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Marriages by Ministers Sanctioned in the Mass. Bay Colony
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1.  Stephen BARKER[1] was born on 6 Jul 1659 in Andover, [Old] Norfolk Co., Mass. Bay Colony. He died on 21 May 1741, at the age of 81. Lieut. Stephen was an officer in the Colonial Militia and was a pioneer founder of Methuen, MA, and principal man of the town.  At the first Annual meeting  on 3 Sep 1726 he was elected Moderator.


Stephen BARKER and Mary ABBOTT were married on 13 May 1687.[2] Theirs was the first marriage solemnized by a minister, rather than a magistrate, in the colony.Mary ABBOTT, daughter of George ABBOTT and Sarah FARNAM, was born on 29 Mar 1664.[3]


[1]. Elizabeth Frye Barker, Barker Genealogy: Robert of Plymouth Colony, 1628, John of Duxbury, Mass., 1628, James of Rhode Island, 1634, James of Rowley, Mass., 1638, Edward of Branford, Conn., 1640, Richard of Andover Mass., 1643, Samuel of Delaware, 1682, Virginia Barkers, 1700 (New York:Frye Publishing Company, 1927). :265, 267-8.

[2]. Barker, Barker Genealogy. :268.

[3]. Ibid.

My question:  Is author Barker correct in saying that prior to this date, ministers were not permitted to perform wedding ceremonies in the Bay Colony?  If true, can anyone point me to a source for this fact?

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