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The Daily Mercury
The Daily Mercury
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Description: Groom Will Sue for Bride - Runaway Marriage

Date: May 20 1900

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL

Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3

Runaway Marriage Causes Serious
Complications—Several in Trouble.
RALEIGH, May 19.—A sensation results from the marriage at Hillsboro of Miss Caroline Sims, a student at the Baptist Female university here, and daughter of a minister of Macon county, and John Birdsong, a post graduate student at the State Agricultural and Mechanical college. The university students went to Hillsboro on a picnic. Birdsong and Miss Sims, who had made plans, went to a hotel, where a magistrate married them. One of Birdsong’s fellow students obtained the license from the register of deeds. The bride was upon discovery immediately taken in charge by the university faculty, brought here and confined to her room. Some trustees will advise her father to take her home for two years and tell Birdsong if he is then in a position to marry and she is willing he can have her, but warning him against any other course.
Attorneys have looked into the matter and say the marriage is valid as the code says males over 16 and females over 14 can marry. The register of deeds who issued the license is in trouble and will be sued. The law says in case the girl is at school no marriage license shall be issued save upon written consent of the person who placed her there. The groom will sue for possession of his wife and will secure her.

Submitted: 02/13/15

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