Marriage certificate, dated May 11th, 1870:

The Certifies That
The Rite of
Holy Matrimony
Was Celebrated Between

William E. Handy and
Mary Ann McCarthy
Both of the town of Ephratah in the County
of Fulton  and State of New York by me
a Minister of the Gospel May 11th 1870
E.G.R. Joshua

Witness: S. Brookins

Found in "Romola" by George Eliot. Published by Harper and Brothers, no date, circa 1860s.

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  1. Wouldn't it be fun to try and find their descendants and return this to them...

  2. Here is a link to his "life story" on Ancestry.com:

    Another Forgotten Bookmarks fan contributed a picture to this as well.

  3. Someone generally tries...I don't know how often it's successful as I don't always read the comments. But it's not as difficult as it might sound; there are family history websites like FamilySearch and Ancestry, and also surname communities, and people often know a great deal about the branches of their families several generations back.