When eighteen year-old Victor Foster wanted to marry his girl friend, Hannah Jane Bennett, he discovered it required the approval of his mother. His father had either died or was gone from the scene, so Mom’s approval in writing was essential.
On 9 Dec 1858, Mrs. Roanah Foster Johnson made the journey to the office of the Warren County, Ohio clerk’s office to mark her ‘X’ on the document that allowed the marriage ceremony to take place.
“I, Roanah Johnson, late Foster, the mother of Victor Foster, hereby consent that a license issue to him to be joined in marriage with Hannah J. Bennett. (signed: Roanah Johnson) 9 Dec 1858. Attest Samuel Johnson ( X ) his mark. Mariah Semore.
The State of Ohio, Warren County. signed Samuel Johnson.
Our Oath says that the said Roanah Johnson signed the above consent.
Samuel ( X ) Johnson (his mark)
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Dec 1858. J. C. Sabin P.J.