Learning About Marriage Banns
|Banns of Marriage for John Schofield and Hannah Fox, cropped |
Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 at Ancestry.com
John Schofield and Hannah Fox Intend To Wed
As you can see, the bann (an announcement of an upcoming marriage) is thrice announced from the pulpit on three consecutive Sundays. In this case: 27 January, 3 February, and 10 February 1782.
|Photo by David Barton, Flickr|
non-commercial, attribution, share-alike license, 4 Mar 2014. Link to license
David Barton, photographer, is helping me understand the location of Saddleworth through maps and his photos. He had located Bourkhouse (Bowk House) and Ralphs on both old and recent maps. Both are found in the village of Denshaw in Saddleworth.
In this case, geography matters because Saddleworth which was in Yorkshire when John and his brother Arthur left for America, is is now part of Greater Manchester. (Family Search Help)
Yes, there is an area nearby set off for gravestones (upper graveyard) and was cleared in 2003 of brush and debris. (Photo) I wish I could see the gravestones!
The church (since 1215 AD) where the marriage took place is majestic, still standing and is well photographed. I would expect that they married in the Chapel and not in the huge section reserved for worship.
Another interesting thing is that I have decided that this family remained members of the Church of England (Anglican) and joined Episcopal churches in New England whenever they could.
Source: Ancestry.com. Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.