RTFHS marriage index – in progress

Looking for the marriage of a travelling ancestor? Perhaps our index can help. We’re currently building up a collection of extracts from parish registers and marriage certificates that we’ll add regularly to this page. Some will be open to the public but most will be in a new members-only area of this site, currently under development. So please check back soon. And if you have any to share, please contact us.

Dora Smith and Theodore Diaper, married in Tunstall, Suffolk

It’s always best to check the original registers for accuracy as we receive contributions for this list from many different individuals and sources.

To protect the privacy of individuals, we only publish marriage information from before 1940.

Marriages A-F

AYRES and GRIGGS
Bramdean Parish Church, Bramdean, Hampshire, 20 June 1889
Walter Ayres/of full age/Bachelor/Hawker/Bramdean/son of Charles Ayres/Hawker
Mary Ann Griggs/of full age/Spinster/daughter of Henry Griggs/Hawker
Walter and Mary Ann both sign X
Witnesses: Edward Lakely, Harriet Ayres [both sign X]

AYRES and HUGHES
Register Office, District of Amesbury, Wiltshire, 18 March 1916
Walter Ayres/aged 29/Bachelor/Dealer/Gomeldon/son of Walter Ayres/Dealer
Amy Hughes/aged 21/Spinster/Gomeldon/daughter of Frederick Hughes/Hawker
Walter signs X. Amy signs her name.
Witnesses: John Ayres [signs X], Elsie Hughes [signs]

BLACK and HUGHES
Bentley Parish Church, Hampshire, 1 October 1877
Walter Richard Black/aged 38/Bachelor/Hawker/Bentley/son of Amos Black/Hawker
Eliza Hughes/aged 36/Spinster/Hawker/Bentley/daughter of James Hughes/Hawker
Walter and Eliza both sign X
Witnesses: Henry Hicks [signs X], Jane Chapman [signs]

BLACKMAN and WHITE
Linkenholt, Hampshire, 18 July 1840
Amos Blackman/of full age/Bachelor/Traveller/Linkenholt/father’s name and profession not given
Jane White/of full age/Spinster/Traveller/Linkenholt/father’s name and profession not given
Amos and Jane both sign X
Witnesses: Thomas Blackman, John Hicks, Caroline Blackman, Jane Hicks [all sign X]

BARRON and WILSON
Parish Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 21 April 1909
John Alfred Barron/aged 25/Bachelor/Mechanical Engineer/Apsley Road/son of George Barron/Proprietor
Emily Wilson/aged 22/Spinster/Gt. Yarmouth/daughter of James Wilson/Menagerie Showman
John and Emily both sign
Witnesses: Claude George Barron, Mary Bunn, Alf Gray [all sign]

BOSVILE and HORN
St. Mary the Great, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 23 September 1720
Edw. Bosvile of Yowgrave, Derbyshire
Lucy Horn of Witchford

BOWERS and DUCKETT
St. Mary, Hook-w-Warsash, Hampshire, 13 June 1927
Noah Bowers/aged 23/Bachelor/Traveller/Hook-w-Warsash/son of Henry Bowers/Traveller
Gertie Duckett/aged 22/Spinster/Hook-w-Warsash/daughter of John Duckett/Traveller
Noah and Gertie both sign X
Witnesses: Edward Hughes [signs X], Robert John Rogers [signs]

BUCKLAND and BARTON
Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, 1 April 1890
Timothy Buckland/aged 70/Bachelor/Licenced Hawker/Lydiard Millicent/son of Timothy Buckland/Hawker
Sarah Barton/aged 72/Spinster/Lydiard Millicent/daughter of Richard Barton/Basket Maker
Timothy and Sarah both sign X
Witnesses:  Cinnament(a) Smith [signs X], William Wheeler [signs]

