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Although not all couples exchanged rings in the 18th century, many did seal their wedding vows with rings like this gold band Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833) of Deerfield, Massachusetts gave to Hannah Taylor (1772-1864) in 1794. A clergyman usually officiated at the ceremony, which customarily took place at the home of the bride. Weddings and other celebrations generally occurred when agricultural demands were least pressing. Elihu and Hannah wed in early December, a time of year more popular for weddings than any other in this period.


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Wedding Ring of Mrs. Hannah (Taylor) Hoyt

creator   Unidentified
date   1794
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   gold
item type   Personal Items/Adornment
accession #   #1905.10.02

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Announcement of Marriage Intention of Wells & Hoyt

Colonel Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833)

Letter to Colonel Elihu Hoyt

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