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What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« on: Friday 12 September 08 17:31 BST (UK) »
Having seen so many certificates (and parish register entries pre 1837) with the names of just two witnesses, I was surprised to receive two marriage certificates (one 1867, one 1920) yesterday where half the families seem to have felt obliged to sign the register: one has six witnesses; the other has seven witnesses' signatures!
Lancashire: Stevenson, Wild, Holden, Jepson
Worcs/Staffs: Steventon, Smith
East London & Suffolk: Guest, Scrutton
East London: Palfreman (prev Tyneside), Bissell, Collis, Dearlove, Ettridge
Herts: Camac, Collis, Mason, Dorrington, Siggens
Marylebone & Sussex: Cole
London & Huntingdonshire: Freeman
Bowland: Marsden, Noble
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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #1 on: Friday 12 September 08 22:15 BST (UK) »
The most I have come across so far is in marriages in Scotland where it seems they had 2 witnesses for the groom and 2 for the bride.
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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 14 September 08 10:09 BST (UK) »
The most I have is 5 and, with a bit of 'digging' around, I discovered that one of the female witnesses subsequently became the wife of one of the male witnesses, whilst another was a cousin of the bride which finally led me to discover a whole new side of their family.


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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 14 September 20 18:31 BST (UK) »
I realise this is a very old thread, but I would love to know why one person in my tree had four witnesses to marriage.  All other marriage records I have relating to my tree show two witnesses.  Suggestions gratefully received!

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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 14 September 20 20:15 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootchat Doraneh  :D

Perhaps the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid were also included as witnesses.  Do any of the witnesses names suggest that they are family members?
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England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
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Watson: Cambridgeshire
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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #5 on: Monday 14 September 20 20:33 BST (UK) »
Possibly don't know who to choose so give them all the privilege

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Garner, Marylebone Paddington  Northolt Ilford
Garner, Devon
Garner New Zealand
Maddieson
Parkinson St Pancras,
Lethbridge Paddington Slough
Jenkins Marylebone Paddington
Mizon/Mison/Myson Paddington
Tindal Marylebone Paddington
Tocock, (name changed to Ellis) London
Southam Marylebone, Paddington
Bragg Lambeth 1800's
Edermaniger(Maniger) Essex Kent Canada (Toronto)
Coveney Kent Lambeth
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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #6 on: Monday 14 September 20 20:45 BST (UK) »
Some places (and some families) developed a habit of having more than the required two witnesses. It seems more common where a family thought of themselves as "professional".

The first in my tree is in 1870. Several events have four witnesses, three have five and the last "oversubscribed" one, in 1948, has six signatures.

Of course these are well beaten by Quaker marriages, where it was normal for all who attended to put their name to the record, even in the period when such gatherings were illegal, in effect confessing to a crime. One I have, from 1689, bears the names of 58 witnesses.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #7 on: Monday 14 September 20 21:00 BST (UK) »
No idea, but as a transcriber for Free Reg, I do know that multiple witnesses involved a LOT more typing than the run of the mill 2 witnesses (often unrelated) marriages did. Though as a researcher the multiple, related witnesses were very helpful.

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Re: What's the most witnesses to marriages in your tree?
« Reply #8 on: Monday 14 September 20 21:22 BST (UK) »
If they are all related it helps with a family tree as well

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Garner, Marylebone Paddington  Northolt Ilford
Garner, Devon
Garner New Zealand
Maddieson
Parkinson St Pancras,
Lethbridge Paddington Slough
Jenkins Marylebone Paddington
Mizon/Mison/Myson Paddington
Tindal Marylebone Paddington
Tocock, (name changed to Ellis) London
Southam Marylebone, Paddington
Bragg Lambeth 1800's
Edermaniger(Maniger) Essex Kent Canada (Toronto)
Coveney Kent Lambeth
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