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February 23, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: “… I am not willing to be married to him …”

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, Wedding Wednesday — Tags: , — rootsresearcher @ 11:31 pm

In the last couple of days I came across my notes of what I call “Interest Only” which I copy from various parish registers when I am searching for my ancestors.  Many of these “Interest Only” are nothing to do with my own ancestors but I find them quite fascinating.

Maybe this isn’t what is expected for Wedding Wednesday but as it has to do with a wedding I thought I would post it here for interest. 

As far as I know the people in this post are not connected to my own reseach.

Found in the registers for Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, UK is the following:

Banns  Jan. 15 – 22, 1826  Francis Brooks, of Bledlow and Elizabeth Nash of this parish.

Letter from Elizabeth Nash.  “Sir, I send these few lines to inform you not to publish the Banns of Marriage Between Me and Francis Brooks as I am not Willing to be Married to him As it was Done unknown to me.  Yours. Elizth. Nash   Jany 21, 1826   Loosley Row, Bucks..”

I find this very intriguing.  Was Francis Brooks being really romantic and arranging a surprise wedding for his ladylove, or was it wishful thinking on his part that this young lady (perhaps someone he had not been romancing even) would marry him anyway, or did he have some other ulterior motive?



  1. You probably wouldn’t take the time to do this because it’s not your family but I think it would be interesting to find out if they ever did get married. Poor Elizabeth! At least she found out before it was published.

    Comment by Nancy — February 24, 2011 @ 1:32 am

    • Hallo Nancy, Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment. I have always thought that it would be good to follow-up some of my “Interest Only” notes and when I was adding this post today it crossed my mind that I really ought to go back and check what happened to both of them.

      I’m quite happy delving into some of these things even if they aren’t connected to my family, so if I find out anything else about this couple I will do an update post.

      If Elizabeth didn’t know about it, I wonder how she discovered it in time to write that letter? It’s so intriguing! 🙂

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — February 24, 2011 @ 1:57 am

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