Essex marriage licence allegations: alphabetical by groom surname

Alphabetical by groom surname.

A marriage licence allegation is an intention to marry – this isn’t proof that a marriage took place, so please check the parish register for the event. However, in some cases, where old registers are irretrievably lost, the marriage licence allegation may be the only extant record.

These are transcribed from marriage licence allegations held at the Essex Record Office. Please contact them to order your own copy of the original.


  • 20 Jun 1743. James ALLEN x, widower of Tendring, Essex, aged 44 & Sarah NEWCOMB, singlewoman of same, aged 28. Bond: Thomas NEWCOMB. Witness: Robert JACOB x.


  • 2 Oct 1735. Munford BARBER, singleman of Great Coggeshall, aged 24 & Catherine NUNN, singlewoman of Rifnel [transcriber’s note: Rivenhall?], aged 23. To marry at St. James’, Colchester. Bond: Adam POLLY of Great Coggeshall. Witnesses: Wm. HALLYWELL, Geo. KILBY. [Note: the groom signs his first name ‘Munford’ but others spell it ‘Mumford’]
  • 12 Sep 1721. John BATTEN of Harwich, aged 24 & Susanna WHITAKER of Kelvedon, aged 23. To marry at: St. James’, Colchester. Bond: Joseph OLDFIELD of St Nicholas (Harwich? or Colchester?)
  • 13th July 1727. Thomas BAXTER, singleman of Weeley, aged 26 and Susannah CARNELL, singlewoman, of Tendring, aged 18. To marry at St Giles’, Colchester. Bond: Thomas SALLOES x of Tendring. Witness: Robt. Middleton [transcriber’s note: bride’s surname presumably meant to be CARDINALL]
  • 4 June 1771. John BAYLEY, singleman of Brightlingsea, surgeon, aged upwards of 21 & Susan BUCK, spinster of same, aged upwards of 21. To marry at same. Witness: Wm. SMYTHIES.
  • 15 Dec 1813. Richard BISHOP, bachelor, aged upwards of 21, linen draper, of Harwich & Susan WILES, spinster, of Great Bromley, aged upwards of 21. To marry at Great Bromley. Witness: Thomas WILES.
  • 3 Jun 1792. Nathaniel BLOWERS, farmer of Copdock, Suffolk & Elizabeth BLYTH, spinster of St. Peter’s, Colchester.
  • 7 Jan 1768. James BLYTH junr, bachelor, aged upwards of 21, farmer, of Langham & Sarah GROVE, spinster, of same, aged upwards of 21. To marry at Langham. Bond: William GROVE of same, carpenter. Witness: John SMYTH.
  • 18 Jun 1672. Thomas BRIDGE x, farmer of East Donyland, Essex & Elizabeth NUNN. Bond: Thomas ALLEN of St. ?, Colchester. Witnesses: Ludovici GRIFFIN, Joanna COU[T_][E_].
  • 22 Dec 1739. Nicholas BUNDOCK of Great Bromley, aged about 30 years & Susan WILES, widow of same aged about 30 years. To marry at Mile End, Colchester. Bond: John ALLEN of Elmstead, Essex. Witnesses: Ch. LIDGOULD, B. LIDGOULD.
  • 10 Oct 1673. John BURTON, husbandman, of Walthamstow & Anne HUTCHEN of Walthamstow. Bondsman: William CHAULKLEY, victualler of Waltham Holy Cross.
  • 02 Apr 1750. William BURTON, yeoman, of Sawbridgeworth, Herts & Anne BACON of Henham, Essex. Bondsman: William BACON, yeoman, of Henham, Essex. To marry at Henham.