CAMFIELD and TAPSELL
All Saints, Hockerill, Hertfordshire, 14 February 1874
Edward James Camfield/aged 21/Bachelor/Licensed Hawker/Hockerill/son of Edward Camfield/Hawker
Priscilla Tapsell/aged 23/Spinster/Hockerill/daughter of Benjamin Tapsell/Hawker
Edward James and Priscilla both sign X
Witnesses: Samuel Smith [signs X] and Druscilla Smith [signs X]

DALLOWAY and ROBERTS
Longcot, Berkshire, 3 April 1893
Thomas Dalloway/aged 22/Hawker/Oxford/son of William Dalloway/Hawker
Matilda Roberts/aged 21/of Locke, Longcot/daughter of John Roberts/Hawker
Thomas and Matilda both sign X
Witnesses: Job Roberts [signs X] and Alice Dalloway [signs]

DOCKETT and BARNEY
St. Paul’s, Sarisbury, Hampshire, 18 June 1912
John Dockett/aged 34/Bachelor/Labourer/Sarisbury/son of Henry Dockett/Hawker
Ellen Barney/aged 40/Spinster/Sarisbury/Father’s name and profession left blank
John and Ellen both sign X
Witnesses: Fred Simpson, P. Harding [both sign]

DRAPER and MEADS
Addington, Kent, 18 August 1748
Thomas Draper a parishioner of the Parish of St. Anne’s, Bear Street, Soho Square, London, by serving an Apprenticeship to John Greenaway, a currier
Elizabeth Meads, a Traveller

DUCKETT and RICKMAN
Register Office, Calne, Wiltshire, 25 November 1914
Amboline Duckett/aged 21/Bachelor/Licenced Hawker/Queen’s Square, Calne/son of John Duckett/Licenced Hawker
Priscilla Rickman/aged 21/Spinster/Licenced Hawker/Queen’s Square, Calne/daughter of Charles Herbert Rickman/Licenced Hawker
Amboline and Priscilla both sign X
Witnesses: William Duckett [signs X], Ellen Duckett [signs X]

DRAPER and SPENCER
Weslyan Church, East Street, Barking, Essex, 16 June 1897
Elias Draper/aged 21/Bachelor/Fair Keeper/Broadway, Barking/son of Elias Draper/Fair Keeper
Eliza Spencer/aged 19/Spinster/Broadway, Barking/daughter of William Spencer/Fair Keeper
Elias signs X. Eliza signs her name
Witnesses: Cecilia Bracci and F. [?] Bourne [both sign]

EYRES and HUGHES
Register Office, Parish of St. Thomas, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 18 August 1915
John Eyres/aged 18/Bachelor/Sheepskin Dealer/Hanging Langford/son of William Eyres/Skin Dealer
Elsie Georgina Hughes/aged 19/Spinster/Hanging Langford/daughter of Frederick Hughes/Hawker
John signs X. Elsie signs her name
Witnesses: Charles Jarvis [signs X], Charles Parker [X]

FLETCHER and BUCKLAND
Nether Winchendon, Buckinghamshire, 14 August 1822
George Fletcher of this parish and Teana Buckland (spinster) of this parish, by banns.
Both sign X
Witnesses: Plater Buckland [X] and Mark Buckland [X]

FRANKLIN and ROBINSON
St Mark’s, Kingsholm, Gloucestershire, 6 December 1902
William John Franklin/aged 29/Bachelor/Plumber/27 Alvin St./son of John William Franklin/Horse Dealer
Eva Robinson/aged 36/Spinster/Arrowside, Blackpool/daughter of Sampson Robinson/Dealer
Both sign
Witnesses: G. Evans, Lillie Evans, Eva Young [all sign]

Marriages G-Q

GASKIN and GREEN
From the News of the World, 5 August 1900, page 4
A GIPSY’S WEDDING
A novel wedding took place at Norwich, when some travelling gipsies were married at St. Peter’s Church. The beaming couple drove up in a pair-horse brake, surrounded by about a score of relatives, and including several gorgeously-arrayed babies. The bride, Frances Green, wore a costume of bright blue velvet with cream trimmings, and the bridegroom, Ben Gaskin, was also resplendent in new clothes. Through a storm of rice and confetti, they drove to the encampment, where festivities took place in a huge marquee. There was a monster wedding cake and a large company toasted the married pair in bumpers [sic] of champagne. The gay procession attracted crowds to the streets.

