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Published 5/5/2020
1:04pm

135 Year Old Marriage Certificate Discovered in Northern Michigan Home May Belong to Area Couple

Finder Would Like to Locate Family to Return Heirloom

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George Asa Smith and Ida May Snyder were wed in 1885.

George Asa Smith and Ida May Snyder would have celebrated 135 years of marriage this month.  

They aren't still living, but their marriage certificate is alive and well, and was discovered in the stairwell of a home in northern Michigan.

What's of particular interest about this marriage certificate is that it shows Smith and Snyder formally, officially united in matrimony on May 26th 1885, and it happened in Gaines.

There's more to the story! Keep reading!

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Cyndi LaHaie found the framed certificate in her Alpena home and is hoping, now, to find a family member of the couple, so she can see returned what she says is a "nice family heirloom."

LaHaie posted a photo of the marriage certificate to Facebook on May 2nd, along with a note, saying the previous owners left the marriage certificate behind.

An interesting twist

One of the many people to comment found information about Smith and Snyder; Sandy Nevins said "I looked these people up. George & Ida had a daughter Muriel. Muriel married John Hutchins. Muriel and John had a child Francis Hutchins that died in Alpena on Dec 30. 1987."

This is where it gets interesting: LaHaie replied "Francis Hutchins lived in this house. We actually bought it from his daughter. She left everything in the house and it’s been here over 30 years. I have no idea whatever happened to her. She moved away shortly after we bought the house in November 1988."

Do you know Francis Hutchins' daughter?

We did some digging of our own, and though we didn't find any information specific to the couple or their kin, we discovered both Gaines Township in Genesee County and Gaines Township in Kent County had been established by 1885.  The former in 1875, the latter in 1870.  While it is possible the couple could have wed at either location, much of the information that has already been located about the couple, puts them primarily in the Detroit area.

Both Smith and Snyder were from Greenfield Township in Wayne County.  Snyder and Muriel's husband, Dr. John Henry Hutchins, who practiced dentistry for 25 years and resided in the Milford area for a time, were found to be buried at Clarenceville Cemetary in Livonia.

A mystery marriage

Francis Henry Hutchins, the son of John Henry Hutchins and Muriel Hutchins, who is the daughter of Smith and Snyder, was married twice, George Brown says.  His first marriage was to Shirley Ann Torrance.  The couple were married in Oakland County in 1946, Brown shared in a comment.  But, apparently, Francis married again, and that spouse is marked "Private" in the records Brown found.

Might Francis' daughter also be the daughter of Torrance?

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