  • 7 April 1717. Robert CANHAM of Thorp[e-le-Soken], aged 22, a bachelor, aromatop. [aromatopola = grocer] & Judith LISLE of same, aged 20, singlewoman. To marry at Rabness [Wrabness]. Bond: George LISLE of Colchester, pharmacopolam [pharmacist]. Witnesses: Esther DOGGET x, R. TURNER
  • 6 Aug 1723. William CARDENELL (he signs – spelt CARDINAL elsewhere in document), widower, aged about 30, of Halsted, factor? & Mary CHAPLYN, of same, singlewoman, aged 22. To marry at: Pateswick [Pattiswick] Bond: Christopher CARDINEL of same. Witnesses: A [J_] COOKE, S. MARSH
  • 26 Mar 1731. Charles CARDINALL of Beamont, singleman, aged 28, yeoman & Judith BARKER of Beamont, singlewoman, aged 22. To marry at: Beaumont-cum-Moze. Bond: William Seeley of Beamont, yeoman. Witnesses: H. EVANS, Thomas PORTER
  • 25 Mar 1742. Charles CARDINAL of Beamont, singleman, aged 30, farmer & Isabella COUSINS of Beaumont-cum-Moze, 34, widow. To marry at: Brightlingsea. Bond: James BULL of Brightlingsea, inholder. Witnesses: Tho. LUCK, Geo. BARTON
  • 26 Mar 1726. John CARDINALL of Tendring, singleman, aged 29, yeoman & Ann KERRINGTON, widow of Great Oakley, aged 30. To marry at: St. Nicholas’, Colchester. Bond: John ELDRID of Colchester. Witnesses: Sarah SADLER, Richd BERRIFFE, G. LAYDEN
  • 13 Nov 1742. Christopher CARDINAL of Tolleshunt Darcy, singleman, aged 30, yeoman & Sarah CHIGNELL of same, widow, aged 40. To marry at: Langford Ulting or Toleshunt Bushes. Bond: John KENDALL x, labourer of Heybridge.
  • 22 Nov 1753. Christopher CARDINALL. Bond: Tho. Ardely, Wm. Hill. No parish or bride named.
  • 9 Nov 1758. Christopher CARDINALL, aged 20, of Tolleshunt Darcy & Sarah CURTIS, aged 21 of Haverill, Suffolk. To wed at Haverill. (From Archdeaconry of Sudbury, Suffolk. MLA not at ERO.)
  • 18 Feb 1725/6. William CARY of St Osyth, aged 24 & Sarah THEOBALD of Great Clacton, aged 25. To marry at: St. Mary’s, Colchester. Bond: Thomas WHITAKER (he signs ‘WHITTAKERS’) of St Osyth.
  • 10 Oct 1750. William CAREY x widower, farmer of Ardleigh & Susan TAYLOR, spinster of same, aged 36. To marry at: All Saints, Colchester. Bond: Edward HOW x, farmer of Ardleigh.
  • 24 Oct 1721. Robert CHANDLER of Brightlingsea, singleman, aged 22 & Esther GREEN of same, singlewoman, aged 25. To marry at Alresford. Bond: George GREEN x of Brightlingsea. Witnesses: Dorothea GREEN x, Johan Ley
  • 4 March 1730/1. Robert CHANDLER x of Tendring, butcher, aged 22 & Mary HOPKINS of Brightlingsea aged 27. To marry at Brightlingsea. Bond: John HOPKINS x of Brightlingsea, “ostrearium” (oyster fisherman/merchant?). Witnesses: Thomas LUCK (surrogate, vicar of Brightlingsea), Jonathan REEVE.
  • 9 May 1741. Robert CHANDLER x, widower of Brightlingsea, butcher, aged 36 & Elizabeth LAYSEL, singlewoman of same, aged 20 (age given 21 elsewhere and no mention of her being a minor, so perhaps 21 is the correct age). To marry at same. Bond: Anthony SCOTT of Brightlingsea, farmer. Witnesses: Thomas LUCK, Peter ANDORTON.
  • 28 April 1766. Robert CHANDLER (he signs CANDLER), widower, carpenter of St Nicholas Colchester, aged upwards of 50 & Sarah CRICKET, widow of St Mary’s at the Walls Colchester, aged upwards of 51. To marry at St Nicholas Colchester. Witness: Geo. Kirby.
  • 1 Mar 1754. John CONSTABLE, singleman, aged 30, of Wix, farmer & Sarah BIRD, spinster, aged 21 of same. To wed at Mile End, Colchester. Bond: Edmund Bird x, of Wix, farmer. In presence of: Wm. Cooper and P. Smythies.
  • 30 June 1743. Thomas COOKER x, widower of Elmstead, Essex & Susan WILES, widow of Great Bromley, Essex. To marry at Elmstead. Bond: John MUMFORD of Elmstead. Witness: W. BARLOW.
  • 18 Sep 1755. Thomas COOPER the younger, of Polstead, Suffolk, aged 28, bachelor & Mary WHITAKER, spinster of Ramsey, Essex. To marry at Ramsey. Bondsman: Thomas COOPER of Polstead, Suffolk, farmer & Samuel WALL of St. Martin’s Colchester, Attorney at Law.
  • 11 Nov 1723. William CROOKS, of St. Leonard’s, Colchester, aged 24 years, & Anne GARDINER, aged 20 years, of Much Bromley, Essex. To marry at Much Bromley, Essex. Bondsmen: Guilelmus CROOKS de parochia Sti. Leonardi et Guilelmum WAYMAN de parochia Sti. Jacobi infra Colchestiana card maker.


  • 12 Dec 1746. William DAWSON, bachelor, aged 24, blacksmith, of Fryerning & Isabella ATTERIDGE, spinster, aged 19, of Pitsea. Bride’s father: James ATTERIDGE x. Bond: James ATTERIDGE, bachelor, of Billericay.
  • 26 Oct 1767. Benjamin DAY, bachelor of Ramsey, wheelwright, aged upwards of 21 & Susan FAIRS, spinster of same, aged 19, a minor. With the consent of Susan FAIRS x, widow, her mother. To marry at same. Witness: Robt LIVING.
  • 27 Oct 1771. George DAY, bachelor, husbandman of Grinstead in Colchester, aged upwards of 21 & Anne DAY, spinster of same, aged 19, a minor. With the consent of Mary DAY x, widow of same, her mother. To marry at same. Witness: J. SMYTH.
  • 14 Oct 1736. Thomas DENNIS, singleman, yeoman, of South Ockendon, aged 25 & Sarah CHANDLER, singlewoman of Romford, aged 22. To marry at South Ockendon. Bond: Philip BENTON of South Ockendon, yeoman. Witnesses: Ja. Kennedge (Record of South Ockendon), Sarah ROBERTS.
  • 21 May 1765. Thomas Thorogood D’OYLEY of Thorp, Essex, bachelor, chirurgeon, aged upwards of 21 & Anne CARDINAL, spinster of Tendring, aged 26. To wed at: Tendring. Bond: Joseph Roe.


