 in Missouri. Eva would go on to marry Benjamin R. Richard when she was just 17 and a half. Their first child, Claud, was born later that year on November 7th.

Presiding over the wedding was Augustin Reed Humphrey, County Judge. Humphrey was a prominent man in politics, serving as Congressman, President of the Broken Bow Board of Education, and Mayor of Broken Bow.


- Broken Bow Cemetery, Custer County, Nebraska, Retrieved on January 12, 2008 from
- United State Congress, Biographical Directory, Retrieved on January 12, 2008 from
- Numerous facts were gathered from the private Richard Family Estate collection. These facts span numerous sources of information and contain genealogical data, photos, and newspaper articles.

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