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Offline MasonT78

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"Of this Parish" on Certificates
« on: Wednesday 09 September 20 03:41 BST (UK) »
Hi Everyone,

Does anyone know how long someone needs the be living in a Parish to be listed on a marriage certificate as being "Of this Parish".

Im looking into a Grandfather of mine who was married in St Mary Redcliff in Bristol on the 27 February 1833 and both him and his 2nd wife are listed as being "of this Parish".

However, his 1st wife died on the 20th January 1833 (The month before) in the Parish of St Thomas in Pensford.

Their first son together was born in December of that year and is baptized in The Parish of St Thomas in Pensford.

Appears to me that they were only in Bristol to get married.

Many Thanks
MASON
WYLIE
HAYES
DANDO
BINNS
SEARLE

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Re: "Of this Parish" on Certificates
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 09 September 20 04:08 BST (UK) »
Three weeks, but people did find ways round that.

This thread disusses this amongst other things and may be of interest:
https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=679782.9

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Re: "Of this Parish" on Certificates
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 09 September 20 08:58 BST (UK) »
It's still much the same today ;D

For church weddings, banns have to be called on 3 successive Sundays before the marriage.
For Civil Weddings, both parties must apply to their local Register Office, and have to be living there for 7 consecutive nights.

For my 1st marriage, I "moved in" with my prospective in-laws to gain the residential qualification.
For my 2nd marriage, my bride lived in the Isle of Man, I was working in the Netherlands but "moved in" with my daughter in Somerset for the relevant time.

St Mary Redcliffe was a prestigious place to be married ;D ;D
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)


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Re: "Of this Parish" on Certificates
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 09 September 20 09:22 BST (UK) »
Bans had to be read in both parishes ,Brideís and  Groomís.
There was a small fee ,so very poor people would have had a convenient address ,often the same address , for three weeks.
So only one fee as only one parish.
Which did not mean the couple were living together ,just saving money. ::)
I speak of the 1800ís .
( Thatís what they tell us,)
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Re: "Of this Parish" on Certificates
« Reply #4 on: Friday 15 January 21 12:42 GMT (UK) »

Appears to me that they were only in Bristol to get married.


Hi. I think this was quite a common situation. I have several instances of ancestors living in outlying villages in Gloucestershire having a second marriage in Bristol and being listed as OTP, even when I know they were not.
Perhaps a second marriage was frowned on a little (especially after the almost indecent haste with which some of my ancestors remarried!), so going into a large city added some anonymity and reduced gossip.