Houghton-le-Spring marriages 1800-1812 updated

Updated 381 marriages covering 1800-1812 at Houghton-le-Spring St. Michael & All Angels, by adding witnesses and making a few corrections. We also added 5 marriages that were missed the first time around.

There are 2 versions of this marriage register – one is the regular banns/marriage register with witnesses; the other is a more terse version that does not contain witnesses, sometimes omits details, and has some spelling differences. We have corrected the spellings to match the full banns/marriage register and added a few occupations and abodes that didn’t make it into the more terse register, from which this transcription was originally done. For example:

  • 21 Apr 1800 William Wanliss married Elizabeth Smurfit [Smurthwaite], both of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Thomas Wilson; John Watson
    [Note: there are 2 versions of the marriage register in this period; one shows Wanlis & Smurfit, the other Wandless and Smurfitt.]

We noticed this peculiar spelling of Briggs as “Briggs’s” in 2 different records:

  • 22 Aug 1807 William Briggs’s married Margaret Rickaby, both of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Wm. Davison; George Watson
    [Note: there are 2 versions of the marriage register in this period; one says Briggs’s and the other says Briggs.]

If you have purchased a marriage at this church in this period, you should review it to see the new information and any error corrections. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases and click on the Modified column to sort the most recent changes to the top. If a significant change was made, such as a name or date, you have already been emailed.