GRAY and DURRANT
St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 13 September 1869
Adolphus Gray/aged 24/Bachelor/Musician/of Denes/son of Orsey Gray/Musician
Laura Durrant/16/Spinster/of Denes/daughter of Matthew Durrant/Cabman
Adolphus signs X and Laura signs
Witnesses: Arthur J Roberts [signs] and Emma Gray X

GRAY and GRAY
East Dereham, Norfolk, 5 November 1894
Obadiah Gray/aged 38/Bachelor/Traveller/Shipdham/son of Santanoah Gray/Horse Dealer
Ada Mabel Gray/aged 21/Spinster/Dereham/daughter of Samuel Gray/Musician
Obadiah Gray signs X
Ada Mabel Gray signs
Witnesses: N. Tann, W. Ashby [both sign]

GRAY and MANN
St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 21 July 1885
Sunny Gray/aged 50/Bachelor/Musician/of N. Denes/son of John Gray/Musician
Frances Emma Mann/46/Widow/of N. Denes/daughter of James Riches/Malster
Sunny signs X and Frances signs X
Witnesses: Edward John Simpson [signs] and Clement Carter [signs]

GRAY and SMITH
Parish Church, Blackpool, Lancashire, 1 May 1915
Malcolm Gray/aged 25/Bachelor/Hawker/6 East James Street, Blackpool/son of John Gray (deceased)/Horse Dealer
Adelia Smith/aged 27/Spinster/6 East James Street, Blackpool/daughter of Adolphus Smith (deceased)/Horse Dealer
Both sign X
Witnesses: Thomas Robertson Robb and Dorothy King [both sign]

GRAY and WILLIAMS
St James, Birkdale, Lancashire, 27 August 1859
Joshua Gray/aged 22/Bachelor/Tin-man & Brazier/Birkdale/son of John Gray/Tin-man & Brazier
Delenda Williams/aged 27/Spinster/Basket Maker/Birkdale/daughter of Job Williams/Basket Maker
Joshua Gray’s mark X
Delenda Williams’ mark X
Witnesses: William Stewart, Edwd Johnson [both sign]

HUGHES and BARNEY
Register Office, South Stoneham, Hampshire, 29 December 1900
Henry Hughes/aged 31/Bachelor/Licensed Hawker/Botany Bay, St. Mary Extra/son of Joseph Hughes (deceased)/Licensed Hawker
Mary Ann Barney/Spinster/Botany Bay, St. Mary Extra/daughter of Vandelow Barney (deceased)/Licensed Hawker
Henry and Mary both sign X
Witnesses: Walter Tyrell [signs X], Britannia Tyrell [signs X]

HUGHES-DUCAT and BUCKLAND
Bentley, Hampshire, 19 September 1915
William Hughes-Ducat/aged 20/Bachelor/Traveller/Bentley/son of John Ducat/Traveller
Alice Buckland/aged 21/Spinster/Traveller/Bentley/daughter of Sidney Buckland/Traveller
William Hughes-Ducat signs X
Alice Buckland signs X
Witnesses: Walter Bint [signs X], Lena Buckland [signs X]

HUSSEY and SAUNDERS
Register Office, Southampton, Hampshire, 28 December 1890
Alfred Hussey/aged 21/Bachelor/Barber/3 Nelson Place/son of Alfred Hussey (deceased)
Emily Saunders/aged 22/Spinster/3 Nelson Place/daughter of Joseph Saunders/Confectioner
Alfred and Emily both sign
Witnesses: C. Cowley, E Cowley [both sign]

