Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1750-1754 with full details, so those 1,304 records are now instantly available, including 2 new bonds that we missed the first time around.
Marriage bonds often provide ages, occupations, and place of residence for the bride and groom (and sometimes a parent of a minor) during a period when marriage registers did not provide that information. Please read the Marriage 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. For example:
- 10 May 1754 George Bowness (woolen draper, widower), age 50, of Auckland St. Andrew obtained a licence to marry Ann Yearl, age 22, of Auckland St.Andrew, directed to Auckland St.Andrew
Surety: Nicholas Yearl, yeoman, of Stanhope
- 3 Feb 1750 John Rogers (bombadier in H.M. Train of Artillery), age 30, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland obtained a licence to marry Elizabeth Cunningham, age 18, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, daughter of James Cunningham (consents to the marriage), directed to Berwick-upon-Tweed
Surety: William Suddick, junior, peruke-maker, of Berwick-upon-Tweed
[Note: married 4 Feb at Berwick-upon-Tweed.]
1750 was a particularly bad year for the preservation of bonds. An early transcriber wrote “A troublesome year, many of the bonds are all in tatters”. Some of the information missing from the bonds has been added by us, with notes, from the subsequent marriages.
Marriage bonds cover the entire Diocese of Durham i.e. Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire. There are a few licences in our collection that were issued by the Diocese of York. Because bonds cover the whole diocese, there is no way to limit your search of bonds to a single district. If you select a district from the District menu, your selection will be ignored when the marriage bonds database is searched.