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Emily Mary Joseph England first communion certificate

Identifier: Mss 0034-166

Collection Overview

A first communion certificate for Emily Mary Joseph England in the Cathedral of St. Finbar, dated April 22nd, 1849. Two Bible verses (Deut. XXXII and Revelations ii, 10) are printed on the certificate; it is unsigned by the pastor. The certificate is a mass-produced form from either Baltimore, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh. The original certificate has been pasted on to more durable paper for preservation purposes.


  • Creation: 1849

Language of Material

Materials in English.

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Emily Mary Joseph England married William Matthiessen, a 65 year old merchant, on July 24, 1878 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston, S.C. St. Finbar was the first cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, S.C., and it was razed for the second structure, which was consecrated in 1854 for St. John and St. Finbar.


1 oversize paper folder (1 item) : 1 leaf ; 36 x 27 cm.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in the name of Firth English Ellis, a College of Charleston alumnus.

Inventory of the Emily Mary Joseph England First Communion Certificate, 1849
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