Last week we looked at the birth certificate of Hendrikus Franciscus Coppens. Today we look at the marriage certificate of him and Johanna Petronella Moerman. Like the birth certificate, I found it on FamilySearch.org. Click to enlarge.
On 28 October 1896 appeared for the registrar of Rotterdam: Hendrikus Franciscus Coppens, 24, warehouse assistant, born and living in Rotterdam, son of Petrus Johannes Coppens, petrol vendor, and Johanna Catharina de Bresser, both living in Rotterdam, and Johanna Petronella Moerman, 21, no occupation, born and living in Rotterdam, daughter of Cornelis Jacobus Moerman, dock labourer, living in Rotterdam, and Johanna Petronella Brandenburg, deceased. They presented copies of their birth certificates, a document from the county court concerning the father of the groom, and a copy of the death certificate of the mother of the groom. The father of the bride was present and consented in the marriage. The marriage took place in the presence of four witnesses.
Spouses under thirty need permission of their parents for their marriage. The bride's father was present and gave permission, and she presented proof her mother passed away. The parents of the groom, however, did not consent to this marriage. If a parent refused to consent, the spouse could ask a county court to intervene, and that is exactly what happened here.
My great-great-grandfather did not like the marriage of his son, probably for religious reasons. The Coppens family was catholic, and the Moerman family protestant. The couple decided to go ahead without consent, and went to court. This did, of course, put a strain on the relationship between Hendrikus Franciscus and his parents - a strain that remained to the end of their lives.