Certificate of Marriage for Edward John Seidel and Harriet Bender

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Certificate of Marriage for Edward John Seidel and Harriet Bender

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Certificate of Marriage for Seidel and Bender




Certificate of marriage for Edward John Seidel (1915-1996) and Harriet Bender in Arlington, Virginia, on September 20, 1967. The marriage certificate includes information about the bride and groom's age, race, number of times previously married, occupation, industry or business, birthplace, parents' full names, mailing address, and date and place of proposed marriage. The couple married on September 25, 1967.

Born on March 6, 1915, in Buffalo, New York, Seidel grew up in New York State before moving to Northern Virginia to work for the United States Department of Agriculture. He married his first wife, Mildred Lunsford, in 1938, and fathered four children: Lance, Mary Ann, Walter and Daniel. Seidel enlisted in the United States Army on May 7, 1945. In 1967, Seidel and his wife divorced. After marrying Harriet Bender in 1967, the family lived in Delaware before moving to Central Florida in 1992. On September 1, 1996, Seidel passed away at the age of eighty-one. The Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, placed a memorial headstone in honor of Seidel and his service.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Digital reproduction of original marriage certificate recorded by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, September 20, 1967.

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1 certificate of marriage






Arlington, Virginia

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Originally created and published by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

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Bureau of Vital Statistics, Virginia Department of Health

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.


Commonwealth of Virginia, “Certificate of Marriage for Edward John Seidel and Harriet Bender,” RICHES, accessed March 4, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/10314.