I have recently found a record of the marriage of John (Johannes) Fauth,
an immigrant from Bavaria, to Margareta (Margaret) Kuhnle,
who was from the Stuttgart area of Germany. They were
married, according to a family Bible, on 3 March 1858 in
Attica, Wyoming County, New York.
Where do I go for either a civil or church record of the marriage?
Or do both civil and church records exist?
(They were German Methodists in their later home in Texas.)
According to his obituary, he immigrated to New York State
in 1852, served a two year apprenticeship in Buffalo in a
carriage and wagon makers' shop, and met his future wife
in New York State during that time. He migrated to Texas in 1854,
where he built up a business and built them a home, and
then came back to New York to marry her.
Are there any formal or informal records of apprenticeships
in Buffalo or in this area which still exist?
Are there any societies of German immigrants which might
have records from that era?
Where would I look for any declaration that he intended to
take up U. S.? (There is no record of a declaration
of intent in Gonzales, and so he may have declared his
intent and taken out the citizenship papers in New York State. He
was later on the City Council in Gonzales, TX, so he obviously
was able to vote.)
Are there any lists of inhabitants of towns or the area, (as they
did not live in New York State in either 1850 or 1860 to judge
from the obituary and other family history) which might help
locate one or the other?
If I wished to look for them in local papers, in either English
or in German, where would I look for the 1850-1858 period in
Attica or in the surrounding area? Are they available on
microfilm, and from which repository? Are they indexed?
Thanks in advance for any guidance you might be able to
give me as I begin looking for them in New York State.