377 marriages at Winston St. Andrew in the district of Teesdale, from the beginning of the first register in June 1574 to the end of 1797. These met up with our existing collection, which previously started in 1798, so we now have marriages here from 1574 to mid-1837.
No marriages are recorded in the register between 23 Nov 1619 and 27 Nov 1631, and there is no explanation for this in the register. There are also numerous single years in which no marriages were recorded, which is not terribly surprising as Winston was a fairly small parish.
Abodes mentioned besides Winston include Barford, Barnard Castle, Cockfield, Darlington, Forcet, Gainford, Newsham, St. Andrew Auckland, Staindrop, Westholm, Whorlton, and Wycliff, with some of these being across the border in Yorkshire.
- 18 Jun 1574 Michaell Morton married Alice Pearson
- 5 Jun 1700 Lancelot Croft, of ye parish of Masham in ye county of York married Margaret Emmerson, of Winston
- 13 May 1753 Matthias Deighton, of ys parish [this parish] married Mary Darnton, of ys parish [this parish]
- 16 Apr 1796 George Wheatley, of Caldwell, in the parish of St John, Stanwix, Yorks married Margaret Moss, of Osmond Croft, in this parish, by licence
Witnesses: Matthew Wheatley, John Wade
Note that “ys” and “ye” should be pronounced “this” and “the”, because the first character is not really a “y”. In 16th and 17th century printing and writing, a “y” was used to represent the ancient “thorn” character, which in turn represented the “th” sound. Literate people of that era knew to pronounce “ye” as “the” without giving it any thought; modern folks often err by saying it as “yee”. We considered transcribing these words as “this” and “the”, but that felt like too much modification of the record, plus we find “ys” and “ye” lend a nice old-fashioned air, so we left it “the way it looks” and added annotations for “ys”, which is not as familiar to most people as “ye”.