KELLY and BOSWELL
Kirk Braddan Parish Church, Isle of Man, 19 August 1876
Henry George Kelly/Full age/Bachelor/Labourer/Douglas/son of Norris Kelly/Ship Carpenter
Rhoda Ann Boswell/Full age/Widow/Douglas/daughter of Frederick Boswell/Millwright
Henry signs, Rhoda Ann signs X
Witnesses: Frederick Boswell, Harriet Boswell [both sign X]

LEE and LEE
St George’s, Beckenham, Kent, 11 November 1879
Thomas Lee/Full age/Widower/Hawker/Beckenham/son of Amos Lee, Brazier
Eunice Lee/Full age/Spinster/Hawker/Beckenbam/daughter of Henry Lee, Brazier
Thomas Lee signs X
Eunice Lee signs her name
Witnesses: Silvester Lee [signs X], Priscilla Lee [signs X]

LEE and LOVELL
St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, London, 18 November 1816, by banns
Solomon Lee, bachelor of this parish
Mary Lovell, spinster of this parish
Solomon and Mary both sign X
Witnesses: Joseph Lee, his mark; Mary Powell, her mark
Added in the margin: “All Gypsies”.

LEE and WHATNELL
Inveresk Manse, Musselburgh, County of Edinburgh, Scotland, 27 August 1883, after banns
Nathan Lee/Horsedealer/Bachelor/aged 27/Fisherow, Musselburgh/son of John Lee, Horsedealer, and Leviathan Lee, maiden surname Smith, deceased
Ada Whatnell/Spinster/aged 19/Fisherow, Musselburgh/daughter of James Whatnell, Horsedealer, and Adaline Whatnell, maiden surname Smith
Both sign
Witnesses: M. Beveridge, Elizabeth Hale [both sign]

LOVELL and BOSWORTH
St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, London, 7 March 1803, by banns
Thomas Lovell, bachelor of this parish
Union Bosworth, spinster of this parish
Both sign X
Witnesses: John Smith, his mark; Joseph Lovell, his mark.

LOVELL and COX
St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, London, 29 April 1822, by banns
Solomon Lovell, a bachelor of this parish
Desdemona Cox, a spinster of this parish
Both sign X
Witnesses: Charles Arnold, his mark; Clifford Elisha, signs.

LOVERIDGE and DUCKET
Winslow, Buckinghamshire, 5 December 1797
Thomas Loveridge and Rosmund Ducket, by banns

MACE and SMITH
Consett Parish Church, County Durham, 19 January 1874
Leapolinis Mace/aged 30/Bachelor/Musician/Consett/son of Bernard Mace/Blacksmith
Deliah Smith/aged 29/Spinster/Consett/daughter of Ambrose Smith/Horse-dealer
Both sign
Witnesses: Samuel Mace [signs], Mary Ann Mace X her mark

PEARCE and ELLIOTT
Ludford, Lincolnshire, 27 October 1845
Stephen Pearce/Full age/Chair Mender/Ludford/son of Thomas Pearce [no occupation given] Tehenny Elliott/Full age/Gipsy/Ludford/daughter of Founders Elliott/Potter
Both sign X
Witnesses: Frances and Benjamin Clayton

Marriages R-Z

ROBERTS and FLETCHER
Longcot, Berkshire, 18 April 1892
Job Roberts/aged 24/Bachelor/Labourer/son of John Roberts/Hawker
Mabel Fletcher/aged 22/Spinster/daughter of Mansfield Fletcher/Hawker
Job and Mabel both sign X
Witnesses: Thomas Rose [signs] and Matilda Roberts [signs X]

ROBINSON and BOSWELL
Kirk Braddan Parish Church, Isle of Man, 15 April 1920
Bernard Robinson/aged 29/Bachelor/Horse dealer/Saddle Hotel, Queen Street, Douglas/son of Aaron Robinson/Horse dealer
Florence Alice Boswell/aged 25/Spinster/14 Head Road, Douglas/daughter of Thomas Boswell/Car proprietor
Bernard and Florence both sign
Witnesses: James Edward Collin [signs], Catherine May Craige [signs]

