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Wye, Kent Civil Marriages 1654-1657

During the Commonwealth Era during the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians outlawed marriages in church.
Many Rectors fled their parishes, but where those stayed on, some did undertake illicit weddings according to the
customs of the Church of England in the Parish Church.

For most people, however, their only option was to visit a Justice of the Peace and be married by the J.P.
in a Civil Wedding, with a decalaration, similar to Banns, being posted in the market place of town for some time before the
event was to take place.
In Wye, the busiest JP involved in Weddings was Mr. Robert Wiville Esqr.,[also often referred to as Weevel or Weevil.]
Also Michel Belke and Thomas Scot were noted as JPs at this time, but their lists are not yet located.

The following list was compiled after 1660, during the reign of King Charles II and the marriage restrictions
of the Parliamentarian Era were stopped. Charles ruled that in future all marriages must take place in a
Church of the Church of England, regardless of the faith followed by Bride and Groom. 
Many new Parish Rectors destroyed the lists of civil marriages undertaken by JPs and refused to recognise them.
Wye appears to have embraced civil marriages and the records survive. Some civil marriages have been duplicated in the parish church
register, but not all of them - and there are discrepancies between the two lists. 

As you will see from the parishes of origin, some couples traveled quite a distance, to be married at Wye in front of the JP.

Click on Wye Parish Index Button on the right for further Wye Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.

This list uses the Julian Calendar with 25 March being the start of each New Year up to 1751.

"The severall persons here under named were marryed at Wye at the time and dayes resectively
mentioned by Robert Wivill Esqr. Justice of the peace acording to the act then in force; their
severall contracts being published and Certifyed according to the said act."

Day

Mon

Year

Groom Forename

Groom Surname

Notes

-

  Bride Forename

Bride Surname

 Notes

27

Jun

1654

   John    Innith of Holdstone and    Margaret    Jacob of Cheriton

4

Sep

1654

   Stephen    Bluett of Kenardington and    Mary    Smith of Kenardington

20

Sep

1654

   John    Jull of Godmersham and    Jane    Hull of Godmersham

23

Nov

1654

   Richard    Line of Ashford and    Anne    Austen of Ashford

1

Nov

1654

   Michaell    Epps of Godmersham and    Elizabeth    Jure of Godmersham

28

Nov

1654

   Thomas    Hunt of Ashford and    Mary    Bently of Ashford

25

Dec

1654

   Edwin    Aurther of Willesborough and    Mary    Dering of Willesborough

6

Feb

1654

   Richard    Maddocks of Hothfield and    Sarah    Maytom of Hothfield

6

Mar

1654

   Robert    Moyle of Boughton Aluph and    Mary    Coke of Great Chart

12

Mar

1654

   Richard    Atherin of Charing and    Elizabeth    Allen of Godmersham

12

Apr

1655

   Thomas    Scourage of Hythe and    Elizabeth    Kempe of Hythe

8

May

1655

   Michael    Hadlow of Willesborough and    Elizabeth    Lenard of Wye

8

May

1655

   Simon    Bowllding  [Boulding] of Elmsted and    Thomazin    Brooke of Monks Horton