  • 28 Sep 1782. William ELEY, bachelor, bucklemaker of St. James’, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, aged upwards of 25 years & Sarah GARDINER, spinster, of St. Runwald’s, Colchester, aged 22 years and upwards. To marry at St. Runwald’s, Colchester. Bondsman: William ELEY, John DEAN of St. Osyth, gent., Francis Smythies esq. of Colchester.


  • 06 Sep 1803. John FIELD, singleman, labourer of Great Bromley, aged upwards of 21 & Mary JAGGARD, spinster, of Great Bromley, aged upwards of 21. Bondsman: Stephen LUFKIN, farmer of Frating.
  • 22 Oct 1672. John FISHER of Dedham, clothier & Alice CLARKE, spinster of Boxted. Bond: John SMITH of Dedham, woolcomber. In the presence of Michael COULE.
  • 15 Oct 1687. (In Latin) John FISHER of Tendring, lansone? & Margaret MINTAR of Great Bromley. To marry at: Great Bromley or some other church in Essex. Bond: Samuel KEEBLE of Colchester, farmer?. In the presence of Guil. SHELTON.
  • 31 Jan 1824. In the commissary court of the liberty and peculiar of the Sokens. Palmer FISHER x, bachelor of Great Oakley, aged upwards of 21 & Charlotte WALLIS, spinster of Thorpe-le-Soken, aged upwards of 21. To marry at: Thorpe-le-Soken. Sworn before Wm. Burgis.
  • 19 Sep 1744. Parish FISHER of Wix, widower, aged 60, farmer & Elizabeth ANGER of Ramsey, widow, aged 22. To marry at: Ramsey. Bond: Edwd. SMYTH, sawyer of Harwich. In the presence of: Susan GIBSON, John CLARKE. Sworn before: Thos. GIBSON, surrogate.
  • 23 Oct 1748. Parish FISHER of Fingringhoe, widower, aged 30, farmer & Sarah CARDONNEL of Wivenhoe, aged 22, spinster. To marry at: Colchester St. Mary’s or Holy Trinity. Bond: John SMITH, mariner of Fingringhoe.
  • 25 May 1775. Pariss FISHER the younger of Wix, farmer, aged upwards of 21, & Elizabeth PALMER of Wrabness, aged upwards of 21. To marry at: Wrabness. Bond: Francis EVANS of Beaumont, clerk. In the presence of N. EVANS, Ann EVANS.
  • 29 Jun 1731. Robert FOLKERD of Much Holland, aged 23 & Mary STREET, singlewoman of Much Holland, aged 21. To marry at Brightlingsea. Bond: Robertum Folkerd de Much Holland, villicum, et Franciscum BUMPSTEAD de Brightlingsea. Witnesses: Thomas LUCK, Jonathan REEVE.
  • 28 Mar 1808. Robert Bones FOLKARD, bachelor, farmer of Dedham & Elizabeth MEGGS, spinster, of Bromley, aged upwards of 23 years. To marry at Dedham. Witnesses: Wm MEGGS, malster. Thos HOLLARD, servant.
  • 10 Apr 1800. Jeremiah FRENCH, 28 years old, of Cressing, Essex & Ann CARDINAL, 27 years old, of Stoke by Clare, Suffolk. (from Archdeaconry of Sudbury, Suffolk).


  • 28 Nov 1717. Daniel GARDINER, bachelor, yeoman of Little Bromley, aged 23 & Elizabeth TATUM, singlewoman, of Nayland, Suffolk, aged 20. To marry at Dedham. Bond: Daniel GARDINER of Little Bromley, yeoman & John RIDDELSDELL yeoman of Lawford. Witness: W. TATUM.
  • 28 Mar 1720. Daniel GARDINER, widower, yeoman of Little Bromley, aged 26 & Elizabeth BARTON, singlewoman, of Mistley, aged 20. To marry at Elmstead. Bond: Daniel GARDINER of Little Bromley, yeoman & Allington HARRISON, clerk of Elmstead.
  • 27 Dec 1720. Henry GARDINER, singleman, of Great Bromley, aged 23 or thereabouts & Mary BARTON, singlewoman, of Mistley, aged about 19. To marry at Alresford. Bond: Henry GARDINER of Great Bentley (he signs Henery Gardner), Francis BARTON of Mistley, farmers. Witness: Margtt. Dowson x
  • 21 Jun 1731. John GARDENER, singleman, of Great Bromley, aged about 34 & Hannah BARTON, singlewoman, of Mistley, aged about 22. To marry at Mistley. Bond: John & Henry Gardener of Great Bromley (they sign John Gardner and Henery Gardner). Witness: Mary Caldecott.
  • 05 Apr 1753. John GARDINER, singleman, of Great Bromley, aged about 27 & Mary HECKFORD, singlewoman, of Great Bentley, aged about 28. To marry at Great Bentley. Bond: Samuel HECKFORD of Great Bentley. Signed: John Gardener, Samll Heckford jnr.
  • 14 Jul 1756. John GARDNER, singleman, of Great Bromley, aged 21 years and upwards & Mary BUNDOCK, singlewoman, of Great Bromley, aged 21 years and upwards. To marry at same. Bond: John Gardner the younger and John Gardner the elder (they sign John Gardener and John Gardner). Witnesses: W. EVANS, Thos. FISKE.
  • 07 May 1761. Stephen GARDENER, bachelor, sea-faring man of Little Bromley, aged 21 years and upwards & Margaret MANWOOD, spinster, of Mistley, aged 22 years and upwards. To marry at Mistley. Bond: Stephen GARDENER (he signs Gardner) seafaring man of Little Bromley, John ORMAN senr of Dedham, bricklayer. Witnesses: John ALLEN, Robt ROGERS
  • 05 Jul 1750. Moses GILL, singleman, farmer of Kirby, aged 26 & Mary CRYSON (she signs KYSON), spinster, of Kirby, aged 30. To marry at St Giles, Colchester.
  • 22 Oct 1765. Maurice GOUGH, bachelor, Doctor in Divinity, Rector of the Parish of Wrabness, aged upwards of 40 years and Margaret CARRINGTON, spinster of Ramsey, aged upwards of 23. To marry at Wrabness. Witnesses: Jas. Taylor, Hen. Bate.
  • 10 Sep 1750. John GRIGGS jnr, singleman, farmer of Belchamp Otten, aged 39 & Rose NUNN, widow of same, aged 30. To marry at Bulmer, Belchamp Otten or Halsted. Bond: John GRIGGS senr of Belchamp Otten, farmer. Witness: J. LOVEKIN


