Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Robert Reay and Mary Bell's 1808 Marriage Record

I searched for a marriage for Robert Reay and Mary Bell because Martha Reay's baptism record names them as her parents.   (Those blessed baptism records that give the names of both parents!)  This is the only parish record I've found thus far for Robert and Mary.  (Civil records in  England didn't begin until 1837.)  There are plenty of women named Mary Bell but none married to Robert Reay.

The images below come from a FamilySearch collection, England, Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts, 1639-1919, which includes records for Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland, York, and Yorkshire.  These were found in the Long Benton section (images 174 and 179) of the Northumberland collection.  The pages of this volume are not numbered.

This is the heading on the first of several pages of baptism, marriage, and burial records from 1808, performed at St. Bartholomew Church in Long Benton, Northumberland.

Duplicate of the Baptisms, Burials, and Marriages in the Parish of Long Benton and County of Northumberland for the Year 1808.

This is the entry for the marriage of Robert Reay and Mary Bell.
Septr. 5.  Robert Reay & Mary Bell

And this is the lower part of a page that contains marriages for 1808, including Robert and Mary's.
Transcription of names at the end of the marriages:
Anthy Allinson, Curate
Ralph Wigham       ] Church Wardens
Francis Rotherford ]

There's not much information for this marriage except names, date, and location.  The record book indicates that it's a "Duplicate" record.  I don't know if the duplicates are extractions or reproductions of the original records.  I also don't know if this is the usual way a parish record was made before a certain date.  I'm used to seeing church marriage records like this one for William Doyle and Martha Reay.  I would love to find a "regular" parish marriage record for Robert and Mary because I believe it would give more information.

This is the line of my relationship to Robert and Mary (Bell) Reay:  myself -> Lee Doyle -> Gust Doyle -> William Doyle -> Andrew Doyle -> Martha (Reay) Doyle Richardson -> Robert and Mary (Bell) Reay.


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  1. Hurray for Martha's baptism record providing her parents' names! And congratulations on finding her parents' marriage record. Genealogy Happy Dance time!

    1. Thank you, Jana. Definitely exciting finding their marriage record.


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