14

May

1655

   Robert    Thornton of Willesborough and    Martha    Ffrankwell of Willesborough

15

May

1655

   Thomas    Settetre of Boughton Aluph and    Susan    Rolfe of Boughtion Aluph

15

May

1655

   Stephen    Stroud of Wye and    Mary    Mount of Wye

17

May

1655

   Thomas    Munday of Wye and    Mary    Norrington of Wye

21

May

1655

   Richard    Kynes of Smeeth and    Alce    Wood of Smeeth

22

May

1655

   Nicholas    Brooke of Monks Horton and    Jane    Amis of Monks Horton

22

May

1655

   Sampson    Court of Elmsted and    Margaret    Bolden of Elmsted

3

Jun

1655

   John    Lewis of Wye and    Anne    Smith of Wye

18

Jun

1655

   Thomas    Marshall of Postling and    Ffrances    Baker of Postling

19

Jun

1655

   Thomas    Chalker of New Romney and    Susanna    Carter of Crundall

28

Jun

1655

   John    Merton of Wye and    Anne    Allen of Wye

28

Jun

1655

   John    Ashby of Ashford and    Sarah    Epps of Brabourne

29

Jun

1655

   William    Perser of Brookland and    Ffrances    Ffairbarde of Brookland

3

Jul

1655

   Peter    London of Brabourne and    Elizabeth    Squier of Mersham

5

Jul

1655

   John    Mathies of Crundale and    Elizabeth    Tayler of Wye

10

Jul

1655

   Henry    Stroud of Sevington and    Hannah    Grewell of Ashford

10

Jul

1655

   John    Ashdowne of Aldington and    Thomazin    Smeed of Aldington

17

Jul

1655

   Thomas    Elvye of Ashford and    Margret    Sanford of Selling

14

Aug

1655

   Michaell    Horton of Ashford and    Margret    Spicer of Ashford

25

Sep

1655

   John    Laggat of Kenardington and    Susanna    Batsar of Kenardington

2

Oct

1655

   Abraham    Simson of Brabourne and    Jane    Butcher of Selling

4

Oct

1655

   Robert    Chartross of Selling and    Ellyn    Jerom of Selling

4

Oct

1655

   John    Ffox of Elmsted and    Martha    White of Elmsted

9

Oct

1655

   John    Lawrence of Whitstable and    Anne    Tallis of Wye

17

Oct

1655

   Thomas    James of Ebony and    Mary    Acocke of Ebony

25

Oct

1655

   Arthur    Elsted of Chartham and    Elizabeth    Goldsmith of Willesborough

30

Oct

1655

   Jonas    Cooke of St. Dunstans and    Susanna    Jarman of Brooke

5

Nov

1655

   Thomas    Lance of Shadoxhurst and    Mary    Spratt of Willesborough

11

Nov

1655

   Robert    Bushell of Willesborough and    Katherine    Walsby of Mersham

12

Nov

1655

   Georg    Mising of Hothfield and    Joyce    Kering of Little Chart

12

Nov

1655

   Thomas    Jure of Godmersham and    Dorothy    Reyner of Godmersham

4

Dec

1655

   Henry    Brighthred of Willesborough and    Susan    Watts of Willesborough

7

Dec

1655

   Henry    Pantry of Hothfield and    Jane    Bradbrooke of Hothfield

11

Dec

1655

   Thomas    Watson of Brook and    Anne    Miller of Brook

17

Dec

1655

   Henry    Goatly of Kenardington and    Tabitha    Rickenden of Kenardington

26

Dec

1655

   Georg    Willard of Wye and    Mary    Cooke of Wye

20

Dec

1655

   Roger    Watts of Willesborough and    Joan    Corner of Willesborough

17

Dec

1655

   Allen    Cox of Mersham and    Bennet    Virgin of Mersham

3

Jan

1655

   William    Barret of Ashford and    Mary    Tilby of Willesborough

5

Jan

1655

   John    Chisman of Kenardington and    Elizabeth    Pipe of Kenardington

14

Jan

1655

   John    German of Brook and    Susan    Sarles [Searles] of Wye

15

Jan

1655

   John    Argar of Kingsnorth and    Mary    Pope of Kingsnorth

17

Jan

1655

   Thomas    Pysing of Monks Horton and    Jane    Sladden of Monks Horton

24

Jan

1655

