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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Marros St Laurence


The Parish

The parish of Marros lies in the extreme southwest of Carmarthenshire forming not only part of the border with neighbouring Pembrokeshire but also forming a stretch of the county's coastline with Carmarthen Bay. Marros is located roughly 9 miles northeast of the Pembrokeshire coastal resort of Tenby and sits a little over 2 miles west of the terminus of the A4066 road in Pendine, it having traveled from St Clears. There is very little to Marros, no defined centre at all merely a hamlet comprised of church and a scatter of farms and cottages. The area was remote in early times with much of the parish described in early gazetteers as "barren and uncultivated" an impression conveyed by the desolate plateau of nearby Marros Mountain. What income there was largely came from pastoral farming. Marros is drained southwestwards by a small beck which emerges into Carmarthen Bay at nearby Amroth. Marros is sited, by the church, at around 140 metres above the sea whilst the twin local high spots of Marros Mountain & Beacon top out at 152 metres to north and south respectively. Covering close to 2,100 acres Marros parish was fairly typically sized for the area, within that acreage there would have been supported a population of close to 200 parishioners. Like most of Wales Marros is not mentioned in Domesday Book which did not cover this area.

The Church

St Laurence's church sits prominently on the main east to west lane running through Marros midway between Mountain & Beacon and set into a side footpath, Pilgrim's Way. The core of the church, a single chambered nave and chancel combined with a northern transept, dates from the late 13th or early 14th century. Built in a local limestone rubble and utilising the Decorated style of that medieval date. The 15th century saw the addition of the offset western tower, a three-story Perpendicular tower complete with stair-turret and battlements. Also 15th century is the southern porch with a stoup for holy water. The Victorian era saw a new northern transept built in 1845 to replace the earlier version and a thorough restoration in 1895. A prominent war memorial resembling a henge greets you on arrival with a small car park set to the north of the churchyard for parking. The hedged churchyard is open and relatively uncluttered with only a few trees as minor obstacles for the photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 4th December 1756 - 1st December 1759
Carmarthenshire Archives - Reference - CPR/43/1 Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 1760 - 1812
Whilst catalogues state that the marriages up to 1812 are within the composite register, there are none recorded in that volume. One must assume that a marriage register was commenced and has now been lost. As there are no extant BTs either one must conclude these records have been lost to history.
3 13th February 1813 - 13th May 1837 Carmarthenshire Archives - Reference - CPR/43/2 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Crunwear St Elidyr, Pembrokeshire
Cyffic St Cyffig
Eglwys Cymmyn St Margaret Marloes
Amroth St Elidyr, Pembrokeshire
Pendine St Margaret of Antioch

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
04/12/1756 Richard MORGAN Elizabeth REYNOLD
22/09/1757 James ORIELL Mary HOWELL
19/01/1758 William ORIEL Sarah HOWELL
27/10/1759 David JOHN Sarah EBSWORTH
03/11/1759 James DAVID Ann DAVID
01/12/1759 James DAVID Jane PREES
1 13/02/1813 William ORIEL Crunwear, Pembrokeshire Elizabeth DAVID Single
2 10/04/1813 David GRIFFITH Jennet BEYNON
3 16/10/1813 Daniel DAVIES Eglwys Cymmyn Bridget LEWIS Single
4 13/11/1813 Henry LEWIS Widower Cyffic Elizabeth JAMES Single
5 26/11/1814 Thomas PIRCE Single Mary ORIEL Single
6 10/12/1814 Evan DAVID Widower Pendine Eleanor GARRET
7 25/12/1814 Thomas HARRY Cyffic Esther HITCHIN Single
8 06/05/1815 Benjamin REES Pendine Ann JENKINS
9 26/12/1816 David JOHN Single Ann EBSWORTH Single
10 05/05/1818 William THOMAS Single Ruth EVANS Single
11 27/11/1819 David VAUGHAN Martha EVANS
12 27/11/1819 David LEWIS Jane DAVID
13 16/06/1821 James JOHN Widower Pendine Sarah DAVID
14 22/12/1821 Henry EVANS Sarah REYNOLDS
15 26/01/1822 John DAVID Single Elizabeth LEWIS Single
16 16/05/1822 Thomas WILLIAM Single Eglwys Cymmyn Sarah JOHN Single
17 26/04/1823 John JAMES Single Elizabeth FRANCIS
18 21/03/1824 John THOMAS Single Mary HITCHIN
19 20/04/1826 John DAVID Pendine Grace CRISTOPHER
20 27/07/1826 David GRIFFITH Sarah EBSWORTH
21 01/12/1827 Thomas HARRY Eglwys Cymmyn Margaret EBSWORTH
22 28/02/1830 Stephen SAIR Pendine Bridget BEYNON Single
23 29/05/1830 John GRIFFITH Eglwys Cymmyn Sarah HARRIS Single
24 23/11/1833 David ISAAC Single Cyffic Elizabeth DAVIDS Single
25 29/03/1834 John BEYNON Single Jane LEWIS Cyffic
26 31/05/1834 John HITCHING Single Anne DAVIDS
27 13/11/1834 David SCOURFIELD Single Mary DAVID Single
28 25/11/1834 Joseph DAVIES Sarah GRIFFITH
29 26/12/1835 Richard PHILLIPS Amroth, Pembrokeshire Mary JOHN
30 13/05/1837 Thomas THOMAS Single Justina WILKINS

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