Marriage: John WILLIAMS & Lizzie BELL (1900)

A Very Young Bride

Wilmington, NC , Sept. 9 – Mr. John WILLIAMS and Miss Lizzie BELL, daughter of Mr. McL. BELL, were united in marriage yesterday at Burgaw.  Application for a marriage license was made here, but on account of an uncertainty as to whether the young lady was thirteen or fourteen years of age, the license could not be procured at the time.  The couple then decided to go to Burgaw and make a trial.  The bride was really fourteen years old and their trip to Pender county yesterday proved successful.  They returned to Wilmington on the evening train.

Source: Virginian-Pilot, 11 Sep 1900, pg. 7. ChroniclingAmerica.gov.

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