Saturday, August 15, 2015

William Heath and Anne Gale get married in 1634

Seriously??  This handwriting is killing me right now.  The William Heath on this marriage allegation looks more like William Loath or Loak, but okay.  Diocese of London, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921, unnumbered, William Heath and Anne Hale, 28 Jun[?] 1634; digital images, ( : accessed 15 Aug 2015); citing Marriage Bonds and Allegations. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives.
My 10th great grandparents, William Heath and Anne Hale, were married in 1634 in London.  They later immigrated to Virginia in 1650.

I worked out the following:

"28th Juny [July?] [1634]
This day appeared personally Solomon Larmon?/Valmon? of the parish of St ???? gentleman and allegeth that William Heath of St. A???? in ???? labor???? and a bachelor aged about 23 years intendeth to marry with Anne Hale?Gale? of St Martins Lane? London maiden aged about 23 years.  And assent ???? there is no lawfull let or impediment by...[unreadable boiler plate]...for whom to be married in the parish church of St Stepney....."
Oh my, well I tried.  I wish I could work out what he did.  In essence, I believe this record was a marriage allegation for William and Anne who belonged to different parishes and wanted to get married.  More info about the record from Ancestry:
From Ancestry's London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921.

This marriage record is slightly more readable:
St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney Parish (Tower Hamlets, Middlesex, England), marriages, 1631-1686, William Heath and Anny Hale, 2 July 1634; Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives; digital images, London, England, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 database on ( : accessed 15 Aug 2015).
So from this it looks like William belonged to St Andrews and Anne belonged to St Martins of the field.

I have no images of William Heath or Anne Hale of course, but you can still go to St Dunstan's Stepney.  They have a website:
St Dunstan's Stepney has been a place of prayer and witness at the heart of the community for over a thousand years. It is the oldest and mother church of London's East End, dating from the 10th Century.
They've even put up a number of images, historic and recent, of the church, which is basically in the same building since the 1500's:

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