  • 10 July 1792. George HART, widower, farmer of Boreham & Elizabeth CAVELL, widow of same. To marry at Boreham. Bond: John DOE. Witness: W. MARYON.
  • 13 Oct 1746. John HART, bachelor, aged 24, of Clare, Suffolk & Elizabeth RAYNER, spinster, aged 30, of Wivenhoe. To marry at St Martin’s, Colchester. Bond: Robert WALKER of 3 Cupps, St Peter’s, Colchester. Witnesses: Tho. HALLEY, Eliz. BAYLES.
  • 6 Jul 1721. John HAWKINS (he signs HAWKEENS), singleman, butcher of Kelvedon, aged 27 & Sarah WHITAKER, singlewoman, of same, aged 30. To marry at: St. Mary’s, Colchester. Bond: William MORLEY x, of St Peter’s, Colchester.
  • 13 Oct 1773. George HAZELL, bachelor, aged upwards of 21, farmer of Elmstead & Elizabeth CHANDLER, spinster, aged upwards of 21, of same. To marry at same.


  • 30 Oct 1756. George JACKSON, singleman, butcher, of St Osyth, aged 21 and upwards, & Elizabeth GRISE, singlewoman of same, aged 21 and upwards. To marry at: St Osyth. Bond: Isaac SIMPSON of Beaumont-cum-Moze, yeoman.
  • 8 Dec 1736. John JEWERS (surname spelt Jures on the document, but he signs Jewers), singleman of All Saints Colchester, aged 25 & Ann DAY, singlewoman of Little Bromley, aged 25. To marry at Aldham. Witnesses: Revd Mr Richard BRIGGS of Holy Trinity Colchester. Witnesses: John SNELLOCK x, John CARLETON.
  • 12 Jan 1747/8. Jonah JOYE, bachelor of Great Clacton, grocer, aged 23 & Mary CHANDLER, widow of same, aged 30. To marry at Grinsted below Colchester. Bond: John JUERS (he signs JEWERS) of All Saints, Colchester, farmer. Witnesses: B. OWEN (Rector of Grinsted), Edmund LILLEY.


  • 24 Oct 1682. Joseph KANT, farmer, of Great Oakley & Mary ALFOUNDER, singlewoman, of Kirby. To marry at St. James, Colchester. Bondsman: Robert ALFOUNDER, farmer, of Kirby. Witness: Guil. SHELTON. (Note: Groom’s surname sometimes KENT)
  • 13 Nov 1729. Cornelius KENDALL, farmer, of Marks Tey, aged 26 & Elizabeth THEOBALD, singlewoman, of Easthorp, aged 24. To marry at: Little Tey. Bond: Daniel TOMPSON, baker of Coxhill (Coggeshall?). (In Latin)
  • 24 Mar 1718/9. William KENDALL of Elmstead, aged 34, widower & Anne SKINGE of Ardleigh, aged 31, widow. To marry at Little Bromley. Bond: Allington HARRISON. Witness: W. SMYTHIES.
  • 22 Oct 1787. William KITSON x, bachelor, labourer of Great Coggeshall, aged upwards of 21 & Ann NUNN, of same, aged upwards of 21. At same. No bondsman.


