The Resource Augusta County (Va.) Marriage Licenses and Ministers' Returns, Volumes 1-4

Augusta County (Va.) Marriage Licenses and Ministers' Returns, Volumes 1-4

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Augusta County (Va.) Marriage Licenses and Ministers' Returns, Volumes 1-4, 1785-1853
Title
Augusta County (Va.) Marriage Licenses and Ministers' Returns, Volumes 1-4
Inclusive dates
1785-1853
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Language
eng
Summary
Augusta County (Va.) Ministers' Returns, Volume 1, 1785-1820, records the returns made by individual ministers of marriages performed within the county. Some returns took the form of lists which record the date of marriage and names of both parties. Other returns took the form of registers which record the date of marriage, the names of both parties and by what authority married--a license or "by publication"(also known as marriage banns.) Marriage Banns, published in the parish church where the couple lived, constituted a legal substitute for a marriage license prior to 1848. Augusta County (Va.) Marriage Licenses and Ministers' Returns, Volumes 2-4 1820-1853, record marriage licenses as well as ministers' returns
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Biographical or historical data
  • Augusta County was formed in 1738 from Orange County. Because the region was sparsely inhabited, however, county government was not actually established there until 1745. The county was named in honor of Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, wife of Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, and mother of George III.
  • Prior to 1853, when the Commonwealth began recording vital statistics, Virginia marriages were recorded at the county or city level. Beginning in 1661, in order to be married by license, the groom was required to go before the county clerk and give bond with security that there was no lawful reason to prevent the marriage. The license, issued then by the clerk, was given to the minister who performed the service. Written consent from a parent or guardian was needed for individuals younger than twenty-one years.
  • Until 1780, marriages could be performed only by ministers of the Established Church, who were required by law to record marriages in the parish register. In 1780, dissenting ministers(only four per county from each sect) were first permitted to perform marriage ceremonies. Ministers' returns were required by law beginning in 1780, so all marriages from that date would be of record in the county court clerk's office--thereby creating an official record. Some ministers adopted a custom of making collected returns--a list of marriages performed within a period of time such as a year or several years.
  • The original marriage records, from which these volumes were compiled, were created by the County Court.
Cataloging source
Vi
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Augusta County Marriage Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult " A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia's web site.
  • Volumes 2-4 are found at the Library of Virginia's State Records Center.
Label
Augusta County (Va.) Marriage Licenses and Ministers' Returns, Volumes 1-4
Note
  • The original records, from which these volumes were compiled, were brought in to the Virginia State Library on May 27, 1964 by Wallace Michael for restoration purposes
  • The xerox copies were compiled and created, under the accession numbers 1146332, 1104254-1104255 and 1104249, by the staff of the Virginia State Library's (now the Library of Virginia) Archives Division
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
4
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Wallace Michael
  • Virginia State Library
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001566086
Reproduction note
Xerox copies.
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
v. (619 leaves)

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