I stumbled across this article while looking for my Mowery ancestors.  As far as I know, this man is not in my line.:)

Arrest Man Who, Women Say, Has Hypnotic Kiss

Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 12 – A man identified by police as Jess Ray Mowery known in San Francisco as “the man with the hypnotic kiss,” was in custody today.

Police Chief James McMenamin, who said his prisoner had been “satisfactorily identified” as Mowery, notified San Francisco police, who were on their way here to return him to the coast, where he is wanted on bigamy charges. The prisoner denied he is Mowery.

Mowery was dubbed “the man with the hypnotic kiss” after two women charged he married them after captivating them with his kisses.

  • Mariann Regan - May 2, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Now there’s an intriguing story! Too bad this hypnotic Mowery wasn’t in your line. : ))ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Fleming Palmer - May 3, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    To funny! ;-)ReplyCancel

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Samuel Weeks (1811-1895) was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather.  This was not his first marriage.  He was married to Sarah A. Parks in 1841.

State of Indiana, Clark County, Sct:

To any Person Empowered to Solemnize the Rites of Marriages in said County, Greeting:

You are Hereby Authorized To  join together, in the honorable state of Marriage,

Samuel Weeks and Martha R. Smith

for which this shall be your sufficient warrant.

Given under my hand, as Clerk, and the Seal of the Circuit Court of said County, at the town of Charlestown, this 4th day of October 1876

Alez? James, Clerk

State of Indiana, Clark County, SS:

This is to satisfy that Samuel Weeks and Martha R. Smith were joined together as Husband and Wife, by virtue of a License issued by the Clerk of the Clark Circuit Court, this 4th day of October 1876, by me

R.L. Howe, VDM


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The first photo is of the entire page in the parish register and below it is the enlarged, cropped image of the marriage of my great-great grandfather Peter Andreas Peterson Melhus and his first wife, Anne Reitan.  I am descended through his second wife, Anna Margret Kvam.  I’m not going to lie.  Doing research in old parish records can be challenging.  This particular record is from 1860.  I don’t speak (or read) Norwegian.  There are often abbreviations that are used in these records also.  It takes some getting used to.  Once I’m in a groove and have been looking through them for a while, it gets easier (because I know which items are in each column).  I have a dictionary and some Norwegian friends to help me out.:)

  • Mariann Regan - April 29, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Yes, this definitely looks challenging! Especially, I admire you for getting used to the handwriting. Maybe your Norwegian friends can help you with the handwriting, too! Researchers learn to be undaunted, I suppose, but Kudos.ReplyCancel

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