Marriage Licenses

Marriage Bonds and Allegations

Part 1 1374-1531

Part 2 1567-1630

Part 3 1630-1714

Part 4 1715-1839


The indices to marriage bonds and allegations are in four parts:


Part 1 is taken from the list of marriage licences and marriage dispensations taken from the Registers of the Archbishop of York, the Bishop of Durham,and the Archdeacon of Richmond, covering the period 1374-1531, and published in Volume 45 of the Publications of the Surtees Society. 


Part 2 is taken from the so-called*  Paver's Marriage Licences, parts 1-17 [1567-1630], in the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, vols. 7, 9-14, 16-17 & 20, and  'A consolidated Index to Paver's Marriage Licences (1567-1630)', printed in the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal. The coverage of each volume is as follows:


YAJ Vol 7: 1567-1592

YAJ Vol 9: 1592-1595, 1595-1597

YAJ Vol 10: 1597-1599, 1599-1602, 1602-1604

YAJ Vol 11: 1604-1609

YAJ Vol 12: 1609-1610, 1610-1612, 1612-1613, 1613-1614

YAJ Vol 13: 1614-1615

YAJ Vol 14: 1615-1617, 1617-1620

YAJ Vol 16: 1622- 1625

YAJ Vol 17: 1626-1628

YAJ Vol 20: 1628-1630


* The reason I use the expression 'so-called' in Part 2 is because the manuscripts of William Paver contain indices to the bonds and allegations supporting the application for a marriage license, not to the marriage licences themselves. Marriage licences were never kept by the Diocesan Registry, and the licences which were handed to the couple have rarely survived. Paver made his manuscript from the original registers of grants of licences in the Diocesan registry, while he was a Deputy Registrar. The original registers from which he made his manuscript have never never been recovered since he removed them, and only one register, for the years 1618-1620, appears to have escaped his clutches.


Part 3 is taken from Paver's Marriage Licences, vols. 1-3 1630-1644, 1660-1714: Yorkshire Archaeological Society record series, vols. 40, 43 & 46. The coverage of each volume is as follows:


YASRS Vol 40: 1630-1644

YASRS Vol 43: 1660-1674

YASRS Vol 46: 1674-1714


The bonds and allegations that were made at the time of application for a marriage licence have survived only from 1660.


Part 4 covers the period from 1715-1839, and has been taken from the published indexes in the following series:


An Index to the Archbishop of York's Marriage Bonds and Allegations

1830-1839 (Borthwick List and Index 3, 1986);

1820-1829 (Borthwick List and Index 4, 1987);

1810-1819 (Borthwick List and Index 5, 1988);

1800-1809 (Borthwick List and Index 6, 1989);

1790-1799 (Borthwick List and Index 7, 1990);

1780-1789 (Borthwick List and Index 9, 1991);

1765-1779 (Borthwick List and Index 10, 1993);

1750-1764 (Borthwick List and Index 13, 1994);

1735-1749 (Borthwick List and Index 15, 1996);

1715-1734 (Borthwick List and Index 23, 1999);

1690-1714 (Borthwick List and Index 29, 2001);

1660-1689 (Borthwick List and Index 34, 2003)


The first 4 volumes were compiled by E.B. and W.R.Newsome, the next 5 volumes by E.B.Newsome, and the last 3 by P.W.G. Chilman

PART 1 1374-1531             
PART 2 1567-1630             
Surname Forename Parish Surname Forename Parish Place of Marriage Year
Morgan William Howden Norwood Elizabeth Newsom Wressle or Ellerton 1591
Bethell William Ellerton Akeroyd Elizabeth Foggatorpe Bubwith or Ellerton 1593
Pocklington John Ellerton Carr Isabel Gunby   1594
Driffield Thomas Bell Esther Ellerton Ellerton 1598
Driffield Thomas Ellerton Jaques Susan York, St. Martins M Either 1601
Saltmarshe Philip Saltmarsh Stanley Mary Ellerton Ellerton 1605
Overton John Easington Snawsell Joan Ellerton Either 1606
Wray John Bethell Grissell Ellerton Ellerton 1607
Butler George Londesborough Bethell Lady Jane Ellerton Ellerton 1612
Rigden John Ellerton Fowkes Francis Everingham Everingham 1623
Armson? William Young Elizabeth Ellerton Ellerton 1625
Young Richard Ellerton Wray Unica Seaton Seaton 1626
Hessell Peter Blithe Ann Ellerton Ellerton 1626
Pearson John Ellerton Thorpe Ann Cottingwith Ellerton or Thorganby 1627
PART 3 1674-1714             

Surname Forename Parish Surname Forename Parish Place of Marriage Year
Robert Blythe Ellerton Gunby Catherine Kirkburne Ellerton 1633
William Ellis Vic, St. Mary, Beverley Wawin Catherine late p. Claworth, now Ellerton there 1634
Winder Leonard Ellerton Gilliam Ellen Hillam, Fueston Ellerton 1661
Browne Thomas Ellerton Ridsdale Eliza St. Sampson there 1662
Mawdes Christopher Ellerton Younge Ann Castlegate there 1663
Bethell William Ellerton Akeroyd Alice Bubwith there or Spaldington 1674
Gibson John Seaton Ross Browne Mary Ellerton All Saints, North Street 1703
Corney Richard   Drabbs Mary Ellerton Cathedral 1707
Palliser Walter Ellerton Sterne Elizabeth Elvington either place 1710
Whittell John Selby Harrison Susan Drax Bubwith, Ellerton or Wressle 1710
Brown John   Brabbs Ann Ellerton Goodramgate 1714