Author Topic: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?  (Read 807 times)

Offline Rakiura John

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Hi. I'm aware Banns are religious based - where a couple have their intention to marry broadcast in their respective parish church/s, usually for three consecutive weeks prior to the actual marriage. Sometimes however I find a couple were married by Licence, despite having strong parish links (i.e. they themselves were baptised in the parish,and after marriage all their children were baptised in the parish). In what circumstances would they choose the Licence option? Should I just disregard the Banns/Licence info in marriage records, or am I missing an opportunity of learning something?
This has always nagged me ...

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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 02 April 20 00:42 BST (UK) »
One example of where they might choose a licence is if they did not have time to wait for three consecutive readings of the banns.
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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 02 April 20 02:43 BST (UK) »
Craclyn. Especially in wartime.

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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 02 April 20 02:47 BST (UK) »
....... or if she was already pregnant.
Quite a few my ancestors who married by licence were already pregnant.....
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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 02 April 20 06:07 BST (UK) »
As well as considering the previous suggestions, a licence cost more, so it sometimes meant the couple were a bit more well to do. I have noticed this seemed to be the case in a couple of families I have researched.

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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 02 April 20 06:13 BST (UK) »
You might find something of interest here (I have not read it in full) - it seems fairly comprehensive:

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Marriage_Allegations,_Bonds_and_Licences_in_England_and_Wales

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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 02 April 20 06:23 BST (UK) »
One of ancestors was widowed in 1813 and when he re-married, it was by licence.

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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 02 April 20 06:31 BST (UK) »
You cannot assume anything from the option chosen but you can gain a lot of information from the licence, allegation, and bond documents.
You can for instance find out the age of one or both of the couple, occupation, state (whether they have been married before) where they live, etc.

The marriage licence set are extremely useful documents to have
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Re: Marriages: Banns or Licence - Can I glean anything from which option taken?
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 02 April 20 07:35 BST (UK) »
In my collection of family Bonds and Allegations I have a few where the bride is under age, but the legal guardian (usually the father) has consented to the marriage taking place.

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