Family History




Born: 1711 Clandon, Surrey

Married; 1733 William Miram


Hannah Harrison was possibly baptised 14 August 1711 1711 St Peter & St Paul Clandon Surrey daughter of Thomas Harrison and mary Jackman. At time of their marriage 28 march 1733 at Joneses William was a widower and husbandsman of Rusper and I have been told Hannah came from Dorking. Headley, Surrey, but this information and Hannah’s baptism was passed onto me I haven’t verified it. Fleet prison marriages were normally conducted in the area known as the Rules of the Fleet. This is the area bounded by Ludgate Hill, The Old Bailey, Farringdon Street and Fleet Lane. William and Hannah’s marriage is in ‘Marriages and Baptisms from Floud and Cuthbert's Notebooks of the Fleet Notebooks performed according to the Rules of the Fleet, London from March to June 1733’ [ TNA Reference RG7 / Piece 585 / Folio 1].

Occasionally Fleet marriages would be conducted outside of London where the priest travelled to various locations. The records consist of notebooks and registers. The original records were made in notebooks then copied into the registers. Copies of these records were kept by a number of individuals and marriage houses (These were sometimes taverns or coffee houses).

The Fleet prison marriages became notorious. They were popular as one didn’t have to pay for banns to be read. A petition about the sham marriages said ‘that many marriages were omitted therein [the records], many therein without the Parson’s name by whom married. Many others without the degree, quality or place of abode…19th day of October to 12th February 1705 2,954 such marriages celebrated at between 12s and 20s or more per couple. That the said officers have produced no licences, certificates of banns, certificates of marriage or accounts thereof keeping the money, not paying ] The Fleet marriages had the benefit of not requiring the reading of banns and could be privately held. .Irregular marriages were valid in a court of law and were a cheap and a fast way of getting hitched. These marriages were favoured by people mindful of the cost of a church marriage, those eloping, by sailors, by apprentices (bound by indenture not to marry) and those seeking marriage for nefarious purposes. This could include bigamous marriages and those seeking gain from marrying into a wealthy family

Children: Hannah Miram born 1734 married 1760 Thomas Scutt

Alice Miram born 1739

Martha Miram born 1743/1744 died 1757

Mark Miriam born 1747 died 1826 married 1770 Parnel Humphy