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From: "Kathy Witheridge" <>
Subject: Re: Exeter Marriages
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 13:52:55 -0400
Here are a few marriage licenses of people who lived in Bradworthy,
Devon and were married at Exeter, Devon?
BRADWORTHY - EXETER MARRIAGE LICENSES
1598/9 Jan 05 Giles PEATE, of B., & Elizabeth LARKE, of same
1610 Jul 11 William YEO, of B., & Prudence NEILE, d/o Roger NEILE,
1617 Oct 04 John VAUGHAN, gent., & Dorothy VIGURES, of B
1619 Dec 03 Richard CANNE, of B., & Margery YEO, of same
1621 Jun 09 Hugh MONGAYE, of Sutcomb, gent., & Honor NEALE, of B
1622 Sep 19 George VIGURS, of B., & Joanna MOORE, of Great
1625/6 Jan 12 David ELLIOTT, of B., & Phillippa CROMBE, of same
1628 Dec 11 John HORNE, of Parkham, & Elizabeth NEALE, of B
1630 Jun 15 Richard CAN, of B., & Joanna BISHOPP, of same
1634 Dec 04 Egidius (Giles) GALSWORTHY, of B., & Honor VIVYAN,
1640/1 Feb 01 William LYEL, of B., gent., & Grace PRIDEAUX, of same
CIVIL WAR GAP
1669 Robert MOORE, of B., & Margery HANGAR, of
1671 Jun 02 John ARUNDELL, of North Tamerton, gent., & Margaret
YEO, of B., sp.
1682 Aug 11 John HEARD, of B., & Elizabeth PROUT, of Hartland
1686 Jun 11 Richard LYEL, & Elizabeth HUNNACOTT, of B., sp.
1701 May 08 Robert NICHOLLS, of B., & Elizabeth DENNIS, of
1713 Dec 12 William VOGWELL, of Aishwater, & Margaret
EASTAWAY, of B., sp.
1729 May 07 Thomas WARD, of B., farmer, & Grace MILL, of same, sp.
1729 Jul 31 John YEO, of B., yeoman, & Susanna HAYMAN, of same,
1730 Dec 15 Nicholas BRAY, of Stratton, yeoman, & Ester YEO, of B
1732 Aug 25 John JOLLIFFE, of B., yeoman, & Mary WHITLOCKE, of
1733 Jul 27 Thomas COLLINS, clerk, vicar of B., & Frances MILL, of
W. Putford, sp.
1735 Aug 07 Hugh HOPER, of Launcells, yeoman, & Elizabeth OKE, of
1739 May 04 William JENN, of Huish, gent., & Grace YEO, of B., sp.
1739/40 Feb 15 Samuel HEAD, of B., husbandman, & Elizabeth JOHNS,
of Morwinstow, sp.
1740 Oct 08 Richard OXENHAM, wid., of Sutcombe, & Alice LIELL, of
1740/1 Jan 31 Phillip FISH, of Moorwinstow, blacksmith, & Elizabeth
BEAR, of B., widow
1741/2 Jan 09 Richard HICKS, of B., wider., & Margaret DENNIS, of
1742/3 Feb 07 William PRANCE, of Parkham, yeoman, wid., & Alice
OXENHAM, of B., wid.
1742/3 Mar 22 Peter WALTER, of Sutcombe, tobacconist, & Ann YEO,
of B., sp.
1743 Dec 09 Thomas ROBBINS, of Buckland Brewer, yeoman, &
Joanna YEO, of B., sp.
1749 Nov 07 John SHORT, of Wolfardisworthy, husbandman, & Mary
BAILY, of B., sp.
1759 Feb 20 Samuel ASHTON, of Sutcombe, yeoman & Margaret
TREMERE, of B., sp.
......... to end of 1762. *
Marriage licenses were granted by the Bishop of Exeter's surrogate, one
of the senior local clergy, to evade the necessity of calling banns on three
successive Sundays in the parishes of both parties. As a fee was
payable, at least in the past 200 years or so, it was sometimes a status
thing, the poor being unable to pay. Occasionally a member of the
parish, returning from afar for a brief visit, was forced to marry by
license. Not included above are licenses granted to marry during Lent, a
hangover from pre-Reformation days. A note on these was sometimes
recorded in parish registers but not always. Two examples on p.8 in 1639.
* A transcript of Exeter licenses by Mr. C.A.T. Fursdon, covering the
period 1734-1837 and indexed for surnames only, exists in the private
library of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society in the West Country
Room in the City library at Exeter. The original documents are still extant
in the Diocesan Archives in the County Record Office in South Street,
Exeter, but are tedious to examine, and are open to public view.
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