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Source:  Massachusetts Spy (Wworcester, Massachusetts) Volume: 106  Issue: 35  Page: 4
Dated: Sept. 1, 1876
MARRIED BY A COLORED MAN - The Lexington (Mo.) Register says: "We are called upon to relate an outrageous, yet somewhat ludicrous affair that occurred over in the bottoms of Ray one day last week.  A young farmer became enamored of a young lady, the blooming daughter of a wood-chopper, and solicited her hand to marriage.  HE was accepted and a day appointed for the celebration of the nuptials.  Friends were invited to witness the ceremony, and everything bore an auspicious aspect for a most enjoyable affair.  The young beaux and belles of the neighborhood gathered at the cabin at the appointed time.  A clerical-looking colored man, with bared head and book in hand, took his station in the centre of the apartment, and the guests were for the first time apprized of the astonishing fact that he was engaged to unite the couple in the holy bonds.  The groom was importuned to dispense with the colored preacher's services, but he became displeased, and indignantly inquired if he had not the right to employ whom he pleased.  The prospective bride was next appealed to, but she manifested indifference, and the ceremony was proceeded with.  Some sniggled, others hooted, and many left the premises with burning cheeks and secretly forming plans for wiping out the stain upon the community.  The news of the 'shameful act' spread with the rapidity of a prairie fire, and that night a band of 'resolute' men visited the sequestered cabin and took therefrom the young groom and subjected him to the indignity of a merciless flogging with hickory withes.  When discovered he was bleeding copiously and almost insensible.  He has since recovered, and breathes dire vengeance against those who thus maltreated him, and the Ray county authorities are 'talking seriously' of bringing the perpetrators to justice, but, of course, it never will be accomplished.  The colored divine fled precipitately, and has not since been seen or heard of, we learn."
Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) Volume:  XXXIX  Issue: 284  Page: 1
Dated:  Nov. 28, 1883
The Troubles of Tamson Walker and Her Colored Husband
     Tamsen Walker-Ash
, the white girl, who came to this city from Waterford, West Virginia, last summer with John Ash, a colored man, and subsequently married him, has sent her deposition to the County Clerk in the proceedings to have the marriage set aside.  Tamsen avers in her deposition that John Ash was her cook in her father's family, and that he acquired an influence over her when she was very young and accomplished her ruin.  Afterwards she says Ash came to this city, where they lived together as husband and wife and that by threats and unlawful means he forced her to marry him.  There are some curious circumstances in this case.  At the time the parties were discovered in this city living as man and wife, the girl professed a warm attachment for the colored man, and declared that she would rather live with him.  Ash says that the girl professed to love him, that she not only consented to the marriage but urged it, and that the whole proceedings in the case are instigated not by Tamsen, but by her friends and family.
Source:  Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas)  Page: 5
Dated: Feb. 12, 1884
Who Married Isaac Bankston to a Colored Woman,
Tells a Reporter the Story of the Nuptials -- His Wife a Witness
     It will be remembered that a few days ago a report came up from Desha county, that the truant sheriff, Isaac Bankston, had returned and denied the reports of his marriage in Memphis, to Missouri Bradford, a colored woman of loose character.  It was stated further that Bankston proposed to institute suits against the newspapers which published the reports of that marriage.
     A GAZETTE reporter ascertained some facts yesterday morning that leave no doubt of the truth of the statement made heretofore.  Rev. J. E. Roberts and wife, colored, and now of Cotton Plant, Arkansas, were in the city yesterday, and the former, in conversation with the reporter, stated that he had solemnized the marriage of Bankston and Missouri Bradford in Memphis on the last Friday in 1883, which was December 28th.  Mr. Roberts was not living in Memphis, but, with his wife, was on his road from LaGrange, Mo., to Cotton Plant, to take charge of the A. M. E. Church at that place.  He is n intelligent looking colored man, almost a mulatto, and his wife quite a handsome mulatto.  They were quite excited about the matter, and both told the story at once.  "If Bankston was saying that he was not married, he desired," he said, "not to allow it to go uncontradicted.
