Who Do You Think You Are?

Marriage Record, 1862


The 1836 Marriage Act allowed civil marriages to take place in register offices. Annabelle’s great great grandfathe­r married bigamously in the register office in Wells, and the record is very revealing

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William Chard said he was a bachelor, which was clearly not the case.

His father is listed as Richard Chard, labourer, which matched the earlier marriage record. This establishe­d the groom’s identity and his bigamy.

Unlike Mary, William could sign his name. His prison record confirms that he had basic literacy.

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