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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
WHY SHE MARRIED COOK.
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)
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
"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
THE NIGHT TOO STORMY
COLORED SOCIETY IN NEWARK EXCITED BY MR. FLETCHER'S FAILURE TO
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 CASE OF MISCEGENATION.
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)
Dated: Aug. 29, 1889
OVER A HUNDRED YEARS OLD
DEATH OF AN AGED COLORED MAN WHO MARRIED AT THE AGE OF 100
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
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
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
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
Source: New York Tribune (New York, New York) Page:
Dated: Jan. 5, 1891
ELOPING WITH A COLORED GIRL.
AN ENGLISHMAN, WHO IS MARRIED, RUNS OFF WITH HER AND SOME
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
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:
Dated: Feb. 27, 1891
SHE MARRIED A COLORED COACHMAN
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 Stevenson. Rev.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
Dated: July 14, 1899
A WEDDING IN MIDAIR
Colored Couple Wanted Who Are Willing to be Married in a
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
SWELL NEGRO WEDDING
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
Source: Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia) Page 8
Dated: August 22, 1901
MARRIED LAST NIGHT.
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
BRIDE WHITE OR COLORED?
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
"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
Source: Morning Herald (Lexington, Kentucky)
Volume: 22 Issue: 111 Page: 8
Dated: Apr. 21, 1902
ELOPING COUPLE MARRIED IN POLICE STATION AT 1 A.M.
ROMANCE IN COLORED SOCIETY.
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
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
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
Source: Baltimore American (Baltimore, Maryland)
Dated: Sept. 18, 1903
GORGEOUS FINERY WAS ALL IN VAIN
Colored Couple Who expected to be Married in City Hall Were Too
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
MARRIED A COLORED WOMAN
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)
Dated: July 16, 1905
A COLORED HOCH
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
Source: Salt Lake Telegram (Salt Lake City, Utah) Volume:
IV Issue: 1226 Page: 6
Dated: Dec. 28, 1905
MARRIED IN THE JUVENILE COURT
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.
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
WHITE BRIDE; NEGRO GROOM
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
PROMINENT COLORED COUPLE ARE MARRIED
Nelson Thompson and his wife, much respected colored people of
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
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
ROLL CALL IS HALTED FOR REGISTRNT TO BE MARRIED
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
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
MARRIED COLORED WOMAN
Sentenced to the Penitentiary - Benighted Indiana - What Ohio
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.