     "The way of it was this," he continued.  "My wife and I were boarding at Mrs. Winston's, on Monroe street.  Isaac Bankston and Missouri Bradford were also boarding there as man and wife.  I thought he was a colored man.  He has a dark complextion.  Two or three days before the marriage, I was talking to Missouri Bradford.  She asked me how long I had been married, and I told her about fifteen years.  Her little boy was standing there, and I asked her how long she had been married.  She said three years.  But her conscience, I think, smote her, for after awhile she said she was not married, but had been living with Bankston for three years.  She was getting tired of it.  He had promised and promised to marry her until she could stand it no longer.  After this, Bankston rented a house on Rayburn avenue, below south street, and moved there with the woman.  He came to me and asked me to marry him.  I agreed to do it, and on the 28th, with my wife as witness, solemnized the marriage.  He said he had tried to get some minister to marry him, but had been unable to find anyone to do it before his."
     It appears from this that the marriage did take place, and the Rev. Roberts says that he will prove his statement to be true if necessary.
Source:  Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) Volume: XCIX  Issue: 33 Page: 3
Daed: Jun. 23, 1886
MARRIED TO A COLORED BARBER - A Williamsport, (Pa) dispatch to the Philadelphia Press says: "A girl 18 yeas old, named Kate Moyer, on Sunday left her home and went to live with a colored barber named John Boier, aged 45 years.  Kate is the daughter of George Moyer, a well-known and respected resident.  The mulatto keeps a barber shop with little distance from the girl's home.  He is a widower and has two children.  The first meeting occurred when Kate went to have her hair dressed, and from that time the intimacy grew until it became an infatuation on the part of the girl.  She admitted the barber into her father's house when the family were away at church on Sundays, and did everything she could to encourage the fellow.  At last the scandal came to the ears of her mother and a scene took place between the two.  The infatuated girl was deaf to all entreaties; she declared that she was married to Boler and that she would go and live with him.  The mother's prayers and tears were all for vain, and Katie left the home of her childhood and went to take charge of the household of her dusky lover.  Where the couple could have been married is a mystery.  No trace of their license can be found, and it is not known that they went out of the State to be made one.  Great indignation is felt in the neighborhood at the occurrence, and strong measures are threatened unless the girl can be rescued from her terrible position."
Source:  New York Herald News (New York, New York)  Issue: 360  Page: 5
Dated:  Dec. 26, 1886
It was not her fault but his that the wedding did not take place on Thursday.
     Fanny Morris
and Albert Fletcher were engaged to be married at the residence of Mrs. Jefferson, No. 65 Seventh avenue, Newark.  The bride, a popular bell of the colored population, was on time and all smiles.
     She waited patiently, but no bridegroom appeared, and the friends who had gathered to witness the ceremony left the house.  Miss Morris went into hysterics, which were continued until yesterday afternoon.
     At that time Fletcher appeared and announced that he did not intend to marry Miss Morris.
     Yesterday colored society in Newark eagerly discussed the affair.  It is asserted and also denied that there was an engagement.  Miss Morris intends to sue for breach of promise.
     Fletcher, who is a widower, boarded with Miss Jefferson.  the landlady said yesterday that Fletcher came home on Thursday to get ready for the wedding.  After he had put on a light blue tie, a Prince Albert coat, a pair of checked trousers and lavender gloves he became very nervous and said to his landlady: -
     "It's very stormy and I never wanted to get married on a night like than this."
     "Never mind, Albert," replied Mrs. Jefferson.
"Member it's always the sunlight comes after the stormy night.
Shortly after this conversation Fletcher walked out of the house and did not return until yesterday.
     The trial of Miss Morris' suite is awaited with interest.
Source:  Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Page: 1
Dated:  Mar. 13, 1888
A Harrisburg Colored Man Married to an English Woman.
About two weeks ago a gentleman of color with only one eye and a face as black as the ace of spaces applied to Register McGreevy of Wilkesbarre for a license to marry a buxom white woman of that place.  He gave his name as George Geddes, and said his occupation was that of a hod carrier and that he lived in Wilkesbarre.  The woman he was about to marry was Mary Jones.  He said she was born in England, was 40 years old, just the same age as himself, was never married before, was a resident of Wilkesbarre and was a washer woman by occupation.  George answered all questions satisfactorily until the license blank required him to say whether or not he had been previously married.  He replied that he had and and his wife was still living.  That stopped the proceedings.  He was stold that he must produce a divorce before he could get a license.  The applicant went away very much disappointed.  About a week after he returned to the register's office with a smile that spread all over his dusky countenance and a divorce paper that contained a red seal as large as his hand.  This time he gave his name as George Gaines, and the paper that he carried certified that Mary Virginia Gaines and George Gaines had been divorced by the Dauphin county court on April 5, 1880.  The certificate bore the names of Judge Pearson and Prothonotary E. B. Mitchell of this county, as well as the seal of the right name, which he said was Gaines.  In answer to further questions he stated that he was born in slavery in Virginia in 1848 and that he went from Harrisburg to Wilkesbarre about four years ago.  He volunteered the information that he loved his Mary very dearly and could not possibly live without her, and that she loved him just as fondly in return.  He was certain they would be happy.  He handed the deputy register a silver dollar, gleefully pocketed the legal document and started out for some one to tie the nuptial knot.
