What is a "special" marriage liscense?
Hello!, I am trying to find out what a special marriage liscense is. Under what circumstances would such a liscense be issued? My ancestors Jacob Van Wart (born Tarrytown) and Mary Fowler (born Westchester Co.) "were married on Oct. 7, 1782 in Morrisiania, Westchester Co., New York, special liscense issued by the Secretary of the Province". They were almost certainly over the age of 20. Have you ever heard of, a special marriage liscense being issued? I would appreciate any help you can give me in clarifying this. Thank you, Sincerely, Barbara Estabrook ([email protected])