There are over 670,000 marriage records covering the ancient county of Leicestershire in this collection. The records span over 400 years from 1537 to the 1931 and cover 301 parishes. Follow the link in the Useful links and resources section to see a full list of parishes covered.
Both transcripts and images of the original records are included with each result. While the amount of information may vary from transcript to transcript, most will include the following details:
Spouse’s first name(s)
Spouse’s last name
Spouse’s father’s name
Images, particularly of those later records, often include additional details:
Rank or profession
Couple’s father’s professions
Since civil registration wasn’t passed until 1837, vital records such as those for marriages, were recorded in parish registers, which have become imperative for gathering essential details for family history research like dates, names, and places. Parish registers date as far back as 1538.
Leicestershire is a county located in the English East Midlands. The county is landlocked and bordered by Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Rutland counties.
Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, was the son of Joseph and Mary Jane Merrick. Their marriage record notes that they were married on 29 December 1861 at Thurmaston. Joseph Rockley Merrick was aged 23, resided at St Margarets, and was the son of Barnabas Merrick. Mary Jane Potterton was aged 25, resided in Thurmaston, and the daughter of William Potterton. Mary Jane was a servant and Joseph a brougham driver. Their fathers’ professions are also listed as bobbin maker and farming man.
From the image of the original marriage record, we learn that Joseph was listed as a bachelor and Mary Jane as a spinster.
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