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Quaker Quarterly Meeting - marriage certificates (PRO RG6/1379)

24.7.1690 (Thursday 24 July 1690)

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whereas Wm Ludgater and Frances Clarke both of Coggeshall Magna in the county of Essex did propound their intentions of marriage at two several meetings of the people of god called quakers in Coggeshall and Earls Colne in the county aforesaid and the meetings having made inquiry concerning them and finding them clear and free from all other persons and nothing appearing to hinder their said intentions of marriage the said meetings gave their consent in the matter these are therefore to certify all whom it doth or may concern that for the full accomplishment of their said intentions of marriage the said Wm Ludgater and Frances Clarke aforesaid did come into our public meeting house in Coggeshall Magna in the county aforesaid upon the 4.7.1690 and in a public assembly then and there met in our presence did signify their then taking each other in marriage pronouncing these words following with an audible voice viz the said Wm Ludgater taking the said Frances by the hand said friends in the fear of the lord and before you his people I Wm Ludgater take Frances Clarke to be my wife promising to be to her a loving husband until the lord please to separate us by death then the said Frances Clarke taking the said Wm Ludgater by the hand said friends in the fear of the lord and before this assembly I Frances Clarke take Wm Ludgater to be my husband promising to be unto him a loving wife by god's assistance until he separate us by death and for the further confirmation of this their said marriage the parties above named do to this present writing first subscribed their own names and we who were then there present are witnesses that they are so married Wm Ludgater Frances Clarke Robt Ludgater sen Robt Ludgater jun Jn Clarke Sam Clarke Jn Fryitt Robt Adams Edw Mines Jos Drywood Rich Pemberton Jn Jenkins Jn Isaac Frances Clarke Hannah Fryitt Mary Adams Mary Mines Eliz Evens etc