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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Moccas St Michael


The Parish

The parish of Moccas lies in western Herefordshire in the valley of the River Wye. Moccas is located roughly midway (about 12 miles) between Hereford & Hay on Wye and west of Hereford. There is not much to Moccas other than the estate of Moccas Court within which sits St Michael's church, there is no village as such merely a loose grouping of farms and cottages. Moccas sits just north of the B4348 road which meanders along the southern side of the Wye valley between Hereford & Hay. Moccas would largely have earned its living from pastoral farming and little has changed today. The Wye drains the parish southeastwards to eventually reach the Severn Estuary through the port of Chepstow. Moccas is sited at around 80 metres above the sea but land rises notably to the southwest in the escarpment of Woodbury Hill to almost 300 metres whilst further west it rises still more towards the mid-Wales hills. Even by Herefordshire standards Moccas parish was small, it covered just over 1,100 acres and would have supported a population of just under 200 parishioners. In Domesday times the majority of Moccas was held by the Canons of Hereford with a small portion held by one Nigel the Doctor, just as small in those times it could offer just 5 ploughs.

The Church

St Michael's church sits as stated within the grounds of Moccas Court but is accessible by the driveway eventually curving around to the church site and a small car park. St Michael is an ancient structure, Pevsner dates its origins and much of its fabric to the Norman Romanesque period of the 12th century. Despite later changes he notes the nave windows and the red sandstone doorways as being Norman features. The chancel windows are a little later about 1300 whilst in later periods windows of the Decorated style were added to the nave to improve the lighting of the interior. The timber porch was added in Victorian times whilst Pevsner speculates the bellcote as being from the first decade of the 19th century. The church sits in a parkland setting within an open churchyard, there are few obstructions to photography.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 10th June 1756 - 11th August 1792 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference AC86/2 Plain unruled book a continuation of the extant composite register Grade 2 register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads Due to a lack of segregation between entries there is a small possibility of omission
2 15th March 1796 - 5th June 1812 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference AC86/3 Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
3 21st February 1814 - 7th May 1836 Herefordshire Archives & Record Centre - Reference AC86/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Brobury St Mary Magdalen
Monnington on Wye St Mary
Monnington on Wye St Mary
Bredwardine St Andrew
Dorstone St Faith
Monnington on Wye St Mary
Preston on Wye St Lawrence
Peterchurch St Peter
Peterchurch St Peter
Blakemere St Leonard
Blakemere St Leonard