  • 19 Jan 1802. Thomas LAY, bachelor, farmer of Aldham, aged upwards of 21 & Rachel NUNN, spinster of Rivenhall, aged upwards of 21. To marry at Rivenhall. Witness: Thos. Barston (surrogate).
  • 15 Jun 1771. John LINGWOOD, bachelor, horseler of Fryerning, aged upwards of 26 & Isabella DAWSON of same, spinster, aged upwards of 22. To marry at Fryerning. Witness: John POTTER.
  • 27 Oct 1810. Nathaniel LITTLEWOOD, shoemaker, of Brightlingsea, aged 30 & Mary SIMONS, also of Brightlingsea, spinster.
  • 28 Dec 1812. Nathaniel LITTLEWOOD, widower, victualler of Brightlingsea & Sarah CROSS of Wivenhoe, spinster. To wed at Brightlingsea.
  • 25 Apr 1822. Nathaniel LITTLEWOOD, widower, gentleman of Brightlingsea & Elizabeth WARNER, widow of Dedham. To marry at Dedham.
  • 15 Aug 1759. Alexander LONGVILL, bachelor, mariner of Sunderland, County Durham, aged upwards of 25 years & Sarah COOPER, spinster of Fingringhoe, Essex, aged upwards of 25 years. To marry at Fingringhoe.


  • 4 Mar 1671/2. Jeremiah MALING, yeoman of Langley, Essex & Margarett NUNN, widow of same. Bond: John HORNSEY x of Royston, Essex. Witnesses: Sa. Milles & John Milles [place they intend to marry not given].
  • 22 Dec 1766. John MASH of Tendring, 29, bachelor, farmer & Mary CARDONEL of Tendring, aged 21 years and upwards, spinster. To marry at: Tendring. Bond: Edward SALLOWS of Bentley Parva, farmer. Witness: George SMYTHIES.
  • 9 Sep 1744. John MASKELL of Great Bentley & Elizabeth SIMONS. Bond: Hugh SIMONS of Elmstead. To marry at Great Bromley.
  • 22 January 1730/1. John MAXFIELD x, bachelor, aged abt 26 years & Ann CROOKS, widow, aged abt 30 years, both of Great Bromley. To wed at Great Bromley. Bondsmen: Johannem MAXFIELD x de Bromley Magna et Guilelmum KNOLLER x de eadem parochia.
  • 1731. Robert MEACHEM, widower, yeoman of Bradwell, Essex & Mrs. Susannah CARNALL, widow of same. [Doesn’t say where they are to marry]
  • 22 Nov 1739. John MOORE, singleman, farmer of Little Bentley, aged 27 & Rachel NUNN, singlewoman of Misley, aged 20, having the express consent of her parents. To marry at Little Bromley or Misley. Bondsman: John MAFFEN, farmer of Little Bromley. Witness: Fran. HALL.


