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

1.10.1702 (Thursday 1 October 1702)

document 10200397

a copy of Sam Bell and Esther Winter marriage certificate Sam Bell of Feering in the county of Essex husbandman son of Thos Bell late of Felsted deceased in the said county and Esther Winter daughter of Jn Winter late of Saffron Walden in the county of Essex deceased having declared their intentions of taking each other in marriage before several public meetings of the people of god called quakers in Coggeshall and Halsted in the county of Essex according to the good order used among them whose proceedings therein after a deliberate consideration thereof with regard to the righteous law of god and example of his people recorded in the scriptures of truth in that case were approved of by the said meetings they appearing clear of all others and having consent of parents and all persons concerned now these are to certify all whom it may concern that for the full accomplishing of their said intentions this 1.10.1702 they the said Sam Bell and Esther Winter appeared in a public assembly of the aforesaid people and others met together in their public meeting place in Coggeshall aforesaid and in a solemn manner he the said Sam Bell taking the said Esther Winter by the hand did openly declare as followeth viz friends and neighbours I Sam Bell desire you to be my witnesses that I do in the fear of the lord take this my most esteemed friend Esther Winter to be my wife promising to be a true and faithful husband unto her until it please god to separate us by death and then and there in the said assembly the said Esther Winter did in like manner declare as followeth friends and neighbours you are my witnesses that I Esther Winter in the fear of the lord do take this my most esteemed friend Sam Bell to be my husband and I do promise to be a true and faithful wife unto him until it shall please god to separate us by death and the said Sam Bell and Esther Winter as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to these presents set their hands and we whose names hereunder subscribed being present among others at the solemnizing of their said marriage and subscription in manner aforesaid as witnesses hereunto have also to these presents subscribed our names the day and year above written the mark of Sam Bell Esther Winter Thos Upsher Andrew Hills Robt Ludgater Robt Everidg Edm Raven jun Jn Ludgater Isaac Ludgater Jn Adey Jn Ludgater jun Jas Allen Jn Browne Wm Ludgater Sam Clarke Robt Ludgater jun Francis Garritt Sam Land Robt Sach Jn Hawkings Rich Adey Xoph Hownell Wm Clay Wm King Wm Stacie Robt Seabrooke Rich Miles Math Dello Robt Strut Wm Cooke Isaac Anthony Jas Blewett Sam Searles Wm Mast Jas Emson Abrm Bell Hen Smith illegible text Eliz Sarah Bundock Eliz Bell Mary Bell Eliz Cornell Hannah Blewett Mary Adey Hannah Adey Sarah Ludgater Sarah Ludgater jun Eliz Pemberton Ann Cooke Eliz Strut Sarah Burnett Mary Wood Mary Browning