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Friday, April 26, 2013

17th Century Ceremonies: Marriage Laws

The marriage ceremony was serious business. In 1672, it was declared that the ceremony was not valid unless a license bearing the Governor's signature had first been obtained. About 1683, the presiding justice of each county court was empowered to issue a marriage license after having received a certificate from the clerk of the same court. The alternative method was to publish banns at least three times in the church of the parish where the couple resided.

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