Seeking marriage records for Pre 1829 Birmingham, England.

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My GGG Grandparents Charles Waldron (1801-1848) married Ann Lawley (Born circa 1803) in Birmingham, England. We believe at St Thomas around 1822. Ann’s Father was Thomas Lawley. (Ann remarried in 1851). There is no record of the marriage on Ancestry or Church OLDS genealogy. Parish records commence from 1829 in Birmingham. Where would I find pre 1829 marriage records. Any suggestions please? Thank you.
in Genealogy Help by Denise Lay G2G Crew (860 points)
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Good luck. If you had been researching a Northumbrian couple it would have been the first thing I suggested, but maybe less likely for Warwickshire. Still worth considering though if you cannot find them anywhere else.
Thank you Lynda. We have assumed they were married in Birmingham, maybe they weren’t. Charles was a gun smith - maybe he travelled? So many unanswered questions!  Take care.
I do see a marriage a Ann 1831,but with different last name,not Lawley.

How do you have Ann Lawley ???
When my GG grandfather William migrated to Australia, as a child exile, he had papers which had his Mothers surname before marriage as Lawley. Her remarriage in 1851 had her Father listed as Thomas Lawley. Thank you.
Denise, Could Ann have had a previous marriage before Charles?
Ann’s DOB varies on the Census records so could be around 1803. Her eldest child was born in 1823. What we know Charles Waldron was her 1st marriage. We have been told Record keeping was not compulsory around this time in England. Not sure if that is correct. Thanks.
OK. So there was no point in looking for a Waldron-Lawley marriage then. What we need to do is look for the first husband’s name and then the marriage between Charles Waldron and Ann X.
Hi Lynda,we also tried searching via Charles Waldron also. It didn’t give us any result. However new eyes looking my find something. Thank you for your interest.

"What we know Charles Waldron was her 2st marriage."

Was he her 1st marriage, or her 2nd?

Sorry Ros, Charles was her first marriage.

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I see 2 children born too Charles Waldron and Ann,both were baptised

in Birmingham St Philip,Warwickshire,one 1832 other 1834.Even if i do

not find there marriage.The Baptismal record shows they were married and

in good standing with Church of England.One child Elizabeth Woodard

now married ,ln 1861 Census living with her mom and dad,
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (922k points)
Thank you for your reply. My Charles and Ann children were Charles, William, Thomas, John, Isabella and Harriett. There was more than one Charles Waldron who married an Ann around that time. My GGG grandfather died in 1848 age 47. We are now specifically looking for their marriage. Their eldest child was born in 1823. I appreciate your interest.
Marriage records at this time in England do not list the parents or the ages of the bride and groom. There is commonly a witness from the bride's relatives so those names might help.

Baptism records might help, as can wills.

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Australia Death Index ,William Waldron,died Beaufort Victoria,shows

his father as Charles Waldron,mother Sarah, Reg.# 4333

died 1912.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (922k points)
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Pre 1829 Church of England records are available on microfilm at Birmingham Central Library. In Birmingham itself there are only two churches. St Martin from 1554 and St Phillip from 1715. I spent one and a half hours looking for Charles getting married. I didn't check the brides.

St Martin was very popular,  I'm not surprised they built more churches. I looked at January 1821 to February 1823. St Phillip (cathedral) January 1822 to May 1823.

No sign of Charles, sorry.

I did find Issac Waldron marrying Maria Cox 21st May 1821 at St Martin. Both previously unmarried. Witnesses Joseph Wright and Phebe Cox. Source Marriages 1819 to 1821 St Martins Birmingham [volume 18] page 302 entry 904.


by Tim Partridge G2G6 Mach 3 (36.9k points)
Hello Tim, I very much appreciate your efforts in trying to locate my GGG grandparents marriage. It is a real mystery to us, and have almost come to the end of options of where to search next.  It is also the “brick wall” to be able to go further back in this family research. Birmingham has so many Waldron’s with Christian names repeated in generation after generation, we need to ensure we have the right descendants. The frustration of research, but this happens. Still live in the hope our research is successful. Again many thanks. Denise

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