Thomas' and Stevens' of Zennor Jun 8, 2009 14:36:42 GMT -5
Post by HeatherC on Jun 8, 2009 14:36:42 GMT -5
"With the consent of all parties" or "With consent of friends" did not always mean that both or one of the couple were under the age of 21.
From transcribing the parish registers for Morvah, Padstow and a couple of Dorset and Durham parishes I know that sometimes the vicar/curate would cross this out, but more often than not leave the printed part of the register (some early registers did have printed forms) "as is".
I have had cases were the bride and groom were both into their 50's and still it said this. In fact whole decades of the register would but when it did come to a marriage where someone was not "of age", the age would be written down......... something like "John Smith a minor" or "John Smith 18yrs 4mths"
Some vicars also wrote or left this line in ("with consent of.......") to show that the marriage was by agreement of the couple concerned and that there was no feuding amongst the two families being joined by this marriage. Again I have seen written as a note by the marriage entry comments such as "the grooms father was much against this marriage being as the uncle of the bride much misused his family in the past"
So we cannot always take it as proof of one or both not being "of age"........ but in the case of your Ann (Nancy) Barnicoat, it does appear to be so.
Cant help you myself with the parents/family of Ann (Nancy) Tremewan Barnicoat, but I will ask around and have a dig about to see if anything comes to light.