This is a marriage record from Mihla, Germany, in 1730.

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My best reading of the 2nd and 3rd lines is:

Hanß Georg Monton, Bürgers Zu Creuzburg, [mia?] [und?] An=
spänners und Schultzens Zu Büchenan ehel, [?] Sohn und Jgfr.

Creuzburg is at the center of the map here. Mihla is at about 2 o'clock from Creuzburg. The other pins indicate the other towns in the area that would have been at least large enough to have their own church.

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If I am reading and translating this entry correctly, Büchenan should be a town (or at least a small settlement/plantation/etc) in the area. It should be close enough to Mihla for Johann Georg Monton to have been able to meet a girl in Mihla, and close enough to Creuzburg for Hanß Georg Monton to be a citizen there, while also being a farmer and [magistrate? mayor? - I'm not sure on the translation for Schultzen here] in Büchenan. However, I've not previously run across any mentions of such a place, nor can I find anything with that name in the area.

So what or where is Büchenan?

(Small bonus side question... I cannot read the first word on the last line, Christian Hasert's profession. "Anspänners u. [?_] alhier" Can anyone help with reading that word?)

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The place name is Büchenau (note the breve above the final letter) and today seems to be Buchenau, actually part of Mihla (German Wikipedia on Buchenau). As to your side question, I would read that as Gerichtschöpffens, which seems to be one of many possible variations on Schöffe (German Wikipedia on historical uses of Schöffe).

  • The last name is "Merten". The term "Anspänner" seems to be used for a farmer with enough land that he can afford a stable of one or more horses to help with the field work. (Both the father of the groom and the father of the bride are referred to using this term.) A "Schultz" or "Schultheiss" is a town official, often equated to a mayor, although there are some nuances I do not fully understand. One distinguishing feature seems to be the size of the town. Commented Nov 17, 2021 at 20:22

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