  • 02 Jan 1750. Thomas NEWCOMB, bachelor, blacksmith of Shalford, Essex, aged 24 & Mildred STEELE, singlewoman of New Sandford, Essex, aged 20. To wed at Finchingfield or Wimbish. Bondsman: Mr Thomas Steele.
  • 22 Sep 1797. Thomas NICE, bachelor, linnen-draper of St Peter’s, Colchester, aged upwards of 23 years & Mary WAYNMAN, widow, of St Runwald’s, Colchester. To marry at St Runwald’s, Colchester.
  • 17 Jan 1750. Benjamin NICHOLLS, bachelor of Avely, aged 30 & Elizabeth BAWFOOT, widow of West Thurrock, aged 28. To marry at West Thurrock.
  • 13 Dec 1831. John Sorrell NICHOLLS, bachelor of Great Oakley, Essex, aged 47 & Mary THOMPSON, spinster of Wix, aged 39. To marry at Wix.
  • 22 Sep 1797. Thomas NICE, bachelor, linnen-draper of St Peter’s, Colchester, aged upwards of 23 years & Mary WAYNMAN, widow, of St Runwald’s, Colchester. To marry at St Runwald’s, Colchester.
  • 7 Nov 1730. Edmund NUNN, singleman, landholder of Bures Hamlet, aged 24 & Ann RUFFLE, singlewoman of Wickham St. Paul, aged 19. To marry at Wickham St. Paul, Alphamstone or Lamarsh. Bond: Joseph NUNN of Bures Hamlet, yeoman. Witnesses: H. BURROUGH, Lydia Ann MINTER
  • 2 Jan 1699/00. Francis NUNN, singleman of Chipping Ongar, Essex & Martha KELSEY, singlewoman of Rittle [Writtle]. To marry at Abbess Roding. Bond: James COCK of Stanford Rivers & Thomas HUTCHIN of same. Witnesses: Joannis CAMPE & Susanna CAMPE.
  • 27 Sep 1722. Henry NUNN, bachelor, farmer of Brantham, Suffolk, aged 26 & Elizabeth PARSONS, singlewoman of Tey Parva, Essex, aged 29. To marry at St. Peter’s, Colchester. Bondsman: Robert NUNN of Tey Parva, farmer. Witness: R. Turner.
  • 11 Jun 1741. Henry NUNN, widower of Misley, aged 48 & Abigail NELSON, singlewoman of Manningtree, aged 40. To marry at St. Andrew Grinsted below Colchester. Bondsman: James NELSON of Manningtree. Witness: Edmund LILLEY.
  • 03 Jul 1772. Henry NUNN, widower, surgeon of Manningtree, aged upwards of 21 & Mary CARRINGTON, spinster of Bradfield, aged upwards of 21. To marry at Bradfield. Witness: William CARRINGTON.
  • 31 Mar 1761. Jeffery NUNN, bachelor, maltster of Kelvedon, aged 22 & Sarah SULLINGS, spinster of Little Coggeshall, aged 21. To marry at Kelvedon. Witness: Daniel ANDREWS.
  • 19 Apr 1731. John NUNN jnr, bachelor of Harlow, Essex, aged 26 & Ann SIBLEY of same, aged 25. To marry at same. Bond: Samuel SIBLEY, of same. Witnesses: Eliz. WOOD, Sarah WOOD.
  • 30 May 1743. John NUNN, bachelor, yeoman of Haidon, Essex [Heydon?], aged 30 & Sarah WATSON of same, aged 20, a maiden. To marry at Layston, Hertfordshire. Bond: John NEWMAN x of Great Chishill, Essex, yeoman. Witness: H. HETON.
  • 7 Nov 1795. John NUNN, bachelor of Margaretting, aged upwards of 21 & Maryanne FINCH, spinster of same, aged upwards of 21. To marry at same. Bondsman: Richard FINCH, butcher of Chipping Ongar. Witnesses: Mary ALLEN, Geo. HOLGATE.
  • 1 Oct 1741. Joseph NUNN, single man, of Mistley, aged 23 years & Mary GARDINER, single woman, aged 19 years. To marry at Little Clacton or Frinton. Bondsmen: Joseph NUNN of Mistley and Philip SMITH of Little Clacton. Witnesses: James & Anne HINSUM.
  • 13 Oct 1763. Joseph NUNN, bachelor, of Great Bromley, farmer, aged upwards of 21 years & Mary COOKE, spinster, of Thorington, aged upwards of 19 years. To marry at Thorington. With consent of her father John COOKE of Thorington, farmer.
  • 3 Apr 1769. Joseph NUNN, bachelor, farmer of Rivenhall, aged upwards of 21 years & Rachel WARD, spinster of Witham, aged upwards of 21 years. To marry at Rivenhall. Bond: John BRETTON of Cressing, yeoman. Witness: Jno. CUTTER.
  • 15 Feb 1730/1. Joshua NUNN, singleman of Wivenhoe, aged 24 & Hannah FISHER, singlewoman of Manningtree, aged 27. To marry at Manningtree. Bondsman: Samuel ROBERTS. Witnesses: T. GOODWIN & Anne GOODWIN.
  • 21 Jul 1736. Robert NUNN x, singleman of Harwich, Essex, aged 25 & Peck BRADLEY, singlewoman of same, aged 21. To marry at Ramsey. Bond: William BRADLEY of Harwich. Witnesses: Thos GIBSON junr and senr.
  • 18 Aug 1726. Thomas NUN, widower of Hadleigh, Suffolk, aged 56 & Mary GENTRY, widow of Great Oakley, Essex, aged 53. To marry at Great Oakley. Bond: William ARTHY of Groton, Suffolk, baker. Witness: Rich. DRAKE.
  • 1 Oct 1745. Thomas NUNN, singleman of Alresford, Essex, aged 30 & Eleanor HULL, singlewoman of Wivenhoe, aged 28. To marry at Alresford. Bond: Samuel MERTIN of Wivenhoe. Witness: Francs. TENNANT.
  • 21 Aug 1711. William NUNN, merchant of Southwold, Suffolk & Mary HAMMOND, spinster of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. To marry at Bishops Stortford or Farnham, Essex. Bond: Jeffery ARCHER of Bishops Stortford. Witnesses: William MILLBANK, Sarah OLIVER, Wm [PR]OLHILL


  • 15 Jul 1747. John PITTOCK x, bachelor, farmer of Aldham, Essex, aged 35 & Mary NUNN, singlewoman of same, aged 20. To marry at Aldham or St. Mary’s Colchester. Bond: Christopher HARRISON of St. James’ [Colchester?], millwright. Witness: Philip MORANT.
  • 29 Jul 1735. John POND, singleman, farmer of Belchamp Walter, aged 22 & Mary Plum NUN of Pebmarsh, singlewoman, aged 24. To marry at Gestingthorpe. Bond: Henry NUN, farmer of Pebmarsh (he signs his first name: Hranry). Witnesses: J. E. AISTON, Thomas CHAPMAN.
  • 24 Dec 1752. Thomas POTTER, widower, aged 40, of Marks Tey & Martha WILES of same, spinster, aged 17. To marry at St Martin’s, Colchester. Bond: James VINCE of St Martin’s, Colchester. Witness: Tho. HALLEY.


