The Guardians’ minutes books make for a fascinating read, and although their primary purpose was to record the business of the poor law union guardians’ meetings, they also capture genealogically useful information as well.
I have been reading the guardians’ minutes books for the Aylsham poor law union in Norfolk, England, and have extracted the details of intended marriages that were read out at the meetings, all of which were to take place at either non-conformist churches or registrars’ offices. These were read out at 3 consecutive meetings in much the same way that banns would be read out in the parish church for Church of England parishioners.
These could serve as a useful finding aid – a guide to where to look for a couple’s marriage record. Like marriage banns, though, the reading out of an intended marriage does not necessarily mean that the couple followed through with their marriage, or if they did, it may have taken place somewhere other than the location noted in the guardians’ minutes.
The table below provides the details of the marriage intentions first announced at guardians’ meetings between 16 November 1847 and 31 December 1848.
Marriage Intentions, Nov 1847-Dec 1848, Alysham PLU Guardians’ Minutes
|Date of 1st Announcement||Couple||Intended Location of Marriage|
|21 Dec 1847||James Proudfoot & Mary Ann Wilson, both of Aylsham||Baptist Chapel, Aylsham|
|11 Jan 1848||Samuel Ducker & Hannah Brown||St Peters Wesleyan Chapel Norwich|
|4 Apr 1848||John Keeler & Susanna Burton||Wesleyan Chapel Aylsham|
|9 May 1848||John Dye & Maria Abigail||Wesleyan Chapel Aylsham|
|16 May 1848||Robert Bacon & Maria Hindry||Wesleyan Chapel Hackford|
|30 May 1848||John Williams & Hannah Buckenham||Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Aylsham|
|30 May 1848||William Woods & Frances Hawes||Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Hackford|
|27 Jun 1848||Thomas Lowe & Sarah Dyball||Superintendent Registrar's Office Norwich|
|11 Jul 1848||Daniel Newman & Ann Adams||Superintendent Registrar's Office Norwich|
|25 Jul 1848||James Davison & Susanna Butler||Wesleyan Chapel Aylsham|
|26 Sep 1848||James Smith & Leah Betts||Wesleyan Chapel Aylsham|
|3 Oct 1848||Peter Pummell & Phoebe Gaff||Wesleyan Chapel Hackford|
|14 Nov 1848||Benjamin Ulph & Sophia Bishop||Superintendent Registrar's Office Marsham|
- Guardian’s Minute Books. England. Aylsham Poor Law Union, Norfolk. 16 November 1847 – 31 December 1848. Norfolk Record Office C/GP 1. Collection: England, Norfolk Poor Law Union Records, 1796-1900. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11397-46932-51?cc=1824706 : accessed 31 March 2016.