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William's marriage certificate

In 1837, births, marriage and death certificates began in England and Wales. Marriages could be recorded at a local church, as well as at the office of the local Registrar.

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Certified Copy of an entry of marriage. Given at the GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE. Application Number: PSR2006
1881 Marriage solemnized at Christ Church in the Parish of Battersea in the County of Surrey.
Date Name Age Status Job Address Father's Name Father's Job
25-12-1881 William Robert Towers 21 Bachelor Brick­layer 44 Tugela Road William Robert Towers Brick­layer
Louisa Johnson 21 Spinster - 44 Tugela Road George Johnson Plasterer

This marriage was solemnized between us William Robert Towers Louisa Johnson In the presence of us: William Fenton, Elizabeth Towers

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Look at the date that William and Louisa were married on. Do you think it is an usual date for a marriage to take place? Both fathers worked in the building business. Perhaps this is how William and Louisa met.


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