  • 17 May 1712. Timothy RAINHAM of St Osyth, gentleman & Mary GRICE of same. To marry at: Great Holland. Bond: Richard HAWORD of St Osyth, gentleman.
  • 21 Sep 1738. John RAYNER, bachelor of Wivenhoe, aged 25 & Sarah COOPER, spinster of Fingringhoe, aged 20 years and upwards. To marry at Fingringhoe. Bond: Thomas COOPER. Witnesses: T. GOODWIN, Elizabeth COOPER.
  • 18 Oct 1741. Thomas REYNOLDS, bachelor, carpenter of Tottenham, Middlesex, aged 29 & Elizabeth NUNN, a maiden of Barkway, Hertfordshire, aged 28. To marry at: Layston, Hertfordshire. Bond: Jon. SKEGG, wheelwright of Buntingford, Hertfordshire. Witness: H. HETON.
  • 9 Dec 1745. Henry RIDER of Harlow, aged 45, bachelor, gentleman & Judith CANHAM of Thorp[e-le-Soken], aged 40, widow. To marry at: Harlow. Bond: Henry GOFFE (he signs GOUGH) of Thorp, clerk. Witnesses: Mary WISE, Wm LE NEVE.
  • 11 Feb 1764. Samuel RISBEE, bachelor, farmer of Mistley, aged 28 & Mary NUNN, minor of Mistley, aged upwards of 18, with consent of her lawful and natural father, Joseph NUNN. To marry at Mistley. Bondsman: Joseph NUNN, farmer of Mistley. Witness: J. MILTON.
  • 2 Mar 1742. Richard ROSS x, singleman, butcher of High Ongar, aged 20. Susanna NUNN, spinster of Beauchamp Roding, aged 22. To marry at Beauchamp Roding or Moreton. Bond: Benjamin BINGHAM of Beauchamp Roding, yeoman. Witnesses: John BERNARD, Rebeccah STOCK.
  • 13 Mar 1770. Thomas RUFFELL, bachelor, farmer of Hatfield Peverel, aged 35. Mary NUNN, spinster of Great Braxted, aged 27. To marry at Hatfield Peverel. Bond: William BREWSTER of Great Braxted, farmer. Witness: J. PERKINS.


  • 26 Aug 1723. Thomas SALLOWS x of Tendring, farmer, aged 24 years, singleman & Elizabeth CARDINAL, singlewoman of same, aged about 21. To marry at All Saints, Colchester. Bond: Alexander LUCAS x, farmer of Wrabness. Witnesses: Th. FARLAND, P. SMYTHIES.
  • 24 Sep 1724. Thomas SALLOWS of Tendring, farmer, aged about 51 years, widower & Sarah ANGIER, singlewoman of Bradfield, aged about 24. To marry at Great Oakley. Bondsman: George ANGIER of Bradfield. Witnesses: Mary RAYNHAM, Henery ROBINSON, Rich. DRAKE.
  • 01 Sep 1742. Benjamin SALMON of Great Oakley, aged 22 years, singleman & Mary AIMES, singlewoman of Ramsey, aged 20. To marry at St. Leonard’s Colchester. Bond: Benjamin SALMON of Great Oakley, farmer & James WOOD of Colchester, innholder. Witness: Geo Kilby, Rect of St. Leonard’s.
  • 17 Feb 1787. Joseph SCOTT, farmer, widower of Copford, upwards of 21 & Hetty TIFFIN, widow, of same, at same. No bondsman.
  • 27 Feb 1745/6. Henry SIMONS x of Elmstead, aged about 24 & Martha RISBY of same, aged about 22. To marry at same. Bond: William SIMONS of same.
  • 8 March 1768. Ralph STANWAY, bachelor of All Saints Colchester, farmer, aged upwards of 40 & Ann JEWERS, widow of same, aged upwards of 40. To marry at same. Witness: Nat. Forster.
  • 29 Dec 1761. John STARLING x, bachelor, horsedresser of Witham, aged 23 & Mary FULCHER, spinster of Witham, aged 22. To marry at Witham. Bond: John STARLING & John HARPER, coachman of St. Mary’s Colchester. Witnesses: Phil. Morant, Susannah RICHMAN.


  • 25 Sep 1762. John TIFFIN of Layer de la Hay, farmer, aged 30, bachelor & Sarah WHITAKER of Fingringhoe, aged upwards of 21 years, spinster. To marry at Fingringhoe.
  • 4 Aug 1757. Henry TROUGHTON, widower, gentleman of Little Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, aged upwards of 40 & Elizabeth CARDONNEL, spinster of Thundridge, Hertfordshire, aged about 44. To marry at: Thundridge.
  • 22 Jul 1725. Edmund TUFFIL, bachelor of Corneath Parva (Little Cornard), Suffolk, aged 30 & Mary NUNN, spinster of same, aged 23. To marry at Bulmer, Essex. Bond: Isaac TUFFIL x, labourer of Great Henny. Witnesses: Geo. RUTTERFORTH, John HARVEY.
  • 28 Oct 1715. John TWEED of Halstead, aged 55, widower, gen. [gentleman] & Katherine BENTALL of same, aged about 50, widow. To marry at Great Maplestead. Bond: Robert TWEED jnr of same, singleman.


  • 29 Mar 1731. Benjamin VALE, singleman of St Osyth, aged about 29 & Elizabeth GRICE, singlewoman of same, aged about 22. To marry at: St Laurence, Colchester. Bond: James WOOD of St Laurence, Colchester [Note: the marriage licence allegation seems to say “St Laurence, Colchester” but there was and is no such church. The marriage of Benjamin and Elizabeth can, however, be found in the register for St. Leonard’s, Colchester].