Source:  Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri)  Page 2
Dated:  Aug. 29, 1889
Ephraim Taylor, Colored, Was Not Washington's Body Servant, but He Had an Eventful Life - His Third Wife, a Widow Aged 90 at the Time of the Wedding, Survives - Kansas City's Oldest Resident Gone

     NEAR the Alton elevator in the East bottoms, almost under a shelving rock on the face of a high bluff, stands a hovel in which died yesterday morning Kansas City's oldest citizen, Ephraim Taylor.  He was a colored man, born near Richmond, Va., over one hundred years ago - probably 104 years.  The days of his childhood, youth and early manhood were spent in and about the southern city, through the colored man's acquaintance with the entire south was by no means limited.  It is impossible to learn who first owned Taylor but it is certain that he was brought to this state before the war and settled near Lexington.  About this time James Ferguson, now a druggist of the city, became Taylor's owner.  The old man remained the property of Mr. Ferguson until freed by Lincoln's emancipation proclamation, after which he continued in a measure dependent upon his "white folks."
     The home of the old man, which is now occupied by his aged wife, daughter and grandchild, is a shanty of boards placed in an upright position.  The ground measurement of the building is probably 8 feet by 15, with an addition at one end one-fourth the size of the main building.  The centenarian's remains were encased in a rough coffin when a reporter for THE TIMES was ushered into the little cabin last night.  The box nearly reached across the room, those having occasion to pass through the apartment being compelled to squeeze by the end of the bier.  The widow of the old man sat on a small stool in one corner of the little room, crying softly.  A big Maltese cat lay at her feet, and two or three colored neighbors gossiped half whisperingly, as if afraid of disturbing the corpse.
     By dint of much patience it was learned that the old man's widow was his third prize in the matrimonial lottery.  He secured his first wife in Richmond when he was a robust young man of 25.  Two or three children, long since resting in the dust, were the fruit of this union.  The wife died after a married life of fifteen years, and Taylor was left a widower.  He remained so for about ten years before again choosing a helpmeet, this time marrying a yellow woman of Virginia, with whom he lived for many years.  This wife died only five years ago last spring.  The old man did not wait so long this time before looking out for a helpmeet.  In June, 1884, he was a regular attendant at the religious meetings held at a colored Baptist church on Tracy avenue, at the head of which was the Rev. Mr. Morgan.  Another good soul that always occupied a seat in the amen corner during the Baptist meetings was Mrs. Lucinda Johnson, a colored widow 90 years of age.  The old couple were introduced one day and forthwith a revised edition of "love's young dream" was opened to them.  While the services continued the old man hobbled nightly to the church to catch a glimpse of he apple of his eye who always occupied her wonted seat near the pulpit.  The old fellow cast wistful glances in the dusky Lucinda's direction and the old woman made "sheep's eyes" at Ephraim while the preacher had his eye on a passage in the Bible.  After a while, ere the brilliant green of summer gave way to the more sombre autumn hues of brown and gold, the old pair were married.  The Rev. Mr. Morgan performed the ceremony at the church in which the courtship took place in the presence of the concourse of the principals' friends and relatives.  Taylor was at this time fully 100 years old, the bride 90.
     There is a colored man named Smith living a few feet from the late home of the old negro and to him the old man told many stories of his early days.  Among them Smith well remembers one in which Taylor graphically told of the burning of the Richmond theater on the night of December 26, 1811, when nearly 100 persons, including the governor, perished.  This is but one of the many interesting reminiscences recounted by the old man, proving beyond doubt that his age when placed at 104 is not exaggerated.  The death certificate of Drs. Harrington and McDonald, city physicians, placed the old man's age at 100.  This is considered a very conservative figure.
     The funeral will take place this morning.  The sermon  will be preached by the colored pastor of the Baptist church at Tenth and Charlotte, of which the old man was a faithful member.  The remains will find a last resting place in Union cemetery.
