Monkwearmouth marriages 1837-1841

834 marriages at Monkwearmouth St. Peter from 1 July 1837 to the end of 1841. These are fully-detailed civil-registration-era marriages; however, most give the age as “full” (21 or older) rather than an actual number.

The age difference in this first sample is worth noting:

  • 10 Jul 1837 Edward Billam (widower, joiner, age 62, of Monkwearmouth Shore, son of Edward Billam, farmer) married Mary Wilson (spinster, age 31, of Monkwearmouth Shore, daughter of Thomas Wilson, keelman)
    Witnesses: A. Robson; John Mewburn

Edward may have understated his age, as the 1841 census (a mere 4 years later) shows him aged 75 (so, really, 75 to 79) with his 35-year-old (really, 35 to 39) bride Mary, and his burial in 1845 says he is aged 85, so the age gap between Mary and him may be even larger than he declared it to be in his marriage record, possibly as much as 46 years!

More samples:

  • 13 Jul 1839 John Burdes (bachelor, master mariner, full age, of Monkwearmouth, son of Edward Burdes, lime burner) married Elizabeth Just (widow, full age, of Monkwearmouth, daughter of Michael Watson, running fitter)
    Witnesses: A. Robson; John Mewburn
  • 27 Nov 1841 Alexander Sutherland (bachelor, cabinet maker, full age, of Monkwearmouth Shore, son of John Sutherland, farmer) married Margaret Goodchild (spinster, full age, of Monkwearmouth Shore, daughter of Robert Goodchild, mariner)
    Witnesses: A. Robson; M. Wheatley

Residences mentioned besides Monkwearmouth include Bishopwearmouth, Fulwell, Hylton, Monkwearmouth Shore, Southwick, and Sunderland.