Amanuensis Monday is a blog theme started by John Newmark on his blog Transylvanian Dutch, in which he is transcribing letters, newspaper articles, audio tapes, and a war diary etc., concerning his family.
John explains Amanuensis as “a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another”.
For this Amanuensis Monday I am transcribing a newspaper article. This article was sent to me by my partner Paul’s “new” cousin Charlene, who found us through this blog last year. The article concerns Paul’s great grandfather William Moyle.
The article itself is from The West Briton, a newspaper for Cornwall, UK. They have a regular column called Yesteryear and this item was in their 150 years ago section. The item refers to a newspaper item originally dated 21st September 1860.
Transcript of newspaper article:
FORBIDDING BANNS – On Sunday morning, marriage banns were called in Helston church, for the second time, between William Moyle, of Wendron, and Caroline Laity, of Helston. After the Rev. R. Tudor had read the usual form, the congregation were surprised by a person in a loud voice saying, “I forbids the banns”. A half-suppressed titter ran through the church, and all eyes were directed to the quarter whence the challenge came, where stood a stranger who, it appeared, was the father of Moyle. After a moment’s pause, Mr. Tudor requested him to into the vestry at the close of the service, which he did. It is said the principal reason urged was the youth of the expectant bridegroom, who has only seen eighteen summers, and delves with pick and shovel underground for little wages, while the bride elect is of maturer years. Whether the stern parent has shown sufficient cause to prohibit the blessing of the priest, or whether he will yet relent and allow incipient bliss to be consummated, are matters that engage the attention of the gossips of the town.
This was such a surprise for us to see. This marriage did not take place at all because only five months later William Moyle married Eliza Leaity the sister of Caroline Laity.
William and Eliza married on 23rd February 1861 at the Register Office in Helston, Cornwall. He was aged 20 and working as a Tin Miner and Eliza was aged 22 at this time.
I have always wondered why they married in the Register Office when the rest of the family members married in church. Now I know why, thanks to cousin Charlene sending this newspaper article.
Quite obviously they did not need Banns to be read because of marrying in the Register Office so maybe William’s father James Moyle did not know about the marriage at that time. This was after all only five months later and not to Caroline, but her sister, who was also older than William, but Eliza was only a year younger than her sister Caroline.
It obviously did not take William Moyle long to get over Caroline. Maybe his father James somehow knew that a marriage to Caroline would not be right!!