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Massachusetts law dictated that couples must publicly declare their intentions to marry on three successive Sundays before the day of the wedding. These intentions were called "banns" and could either be published or "cried," that is, announced during Sunday meeting. The banns for Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833) and Hannah Taylor (1772-1864) who were married December 10, 1794, and Samuel Wells (1772-1816) and Esther Arms (1772-1853) who were married October 30, 1794, were registered on July 12, 1794. Once the banns were read or published, it was assumed the wedding would, indeed, take place.


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Announcement of Marriage Intention of Wells & Hoyt

creator   Samuel Wells (1772-1816)
creator   Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833)
date   Jul 12, 1794
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   5.5"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Government/Society Records
accession #   #L99.141

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Wedding Ring of Mrs. Hannah (Taylor) Hoyt

Colonel Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833)

Letter to Colonel Elihu Hoyt

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