1760 1770 1780 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
10/06/1754 Thomas PREESE     Mary COX    
19/05/1755 Thomas TOMKINS     Hannah BRAY    
03/05/1756 Thomas PACKWOOD   Preston On Wye Elizabeth PREESE    
06/02/1758 William LEWIS     Elizabeth KNIGHT    
12/05/1758 Benjamin JORDAN     Anne PARSONS    
16/05/1758 Hugh HYBART   Llanfeigan, Breconshire Ann ROTHEROUGH    
23/06/1759 Edward BRAY   Norton Canon Millborough POOLS   Norton Canon
23/10/1759 John COLBOURN     Mary BERROW    
02/04/1763 John BURGIN   Brilley Elizabeth JENKINS    
05/04/1763 Josiah MATHEWS     Catharine JAMES    
21/11/1763 John JONES     Catharine GRAVES   Blakemere
28/03/1765 Thomas WHITE     Alice WATKINS    
25/10/1765 Henry PARRY     Mary WATKINS    
17/11/1766 John CHANCE     Lavinia BLACK    
22/02/1767 William THOMAS     Margaret JONES   Monnington On Wye
22/10/1769 William EXTON     Elizabeth HALL    
01/11/1772 Thomas WILMOT     Mary COWBURN    
18/05/1773 Joseph HOWELLS     Constance WILLIAMS    
14/05/1775 David MEREDITH Single   Constance WOODHILL Widow  
16/05/1776 Henry DAVIES Single Bridge Sollers Mary CHRISTOPHER Single  
19/07/1776 Jonathan MOYLHAM Single Bredwardine Catherine HILL Single  
07/11/1776 Robert KENYON     Ann WEBB    
02/05/1777 Thomas GOODS     Elizabeth DAVIES    
17/05/1777 Charles LEWIS Single   Susanna JORDAN Single  
20/09/1777 John SYMONS Single   Mary WEAVER Single  
05/02/1778 William PENRY Single   Mary BRACE Single Madley
18/05/1778 John BITHEL     Mary MORGAN    
06/06/1778 Mathew GOUGH Single   Elizabeth POWEL Single Peterchurch
21/06/1780 William EXTON Widower   Anne WILLIAMS Single  
04/02/1781 Richard PUGH     Elizabeth MATTHEWS    
23/11/1781 James JONES   Bacton Elizabeth BURGWIN    
01/09/1782 James COLE     Catherine CHRISTOPHER    
02/11/1783 James GREEN Single   Anne JORDAN Single  
21/11/1783 Matthew JENKINS Single   Mary PREES Single  
15/05/1785 Thomas OWENS   Bosbury Margory CHRISTOPHER    
02/06/1786 John VAUGHAN     Ann DAVIES    
08/03/1787 Richard DAVIES Single   Martha CHANCE Single  
26/04/1787 Benjamin ROWLEY Single   Jane BADHAM Single Blakemere
29/06/1788 Richard COOKE   All Saints, Hereford Catherine JONES    
19/04/1789 John PRICE     Ann COCKS    
01/12/1789 John WATKINS Single   Ann EVANS Widow  
13/10/1791 George WOODHILL Single   Sarah WALTER Single  
17/05/1792 John WATKINS Single   Mary COX Single Mansell Gamage
11/08/1792 Joseph JEYNS Single   Anne COOPER Single  
15/03/1796 James PEPLOE Single   Katherine CORNEWALL Single  
22/05/1796 David THOMAS Single   Elizabeth WOODELL Single  
10/06/1798 Thomas WATKINS Single   Mary POUNT Single  
05/07/1798 John PROSSER Single   Mary PREECE    
03/08/1798 Thomas CHANCE Single   Elizabeth GRIFFITHS Single  
27/06/1799 Thomas LLOYD Single   Elizabeth PHILLIPS Single  
10/06/1800 James PROBERT   Brobury Sarah WILLIAMS    
05/07/1800 John WILLIAMS Single   Elizabeth DAVIS    
25/02/1802 John LEWIS Single Preston On Wye Margaret PRICE    
18/05/1802 James WEBSTER     Elizabeth PHILLIPS    
21/08/1803 Thomas WALL   St Peter, Hereford Anne GOUGH    
11/03/1805 Thomas Frankland LEWIS Single Old Radnor, Radnorshire Harriet CORNEWALL Single  
28/09/1806 James PRICE   Peterchurch Mary JONES    
09/11/1806 William WATKINS     Elizabeth PEW    
06/12/1806 Adam KITE     Elizabeth DAVIES    
29/02/1808 John LOWE     Margaret EVANS   Bredwardine
31/07/1809 John PRICE     Anne EVANS    
24/08/1809 John WATKINS     Martha BETHELL    
19/09/1809 Thomas MEDLICOTT     Elizabeth SQUIRE    
01/10/1809 Walter MORRIS   Weston Beggard Elizabeth GOUGH    
01/04/1810 William Mead RUSSELL   Blakemere Elizabeth GAMMON    
26/02/1811 John PHILLIPS   Mansell Lacy Elizabeth TAYLOR    
12/05/1811 George JONES     Hannah ALLEN    
05/06/1812 James JONES     Mary PRICE    
1 21/02/1814 Joseph ASPREY     Elizabeth ROBERTS    
2 15/05/1814 Thomas POWLES   Mansell Gamage Esther LEWIS    
3 29/03/1815 William MAYLARD     Ann DAVIES    
4 04/05/1815 Samuel MATTHEWS Single Preston On Wye Hannah MATTHEWS Single  
7 12/01/1818 Walter VAUGHAN     Ann HOWARD    
8 26/12/1820 George COOPER     Mary DAVIES    
9 02/06/1821 Richard DAVIES     Margaret HUGHES    
10 10/07/1821 John FOWLER     Mary Ann WAKEFIELD    
13 11/07/1824 John LEWIS     Mary PEARCE    
14 10/08/1824 Peter PEARCE     Elizabeth DAVIES    
15 05/02/1825 James KNIGHT     Elinor DAVIS    
16 06/02/1826 Richard PUGH     Catharine DAVIS    
17 29/05/1826 John BENGOUGH   Eardisley Mary BETHELL    
18 16/10/1826 William EVANS     Mary PARSONS Single  
19 23/01/1827 James MORGAN     Ann PEARCE    
20 17/02/1827 Thomas MORRIS     Mary GARRETT    
21 14/05/1827 William MAYLARD     Ann JONES    
22 28/02/1828 Joseph PRICE Single   Joanna GREEN Single  
23 29/07/1830 Thomas HARRIS   Staunton On Wye Catharine PUGH    
24 22/04/1833 George COX     Elizabeth HUGHES    
25 10/06/1834 Joseph TOMKINS   Almeley Diana WATKINS    
26 02/05/1836 Joseph JONES     Mary VILLIERS    
27 07/05/1836 Richard WILLIAMS   Hay, Breconshire Elizabeth BISHOP    

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