The Resource Prince Edward County (Va.) Marriage Licenses

Prince Edward County (Va.) Marriage Licenses

Prince Edward County (Va.) Marriage Licenses, 1861-1870
Prince Edward County (Va.) Marriage Licenses
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Prince Edward County (Va.) Marriage Licenses, 1861-1870, is a record of marriage licenses issued by the county clerk throughout Prince Edward County in the mid-nineteenth century. All licenses follow a set form and include the following information: date of marriage, place of marriage, full names of both parties married, ages of both parties, condition of both parties, place of husband's birth, place of wife's birth, place of husband's residence, place of wife's residence, names of husband's parents, names of wife's parents and occupation of husband. Marriages between "free persons of color" and colored persons are noted from 1863 to 1870. There is no index for the volume
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Biographical or historical data
  • Prince Edward County was formed from Amelia County in 1753. The county court first met on 8 January 1754. The county was named in honor of Edward Augustus, a son of Prince Frederick Louis, a grandson of King George II, and a younger brother of King 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. Written consent from a parent or guardian was needed for individuals younger than twenty-one years. The license, issued then by the clerk, was given to the minister who performed the service.
  • 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
  • This volume is found at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions and hours.
  • Additional Prince Edward 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.
Prince Edward County (Va.) Marriage Licenses
This volume came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Prince Edward County
Arranged chronologically by day, month and year.
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Prince Edward County Circuit Court
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