Marriage licence bonds and allegations

Abstracts of Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry marriage licence allegations, 1837 to 1880.

Where marriages were to take place by licence (rather than after the calling of banns), allegations supporting the licence application were made and bonds were entered into. Below are abstracts from surviving allegations of the Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, relating to marriages which were to take place at Waters Upton and/or where one or both parties were of that parish. This first batch of abstracts covers the period 1837 to 1880. In due course I hope to add abstracts of allegations (and bonds) for earlier years.

Note that marriages did not necessarily take place after the issue of a licence, and may not have taken place at the place intended, although in most cases they did.

Unless otherwise stated, the person making the allegation signed their name.


13 Jun 1837 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire: James Ridgway of Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, blacksmith, applied for licence to marry, at Counde [= Cound], Shropshire, Ann Jones of Counde, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 20 Jun 1837.]

29 Jul 1837 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Robert Atcherley of High Ercall, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Elizabeth Icke of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 1 Aug 1837. See Marriages at Waters Upton.]

12 Aug 1838 at Wellington, Shropshire: John Picken of Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Elizabeth Felton of Waters Upton Hall, Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. John made his mark. [Marriage took place 14 Aug 1838. See Marriages at Waters Upton.]

19 Jun 1841 at Newport, Shropshire: Thomas Lowe of Wellington, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Ann Wilks of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. Thomas made his mark. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, June quarter 1841.]

2 Sep 1841 at Albrighton, Shropshire: William Milward of Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, plumber, applied for licence to marry, at Newport, Shropshire, Mary Anne Kelly of Newport, widow, age 21+. [Marriage took place 2 Sep 1841.]

25 Apr 1849 at Wellington, Shropshire: Matthew Davies of Waters Upton, Shropshire, widower, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at Eyton, Shropshire, Fanny Edwards of Eyton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 1 May 1849.]

4 Jan 1850 at Wellington, Shropshire: Sidney Philip Roberson of Waters Upton, Shropshire, widower, age 21+, clerk, B.A., applied for licence to marry, at Withington, Shropshire, Julia Browne of Withington, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 7 Jan 1850.]

17 Jan 1852 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Thomas Titley of Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, butcher, applied for licence to marry, at High Ercall, Shropshire, Elizabeth Icke of Cold Hatton, High Ercall, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 2 Feb 1852.]

10 Mar 1853 at Wellington, Shropshire: George Colley of Rowton, High Ercall, Shropshire, widower, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Sarah Lawley of Upton Hall, Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+, in service. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, March quarter 1853.]

21 Jul 1853 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire: William Davies of New House, Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, tailor, applied for licence to marry, at High Ercall, Shropshire, Mary Buttrey of Ellerdine, High Ercall, spinster, age 20, with consent of her father William Buttrey. [Marriage took place 26 Jul 1853.]

24 Nov 1853 at Wellington, Shropshire: John Taylor of Great Bolas, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, gentleman, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Ann Dickin of Waters Upton Hall, Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, December quarter 1853.]

20 Jul 1854 at Wellington, Shropshire: James Tudor of Cold Hatton, High Ercall, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, sawyer, applied for licence to marry, at High Ercall, Shropshire, Emma Buttrey of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. James made his mark parish. [Marriage took place 31 Jul 1854.]

[13/30?] Jul 1863 at Newport, Shropshire: William Casewell of [?], Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, butcher, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Mary Ann Mellor of Tibberton, Edgmond, Shropshire, spinster, age 21+. [No marriage registration found.]

13 Dec 1863 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Henry Crewe of Ledbury, Herefordshire, bachelor, age 21+, watchmaker, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Frances Walker of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, December quarter 1863.]

15 Mar 1864 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire: William Morgan of Waters Upton, Shropshire, widower, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at Grinshill, Shropshire, Ann Ibbs of Wood-style, Grinshill, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 31 March 1864.]

7 Jun 1864 at Newport, Shropshire: John Higgins of Lubstree Park, Lilleshall, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Elizabeth Groucock of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, June quarter 1864.]

8 Jan 1866 at Newport, Shropshire: James Oakley of Woodseaves, High Offley, Staffordshire, bachelor, age 21+ applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Hannah Casewell of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. [No marriage registration found.]

30 Mar 1866 at Newport, Shropshire: Jabez Peplow of Great Bolas, Shropshire, widower, age 21+ applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Elizabeth Martha Fletcher of Waters Upton, spinster, age 18, with consent of her father Thomas Fletcher. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, June quarter 1866.]

6 Sep 1866 at Wellington, Shropshire: John James of Waters Upton, Shropshire, widower, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at Malins Lee, Dawley, Shropshire, Emma Teece of Malins Lee, Dawley, widow, age 21+. [Marriage took place 17 Sep 1866.]

16 Apr 1870 at Newport, Shropshire: Ellen Owen of Upton Waters, Shropshire, widow, age 21+ applied for licence to marry, at Upton Waters, Shropshire, Henry Colley of Crewe, Cheshire, bachelor, age 21+. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, June quarter 1870.]

24 Feb 1873 at Wellington, Shropshire: William Foulkes of Ellerdine, High Ercall, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, butcher, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Mary Ann Martin of the Swan Inn, Waters Upton, widow, age 21+. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, March quarter 1873.]

8 Mar 1873 at Newport, Shropshire: John Bennett Podmore of Edgmond, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Rebecca Morgan of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage registered at Wellington, Shropshire, March quarter 1873.]

19 Aug 1879 at Wellington, Shropshire: John Titley of Lower House, Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at Tibberton, Shropshire, Mary Elizabeth Podmore of Cherrington, Tibberton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage registered at Newport, Shropshire, September quarter 1879.]

22 Jul 1880 at Priors Lee, Shropshire: John Buttery of Stanton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, farmer, applied for licence to marry, at High Ercall, Shropshire, Mary Martin of Waters Upton, High Ercall [sic], spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 26 Jul 1880.]

9 Sep 1880 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Richard Woolley of Waters Upton, Shropshire, bachelor, age 21+, butcher, applied for licence to marry, at High Ercall, Shropshire, Maria Pitchford of Potford, High Ercall, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 14 Sep 1880.]

9 Oct 1880 at Newport, Shropshire: James Henry Wyley of High Onn, Church Eaton, Staffordshire, bachelor, age 21+ applied for licence to marry, at Waters Upton, Shropshire, Louisa Harriet Juckes of Waters Upton, spinster, age 21+. [Marriage took place 14 Oct 1880. See Marriages at Waters Upton.]


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