   Daniell    Goden [Godden] of Hastingleigh and    Sarah    Woodwares of Brabourne

28

Jan

1655

   Richard    Tryce of Great Chart and    Katherine    Hesellgrove of Hothfield

31

Jan

1655

   John    Goodin of Ashford and    Elizabeth    Bodkin of Wye

7

Feb

1655

   Thomas    Smalwood of Ashford and    Anne    Little of Ashford

10

Feb

1655

   William    Martin of Ashford and    Mary    May of Ashford

12

Feb

1655

   John    Perce of Maidstone and    Judith    Slaughter of Wye

25

Feb

1655

   Richard    White of Godmersham and    Joan    Cocke of Godmersham

28

Feb

1655

   Edward    Masters of Willesborough and    Margret    Baker of Newchurch

4

Mar

1655

   Thomas    Cooper of Ospringe and    Deborah    Bragnails of Ospringe

5

Mar

1655

   Thomas    Carey of Ffante in Sussex and    Constance    Ffowle of Ashford

25

Mar

1655

   Michaell    Moone of Westwell and    Mary    Blinket of Wye

26

Mar

1656

   Stephen    Hasell of Molash and    Jelian    Sidham of Molash

8

Apr

1656

   James    Gransden of Kenardington and    Elizabeth    March of Kenardington

10

Apr

1656

   John    Pantrey of Molash and    Mary    Layton of Godmersham

1

May

1656

   William    Bradd of Shadoxhurst and    Elizabeth    Silke of Shadoxhurst

17

Apr

1656

   Stephen    Millar of Westwell and    Elizabeth    Sharpe of Westwell

8

May

1656

   Thomas    Duale [Deale] of Boughton Aluph and    Margret    Bol... of Kenardington

19

May

1656

   Georg    Wakefill [Wakefield] of Kennington and    Anne    Searles of Kennington

12

Jun

1656

   Richard    Ffowle of Aldington and    Elizabeth    Burt of Aldington

18

Jun

1656

   Abraham    Batkin of Willesborough and    Hanna    Smith of Willesborough

25

Jun

1656

   Henry    Wells of Eastwell and    Martha    Waters of Eastwell

26

Jun

1656

   John    Ruffe of Westwell and    Mary    Gilham of Westwell

7

Oct

1656

   Nicholas    Adison of Aldington and    Elizabeth    Mount of Aldington

14

Oct

1656

   Thomas    Martin of Godmersham and    Martha    Young of Chilham

23

Oct

1656

   Henry    Tilby of Willesborough and    Elizabeth    Philpot of Willesborough

4

Dec

1656

   John    Tappenden of Wye and    Elizabeth    Whitehead of Wye

18

Dec

1656

   Georg    Tiball of Kingsnorth and    Elizabeth    Adkins of Great Chart

23

Dec

1656

   Robert    Arger of Wye and    Anne    Tilby of Westwell

1

Jan

1656

   John    Homan of Wye and    Margret    Bushell of Wye

29

Jan

1656

   Peter    Andrewes of Ashford and    Bennet    Howes of Ashford

3

Feb

1656

   Anthony    Spry of Selling and    Elizabeth    Tumber of Selling

17

Feb

1656

   Valentine    Blundell of Wye and    Mary    Gardner of Wye

28

Mar

1656

   Edward    King of Ashford and    Jane    Seely of Ashford

26

Apr

1657

   Andrew    Ousnam of Wye and    Anne    Carter of Wye

27

Apr

1657

   Thomas    Jones of Wye and    Katherine    Tomleson of Brook

30

Apr

1657

   Philip    Cooper of Ashford and    Susan    Miller of Ashford

4

May

1657

   John    Lawson of Kingsnorth and    Ffrances    Hall of Kingsnorth

11

Jun

1657

   Thomas    Godfrey of Mersham and    Anne    Cockman of Romney

11

Jun

1657

   Peter    Page of Ashford and    Susan    Cane of Frittenden

13

Jun

1657

   John    Eaton of Mersham and    Elizabeth    Langley of Mersham

13

Jun

1657

   Thomas    Sudger of Kingsnorth and    Mary    Mount of Kingsnorth

25

Jun

1657

   Edward    Andrews of Willesborough and    Susan    Jenkin of Stowting


"All these hitherto were marryed according to the Act made by Oliver Cromwell and
his junto: those which follow, according to ye Church of England."