Each record contains a transcript of original records. The amount of information can vary but you can find out the following about your ancestors:
Name of spouse
Date of wedding
There are 755,447 records dating from 1538 to 1910. Derbyshire is in the East Midlands of England bordering Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the southeast, Staffordshire to the west and southwest and Cheshire to the west. A large part of the Peak District National Park lies within the county and the southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills extends into the north of the county.
The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Deposits of lead ore in the county’s limestone hills attracted the Romans. During the Industrial Revolution, fast flowing rivers allowed for a proliferation of water powered mills, such as those designed by Richard Arkwright.
Among the records is the marriage of Erasmus Darwin to Elizabeth Pole in the parish of Radbourne on 6 March 1781. Both bride and groom are listed as widowed. Erasmus Darwin was the grandfather of Charles Darwin. He was a celebrated man in his own right as a physician, poet and botanist known for his republican politics and materialist theory of evolution. Elizabeth was indeed his second wife. He had married Mary Howard and the couple had three surviving sons. Mary died in 1770 followed by two of her sons but the youngest, Robert Waring Darwin went on to marry the daughter of Erasmus Darwin’s great friend, Josiah Wedgewood. The couple’s fifth son would be the author of The Origin of the Species Charles Darwin.
Erasmus had originally been interested in medicine and invention but became fascinated in botany. He translated textbooks and his two part poetic The Botanic Garden was a major success. His other major work was Zoonomia or The Laws of Organic Life published in two parts from 1794 to 96, which advocated active medical invention with drugs and mechanical apparatus and rejected the Biblical chronology in favour of evolution. He also helped to transform British manufacturing by promoting canals and steam power.
Darwin was also outspoken politically. He was a strong supporter of the abolition of slavery and aligned himself with political radicals in favour of the French Revolution. He was also in favour of improving the education of women. He helped his two illegitimate daughters, by Robert’s governess Mary Parker, to run a boarding school for girls and published the influential A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education in 1797. Together with his friend Josiah Wedgewood and some other friends he helped to form the Lunar Society, an informal but highly influential group of prominent figures of the Midlands Enlightenment including industrialists, natural philosophers and intellectuals, who met regularly between 1765 and 1813 in Birmingham.