The following handwritten document certifying a marriage "rescued"/purchased at an antiques shop in New York State back in June 2001. Written on plain cream paper, ink browned, divided into sixths, a bit tattered on the folds - an irresistable treasure, what we all hope to find for our own ancestors. Fortunately it was transcribed for this site at the time, as 10+ years later the original has disappeared.

This certifies that Abram D. Clute of Amsterdam N.Y. & Miss Antoinette De Graff of the same place were by the undersigned united in the bonds of holy matrimony on this ninth day of August Eighteen hundred & Sixty Three.

Given Schenectady. Augst 9th 1863.

          Edward E. Seelye
          Pastor of First Reformed
          Dutch Church in Schenectady

Witness James G. Claw(?)

Richard S.N. Clute (difficult to determine if this is an S., T., or L.)
H.V.V. Clute

I used the site search engines [NOTE: in 2001; the original document currently can't be located!] and didn't find this couple but the 1869 -1870 Directory of the Town of Amsterdam had this listing:
Clute, L. V. V. (Cranesville)      farmer leases of Mrs. H. V. V. Clute, 95

The 1850 and 1860 census for NY State have listings for an Abram D. Clute for Watervliet, Albany County (as well as an Abraham D. Clute for 1820 Watervliet), an Abram O. Clute in Schenectady, Schenectady County, and an Abram Clute in Esperance, Schenectady County.

I checked out the LDS records on line and found the following listing for an Abraham Clute:

Abraham CLUTE
Sex: M
Birth: 1824
Schenectady, Schenectody (sic), New York
Father:    Frederick Nicholas CLUTE
Mother:    Margaret Boyd CLUTE

as well as this listing:

Edward Eli SEELYE
Sex: M
Birth: Abt. 1811
Lansingburg, Rensselaer, New York
Father:    Seth SEELYE JR.

These may or may not be the individuals in the documents or no relation.

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