     The old widow of Taylor is unable to walk and is partially blind.  An adopted daughter with a child are the old woman's only company or hope of support.  Though her mind - never very strong - is weak now, the old creature realizes her loss in the old man's death, and for one of a people usually so care free she exhibits a wonderful amount of feeling.
Source:  New York Tribune (New York, New York)  Page: 3
Dated:  Jan. 5, 1891
William B. Watson,
a colored man, of Lynn, Mass., now staying at the Healthville House, No. 146 West Thirty-seventh street, is in the city looking for his daughter, nineteen years old, who was abducted from her home by an Englishman who masqueraded under the different names Thomas Smith, Thomas and Thomas McNaughton.  Late in the summer one of the early morning trains brought into the city of Lynn a white man seeking work.  He was a stranger.  He had lately arrived from Liverpool, coming to this country with the hope of bettering his fortunes.   He knew no one in Lynn, but attracted by a sign which read, "Board by the day or week," he entered the liquor-store of William B. Watson, a colored man, and engaged bed and board under the name of Thomas Smith.
soon procured work, and being an expert carpenter earned good wages, in the meantime remaining a boarder in the house of the colored man.  Watson had a daughter named Ethel, fair in color and nineteen years old.  She was very good-looking.  She was romantic and fell in love with the Englishman.  Her father was at first blind to the growing affection between his boarder and his daughter, giving his whole attention to his farming and other occupations by which he kept added to his store of wealth.  His wife, Ethel's step-mother, however, sympathized with her daughter's desire to marry a white man.
     Watson at last awoke to the fact of his daughter's attachment for the Englishman, but in spite of his objections, the pair continued to meet, and finally left Lynn together.  He has since discovered two things - first, that his daughter had stolen the title deeds to some valuable property, and second, that her lover is already a married man, his name being Thomas Furness.  Watson is ready to forgive his daughter, but is determined to prosecute Furness with the full rigor of the law.
Source:  New York Tribune (New York, New York)  Page: 2
Dated: Feb. 27, 1891
     Williamsbridge is just now agitated over the secret marriage of a young white girl to a negro coachman.  Thomas Hyde, a well-known resident, some time ago invited James Randolph, a colored coachman, to come to his house to have a game of cards.  The colored coachman went frequently, and in time began to pay with Miss Ella Tice, the stepdaughter of Mr. Hyde.  The pair often walked to and from church together.  Mr. Hyde at last forcibly and rudely expelled the coachman from the house one evening and caused Ella to retire to her room in tears.  On Wednesday evening Miss Tice left her home after a hot argument with her parents, vowing she would go to Fordham and live with her uncle.  She started across the fields and met Randolph.  Explanations followed and the couple went to the house of Harry Skinerton, a news-dealer.  All then went to the home of the Rev. F. M. Lamb, the Baptist minister, who married Randolph and Miss Tice.  Somehow the village youths found it out, and when the newly married pair came out of the parsonage some fifty or more young people confronted them, and with much noise followed them to Skinerton's house, where housekeeping was started in a ten by twelve room.
Source:  Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Page: 5
Dated: Sept. 25, 1891
A Popular Colored Couple Married.
     George Johnson, a popular young colored man of this city, was united in marriage last evening to Miss Clara StevensonRev.Daniel Draper, of the Bethel A. M. E. church officiating.  The bride, who was arrayed in cream colored silk, is one of the best-known young colored ladies of the city.  Charles Jackson and Miss Anna Summers acted as best man and brides maid, respectively.  The presents received were many and costly.  Among the many persons present, were Mr. and Mrs. Whitney and James Baltimore, of Carlisle; Revs. J. W. Smith and W. H. Marshall and wives; Dr. W. K. Jones, Rev. R. H. Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Denney, Mr. and Mrs. John Gaitor, Mr. and Mrs. J. Dandridge, Mrs. E. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. William G. Taner, Misses Bella Cott, Anna Briscox and  Mrs. Draper.
Source:  Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, North Dakota) Volume: XXI  Issue: 253  Page: 2
Dated: Sept. 1, 1892
Twice Married to Colored Men.
BELOIT, WIS., Aug. 31. - Mrs. Cynthia Grooman, a white woman was married here to James Roberts, a colored farmer, living near here.  This is Mrs. Grooman's third matrimonial venture, and she has been twice married to colored men.  She once said, "I have found that the dark skinned men have the whitest hearts."
