MayHam wrote:If the fathers of the bride or groom were deceased, they wouldn't normally have their occupation listed on the marriage certificate, would they? So, presumably both fathers were alive in 1841?
Unfortunately you cannot presume anything from this.
The marriage register entry has the following columns:Father's Name and Surname
Rank or Profession of Father
I have many examples where information is recorded in this format:
John Smith (Deceased) Wheelwright
On one marriage certificate, from 1860, the father's name and occupation were recorded. Despite him having died in 1854, he was not recorded as deceased anywhere on the certificate.
Thus, you cannot presume a father is still alive if he is not recorded as deceased on the marriage certificate.