Durham Diocese marriage bonds 1590-1670

We are excited to announce a new project:

  • 1,097 marriage bonds recorded in the Diocese of Durham from 1590 to 1670

Please read the new Marriages Bonds section of the Transcription Samples page for a description of what information is found in bonds, allegations, and associated documents, and how we present that information. In general, the source document gives:

  1. name of applicant, age (on later bonds), abode (can be a mix of parish & county, parish only, town or village with or without parish.), occupation or title
  2. name of bride-to-be, age (on later bonds), status (spinster or widow), abode (omitted in early bonds)
  3. names of bondsmen (usually just one), parish, occupation or title
  4. where either party is under age, it gives the names of parent(s) or guardian

An example:

15 Jul 1745 Cuthbert Stobs of Leazes, Tanfield, age 23 (yeoman) & Martha Grieve of Tanfield, age 17, daughter of Isaac Grieve, obtained a licence to marry, by consent of her father.
Surety: Isaac Grieve, of Bucks Moor, gentleman.
[Note: probably married at Tanfield.]

Note that ages and parentage are provided in an era when this information was not part of the marriage record in the parish register. We hope this collection of marriage bonds will fill some gaps in your research. We will continue adding bonds over the next several months.

The Diocese of Durham covered all of County Durham and parts of Northumberland and North Yorkshire. Marriage bonds were not issued on a per-district basis, so the marriage bond database will only be searched if you choose All Districts.

These records are from Ron Nubley’s Index, which we are in the process of integrating into our collection, so when you buy one of these, you will immediately get the brief index entry, and the full entry will be transcribed and emailed to you within 3 days, at which point it becomes part of our database and you can view it again at any time.