Voluntary recording of PA marriages was abandoned in 1854 thus this book helps fill the gap between census records for marriages and deaths. Abstracts of weddings often contain the father of the bride as well as residences of both the bride and groom. There are death notices, obituaries, registers, auditors and estate notices. Included is the cause of and place of death, age, relatives listed, the administrator or executor of estates and guardians of minor children. Contains listings from surrounding counties of Delaware, Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster as well as more distant counties. The southern perimeters of Chester County abuts on the Delaware-Maryland border; therefore you will also find listings of people from these areas. Chronological listings of newspaper abstracts for the period Jan 1858 through Dec 1861 from the Chester County Republican that later became the American Republican and Chester County Democrat which was published weekly. During 1860 through December 1861 the abstracts are from The Jeffersonian, also published in West Chester. On Aug 23, 1861 publication was halted by the U.S. Marshall, accusing the paper of being strongly pro-southern. Two months of the American Republican and Chester County Democrat were substituted until The Jeffersonian was permitted to resume publishing. Index.