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Dr. Russell Barnard Duplicate Marriage Licenses

Identifier: MS-597

Content Description

This collection consists of approximately 150 duplicate marriage licenses, dating from 1924 to 1944, for marriage ceremonies performed by Reverend Dr. Russell D. Barnard, pastor of First Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio. These documents consist of only the marriage license portion, with the actual marriage certificate (completed by Dr. Barnard after performing the ceremony) having been separated and returned to the court. Therefore, the date on the document is the marriage license date, which is not necessarily the same as the date that the marriage was actually performed. Most, but not all, marriage licenses originated in Montgomery County, Ohio. The licenses are arranged chronologically.


  • Creation: 1924-1944


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Russell Dewey Barnard was born July 20, 1898, in Delphi, Indiana, to John Barnard and Jessie Bennett. He was pastor at the First Brethren Church, 1900 West Third Street in Dayton, from about the mid-1920s to mid-1940s. He later served as a foreign missionary. He married Ferne A. Hartzler in 1923, and they had a daughter Dorcas (b. ~1927), who married Harold Beaver. Dr. Barnard died March 10, 1986, in Winona Lake, Indiana, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana.


0.25 linear feet (one half-size Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of duplicate marriage licenses for marriage ceremonies performed by Reverend Dr. Russell D. Barnard, pastor of First Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio. Most, but not all, licenses are from Montgomery County, Ohio.


The licenses are arranged chronologically in a single series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives by Dorcas Beaver, daughter of Dr. Russell Barnard, in May 2010.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original marriage licenses to which these duplicates correspond are on file in the Probate Court of the county in which the original license was obtained (in most cases, Montgomery County, Ohio).

Processing Information

Finding aid written according to DACS standards by Alyssa Stark and Lisa Rickey, July 2017.

Dr. Russell Barnard Duplicate Marriage Licenses (MS-597)
Lisa Rickey
July 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA