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From: Anne Peat <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Of this parish
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 13:45:55 +0100
"Of this parish' simply means they met the residence qualification to
be married in the parish church - i.e. that they had lived in the
parish long enough to have the banns called for 3 Sundays previous to
the marriage. Sometimes you also get 'sojourner' added to 'of this
parish' which means they did not have a permanent home in the parish,
but they had lived there for long enough to qualify to be married in
the parish church.
Although, since many people didn't move too far away from where they
were born, they might also have been baptised in the parish, it wasn't
a qualification for marrying there.
I don't know enough about the poor relief qualifications to answer the
but this may be what you are thinking of ( on The Pre-1834 Poor Laws)
> • It rationalised local practises through, for example, the 1662
> Settlement Laws. These laws were based on the recognised practice of
> returning paupers to the parish of their birth. Subsequent laws were
> variations on this theme. Residence of a year and a day was required
> for a person to qualify for relief.
On 13 Jun 2005, at 13:16, Max McCready wrote:
> Good Evening,
> I obviously don't understand the meaning of the expression "of this
> parish" in Banns and Marriages.
> My appreciation was that the person had been baptised in and resided
> in the Parish.
> My understanding was that these were also the qualifications for
> receiving assistance from the Parish.
> I have a lady married in Finchingfield, said to be 'of this parish',
> but there is no family representation whatsoever in baptisms,
> marriages (save for her) or burials.
> Any advice would be appreciated.
> Max McCready