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Did late 18th century naval ship captains conduct weddings? If so, where would these be recorded?

A pair of direct forebears, my 3xgreat-grandparents, eloped in the early-mid 1790s. He, Edward McDowell, had been the family coachman when he ran away with Susan of unknown surname. A 1797 naval ...
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How was a marriage license penalty fee determined?

Through my observation of marriage licenses in England through the 1600s to the 1800s I have witnessed a tremendous variation in the penalty that would be required if a marriage was invalid. Some ...