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My friends -
I am stopping by today to mention again that I will not be sending any
scheduled posts to the lists this week, as we observe a Christmas Week recess.
I am today going to pass along something of interest from Fulton Co.
however. All of us are continually looking for marriage consents in 19th
century marriage records. Some have been preserved in some JP counties,
while many have not. I ran across the one below, however, for a marriage in
Fulton County in 1861, and it is so unusual that I thought I would share
Fulton Co., Ky.
"To the Clerk of the County Court, Hickman, Fulton Co., Ky.:
I do hereby grant you the privilege to issue license for my daughter,
Elizabeth Ellen Hodge, resident of Fulton Co., Ky., aged 19 years the 31st
day of August next, 1861. Born Henry Co., Tenn. Born 31st August 1842.
Parents: John Hodge and Louisa Ewing Matheny. John Hodge was born in State
of Ky., county unknown. Died 17th day of January 1845, aged about 29 years.
Louisa Ewing Hodge was born Rutherford Co., Tenn. in year 1822, on the 19th
day of November. Aged at this time 39 years 19th day of next November.
Should this need any correction, I hereby authorize R.M.Matheny to make any
correction within his power. Should this prove sufficient, you will please
to grant the license with truly my consent."
It would be wonderful if all consents had this kind of detail. It is made
even more remarkable by the fact that Mrs. Hodges was illiterate - someone
else wrote all of this for her, and one could suspect that the person was
R.M.Matheny, who may have been her son by a prior marriage, since she noted
her maiden name as Louisa Ewing Matheny in the consent. The marriage, by
the way, was for her daughter, Elizabeth Ellen Hodge, to marry William R.
Oaks, age 28, 1st marriage, born TN, both parents born TN. They were united
in matrimony on 9 June 1861 at Louisa Hodges' home.