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Subject: Allegations for Marriage Licences, part1of 6 parts
Hi, John and all Surrey Steer's
"Allegations for Marriage Licences issued by the Commissary Court of
The example below is a typical full entry, followed by enteries in a shortened text
version as printed in a book held by the Society of Australian Genealogists in Sydney,
where I am a Library Assistant and Archive Indexer.
6 Junii,1674 Which day appeared personally John Shorter of the parish of St Saviour in ye
Borough of Southwarke in the County of Surrey,and alleadged that John Philpott of the
parish of Reddrith in ye County of Surrey,aged about 50 yeares and widdow, intendeth to
marry wth Judeth Ruffehead of the same parish,widdow, aged about 40 yeares, and that he
knowth nor believeth that there is any lawfull lett or impediment by reason of any p~
contract, consanguinity, affinity, or otherwise wch may hinder their intended marriage,
and of the truth of the p~misses he made faith and prayed Licence for them to be marryed
in the parish Church of Reddrith aforesaid.
Explanation of Abbreviations:-
s = surety, ss = sureties, mark = makes his or her mark.
both sign = signifies that both the appearer (one of the contracting parties) and the
second surety do this, and never the other party to the contract, unless it should be in
some isolated case where the contracting parties are themselves the only sureties.
at = this word always precedes the place or places where the marriage may be celebrated.
abode 3 months or similar phrase = does not necessarily imply the person named had only
lived there for that period, but that he or she had conformed to the Act.
The entries are listed by first name not in any particular / regular order.
Oct 1748 Joseph Clarke of Reigate, husdandman, aged 28 to Ann Steer of Cheam,
spinster,aged 25, at Reigate.
Isaac Banzing, husbandman, of Reigate, Both Mark
18 Apr 1748 William Bignold of Shier, cordwainer, widower, aged 50 years to Ann Steer of
Shier, spinster aged 39, at St Marta's or St Mary the Virgin, Guildford.
George Westbrook of St Marie's Guildford, framework knitter, 2nd s Both sign
24 Nov 1748 George Taylor of Farnham, tanner, batchelor, aged 21 to Elizabeth Steer of
Farnham, spinster, aged 21 at Farnham
Richard Steer, bricklayer, of Farnham 2nd s Both sign
2 Jun 1748 Wiliam Russell of Bletchingley,farmer, batchelor,aged 24 to Sarah Steere
of Nutfield, spinster, aged 24 at Nutfield He signs, well
5 Aug 1748 Wiliam Shaw of Guildeford, apothecary, aged 27 to Sarah Steere of
Guildford,spinster,aged 22 at Stoke-next-Guildford
John Ford, haberdasher of hatts,Guildford 2nd s Both sign
21 Sep 1748 Henry Cooper of Binstead, Co, Southhampton, farmer,batchelor,aged 24 to Sarah
Steer of Farnham,spinster,aged 24 at St Marie's Guildford
end of part1 Geoffrey in springtime in Sydney.There are 2 adult & 1 juvenile
humpback whales in Sydney Harbour. Said to be visiting the team from WALES here for the
Rugby World Cup!!!!!!