Discover if your ancestors from Cheshire and the surrounding counties were getting married by marriage licence bond between 1606 and 1905. With the Cheshire marriage licence bonds and allegations you can search 901,391 records to find details about the bride and groom and their parents.
Each record contains an image and a transcript of the original document. The amount of information varies but in general you can find the following about your ancestor:
Date of marriage
Bride’s father’s name
Bride’s mother’s name
Groom’s father’s name
Groom’s mother’s name
Date of licence
Bride’s marital status
Groom’s marital status
The Cheshire marriage licence bonds and allegations cover and area made up of Cheshire and South Lancashire, up to the River Ribble.
Couples who chose to marry by licence, instead of the more customary reading of the banns, needed to swear a statement, or allegation, asserting there was no lawful impediment to the marriage.
The allegations were meant to include the age, residence, occupation and marital state of the applicant. Parental consent and signatures would be given for minors.
Until 1823, the parties were also subject to a surety bond, which was usually entered into by the groom and another person and the details of which are filed with the licences.
Cheshire is situated in the North West of England. On the west it borders Flintshire and Wrexham in Wales with Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east and Shropshire and Staffordshire to the south.
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