848 witnesses and consent details added to our existing 387 marriages at Darlington St. Cuthbert’s covering 1833 to mid-1837 when civil registration began. Some of these provide useful parental details (and likely relatives among the witnesses) such as this one:
- 7 Aug 1836 Thomas Redburn (bachelor), of this parish married Mary Ann Humphreys (spinster), of the parish of Haughton-le-Skerne, by licence with consent of Thomas Humphreys the father of the above
Witnesses: Mark Davison, Jacob Humphreys, Elizabeth Redburn, Thomas Humphreys
but most are terser, like this:
- 7 Mar 1837 Alexander Reid (widower), of the parish of Gateshead married Janet Elizabeth Wemyss (spinster), of this parish, by licence
Witnesses: Thomas Wemyss, Eleanor Wemyss, A.J. Wemyss, Anne Wemyss
Normally in this period, consent is not mentioned, or if it is, the parent’s name is not mentioned; it just says “by consent of her father”. However, the names of the witnesses may prove helpful in identifying a person’s family.
As usual, if you previously purchased a marriage at Darlington in this period, you can now view the witnesses by clicking My Previous Orders and reviewing the marriage.