Gene Notes

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wedding Wednesday - Zimmet & Bescher

This is a fun record because it documents the relationship of the bride and the groom. They were first cousins. Francis Bescher's (also seen as Basher) mother and Josephine Zimmet's (also Zimmeth) father were brother and sister. Also, it's in Latin. The image is extremely dark on the right side and I've attempted to lighten it. Also, the Michael Zimmeth family ended up using Simmet rather than Zimmeth. According to my grandfather, Charles Louis Zimmeth, his father was mad that his brother Michael's family used Simmet rather than Zimmeth, so he stopped communicating. Which is probably why we never knew until recently that some of Michael's descendants also moved to Michigan. The couple mentioned below, however, remained in the Buffalo, New York region.

Record No. 15. The 15th day of December 1887, dispensation for a blood relationship of the second degree, e.g., lineally, and after three proclamations marriage joining Francis Bescher, son of George Bescher and his dead wife, Mary Zimmet, with Josephine Zimmet, daughter of Michael Zimmet and Catharina Eisenmann. Witness are Joseph Rengal and Magdalena Bohl. - signed- (Rev) F. N. Lester.

(St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Lancaster, NY, Marriage Records.)

Copyright 2010, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. They published the banns before getting dispensation? Is that typical? Or is it just worded that way?

  2. I think they got the dispensation first, and then the banns were read.

  3. Dec 15th! The perfect day for publishing this post. :-)
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  4. I've been trying to do that, post on the anniversary, but it doesn't always work out!