How is it possible for people to be married in 2 churches within a month?

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I have come across this in my research twice now. The first time I thought was an error but now I'm not sure.

I'm researching my family on Ancestry, and have come across a marriage between Emma Burlison (1841-1893) and George Thomas Wiltshire (b.1846). The marriage took place at Wimborne Minster in Dorset, on 21 Dec 1879.

Another marriage between the same two people took place on Jan 7 1880 at St. Luke's, Kentish Town, London. Both marriage records exist and even a newspaper marriage announcement for the London marriage.

Can someone please explain this? I'm obviously missing something. Googling it hasn't helped. It might be a common thing, but I've never come across it before starting genealogy research.

(I haven't yet transferred the details to Wikitree, I'll do it on my next GEDCOM upload.)


in Genealogy Help by Paul Burlinson-Ely G2G4 (4.2k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Might be two different denominations.

3 Answers

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Best answer
It isn’t. You are looking at misleading transcriptions. The St Luke’s record is the actual marriage ( as reported in the papers - always worth double checking there)

The Dorset source is recording the Banns read there on 7th 14th and 21st Dec.

You often find the Banns being presented as the Marriage - in transcriptions on familysearch for example. It’s best to look at images of the actual records.
by Joe Farler G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
selected by Daniel Bly
The Dorset Banns record says George was of the Parish of Wimborne Minster and Emma was of the Parish of St Luke’s, London.

The marriage record also gives George’s abode as Wimborne Minster.

So you can see the difference, I've added sharing images

Banns in Wimborne Minster 

Marriage at St Luke Oseney, Crescent, Camden, Middlesex (London)

Banns would have been read three times in both parishes but the banns book for the Camden church doesn't appear to be online.

The vicar (or curate), normally during the service of morning prayer or communion  on a Sunday would  say " I publish the banns of marriage between ___ and ___ . This is the first (second, third ) time of asking. If any of you know cause or just impediment why these two persons should not be joined in Holy Matrimony you are to declare it"

 I grew up hearing that every Sunday so the words are lodged in memory. A cause or just impediment is something like one of the pair is already married or they are too close kin, or that one of the couple is  a minor and doesn't have the consent of their parents.I don't recall anyone standing up and denouncing the marriage in my hearing. (a similar question is asked at the marriage ceremony , you may recall Jane Eyre where that happens) 

 It is worth remembering that sometimes though banns were read and recorded  the marriage didn't take place. I've also come across a couple where their  banns were read  thrice in one year but  the marriage didn't happen.The next year they were read again and this time they got married.

+5 votes
Maybe the couple had two ceremonies to accommodate both families? Or, was one ceremony in a church of one faith the other ceremony another faith? I have heard of this in more modern times and it certainly could have happened in earlier times.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (972k points)
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It might happen if the bride was living in one town and the husband in the other town. Sometimes they have then a marriage ceremony in each of the churches.

The other possibility is, if there are 2-6 weeks between the dates, that the first one was the engagement. Very often engagement records are between marriage records. Sometimes they are marked as engagement records and sometimes not.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Plus reading the Banns would take place over three weeks, in two different places unless the couple were from the same parish.

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