Keith Snell, in his book "Parish and Belonging" found that in a sample of
English rural parishes the proportion of marriages to people within the
same parish increased over most of the eighteenth century, from a low of
about 50% in the 1720s to nearly 70% in the 1830s. Hardwicke's marriage
act was a contributory factor, but not the only one.
Marriage bonds were for the most part used by the better-off section of the
population, who, as they made up a small part of the population, inevitably
looked wider for marriage partners. I suspect that if you looked at the
marriage register you would find a smaller proportion of "exogamous"
Religion might also be a factor. Some nonconformists might have looked
further afield to find a suitable partner within their denomination - and
events such as revival meetings brought together people from a wide area.
Lots of opportunity for research here!
On 21 September 2017 at 09:35, Brian Swann <bps(a)norvic8.force9.co.uk> wrote:
It might depend on what parishes the groom and bride regarded as their home
parishes. Agricultural labourers were often hired out for a year at a
annual hiring fairs held in the local market towns, they could cover a
area up to a radius of 10 miles around. Female servants could likewise be
appreciable distances to live in at various mansions.
When such people married, what place of residence would they give? Where
they regard as their normal place of abode? Where their parents were
where they were then living, which they might have regarded as just a
place of abode and worship?
Also the importance of coastal shipping in transporting both people and
around the coast of Pembrokeshire in the days of sail should not be
under-estimated. Small vessels could be beached, as well as mooring up in
numerous small creeks and harbours. 50-Ton boats could sail up to
and sail from there to a wide range of local ports.
My g-g-grandmother was born at Cosheston, Pembrokeshire, in 1805, married
Luke's Old Street Chapel in London in 1825, and by 1826 was living at
in deepest rural Norfolk. All before the days of the railways.
From: DYFED [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Behalf Of Yvonne Evans
Sent: 21 September 2017 08:55
Subject: [Dyfed] Pembrokeshire Marriage Bonds
I promised to inform you of my findings after reading the marriage bonds
Pembs on the NLW catalogue. Very interesting indeed.
However most of the bonds covered 1800 to 1840. There were about a
the number prior to 1800. There were not many above the Landsker line
1800. Whether this was due to poverty in the people getting married or
the population was sparse, I do not know.
Can anyone answer me about a very interesting fact. Several of the
were between people living approx 40+ miles apart. One example was a man
Llangeithio Cards and a woman from near Pendine! I always thought that
got married to partners from nearby parishes. The marriage bonds certainly
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