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

19.2.1691 (Thursday 19 February 1691)

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whereas Jn Bell of Fearing and Eliz Lawrence of Kelvedon both in the county of Essex did propound their intentions of marriage at two several meetings of the people of god called quakers in Earls Colne and Halsted 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 marriage the said Jn Bell and Eliz Lawrence aforesaid did come into our public meeting house in Kelvedon in the county aforesaid upon the 19.2.1691 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 Jn Bell taking the said Eliz Lawrence by the hand said friends in the fear of the lord and before you his people I Jn Bell take my friend Eliz Lawrence to be my wife promising to be unto her a loving and tender husband until the lord separate us by death then the said Eliz Lawrence taking the said Jn Bell by the hand said friends in the fear of the lord and before you his people I Eliz Lawrence take this my friend Jn Bell to be my husband promising by the assistance of god to be unto him a loving and tender wife until the lord that made us please to separate us by death and for the further confirmation of this their said marriage the parties above named unto this present writing first subscribed their own names and we who were then and there present are witnesses that they were so married Jn Bell Eliz Bell (witnesses in three lists which have been taken one after the other with the furthest left first) Jn Fryit Thos Huchenson Thos Andrews Wm Mast Jn Brady Wm Brewer Robt Ludgater Jn Deledike Wm Ludgater Jn Raven Jonas Cockerton Jn Isaac Wm London Rich Pemberton Jn Glenn Jn Clarke Griffin Perry Jn Blyfield Bell Hannah Fryit Mary Baily Ann Cooke Martha Ludgater Mary Purcass Mary Leapingwell Frances Ludgater