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House. Select Comm. on Marriages. Act for the orderly solemnization of marriages, 1831
SEE ALSO 52211, 52226 House No. 63 A Select Committee of five men reported an Act for the orderly solemnization of marriage, 1831. Any Justice of
the Peace could conduct a marriage ceremony as long as one of the parties lived in his jurisdiction. Any ordained minister could marry people as long
as at least one party was a Commonwealth resident and resident in his jurisdiction. Banns had to be published at least fourteen days in advance and
any challenges had to be made in writing. All Justices and ministers had to keep records and report marriages to the local clerk. Whites were not
allowed to marry negroes, Indians, or mulattos. Quaker marriages were fine and every April, all marriages for the past year had to be reported to the
local clerk. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   An act for the orderly solemnization of marriages.
OCLC Number:   1395395250
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