Source:  Colored American (Washington, (D.C.) District of Columbia) Volume: 6 Issue: 30  Page: 6
Dated: Oct. 22, 1898
Editor Colored American
- I wish to announce that the publication of the names of Woodville Over and Anna B. Clifford in the list of marriage licenses in the Evening Star of Oct. 13, '98, is erroneous and without my sanction.                - WOODVILLE OVER.
Washington, D. C., Oct. 17, '98.
Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)  Issue: 195  Page: 10
Dated: July 14, 1899
Colored Couple Wanted Who Are Willing to be Married in a Balloon.
     Thom Brinsmade
, the assistant police prosecutor, has troubles of his own these days.  He is chairman of the Elks' committee which has in charge the public wedding.
     The wedding is to be that of a colored couple and will take place in a balloon forty feet above terra firma during the Elks' carnival, Aug. 7-19.  Mr. Brinsmade said Thursday that there were many colored people calling upon him to take advantage of the occasion to get married for nothing and that they were all willing to be married in public and all that sort of thing but drew the line at having the ceremony performed in a balloon.
     Mr. Brinsmade said that the common pleas court had agreed to furnish him a wedding certificate and that a justice of the peace had agreed to perform the wedding ceremony gratis and that the couple who would take advantage of the offer would be given donations with which to start housekeeping.  Now any respectable colored couple wishing to accept the offer may call on Mr. Brinsmade Saturday morning in his office at the central police station.
Source:  Fort Worth Morning Register (Fort Worth, Texas)  Volume: IV  Issue: 65  Page: 5
Date: Dec. 26, 1899
Popular Colored People Married at Forrest Hill Yesterday.
     A swell wedding in high colored circles took place yesterday at Forrest Hill, the home of the bride's father.  The contracting parties were James S. Davis and Miss Johny Guerry.  The groom is a brother of Dr. W. E. Davis, and is engaged at the Metropolitan.  The bride is a daughter of a well-to-do colored farmer near Forrest Hill.
     The ceremony, which was performed by the pastor of the colored church at Forrest Hill, occurred about 4 o'clock and was attended by numerous friends.  A number of white people from the city also went out and witnessed the festivities.  After the ceremony a grand dinner was served, with barbecued pig, turkeys and other meats, and loads of other goody things to eat and drink.  The newly married couple will be at home hereafter at the residence of Dr. W. E. Davis, on East Front street.
Source:  Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia) Page 8
Dated: August 22, 1901
Two Well Known Young Colored People
     There was a fashionable wedding in upper colored circles last night, when Augustus Jones, of New York, and Mattie B. Armand, of Augusta were married at Trinity church, Rev. I. S. Person officiating.
     The bride is a graduate of Atlanta University, and for the past six years a teacher in the First Ward (colored) public school.  She enjoys a reputation as a good teacher and a popular young woman among her circle of friends.
     The groom was reared in Augusta and is a half brother of Charles Tillman, for a number of years past janitor of The Chronicle..  For several years he has been a resident of New York where he holds a responsible position in a manufacturing establishment.  The newly wedded pair left for New York last night.
Source:  Sun (Baltimore, Maryland)  Volume: CXXX  Issue: 90  Page: 12
Dated: Feb. 14, 1902
Maria Strother, With an Alias, Married to A Negro in Washington.
     William Marshall
, a colored cook, and Marie Strother, also known as Maria Williams, who is said to be a white woman, were married in Washington yesterday by Rev. James Howard, pastor of Zion Colored Baptist Church, F street, between Third and Four and One Half street northwest.  They returned to this city during the afternoon and went to 954 Druid Hill avenue.
     A reporter for THE SUN called at that number last night.  A colored woman answered the knock on the door from a second story window.  She said that Marshal could not be seen, but confirmed the report of the marriage.  When asked if the bride was white or colored, she hesitated a moment and then declared she really could not say.
     Marshall is a cook at the Hoffman House, Pratt and Concord streets.  The Strother or Williams woman until the last Wednesday was employed as a house servant by Mr. Frederic Wilcox, the proprietor of numerous bakeries throughout the city.  Last Wednesday evening she told Mrs. Wilcox that she was going to be married on the following day.  When Mrs. Wilcox asked her whom she was going to marry she said that it was a man Mrs. Wilcox had never seen.
     "Why," questioned Mrs. Wilcox, "do you not ask him to come around here?"
