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Subject: Re: [TGF] Illinois Marriage question
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 12:07:54 -0600
Has anyone researched the following question?
What were the residence requirements for marriage in 1865 Illinois?
I have a 15 year old great great grandmother who was married in 1865 in DeKalb
County Illinois and listed as a resident along with her husband who was from
Thanks for any help.
I don't see any residency requirements at all in Harvey Bostwick Hurd's
"Revised Statutes of the State of Illinois, A.D. 1874," available on Google
Books. Per chapter 89, p. 694, the marrying couple is to obtain a license from
the county clerk before marrying (or else publish it at least two weeks ahead
of time in his or her church), but that's all. They could both be from away --
even another state -- as far as these provisions read.
They are cited to R.S. 1845 so I expect they were in force when your great-
great grandmother was married. BTW, the legal age for men was then 17 and for
women 14 -- but those under 21 and 18 respectively had to have parental
consent. So with luck there will be some kind of record from her father. (I
once learned of a totally unexpected adoption from such a record.)
Hope this helps! (There are a *lot* of old law books at this site.)
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