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Non-conformist marriages

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:10 pm

Can anyone explain why a couple would marry twice within a week in 1752, once in Norwich, Norfolk and once in Suffolk? If they were non-conformists would they need to have a standard marriage too?
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby Guy » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:58 pm

There was a lot of doubt about the legality of a marriage that did not take place in a church or chapel of the Church of England, Lord Hardwickes Marriage Act of 1753 made it clear that any other marriage was unlawful except marriages in Scotland, nor any Marriages amongst the People called Quakers, or amongst the Persons professing the Jewish Religion, where both the Parties to any such Marriage shall be of the People called Quakers, or Persons professing the Jewish Religion respectively, nor to any Marriages solemnized beyond the Seas.

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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby Templ4r » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:15 pm

I have a strange one like that near Derby. Married one day at Mackworth church and the same day at Kedleston. (not sure which was first) Parishes next door to each other.
I know the bride was from Mackworth but haven't proven the grooms birth yet, so I am looking local to Kedleston for him as it might have been his local church.
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:50 pm

I wondered if it was a belt and braces exercise but I can't find the actual register entries for both, just the England, Select Marriages 1538-1973 extracts from Ancestry so I feel that I'm beating my head against a brick wall. This couple baptise four daughters at an Independent chapel in Suffolk a decade later so the non-conformist hint is there but I can't find more information ho hum...
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby ianbee » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:02 pm

Is it possible that one of those records is for a marriage licence issued by one of the Norwich ecclesiastical courts?
Is there no parish given on either of them?
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:16 pm

On 7th July 1752 it says Norwich, Norfolk (nothing more and no image available) and 12 July 1752 it says Comb, Suffolk (nothing more, no image available). I’ve looked at Comb without luck and Norwich has something like 18 churches so I haven’t looked at those yet. The baptisms were at Hadleigh and the couple came from Bildestone (I think, notes not to hand right now) so I can’t say where either of them resided before marriage.
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby ianbee » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:22 pm

Hi
Yes it's a marriage licence, Norwich Consistory Court, for Abraham + Elizabeth
You can see the bond on FamilySearch. Not a great image, and the allegation is not with it.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... cc=1824690
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:25 pm

Oooh, well done Ian. Thank you. That solves that problem.
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby ianbee » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:32 pm

Norfolk Nan wrote:the couple came from Bildestone

In the same court, an administration in 1790 for Abraham Laflin, late of Bildestone
Granted to Sarah Laflin of Bildestone (daughter), William Hines, John Ennals
Two images
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... cat=278818
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Re: Non-conformist marriages

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:32 pm

Any idea where Elizabeth’s from? I can’t decipher it...
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