SAUNDERS and HUSSEY
The Register Office, Fareham, Hampshire, 6 June 1916
Charles Saunders/aged 25/Bachelor/Travelling Showman/Sarisbury Green, Sarisbury/son of Walter Saunders (deceased)/Refreshment House Keeper
Mary Hussey/aged 20/Spinster/Sarisbury Green, Sarisbury/father’s name and occupation not given
Charles and Mary both sign X
Witnesses: S. Vennall and W.A.DZ. Osmond [both sign] (The owner of this marriage certificate adds that this is the elopement of Mary Magdalen Hussey and Charles Ayres. Charles’ father Walter Ayres did not die until 1957. Mary’s father died in 1932.)

SHAW and BENNETT
Hawridge, Buckinghamshire, 2 February 1787
Charles Shaw of the parish of Chilvers Coton, in the county of Warwick, bachelor
Hannah Bennett, of this parish, spinster
Married by licence
Charles and Hannah both sign X
Witnesses: Jonathan Sale, James King (Clerk) – both sign

SHAW and SMITH
Holy Trinity, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 15 August 1842
Alfred Shaw/Minor/Bachelor/Basket maker/King Street/Son of Aaron Shaw/Basket maker
Susan Smith/Minor/Spinster/King Street/Daughter of Christopher Smith/Tinman and brazier
Alfred and Susan both sign X
Witnesses: Edward Shaw, Sophia Shaw [both sign X]

SHAW and SMITH
Holy Trinity, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 18 July 1847
Sidney Shaw/Full age/Bachelor/Basket maker/Sun Street/Son of Jasper Shaw/Basket maker
Susannah Millya Smith/Full age/Spinster/Sun Street/Daughter of John Smith/Brazier
Sidney and Susannah both sign X
Witnesses: Laurence Webb [signs], Frances Skipper [signs X]

SMITH and BAGLEY
Wigginton, Oxfordshire, 21 October 1852
Archelaus Smith/aged 74/Bachelor/Traveller/of this parish/son of Jasper Smith/Traveller
Charlotte Bagley/aged 80/Spinster/daughter of Robert Bagley/Sailor
Archelaus and Charlotte both sign X
Witnesses: Charles Moffat [signs] and Elizabeth Tummel [signs X]

SMITH and THORPE
Teversham, Cambridgeshire, 1 April 1805
Meshach Smith X bachelor
Constant Thorpe X
Now resident in this parish (gipsies)
Witnesses: Ann Bentham, Edward Gilson

SMITH and SMITH
Owston cum Newbold Saucy, Leicestershire, 2 November 1836
Samuel Smith, a gypsy
Elizavy Smith, a gypsy
Source: extract from Phillimore’s Marriage Index, Leicestershire

STAVERT and SMITH
The Register Office, Bristol, 8 June 1899
Andrew Scott Stavert/aged 32/Bachelor/Commercial Clerk/8 Tamworth Place, Arley Hill, Bristol/son of William Stavert (deceased)/Joiner
Cecilia Smith/aged 30/Spinster/11 Perry Road, Bristol/daughter of George Smith/Horse Dealer
Both sign
Witnesses: M.L. Richards, A. Edwd. Bawden [both sign]

TANN and GRAY
St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 10 August 1885
Herbert Heyhoe Tann/aged 24/Bachelor/Horse Dealer/of North Denes/son of William Tann/Farmer
Leonora Gray/23/Spinster/of North Denes/daughter of Noah Gray/Dealer
Herbert signs, Leonora signs X
Witnesses: Charles Stewart Bonnett [signs] and Madeline Gray X

WEBB and WEBB
Fobbing, Essex, 21 August 1899
Parromas Webb/aged 25/Bachelor/Lic. Hawker/son of Parromas Webb
Martha Webb/aged 20/Spinster/daughter of Levi Webb
Witnesses: Edward Bibby, Beatrice Webb

This page last updated: 7 July 2016.