Waiting on the Groom in 1817

The War of 1812 widow’s pension application for Jemima Meads (widow of Elisha) in Harford County, Maryland, includes testimony from Thomas Tredway. Elisha served as a private in Captain James Rampley’s Company of the Maryland Militia in the War of 1812.

Tredway was an 83-year old resident of Baltimore County, Maryland, at the time of the affidavit. This would suggest that Tredway was born in approximately 1795 and that he would have been approximately twenty-two at the time of the marriage of Elisha Meads and Jemima DeMoss.

Tredway’s 1878 affidavit referenced a marriage in 1817.  A fair amount of time has elapsed between the date of the marriage and the date of the affidavit. Tredway indicated that he remembered the date because he “waited on” the said Elisha Meads when Meads married Jemima DeMoss “at her father’s house” on 9 November 1817.

“Waited on?”

I’m thinking that’s something like a best man.

 


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