     "Oh," replied the Strother or Williams woman, "you might be surprised if you saw him."
     Mr. Wilcox made this statement last night "I do not know whether the woman is white or colored.  I know she had been living with colored people, but her complexion is white.  She was employed by me for some time.  When a man once asked me if she was white or colored, I replied that she was colored.  Afterward she requested me not to say any more that she was colored.  I know that white men used to keep company with her, and only recently a white man took her to a theater.  She is good looking, and to see her on the street a question of race would never come to anyone's mind." 
     The woman was known at Mr. Wilcox's house by the name of Williams.  An old colored woman, who lives on Lambert street and who is known as "Captain Boone, is well acquainted with the Williams woman, as she used to board with her.  In answer to the inquiry as to race she said:
     "Why, bless your soul, honey, Marie is white.  She aint' got a drop of nigger blood in her veins.  I have known her for some time and she told me that she came to Baltimore seven years ago from Charlotteville, Va., where her father is still living.  She more than once told me that she all white."
     When the reporter told the old woman that Marie had married a negro, she threw up her hands and exclaimed.  "For the Lawd's sake"  She then paused as though she could not believe what she had heard.
     "You don't mean to say that Marie has gone off and married a black nigger, do you?"  she said. "Well, I never thought she would do that.  She certainly has deceived me.  I've brought up white children, I have, and I'm an old woman, and black, too, but I don't believe in white people marrying niggers, 'deed I don't.  And I never thought that Maria would do such a thing.
     The bride is 23 years old and Marshall is 29 years old.
Source:  Morning Herald (Lexington, Kentucky)  Volume: 22 Issue: 111  Page: 8
Dated: Apr. 21, 1902
     Hugh Evans, of this city, and Linda Ingles, of Rogers Gap, colored, were married at the police station at five minutes past one o'clock this morning, after an exciting elopement.
     The police department was called up by Mr. T. T. Hedger, of Scott county, and directed to hold the two.  Two patrolmen were detailed to arrest them, and they were caught at the intersection of the Georgetown pike and the street car line.  They were then (eleven o'clock) taken to the police station.  Capt. Reagan had been notified that Mr. Hedger and the girls father were driving through.  Capt. Reagan notified Mr. Hedger that the runaway couple had been arrested, and said that he would hold them two hours.
     The girl looks to be only about eighteen years of age, and wore short dresses, but she said she was twenty-one, and at one o'clock they secured a license, and Squire Herndon was called and married them, several newspaper men and policemen being witnesses.  After the ceremony one reporter started up "They were on their honeymoon," and was joined by the chorus present.
     Evans is an industrious shoemaker of this city and had known the girl about two years.  She has five unmarried sisters and four brothers, and marries with her other's consent.  Evans had driven to her home yesterday morning.  About seven o'clock in the evening she went to church, and at church Evans took her in his buggy and drove to Georgetown.  They were pursued, and at Georgetown her father and Mr. Hedger telephoned the police department here.
     Up till the hour of going to press her father had not arrived.
Source:  Baltimore American (Baltimore, Maryland)  Page: 5
Dated:  Sept. 18, 1903
Colored Couple Who expected to be Married in City Hall Were Too Young.
Bureau of The Baltimore American, 1410 Pennsylvania, Avenue, Washington, September 17.
     A colored couple from Spottsylvania county, Va., who came to Washington to be married, met a bitter disappointment when they appiled for a marriage license at the City Hall.  The groom and the bride, the latter being a decided brunette, and atired in white wedding gown with lavender trimmings and orange blossoms, were accompanied to the City Hall by at least 100 or more friends and attendants, and expected as soon as the license was issued to be married at the City Hall.  When the Clerk inquired as to their ages the groom said he was 10, while the bride acknowledged she was only 17.  The clerk refused to issue the necessary license, because the legal requirement as to age was not met.  The bride and groom, as well as their friends, tried to persuade the clerk to change his determination, but without success, and the couple left the City Hall in a very unhappy state, the brige swearing that she would remain faithful until she reached the age when a license could be issued.
Source:  Plaindealer (Topeka, Kansas)  Volume:  VI  Issue:  18  Page: 1
Dated:  May 6, 1904
Evanston, Wyo., Apr. 4. -
One of the most extraordinary weddings on record occurred here when L. G. McLean, a business man of Fairhaven, Ore. and Ellen M. Early of Seattle, Wash., the latter being a comely colored woman, were made one.  The groom is a white man, and never met his bride until he stepped on the west bound Union Pacific passenger at Omaha.  The strange courtship lasted two days on board the train, the couple stopping off here to have a wedding ceremony performed.  Although colored, his bride is an octoroon of striking beauty. -
El Paso Are Light.
