March 9 – Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.
I decided to show the Marriage Licence for my ancestor Betty Read who married Thomas Lovegrove. Betty is the niece of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.
Here is a copy of the Marriage Licence:
Copy of original document in my private collection (obtained from the Oxfordshire Record Office) - copyright 2011
This is a transcript of the above document:
October 6th 1769
Appeared personally Thomas Lovegrove and made oath that he is of the parish of Great Haseley in the County of Oxford of the Age of Thirty four years and upwards and a Batchelor And intends to intermarry with Betty Read of the same parish of the Age of Twenty Three years and upwards and a Spinster
To this Deponent not knowing or believing any Lawful Lett or Impediment by reason of any Precontract entered into before the Twenty Fifth Day of March 1754 consanguinity Affinity or any other lawful Means whatsoever to hinder the said intended Marriage and Prayed a Licence to Solemnize the same in the parish Church of Great Haseley Aforesaid and and further made oath that the usual place of Abode of him this Deponent hath been in the said parish of Great Haseley for the space of Four Weeks last past
the said Thomas Lovegrove
was sworn to the truth hereof Thos. Lovegrove
T. Cox T …(?)
Betty Read married Thomas Lovegrove on 7th October 1769, the day after Thomas signed this document. I know Betty and her family were from around Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (which is where they married) and thought that Thomas’ family were also from there. But this document shows he only lived in Great Haseley for the previous four weeks, obviously to get the Licence, so I wonder where he was living before.
This Licence also shows that Betty was only 23 when she married although Thomas was a bit older at 34 years old. A fair sized gap in age between them! Betty and Thomas went on to have 6 children and I am including two of their children in this week’s Wednesday’s Child post.
I have another document concerning Betty (Read) Lovegrove, a Discharge of Legacy, dated 1804 when she was now known as Betty Burgess, having married again after Thomas Lovegrove died. I have shown this Discharge of Legacy previously on the blog (under the Pages section, Old Documents, Discharge of Legacy), but will show it again here as Betty is my female ancestor for this day and I have the two documents concerning her!
The Discharge of Legacy:
Copy of original document in my private collection - copyright 2011
And the transcript for this document:
We William Burgess of Great Haseley in the County of Oxford Labourer and Betty his Wife – one of the Nieces and Legatees named in the Last Will and Testament of Rachel Read late of Tiddington in the Parish of Albury in the same County Spinster deceased DO hereby acknowledge that we have this day had and received of and from Michael Read of Lower Winchendon in the County of Bucks – yeoman a Nephew and the Devisee named in the said Will of the said Rachel Read the full sum of Thirty Pounds in Satisfaction and Discharge of the Legacy of that amount which by the same Will is given to she the said Betty and directed to be paid within six calendar months next after the Testatrix’s Decease As Witness our Hands this 11th Day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.
Witness, Edward Read; the mark X of William Burgess
Betty married William Burgess on 14th May 1796 at St. Martin’s, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK (four years after Thomas Lovegrove died). Betty and William did not have any children together.
Betty lived a long life for those days, 74 years and because it was the Discharge of Legacy for her that pointed me in the direction of many of my other ancestors, she has become rather special to me.