Published by the Harleian Society 1886
Licences granted to marry in places all over Great Britain.
"Jan 14 1665 - Richard Holford, of Lincoln's Inn, bachelor, 29, & Sarah Crew, of St. Martin in the Fields, Middlesex, spinster, about 16, her father dead, & she in custody of her aunt Jane Struttey of Westonburt, co. Gloucester, who consents; at St. Paul's Covent Garden, Middlesex."
"July 24 1796 - John Quincy Adams, Esq., of Boston in North America, Bachelor, above 21, & Louisa Catherine Johnson, of All Hallows, Barking, London, spinster, above 21; at All Hallows Barking aforesaid".
"March 17 1698 - Henry Heylin, of parish of St. John Baptist, co. Hereford, Esq., bachelor, 40, & Ann Cooke of Churcham, co. Gloucester, spinster, 30, at her own disposal; alleged by Robert Cooke, of Bishop's Cleeve, co. Gloucester, Clerk; at Llanvyhangell, co. Monmouth."
It is records such as these that are of immense value to family historians! A couple, one from Herefordshire, the other from Gloucestershire, who were issued with a licence in London to marry in a parish church in Monmouthshire, Wales. That will certainly knock down the brick wall in someone's research. It isn't at all difficult to find such instances. The books are full of them!
Two Volumes. Published by the Harleian Society 1887
(A very different, and more comprehensive publication than the "London Marriage Licences" CD ref 0068)
Arranged in date order, with full indexes. Includes licences granted to marry in churches all over England. Not just London.
Published by the Harleian Society 1890
Four large volumes, with a wealth of information for family historians. Marriage licences give so much valuable information such as ages, places of residence, and importantly in many cases, fathers' names, etc. which are not stated in the parish registers until as late as 1837! The majority of the licences recorded in these books were issued were to couples residing in the home counties in and around London, but there are also many from other parts of Great Britain, giving couples the right to marry in other counties.
"March 14 1692 - William Vavasour, of Weston, Co. York, Esqr. Batchelor, aged 23, & Mary Fawkes, of Farmely in the said county, spinster, aged 19, with consent of her father Thomas Fawkes, who attests, at St. James Westminster."
"March 15 1692 - Hope Long, of South Wraxall, Wilts, Widower, & Grace Blanchard of the city of Bath, Widow. Alleged by John Lovell of Drs. Commons, London, Gent.; at Box or Collerne, Wilts. or at Bath."
The fact that licences were issued by The Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury does not mean that they were for marriages in Canterbury. They can be for anywhere in the country. These volumes are fully indexed.
Also for those Issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury 1660-1679
Note that although the "Canterbury" licences appear to overlap those of the 4 volume set above, they contain different licence records.
Both parts of this book include licences issued to couples from all over England.
Note that these contain lists of licences granted in a particular diocese, but they include details of marriage licences relating to people all over the country, and are very valuable sources of family history information, as they also often include parents' names, villages & towns of residence, etc.
Not just for those with London ancestors!
Published by the Harleian Society 1893
Although the licences recorded in these volumes are predominantly for Hampshire couples and for marriages in Hampshire parishes, they do also contain many for other parts of Great Britain.
Especially noticeable here, are the number of mariners and soldiers of all ranks from captains to drummers, from all parts of Britain and beyond!
"Fisher, Seth-Dunham, sojourning in Portsmouth, capt. of the George & Albert, South Sea Whaler, bachelor, born in America, & Elizabeth Imrie, of Portsmouth, spinster, daughter of John and Ann-Maria Imrie, baptised at Portsea, 2 March 1796, at Portsmouth 25 March 1823. John Imrie, lieut. R.N. bondsman".
"Fitzpatrick, Patrick, of Wymering, & the 43rd Regiment, drummer, 21, bachelor, & Mary Pain, of the same, a minor, with the consent of her father, Peter Payne [sic], of the same, at Wymering. 15 May 1784"
Every page is full of such records that are sure to be really invaluable in breaking down brick walls in research and locating those elusive ancestors.
Published by the Harleian Society 1918-1921 in four volumes.
The very first entry in 1684 reads; John Murrell, of Lawshall, husbandman, & Sarah Richier, of Hepworth. Bondsman: Robert Garland, of Weltham, Husbandman. 3 Jan., 1684/5.
This class of records are incredibly valuable to the family historian, as prior to 1837 marriages in parish registers did not state the father's name, and also rarely stated an occupation of the groom.
Elian Helen, of Sudbury St. Peters, s.m. [single man], grocer, & Mary Ann Vincent, of Little Waldingfield, s.w. at same. 13 Jan 1818.
Wm. Mann, jun., of Bromley, Middlesex, grazier, s.m., & Maria Strutter, of St. Mary, Bury St. Edmunds, at same. Bondsman John Stutter, of Bury St. Edmunds, gent. 19 Jan 1818.
John Cook, of Assington, s.m., & Mary Elizh. Vincent, of Little Waldingfield, 19 years (father Philip Vincent, of same), at same. 19 Jan 1818.
John Stickwood, of Sketchwoth, 19 years, & Sarah Hart, of same, s.w., 25 years. Edw. Stickwood, father of John Stickwood. Surrogate: J. Gee. 30 May 1755.
It is well worth noting that there are many people here who were from outside the county of Suffolk, so these records will appeal to a wide range of researchers. The four books are arranged in date order and are fully indexed for names.
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