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.

Stanhope burials 1595-1770

Replaced the burial index for Stanhope St. Thomas the Apostle from 1595 to the end of 1770, so those 4,798 burials are now immediately available. Nearly 300 of these burials list one or two witnesses to the death (or burial), so be sure to try the new Search For Witnesses (in the Parish Record Options box) with Search In set to Burials – Weardale to see if your relative turns up.  For example:

  • 29 Dec 1678 Robert Chapman, of Frosterley, Witnesses: Anthony Chapman, Mary Walton

We also located 5 burials that were not in the index and added them.

Bishopwearmouth Cemetery burials 1877-1881

7,366 burials at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery from the beginning of 1877 to the end of 1881. These burials continue to note members of the Quaker and Jewish religions, spouses of deceased women are named, and fathers (and sometimes mothers) of deceased children are generally named.


Pittington burials 1700-1810

  • 1,404 burials at Pittington St. Lawrence from 1700 to Apr 1810
  • Includes Bees Bank, Belmont, Broomside, Cassop Smithy, Crime Rigg, Crows Houses, Durham St. Giles, Elemore, Fatclose House, Hallgarth, Hetton, Pittington, Low Pit Houses, Ludworth, Rainton Pit Houses, Running Waters, Shadforth, Sherburn, bits of Houghton-le-Spring and Sunderland, and some travellers.

Durham Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1879-1891

1,888 baptisms of the Durham Primitive Methodist Circuit from July 1879 to Jan 1891.

This register lists many inhabitants of Aldin Grange, Bearpark, Belmont, Brandon, Broompark, Broomside, Byron Pit, Carrville, Claypath, Coal Bank Terrace, Craghead, Crossgate, Daisy Hill, Dragon Villa, Edmondsley, Elvet (Old & New), Findon Hill, Framwellgate, Gilesgate, Haswell, Hetton, Kimblesworth, Langley Park, Leamside, Littletown, Moorsley (Low & High), Pittington (Low & High), Nettlesworth, New Brancepeth, Pity Me, Rainton Gate, Sacriston, Sherburn, Sleetburn, Ushaw Moor, West Rainton, Whitwell Pit, Witton Gilbert, and a lone representative of Meaderville, Butte City, Montana, America !

Cemetery records now distinct from burial register records in Search Results

In response to customer demand, the search results table will now display “Cemetery” instead of “Burials” in the Record Type column for records that are from cemetery registers. This enables you to distinguish between records from the church burial register and records from the cemetery register, so if you already have one or the other, you won’t accidentally buy the one you already have.