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Published under direction of


Secretary of the Commonwealth

Edited by John B. Linn and Wm. H. Egle, MD

Vol II


B F Meyers, State Printer 1876



Volume II Contents

Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses were issued in the Province of Pennsylvania Previous to 1790 with Addenda

Persons Naturalized in the Province of Pennsylvania




    Officers and Soldiers in the service of the Province of Pennsylvania 1744-1764



    Indian Traders, Mediterranean Passes, Letters of Marque and Ships’ Registers 1743-1776

    Indian Traders: 1743 - 1775

    Mediterranean Passes, Letters of Marque,
    and List Of Ship's Registers, 1761-1776

    Papers relating to the Province of Pennsylvania prior to the Revolution

    Journal of Col. James Burd while building Fort Augusta at Shamokin 1756-7




           Among the laws agreed upon in England by the Proprietary for the government of the Province of Pennsylvania, was one providing for a registry of marriages, births and deaths. By virtue of this law licenses were issued by the authorities. Although the Assembly frequently declared it "the opinion of this House that the Proprietary or his Deputy Granting the Lycenses to marry is not Incident to any authority Granted them by the Royal Charter, nor warranted thereby, nor by any power that we understand they have; but the Granting of such Lycenses is Contrary to Law & of an Evil Tendency;" the practice did not fall into total desuetude until some years after the formation of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of 1790. Four volumes of these records are in existence, covering a period of not quite forty years. What has become of the earlier registers and those also kept during the Revolution, it has been impossible to ascertain.

           The license was issued from the Provincial Secretary’s office, and the date prefixed to each name is that of the issuing the same, not that of the marriage. Ministers and others performing the ceremony sent forward the penal bond properly signed, whereupon the license was issued. Accounts were kept with these persons, and from the records we glean the following names. The reader may look, perchance, for some of the celebrated clergymen of the old-time; but many of these procured their licenses through the civil magistrate, and hence do not appear in the books referred to:

        1760 Alricks, Hermanus, Esq., Cumberland county

        1767 Andrews, Rev. John, Lewistown, Sussex county

        1762 Alsentz, George, Germantown

        1742 Backhouse, Reverend

        1763 Barton, Rev. Thomas, Lancaster

        1742 Beckert, Rev. William

        1759 Borell, Rev. Andrew, Rector at Wilmington

        1760 Bordenlied, Rev. Mr.

        1767 Bucher, Rev. Conrad, Carlisle

        1742 Chew, Samuel, Esq.

        1742 Cookson, Thomas, Esq.

        1762 Craig, Rev. George, Chester

        1744 Currie, Rev. William, at the Great Valley, Chester County

        1742 Franberg, Rev. Peter

        1768 Gircelius, Rev. Lawrence, Wilmington

        1762 Gordon, Lewis, Esq., Northampton county

        1766 Graham, Henry Hale, Esq., Chester

        1762 Griffith, Rev. Abel, "Baptist Minister in West Bradford Township, Chester County"

        1744 Griffith, Timothy, "in Penn Cador Hund’d, New Castle County

        1762 Growden, Lawrence, Esq., Bucks county

        1763 Hall, David, Esq., Sussex county

        1743 Holt, Ryves, Esq., Lowes Town, Sussex county

        1764 Huston, Rev. Alexander, "Mushmellion Hund’d, Kent county"

        1762 Inglis, Rev. Charles, Dover

        1764 Johnston, Samuel, Esq., York county

        1743 Legat, John

        1768 Long, Rev. James, "of Connecocheague in Cumberland county"

        1767 McGaw(Magaw), Rev. Mr., Dover

        1762 McKannon, Rev. William, "of White Clay Creek, New Castle county"

        1762 McWilliams, Richard, Esq., New Castle county

        1743 Mackay, John, New Castle

        1760 Miller, Rev. John, "near Dover"

        1763 Murray, Rev. Alexander, Reading, Berks county

        1763 Neal, Rev. Mr., "of Oxford, Germantown"

        1742 Noxon, Thomas, Esq.

        1762 Parker, Joseph, Esq., Chester

        1765 Peters, Rev. Richard, "of the city of Philadelphia"

        1743 Pugh, Rev. John

        1762 Read, James, Esq., Berks county

        1762 Reading, Rev. Philip, "Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle county"

        1760 Reeger, Rev. Mr., Lancaster

        1744 Ridgley, Nicholas, Esq.

        1762 Rodgers, Rev. John, "at St. George’s, New Castle county"

        1743 Ross, Rev. Aeneas, Oxford

        1762 Schlatter, Rev. Michael, near Germantown

        1762 Shippen, Edward, Esq., Lancaster county

        1766 Spencer, Rev. Elihu, "at St. George’s, New Castle county"

        1762 Steel, Rev. John, "Carlisle in Cumberland county"

        1762 Stevenson, George, Esq., York county

        1762 Stover, Rev. Casper, Lebanon Township, Lancaster county

        1760 Sturgeon, Rev. Mr.

        1762 Thompson, Rev. William, "Commissionary at York county"

        1759 Unander, Rev. Mr.

        1768 Van Buskirk, Rev. Jacob, Germantown

        1762 Vining, John, Esq., Kent county

           Severe laws were passed in the early days of the Province against clandestine marriages, and an act of the Assembly of 1683 proposed a law for "young Men’s Marrieing at such an age". The issuing of a license was not obligatory, but was intended for those cases where the banns were not published or the marrying in church dispensed with, and as a protection to ministers and others performing the ceremonies. The forms of license issued and bond given (during the Revolutionary era) were as follows:


      Seal "to any Minister"

           "Whereas, Application hath been made to Us by _________ to be joined together in Matrimony, and there appearing no lawful Let or Impediment by Reason of Precontract, Consanguinity, Affinity, or any just Cause whatsoever, to hinder the said Marriage, THESE are therefore to license and authorize you to join the said _______ in the Bands of Matrimony, and them to pronounce Man and Wife.

      "Given under the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth, at Philadelphia, the ___ Day of ___, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and ______.




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