     The above report coming from such a long distance shows that the party who wrote the same was not acquainted with the facts of the case, as it does a great injustice to the parties mentioned.  The bride is recently from British Columbia, her home being in Utah, and instead of being "an octoroon of striking beauty," as some would like to say, she is just an ordinary dark brown skin woman, and the groom and bride have been acquainted and were engaged for two or three years.  They came to this city a little over a month ago to visit her mother, "Grandma James," and also to be married, but the laws of Utah prohibiting an inter-marriage of blacks and whites, they went to Evanston, Wyoming for that purpose and returned to this city, where they are cozily domiciled at Second East and Fifth South. - Salt Lake City (Utah) Plain Dealer.
Source:  Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina) Page: 6
Dated: July 16, 1905
     George Ewing Married His Seventh Wife a Few Days Ago - A Busy Man Matrimonially - Wife No. 6 a Muchly Married Woman, Will Make It war for Her Former Conjugal Mate.
     During the last few days it has developed that Charlotte has a colored Hoch, or follower of the Hoch.  The 10th instant George Ewing, a mulatto, who runs a store in the negro settlement on East Trade street, and also works a few acres of land just beyond the city limits, secured license to marry Lula Burns and immediately he took unto himself this buxom young colored lass for a wife.
     And now it seems that George married once too many times, for Mary Ewing, nee Mary Derr, came over from Gastonia Friday and learned that her erstwhile husband had again signed a matrimonial contract.  Mary has been married three or four times herself, but she is positive that all of her husbands, from whom she has not secured divorces, are dead, George being the living exception.  She says that George treated her awfully mean, beating her and scolding her incessantly, forcing her to leave him.  Mary returned to Gastonia yesterday, but says she will come back to Charlotte next month and make it warm for George in the courts.
     Meanwhile George is living with what is said to be his seventh wife.  He came here from Georgia, where, it is said, he left three or four wives, and he has been legally married three times in this county.  The first time was several years ago, when he took unto himself Minnie Shaw, aged 17, Jan. 5, 1904, he married Mary Derr who now lives at Gastonia, and now he has been tied with a conjugal knot to Lula Burns, aged 22.  George  himself is 57 years old.
Source:  Salt Lake Telegram (Salt Lake City, Utah) Volume: IV  Issue: 1226  Page: 6
Dated: Dec. 28, 1905
Novel Dedication of New Department; Colored Couple Wed.
Unique, indeed, was the dedication of the new Juvenile courtroom on the main floor of the city and county building this morning.  Since the organization of the court last April the courtroom has been located on the top floor of the joint building.  When the free public library was moved to its new home Judge Brown made application for the room which had been vacated to be used as a courtroom, the request was granted and the dedicatory service took place this morning.  It consisted of the marriage of a colored girl, who has been in charge of the court for the last two weeks.  Bertha Lewis, age 16 years, is the name of the bride, while the groom is Preston F. Rucker, a Pullman car porter from St. Louis.
     Rev. Benjamin Young of the First Methodist church performed the ceremony, which took place in the private office of Judge Brown and was witnessed by the guardian of the bride and a number of her colored friends, the court and representatives of the newspapers.  About two weeks ago the girl called at the court and complained of the conduct of her guardian, Mrs. Estella Montgomery Finley and asked for protection from the court.  Mrs. Finley had been appointed guardian of the bride in Colorado and was opposed to her marriage to Rucker.  After the court had listened to the story of the girl she was placed in charge of a probation officer of the court and negotiations were opened up with her guardian with a view of getting her consent to the marriage, which was finally secured.
Source:  Sun (Baltimore, Maryland)  Volume:  CXLIV  Issue: 171  Page: 3
Dated:  May 6, 1909
New York Couple Married In Washington By Colored Preacher.
Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun]
     Washington, May 5 - After a lapse of nine days, a return has been made to the Clerk of the Supreme Court reporting the marriage of Jeremiah Bond, a negro, and Margaret Kablin, a white woman.  Both came here from New York about 10 days ago.  The certificate is signed by W. Bishop Johnson, a colored preacher, who says that he married them at 403 N.  street north west.
