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
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.