I am not sure that the word Dowry would appear in marriage agreements. All the marriage
agreements I?have seen simply state the marriage is due to take place and that each father
(sometimes mother or other relative) would pledge to give the bride or groom certain
things. Sometimes land, sometimes money or the income from a piece of land, and as in your
case livestock. Often where land was concerned conditions may be stipulated - if the groom
dies and the wife remarries the land may revert to the original family. Often if the bride
is the last child living at home, her father gives his farm to the couple with the
condition the he and his wife are provided for as long as they live. This provision can be
quite specific - a milking cow and so many hens and a specified piece of land. It is
common to see the items promised to the couple held in trust by another party - uncles etc
- whose responsibility was to ensure that everything was done as per the agreement.
In general the agreements are quite common sense, making sure the couple have the best
start in life, whilst at the same time affording protection to the various parties if
things go wrong. I get the impression that the idea of dowry is not really an issue, it is
more a sense of practicality and most likely the norm for marriages for all but those who
had neither land nor money.
From: Carell <carell(a)bigpond.com.au>
Sent: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 5:35
Subject: FER-GOLD Marriage Dowry - 1755 Fermanagh.
Whilst re-reading an article sent to me many years ago
by a Drumduff/Derryvullan North - Elliott researcher,
I found two questions that I hope a lister can answer.
Records held by the Latter Day Saints, show a James Elliott
living at Drumduff in 1755 prior to his marriage to a
Catherine's dowry to the marriage, was 10 cows in calf and
a mare and a foal.
(David??) Where would dowry information be held at the LDS?
Catherine Crozier's dowry, would that be a typical dowry,
a girl brought to her marriage to a farmer, in those days?
The 18 acre Elliott Drumduff farm in 1821, was held by three
brothers and their families, possibly sons of James and Catherine.
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Thank you Bob Graham for replying to my e-mail re- marriage dowry.
All the marriage agreements I have seen.....
Bob could you
please tell me where you located marriage agreements
(at the LDS??)