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From: "Jacqui Simkins" <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] Re: Illegitimate!
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 10:35:17 +0100
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I have been busy and missed the early posts on this one. Liverpool even
attracted one couple I investigated...all the way from south Staffordshire,
but I suspect that was because the local church (and therefore diocese)
would not marry them as it was a widow marrying his sister-in-law. There
would be greater anonymity in the big city.
A friend who has done considerable work on Coventry marriage registers has
found a relevant proportion of those married are not to be found in or near
Coventry on the census either side of the marriage date: even when the
marriage is close to a census day.
I have used rural parish registers where there is a period of "increased
activity" in the marriages - and many were from out of parish. So perhaps
some incumbents asked less questions, paid less heed to the ecclesiastical
requirements, took the money and performed the marriage!
Another theory is that the "happy couple" were in service, or the wife-to-be
was, and they had to get wed without the employer knowing.
I still have not come up with a reason for my gt gt grandparents hiving off
Atherstone to Birmingham to get spliced - other than they felt like it!!
I don't go solely with the "pregnant so get married away from home"
theory...the shortest first pregnancy (8 days!) in "my lot" was from a
marriage at the local church at Birtles; she may not of course have stayed
"in tact" had they gone any further from home!!!! Another set of my
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Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 8:09 AM
Subject: [CHS] Re: Illegitimate!
> Could be 'family tradition'
> OR perhaps wanted to marry 'in the big city' for prestige
> & to look better than their neighbours
> - a bit like marrying in the Caribbean or Mauritius today,
> or their friendly priest had moved to another church
> or a priest who was a relative.
> Afraid you may never find out.
> I think the pregnancy idea was the most common; and son may have made the
> same mistake as the father.
> hot sticky Birmingham, West Midlands, UK.
>> so would this explain why when Joseph Taylor living in Bebington, married
>> Mary Peers, they travelled to Liverpool, instead of their local church?
>> but strangely their 'legitimate' son did the same when he married, any
>> thoughts on this?
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