History & Genealogy
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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
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)
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
"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.