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GENERAL DEATH MARRIAGE COURT XXXXXXX
Source:  Evening News (San Jose, California) - Vol. XXVI  Issue: 79  Page: 4
Dated: Sept. 20, 1894
MRS. GREEN'S DIVORCE
Does Not Want to Live any Longer With Her Colored Husband.
     Mrs. Gladys Green has filed a suit for divorce from R. W. J. A. Green.  The plaintiff in the suit is a young white girl and the defendant a colored man.  The action is brought to annull the marriage on the ground that it was illegal, as the parties secured the license in San Francisco and were married in Alameda county, which is not in accordance with the law, the requirement being that they must be married in the county whence they secured their license.
     The plaintiff was a domestic in the household of a prominent family in this city and the defendant was coachman.  They fell in love and the marriage resulted.  After the union which was about two and a half hears ago, a child was born and the couple lived until recently at Mountain View.  J. S. Gage is attorney for the plaintiff..
Source:  Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska)  Volume: XXXIV  Issue: 282  Page: 7
Dated:  July 9, 1899
Escaped Prosecution by Marriage
     Jesse Phelix, a colored Pullman car porter, who was being prosecuted upon a charge of statutory assault filed by the parents of Fannie Williams, a 14-year old colored girl, compromised matters and relieved himself of the consequences of the ugly charge by marrying the girl in Justice Vlen's court yesterday afternoon.  The parents of the girl consented to the arrangement, and signed the marriage register at the county court house.
Source:  Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina) Page: 9
Dated: Aug. 28, 1917
CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH NAME HE MARRIED UNDER.
Drafted Colored Man unable to Prove Claims for Exemption Because of Faulty Memory.
     John McGrant, alias George Palmer Ceause his grandady Palmer raised him, alias William Simpson, alias two or three more things, colored, is in a bad fix; he's been drafted and he's married but he can't remember under which name he married and he can't prove he's married; but he's perfectly willing to swear he is.
     He appeared in the office of Bud Moore, recorder of deeds, yesterday, and shortly after he appeared business for the day was suspended, while Skillet Ward and Mr. Sing and Mr. Moore looked about for record of the marriage, which, according to John occurred about five years ago and when Jennie Chambers was the bride.
     "How old are you?" queried Mr. Ward.
     "Ize goin' on twenty-fo', boss, yas-sah.  Ize goin' on twenty-fo,' dat's jes how old I is."
     "How long have you been married?"
     "Ah doan no jus exactly, boss, but I believes it was about five years ago.  I disremember 'zactly how long ago 'twas."
     "How old were you when you married?"
     "Now, youse got me, yassah, yo' sho as got me, ah dunno ho old I was, boss, nassah, I sho doan no."
     "How old did you say you are now?"
     "Ize goin' on twenty-fo', yassah, my'zact age is twenty-two, goin' on twenty-fo."
     "Nigger," said Mr. War, "you ain't never been married."
     "Yassah, boxx, I sho' has, dey ain't no doubt about dat.  I so' has been married - yassah, I sho has."
     They couldn't find the record; but he evidently had been married, for there were two or three (colored friends there willing to swear they saw him wed.  Whether or not such affidavits will count with the government is another matter.  He can't prove by the marriage records that he was ever married.
 

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