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Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. Marriage in North Carolina, until , could be either by or by banns public announcement in the county where the bride lived. It is estimated that in North Carolina two-thirds of all marriages prior to were by banns, as they were quicker and cheaper than s. If a marriage by was desired, a marriage bond, which was free of charge, was procured to ensure that there was no legal impediment to the union.

The bond was not proof of marriage but only of the intent to marry. The consent of parents or guardians was required if either party was under age 15 and had not ly been married. Those not wishing to bother with s and bonds could publish the banns on three successive Sundays and then be married by a clergyman or magistrate.

No public record was made of this procedure. An act of transferred the power to issue marriage s to the registers of deeds and made the the only legal public record of the nuptials. After all justices and clergy were required to return s for marriages they had performed to the clerk of court; these marriages were recorded chronologically in the Marriage Registers of each county, few of which have been published.

Therefore, the absence of a marriage bond in North Carolina does not indicate that the couple was not married in the state, but only that there is no extant civil record of it. The percentage of extant records of marriages performed in North Carolina prior to would be generously set at 20 percent. The counties with the largest of extant marriage bonds are Rowan and Orange. In general, marriage severely limited the rights of women. Although a single woman or a widow could buy and sell land, a married woman could not unless she held the legal status of a single woman.

Additionally, from until , a widow was entitled to only a life estate of one-third of the real property her husband held at his death. In the state legislature passed an Act Concerning Negroes and Persons of Color or of Mixed Blood, according to which slaves who had been living together as man and wife during slavery were now "deemed to have been lawfully married. Cohabitation bonds were also filed with the register of deeds and were retroactive, legitimizing the marriages of former slaves who had lived together as husband and wife. These bonds provided the name and age of the bride and groom, the length of time they had been married "in the eyes of God," and the names of their masters.

The statute required that cohabitation bonds be registered prior to 1 Sept. These records are enormously important to persons searching black or mixed races. North Carolina prohibited marriages of mixed race from until Common-law marriages, in which couples are considered to be legally married merely through a long-term commitment and without a or any ceremony whatsoever, are not recognized in North Carolina.

Office of Archives and History. William Hutchins, Hildred Ruffin, wedding photo, If you have a marriage contract and a minister performed a marriage without a marriage lisence but the minister ed the marriage contract and a Witeness did also are they considered married?

It depends on the time frame. Before , it was not required by law to file for a marriage . I tried to get permission to share but says couldn't be found. My ancestors started out in that area Rowan County. I just wanted to share on FB to my families who are also searching Ancestry Thank you so much for sharing NCPedia.

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