Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1765-1769 with full details, so those 2,073 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.
Here are the oldest and youngest grooms in this set:
- 17 Jul 1767 John Featherston (gentleman, widower), age 70, of Sunderland obtained a licence to marry Margaret Tate, age 50, of Embleton, directed to Embleton
Surety: George Robinson, schoolmaster, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
[Note: married 19 Jul at Embleton.]
- 22 Nov 1768 George Trotter, age 17, of Midridge, Auckland St. Andrew, son of John Trotter (consents to the marriage), obtained a licence to marry Margaret Swinburn, age 24, of Midridge, directed to Auckland St. Andrew
Surety: John Trotter, gentleman, of Midridge
and the oldest and youngest brides:
- 19 May 1766 Peter Cockram (yeoman, widower), age 60, of Whickham obtained a licence to marry Elizabeth Bell (widow), age 60, of Whickham, directed to Whickham
Surety: John Wood, rope-maker, of Gateshead
[Note: married 21 May at Whickham.]
- 3 Feb 1769 Robert Lee, age 21, of Haltwhistle, Northumberland obtained a licence to marry Ann Dixon, age 15, of Simonburn, Northumberland, directed to Simonburn
Surety: William Dixon, of Warden, Northumberland is also her brother and consents to the marriage
Note that “age 21” generally means “21 and upwards” in these documents.
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.