OTP - Parish Records

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  1. Blackmogs

    Blackmogs Moderator. General Dogs(cats)body. Staff Member

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    We know this means of this parish but can someone tell me whether the person had to always been living in that parish or whether they just had to be living there at the time of the marriage?

    Thank you for your thoughts.
     
  2. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    I always understood that they had to be living there for so many weeks prior to the marriage. It didn't necessarily mean that they were from the parish, particularly if non-Conformist. o_O
     
  3. MollyMay

    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    I agree with BH, just resident in the parish for the required time before the marriage.
     
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    This from Marriage Allegations, Bonds and Licences in England and Wales

    Prior to 1754 the marriage was supposed to take place in the parish in which one of the parties had lived for four weeks "and in no other place" but in fact there was much flexibility. Sometimes no place was stipulated or a choice of two, three or four parishes was given. Even then the marriage is often found in a different place altogether. After 1754 the system was tightened up and the marriage had to take place in the parish stated and where one of the parties resided. The residential requirement was reduced to fifteen days in 1823 but was easily avoided by establishing a temporary residence.
     
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  5. Sandiep

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    I agree I have a number of marriages where I know the person hasn't been born in the parish so I would presume they were Just living there.
     
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    Thanks all.
     
  7. Bonzo Dog

    Bonzo Dog Still the Mad Scientist?

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    I agree with BH. My great grandfather was born in what is now Cumbria and was living in Millom Cumberland in 1871. He married in 1876, in Birmingham.
     

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