Wedding officiated by Rev. Thomas Rafter at St. James Church. Witnesses were W.J. Thorne and Catherine McInerney, both of Bay City. William was the best man.
John Arthur Thorne writes:
Parents are Eliza A Bens (born in New York 1840) and Mathew (Robert in 1835?) Pontine (Policeman) of Canada. Sister named Eva (1867).
From Bay County Marriages, 1889-1914, (Book E, P. 60): J.J Thorne was married to Mabel E. Pontine on Nov. 22, 1899 in Bay City. He's listed as 27 year's old; she as 17. J.J. was born in Collingwood, Canada; Mabel in Bay City. His occupation at time was electrical engineer. Parents listed as Robert Thorn and Ella Mullins; Mathew Pontine and Eliza Bens. Officiated by Rev. Thomas Rafter at St. James Church. Witnesses were W.J. Thorne and Catherine McInerney, both of Bay City. Found Pontine family in the 1880 Bay City census; the father was a policeman, born in Canada.
Wait, there's more - a baby! From Bay County birth records (1874-1933), Volume I, p. 214. Marion Thorne, born to J.J. and Mabel Thorne in Bay City on Jan. 24, 1901.
Marion and Mabel may have moved to California in the early 1900s.
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