Minnie Eliza Watts Gordon and Archibald Edwin Lerwill (1900)

Today the AIP #WednesdayWisdom series takes us back to 1900 and presents the marriage record of Minnie Eliza Watts Gordon (1884) and Archibald Edwin Lerwill. Previous posts have presented Minnie’s baptism record and many other records of her siblings; this post focuses on her newly discovered marriage record.

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Minnie Eliza Watts Gordon was born in Calcutta in 1884, to parents Samuel Carey Gordon and Anne Cecilia Caroline Gordon. The invaluable available resources have been searched further and a marriage record has discovered for Minnie

Her marriage to Archibald Edwin Lerwill took place on 24 April 1900: 

Minnie Eliza Watts Gordon_Mar_1900_c

Their marriage record stated: 

  1. Marriage location: Bandel Church, Bengal
  2. Marriage date: 24 April 1900
  3. Ages: Archibald: 24, Minnie: 17
  4. Condition: Archibald, bachelor; Minnie, spinster
  5. Profession: Soldier
  6. Residence: Archibald: No 9 Rue des grande [unclear], Minnie: No 10 Rue des grande [unclear]
  7. Father’s names: Edwin Curtis Lerwill and Samuel Carey Gordon
  8. By Banns or Licence: banns
  9. Witnesses: E. Trower and G. Subois [unclear]
  10. Ceremony performed by: Revd. M. V. Rodrigues, Bandel Church [unclear]

Confirmation of the marriage at Bandel Church, Bengal on 24 April 1900. Archibald, aged 24, is recorded as a bachelor, Minnie, aged 17, as a spinster. Both resided in the same location, which is unclear on the record except for the first part: Rue des grande (Archibald No9 and Minnie No10). Archibald is recorded as being a soldier. Father’s names are confirmed here as Edwin Curtis Lerwill and Samuel Carey Gordon, with witnesses to the marriage recorded as E. Trower and G. Subois (although the latter is unclear). As with previous marriage records presented, the witness signatures may provide some additional insight into the lives of Archibald and Minnie (were the witnesses friends? colleagues? neighbours? or just the nearest people they could drag in to sign the paperwork?) It may be difficult to find out, but could prove insightful. The ceremony was performed by Revd. M. V. Rodrigues, Bandel Church (this also has some unclear writing). More work needed on translating poor writing! 

Alongside the discoveries of the AstridgeD’RusettGordon families, the record of Archibald Edwin Lerwill may now provide more detail and lines of enquiry, and further information to explore regarding the links to the Hassett-Wharton families in the 19th and early 20th centuries. More on this soon.

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