12 October 2011

Secrets and Lies...

I was sitting with my mother in the hospital today for a few hours and thought, since I had my laptop, I might take a look at some database information on Utah marriages and organize what I wanted to get at the Utah State Archives.

In this process, Aliene and Eugene Lund showed up on my list...Troy's grandparents. I don't have a place for her first or last marriages (she was married and divorced 3 times), but she lived in Utah. However, her 2nd marriage, to Troy's grandfather, took place in Wyoming. I thought, since I had time, and no where to go I would try to see what Wyoming had online. It was quite confusing so I decided to call them.

The archivist was extremely helpful and after I gave her the information I had, she said she'd pull the certificate and email it to me.

When she called me back she informed me that Aliene was listed on her Marriage certificate as Aliene Harvey (1st married name) and listed as divorced. Also, the date on the certificate didn't match what I had on file.

Here's the Certificate:
Source: Wyoming, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, marriage certificate 1289 (11 May 1946), Eugene Lund and Aliene Harvey (Anderson); Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne.

State of Wyoming
Department of Heath
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Certificate of Marriage
File No. 1946
Certif. No 1989

I, Victor W. Matthews a Bishop of the Evanston 1st Ward in the L.D.S. Church officiating in the County of Uinta and State of Wyoming, do hereby certify that I did on the 11th day of May A.D. 1946 in Evanston, County of Uinta, State of Wyoming, unite in marriage Eugene Lund of Plain City, County of Weber, State of Utah, and Aliene Harvey, of Ogden, County of Weber, State of Utah the parties named in the within license, in said County and State according to the laws of the State of Wyoming.

Ellis M. Lund (Witness)
RFD #2 Ogden (Residence)
Ray S. Chislton (Witness)
R.F.D. #2 Ogden (Residence)

(Signature of person officiating and P.O. address) Victor W. Martinez, Evanton, Wyoming

Full Name: Eugene Lund
Residence: Plain City, Utah
Age: 27
Color or Race: W
Single, Widowed or Divorced: D
Occupation: Farming
Birthplace: Utah
Name of Father: Victor Lund
Birthplace of Father: Utah
Maiden Name of Mother: Pearl Taylor
Birthplace of Mother: Utah

Full Name: Aliene Harvey
Residence: 3453 Porter Ave. Ogden, Utah
Age: 27
Color or Race: W
Single, Widowed or Divorced: D
Maiden Name if Previously Married: Aliene Anderson
Birthplace: Idaho
Name of Father: Oscar Anderson
Birthplace of Father: Utah
Maiden Name of Mother: Annie Mills
Birthplace of Mother: Utah

Date Received by County Clerk: May 11, 1946
Recorded by Clerk on page 188 Book 177
Signature: Joseph M P---- County Clerk
Date received by State Registrar: May 16, 1946

So, the date I had on file - which was listed in Aliene's own "Book of Rememberances" on multiple pages (so it's not a typo) was 11 May 1945 - one year earlier.

Aliene and Eugene's son was born in November of 1946...6 months later! It would appear she was pregnant before they were married.

My burning question - Why did they go to Wyoming to get married? They are both from the Ogden, Utah area, as are both Witnesses.

Also, I would like to track down all of Aliene and Eugene's divorce records. Those should be interesting as well.

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