Dating my deceased wifes sister

21-Jul-2017 12:12

The Marriage Act 1835 (5&6 Will.4 c.54), however, hardened the law into an absolute prohibition (whilst, however, validating any such marriages which had already taken place), so that such marriages could no longer take place in the United Kingdom and colonies at all (in Scotland they were prohibited by a Scottish Marriage Act of 1567).Such marriages from that date had to take place abroad: see, for example, William Holman Hunt and John Collier, both painters, who married the sisters of their deceased wives in Switzerland and in Norway respectively. My wife, the mother of my young children, died in tragic circumstances nearly two years ago.

In 1882 my great-great-grandfather Albert Barker married Ellen Culpan.

In the great mass of writings which we have of the Fathers of any note in the Church, there is no sanction given to such marriages; but, on the contrary, when the Fathers have occasion to mention anything about such a union, they distinctly say that it is their custom, and that of the Church, not to consider such marriages as legal by the Word of God. Basil in the fourth century says, "Our custom has the force of law, because it has been handed down to us, i.e.