"Marriage" of Stephen Butler and Marianne Giles

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In the second Quarter of 1880 Stephen married Anna Maria Giles. The 1881 census shows Stephan and Anna at Barrow Hill Farm, Farmborough (1881 England Census Class: RG11; RD: Clutton; ED: 4; Piece: 2427; Folio: 43; Page: 9; GSU roll: 1341584)   Anna's mother Maria and her sister Marianne are also living in the house.  Anna died in 1883. (England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index District Clutton Vol 5c Page 342)  The 1891 and subsequent censuses show Stephen's wife as Marianne.  They had 5 (or maybe 6) children.

I can't locate a marriage record for the two.  Under English Law in 1885 would it have been legal for Stephan and Marianne to marry?
WikiTree profile: Stephen Butler
in Genealogy Help by Michael Butler G2G5 (5.7k points)
edited by Michael Butler
I have found an unsourced family tree that gives Switzerland as the place of marriage.  Is there an online soure where I could check that out?
Found the answer myself.  Marrying your dead wife's sister was illegal in England from 1835 to 1907.  So Stephan and Marianne were either pretending to be married or else wed in Europe.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/49722/65-year-battle-over-deceased-wifes-sisters-marriage-act

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What is your question please?
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Sorry accidentally saved before completing it
S’alright, didn’t find anything on Findmypast.

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