  • 13 Jan 1767. Edward WADE, bachelor, husbandman of Layer De La Hay, Essex, over 21 & Elizabeth CARDINAL, spinster of Layer De La Hay, Essex, over 21 (no bondsman mentioned).
  • 04 Jun 1831. Samuel William Cardnell WADE, bachelor of Wivenhoe, over 21 & Elizabeth SIMMONS, spinster of Wivenhoe, over 21. To marry at Wivenhoe.
  • 27 Jul 1823. Thomas Whitaker WADE, bachelor, of Thorrington & Elizabeth SCRUTTON, spinster, of Great Oakley. To wed at Great Oakley.
  • 24 Dec 1731. James WARD, singleman, farmer, of Bures Hamlet, Essex, aged 26 & Rose NUNN, singlewoman, aged 22 of Bures Hamlet. To marry at Mount Bures, Essex. Bondsman: Thomas WARD, farmer of Bures Hamlet. Witness: Sackv. TURNER.
  • 8 Jun 1771. Lawrence WARD x bachelor of Elmstead, husbandman, aged upwards of 21 years & Elizabeth DAY spinster of Thorrington, aged 20 years, a minor, daughter of Abraham DAY x of Thorrington. To marry at: Elmstead. Bond: groom and bride’s father.
  • 30 Mar 1782. Thomas WAYNMAN, bachelor, seedsman of St Runwald’s, Colchester, aged upwards of 21 years & Mary MARSDEN of the said parish, spinster and minor, aged upwards of 19 years, by and with the consent of John MARSDEN, work-knitter, her natural and lawful father. To marry at St. Runwald’s, Colchester.
  • 18 Dec 1753. William WAYNMAN, widower, innkeeper, aged 32, of Manningtree, Essex & Sarah RAYNER, widow, aged 31, of St Botolph’s, Colchester. To marry at Fingringhoe. Bond: Robert DURRELL, mariner, of St Leonard’s, Colchester. Witness: J. MILTON.
  • 15 Mar 1736/7. John WEBB, singleman of Linton, Cambridgeshire, aged 30 & Sarah NUN, singlewoman of Heydon, Essex, aged 30. To marry at neither [either?] or Little Chishill, Essex. Bond: John NUN jnr of Heydon, Essex. Witnesses: Rebekah MELVILL, Mary HUNT x.
  • 24 Jul 1804. James WEBSTER, bachelor, confectioner, of Bloomsbury, Middlesex, over 21 & Rachel MUNT, spinster, of St Nicholas Harwich, over 21. To wed at St Nicholas Harwich. Bondsman: John DOE.
  • 10 Jan 1748/9. Nathaniel WENLOCK, singleman of Brightlingsea, farmer, aged about 36 & Mary CHANDLER, singlewoman of same, aged about 20 (no mention of her being a minor or parents’ names given for consent). To marry at Brightlingsea. Bond: Thomas CHANDLER x of same, farmer. Witnesses: Tho. LUCK, Anthony SCOTT.
  • 29 Dec 1740 Thomas WHITING, widower, aged 50 of Brightlingsea, oyster dredger & Mary CARDINAL, aged 30, singlewoman of Brightlingsea. To marry at: Brightlingsea. Bond: Joshua Dunshill of Brightlingsea, innholder. Witnesses: Tho. LUCK, William INMAN.
  • 13 Jun 1728. James WHITAKER (he signs WITAKER), bachelor, butcher, of Coggeshall, aged 24 & Sarah LIVERMORE, singlewoman of Coggeshall, aged 23. To marry at: St Martin’s, Colchester. Bond: Jasper WHALEY, wine merchant, of Colchester. (In Latin)
  • 20? Oct 1682 John WHITTAKER x of Colchester?, Essex, Fabrio? (craftsman?) farrarrer (metalworker?) & Mary DANCE of Ipswich. To marry at: St James’, Colchester. Bond: William HARVEY of Colchester?, fabrer? (craftsman?) [Handwriting hard to read, and in Latin]
  • 20 Aug 1729. John WHITTAKERS of St Osyth, gentleman, aged 25 & Mary STEPHENS of Tendring, widow. To marry at: Tendring. Bond: Thomas DAVALL of Tendring, gentleman.
  • 8 Dec 1683 William WHITAKER x, of Beaumont, Essex, farmer & Anne FLETCHER of same. To marry at: same. Bond: Patri PRYOR x of Colchester (occupation hard to read – begins with T). [Handwriting hard to read, and in Latin]
  • 30 Nov 1730. Nathaniel WILES x of Great Bromley & Susan EDMUNDS of same, to marry at Little Bentley. Bond: Francis CRAMPHORN x of Little Bentley. Witnesses: B. LIDGOULD, H. PAGETT.
  • 21 March 1741. Robert WILES x of Great Bromley & Sarah BARKER. To marry at Holy Trinity, Colchester. Bond: John MARTIN of Little Bentley. Witnesses: William SMITH, John TOMSON.
  • 13 Jun 1758. Samuel WINCH, bachelor, of Fingringhoe, Essex, aged 23 years and upwards, & Catherine CARDINAL, aged 22 years and upwards. Bondsman: the groom and the Revd. Charles PLEYS of Gislingham, Suffolk. To marry at Wivenhoe.
  • 5 Oct 1743. John WOODS, singleman, aged 28, of Little Clacton, Essex. Ann NUNN, singlewoman, aged 18, of same. To marry at Frenton [Frinton]. Bond: Francis WOODS of Little Clacton. Witnesses: Joseph CAL[U_]AR, Henry PARFERRY x

Image: 1815 woodcut of a proposal scene