[APG Public List] Required Age of female witness to marriage1806 Virginia-source and

CL Swope (alfonsa) alfonsa at cynthiaswope.com
Mon Feb 8 16:08:45 MST 2010

The source for this is "Marriages of Goochland County, Virginia, 
1733-1815" , by Kathleen Booth Williams, found in limited preview, 
Google Books. Unfortunately, the pages before the entry are not included 
in the preview, so what is being referred to for the following is not 
entirely clear. It reads: “27 May 1806. Neil McCoull and Julia Logan. 
James Carter is Julia’s guardian. Sur. William Miller. Wit. M. Hunnicutt 
and Harriot Logan. Married 1 June by Rev. Charles Hopkins. p. 93”.

Limited preview so the Book is not shown, but he page it is found on is.
7663. Marriages of Goochland County, Virginia, 1733-1815 , By Kathleen 
Booth Williams, Marriage Record Neil McCoull and Julia Logan (Goochland 
book unaccesible but page number noted 93) , originally published 
Alexandria, Virginin 1960. Reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing 
Co., 1979, 1986, (Limited preview, Google Books, accessed Feb 2010) , 
page 57.

Kathy Gunter Sullivan wrote:
> Did the marriage take place before a Justice of the Peace or a minister?
> If a minister, what was the religious affiliation?
> I don't think the sister had to be age twenty-one under civil law (or 
> canonical law) to witness an 1806 marriage (and maybe not today 
> either), but I'd have to dig through some files to produce 
> authoritative sources for my off-the-cuff opinion.
> Kathy
> Kathy Gunter Sullivan
> APG Member
> Charlotte, North Carolina
> CL Swope (alfonsa) wrote:
>> My ancestress served as witness for her sister's marriage June 1 1806 
>> in Goochland. What does it tell me of her age? Am I wrong to think 
>> that this might mean she was 21 by that date?
>> TIA
>> Cynthia

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