If I could have one genealogical wish, it would be to find the marriage book for the Rev. Jonathan Cushing, minister of Dover, NH from 1717-1766. For some odd historical reason, his book of baptisms survives, but his log of marriages must have been misplaced or destroyed. It is not published in the Vital Records of Dover, New Hampshire. How does a church save its baptismal book and not its marriage book?
My ancestors Jonathan and Elizabeth Pinkham have all their children baptized by the Rev. Cushing in Dover, so there's little doubt he married them. However, they leave no probate records and no deeds that shed light on her maiden name. There may be court records, but most of the Strafford County court records of those times are still unprocessed and unindexed in Concord, NH (Live Free or Die--But Too Slow on Organizing Records). So there's this ugly hole in my Pinkham line, yearning for a name. Add to this that my ancestors Samuel and Patience Yeaton were married there too (children being baptized) and I don't know her maiden name. That two very big brick walls that could be solved by the discovery of such records.