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Henrico County (Va.) Register of Licenses for Marriage

Henrico County (Va.) Register of Licenses for Marriage, 1850-1862
Henrico County (Va.) Register of Licenses for Marriage
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Henrico County (Va.) Register of Licenses for Marriage, 1850-1862, records all marriage licenses, A-Z, for the mid-19th century obtained from the county clerk by residents of the county. Along with the date of the license, the names of the intended are also included. There are blank pages between each letter of the alphabet for additional listings. One marriage with the last name Isbell is listed with marriages beginning with the letter J (under the index beginning with the letter I.) Marriages between free persons of color are noted with parentheses from 1850-1862
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Biographical or historical data
  • Henrico County was one of the eight original shires, or counties, first enumerated in 1634. The county was named for Henry, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King James I.
  • 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.
  • The original marriage licenses, from which this volume was compiled, were created by the County Court.
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Location of other archival material
  • Additional Henrico 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.
  • Henrico County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Henrico County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Collection at the Library of Virginia. Search the "Lost Records Localities Database" found at the Library of Virginia web site.
  • This volume is located at the State Records Center. Please contact Archives Research Services.
Henrico County (Va.) Register of Licenses for Marriage
This original volume came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Henrico County
Arranged alphabetically by intended groom's surname and also chronologically by month, day and year of marriage license.
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Henrico County Circuit Court
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