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Need info on Michael Kiely married to Myrtle Biteman
Posted by: Deirdre Alheim (ID *****0353) Date: November 10, 2004 at 13:11:36
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I am looking for information on Michael Kiely who married Myrtle Biteman (my ancestor) on July 17, 1924 in Vancouver, Washington, Clark County. According to the marriage license and certificate, Michael was born in Ireland in 1901and lived at 425 R.T. D, Box 60, Seattle, WA and was a fireman. His parents were Thos. Kiely and Mary Kereus (Maiden Name). Myrtle lived at 787 Water Street in Portland, Oregon. Her relatives lived in Seattle, so I am assuming this is where she met Michael. Myrtle's parents were William and May (or Mary) Biteman. The witnesses for Michael and Myrtle were Mrs. and Mr. A. Karther (the Mrs. signed hers Kather).
I have been looking for these two and have not found anything on them. It is like they dropped off the face of the earth. The other thing is, I have Myrtle being born in Washington state in 1909. Again in 1920 on the census she is listed as 11 years old. This being said, I can see one census being messed up, but not two for the same person, so.... in 1924, Myrtle would have only been 15 when she married. Two things crossed my mind, she may have gotten herself in trouble, ie, pregnancy and lied about her age to get married, or her parents lied on two census reports about her age - although I have no idea why they would do it.
At any rate, if anyone has any information on these two I would greatly appreciate anything you can give me. I have exhausted my searches on ancestry, etc. I have even looked for the witnesses in the census reports, etc and can't find them either. The whole thing is hinky. But at least I have the license and certificate, that at least proves they were married by the JOP.
As I said, if anyone has any information at all, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!
Deirdre L. Alheim

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