     When Bond, who said he was a clerk at the Marshall House, New York, applied for the license on April 26, he refused to give any details of his coming marriage, and had been performed.  The report of today however, says that the ceremony took place on April 29.
Source:  Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado) Issue: 10920  Page: 1
Dated:  Feb. 23, 1911
White Girl Married to Chinese Merchant by Colored Pastor
     SEATTLE, Wash. Feb. 22 - Harry Toy, aged 24, a Chinese merchant of this city and Port Angeles, Wash., and Mrs. Daisy Davis, aged 21, formerly a worker in the Methodist Episcopal Chinese mission in Portland, were married here today by Rev. W. T. Osborne, pastor of the African Methodist church of this city.  The young woman met Toy at the Portland mission several years ago and recently renewed the acquaintance here.  Toy is wealthy, dressed in the height of fashion and is well educated.
Source:  Miami Herald (Miami, Florida) Volume: 7  Issue: 18  Page: Five
Dated:  Dec. 21, 1916
Nelson Thompson and his wife, much respected colored people of Miami.
     Nelson Thompson
and his wife, much respected colored people of Miami, have just announced the marriage of their daughter, Josephine, to Kelsey Leroy Pharr, a member of the undertaking firm of Carter & Pharr, on July 24, at Beaufort, South Carolina.
     The groom hails from North Carolina and is a graduate of Livingstone college, at Salisbury, N. C., and also the Renouard Embalming school, at New York city.  He has been engaged in the undertaking business here for the past three years with his partner, E. B. Carter.  He has also served as secretary of the colored board of trade since its organization here.
     The couple will spend the holidays with friends at Atlanta, and on their return will be at home to their friends at 523 Avenue G, after December 31.
Source:  Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina)  Page: 3  Piece:  One of two
Dated:  Aug. 24, 1918
Colored Draftee at Rutherfordton Takes a Wife on Courthouse Lawn:  Then to turn Army
Special to The Observer
     Rutherfordton, Aug. 23 - Twenty-two negro men were formally inducted into military service by the local board of Rutherford county Thursday afternoon, and entrained for Camp Greene, Charlotte, over the Seaboard.
     When Mr. C. W. Ketter, of the local board, appeared on the courthouse lawn to muster in the colored boys, he was advised that one of the number, desired to be married before the roll call.  Whereupon, with Mr. Keeter's consent, the prospective bride and groom repaired to the office of J. D. Hull, register of deeds, obtained a license for marriage, and Rev. S. M. Hamilton, a colored minister who was present, administered the wedding vows in the presence of a great number of interested spectators.  The bride was Elzy Littlejohn, of Henrietta, and the groom Jayvester Lynch, of Cliffside.
     Immediately after the ceremony, the roll was called, after which short patriotic speeches were made by the colored ministers, Revs. S. M. Hamilton and R. Farley Fisher.  Quite a number of the citizens of the town tendered the use of their automobiles, and the negro boys were given a free ride to the station.
Source:  Lexington Herald (Lexington, Kentucky)  Issue: 345  Page: 13
Dated:  Dec. 12, 1919
Couple Married Saturday in Paris Widely Known in Lexington
  The marriage of Miss Daisy Hitch and Maces Bishop, of Paris, which took place at the home of the bride, in Paris, last Saturday, will be of interest to their many friends of Lexington, where both are well known.  Mr. Bishop is a prosperous young business man and the bride, is a talented musician.
Source:  Cleveland Gazette (Cleveland, Ohio) Page: 3
Dated: May 14, 1921
Sentenced to the Penitentiary - Benighted Indiana - What Ohio Escaped
Jeffersonville, Ind. - From one to 10 years in the Indiana reformatory and a fine of $1,000 is the penalty which Carl Johnson (white) must pay for having married a woman of the race.  In passing sentence, last week Monday in the Clark Circuit Court, here, Judge James W. Fortune expressed regret that he could not make the punishment more severe.  The law of this state, under which Johnson was convicted and sentenced, was the model for the anti-intermarriage bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature, some yeas ago, by a Democrat and killed after a determined fight which was led by the editor of The Cleveland (O.) Gazette who was part of the delegation of six members of the race (three Cleveland men and three Cleveland women) that spent two days at Columbus, O., lobbying against the bill.  If Johnson had lived with Mrs. Johnson without marrying her and they had reared a family that would have been alright in this benighted state,  Missouri and the Southern states.





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