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The LDS have microfilmed a collection of original and transcribed Devon Marriage License Allegations held at the Devon Record Office - as listed below with their LDS British Film Nos. Marriage Licenses enabled couples to marry without the inconvenience of having marriage banns repeated for three weeks at the couple's parish church(es). To obtain such a license one of the parties, normally the groom, had to make a formal statement, called an Allegation, including an oath that there was no impediment to the marriage. If either party was under age the application had to be accompanied by the consent of his or her parent.

Pre 1837 marriage licences were issued by authority of: The existence of a License Allegation does not guarantee that the marriage actually took place at the named parish church, or indeed at all. Nevertheless, they are a valuable information source.
Marriage licenses, 1523-1762 Film Nos.
Church of England. Diocese of Exeter
Selected extra marriage licences 1680-1840 916997/1
Licences with index 1523-1631 916997/2
Licences with index 1631-1668 916997/3
Index to licences 1668-1704 916998/1
Licences 1668-1687 916998/2
Licences 1687-1704 916999
Index to licences 1704-1734 917000/1
Licences 1704-1723 917000/2
Licences 1724-1734 917259/1
Index to licences 1734-1762 917259/2
Licences 1734-1748 917260/1
Licenses 1748-1762 917260/2
The Marriage Licenses of the Diocese of Exeter, from the Bishop's Registers
[1523-1631] 164698
Edited by Lieut.-Col. J. L. Vivian.
Exeter: W. Pollard, 1887. 120 p.
Devon marriage licenses, 1734-1837
Transcribed by C.A.T. Fursdon
Transcript of marriage licences, 1734-1747, 1736-1780 917520
Transcript of marriage licences, 1746-1762, 1778-1788, 1782-1794, 1793-1799 917521
Transcript of marriage licences, 1800-1816, 1805-1811 917522/1-2
Index to transcript of marriage licences, 1812-1837 917523/1
Transcript of marriage licencess, 1812-1837 917522/3-5
Marriages allegations, Devon and Cornwall, 1640, 1660-1734
Transcribed by C.A.T. Fursdon, 1931-1938
vol. 1. 1640 (1 entry), 1660-1697 916994
vol. 2. 1700-1710 916994
vol. 3. 1711-1719 916994
vol. 4. 1720-1725 916995
vol. 5. 1726 916995
vol. 6. 1727-1734 916995
Indexes 916996

Last updated - 3 Jan 2011 - Brian Randell

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