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The earliest use of the phrase is in the English edition of a French work: A man who had taken his under-age bride off to France discovered it was as hard to arrange a legal marriage there as in England, but declined a suggestion that a French sexton might simply read the marriage service through before the couple as "He had no inclination for a Broomstick-marriage".
Probert of Warwick University has failed to find any proof of an actual contemporary practice of jumping over a broomstick as a sign of informal union.
Parry, Associate Professor of African American Studies, contests the claim that no literal jump was used in Britain, arguing that enslaved people of African descent and British migrants engaged in numerous cultural exchanges during the 18th and 19th centuries.
He shows numerous correlations between the ceremonies of slaves and those of the rural British, contending it is not simply coincidental that two groups, separated by an ocean, utilized similar matrimonial forms revolving around the broomstick.
If British practitioners never used a physical leap, Parry wonders how enslaved people in the US South learned of the custom. This meaning survived into the early nineteenth century: Sullivan III in a reply to Dundes argued that the custom originated among the Welsh people themselves,  known as priodas coes ysgub "besom wedding" Sullivan's source is the Welsh folklorist Gwenith Gwynn a.
Rhys Jones who assumed that the custom had once existed on the basis of conversations with elderly Welsh people during the s, none of whom had ever seen such a practice.
One had claimed that: Gwynn's dating of the custom to the 18th century rested on the assumption that it must have disappeared before these elderly interviewees were born, and on his misreading of the baptism register of the parish of Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog. Instead of placing the broom on the ground, and jumping together, the broom was placed in an angle by the doorway.
The groom jumped first, followed by the bride. This practice is well attested for as a marriage ceremony for slaves in the Southern United States in the s and s who were often not permitted to wed legally.
Its revival in 20th century African American culture is due to the novel and miniseries Roots Parry argues the Ghanaian connection is a weak case for its origins, especially considering the ritual used by slaves bears far more similarities to the custom in the British Isles.
Parry argues that, despite the racial animus that characterized the US South in the nineteenth century, poor white southerners many of them descendants of people who used irregular forms of matrimony in Britain and enslaved people exchanged their cultures between one another at far greater rates than commonly acknowledged.
While some family stability might be desirable as helping to keep slaves tractable and pacified, anything approaching a legal marriage was not. Jumping the broom was always done before witnesses as a public ceremonial announcement that a couple chose to become as close to married as was then allowed.
A Celebration of Love Via its association with Wales and the popular association of the broom with witchesthe custom has also been adopted by some Wiccans. In a episode of Grey's AnatomyMiranda Bailey and Ben Warren jump over a broom at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony.
In the film The Birth of a Nationa couple getting betrothed is seen jumping a broom.
In an episode of The Originals season 2 Episode 13 "The Devil is Damned" the custom is described as being necessary when a priest is not available and the wedding "couldn't wait. The Journal of American Folklore.
A paper read at the jubilee congress of the Folk Lore Society in London refers to this: Jumping the Broom in Atlantic Perspective".
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