Both spouses are 'minors' on marriage cert,what age would they be?
Thingumy · 12/04/2011 22:30
It's a 1874 marriage.
OldLadyKnowsNothing · 13/04/2011 02:20
In England? Probably 16 or 17, I think, though maybe under 21. Sorry not to be more help.
Thingumy · 13/04/2011 11:11
Yes in England.
I wasn't sure as to the marriage laws in the 1870's but it looks like you needed parental consent if you were under 21.
Looks like my female ancestor was ancestor was pregnant as her first child was born in 1875 .
StayFrosty · 13/04/2011 11:14
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ScroobiousPip · 13/04/2011 11:30
Yes, I think 21 to marry without parental consent too. Much younger with consent (possibly as young as 12?). You'd probably need to look up the Marriage Act at the time to be sure though.
Thingumy · 13/04/2011 11:41
I've never seen 'minor' written down a marriage cert before so it got me thinking.
CarefulWithThatAxeEugene · 24/04/2011 14:30
It means under 21.
People often didn't tell the truth though, so treat everything you see on a certificate with caution. No checks were made.
ivykaty44 · 04/05/2011 21:12
girls 12 - 21 would be a minor
boys 14-21 would be a minor
the law was changed on marriage age in 1929 to be 16 for both female and male with consent of parents
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