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Run-aways and Elopists

Formal marriages are the standard, I suppose, but "running off" makes for a better story in the coming years. Here are a few "Elopements and Other News of Marriage, and one Near Miss..." from the history of local folk.

By Mike Watson

Mr. Tyler J. Chandler, of Springfield, Ky, and Miss Nettie Winfrey, of Columbia, Ky., accompanied by Judge T. Scott and Mr. Lee McElroy, of Springfield, arrived here this forenoon and were married by Justice Keigwin.--Jeffersonville Daily Evening News, Jeffersonville, IN, 5 January 1885

Louisville, Ky., Dec. 29--Sidney Barber and Miss Kate Woolford, daughter of Congressman Frank Woolford, were married at Jeffersonville, Ind., tonight. The young couple ran away from their home at Columbia, Ky., and rode forty miles in a buggy.--By Associated Press Dispatch.-- El Paso Daily Times, El Paso, TX, 30 December 1885

Georg[e] Shuffit and Miss Silvy Myers, of Oceola, Green County, Ky., eloped to this city yesterday afternoon and were married at the Morgan house by Justice Keigwin.--Jeffersonville Daily Evening News, Jeffersonville, IN, 14 August 1888

Eugene Montgomery and Miss Nora Dehoney, Adair County, Ky., were married by Justice Keiwgin (sic) last evening.--Jeffersonville Daily Evening News, Jeffersonville, IN, 9 May 1890

Nannie O. Hatcher and Junius N. Karnes, elopists from Adair County, Ky., were married last evening. It is stated that the bride's parents objected to their marriage and hid her clothing, but the determined young lady arrived here bonnet-less and was married to the man she loved.--Jeffersonville Daily Evening News, Jeffersonville, IN, 20 September 1890

Dr. James W. Squires and Mary R. Shepard, of Adair County, Ky., on their way West, were married last night by Justice Keigwin. J.J. Russell and Emma Strader, of Green County, Ky., elopists, were also married by the same Justice.--Jeffersonville Daily Evening News, Jeffersonville, IN, 15 October 1890

Wm. Rodgers and Lucy Blackman were married by Squire Hause last evening. They were from Adair County, Ky. When the Squire mentioned the amount of his fee the groom looked significantly at the Magistrate and asked him if so-and-so would not do. About this time Squire Hause noticed that the groom had a pistol on one side and a bowie knife on the other. It is needless to say there was no dispute about the fee. The Squire was glad to escape alive.--Jeffersonville News, Jeffersonville, IN, 31 December 1895

"Scattered News": George W. Basee, of Hills County, Iowa, went to Columbia, Adair County, KY, to wed Miss Susan Gadberry, but she backed out. It was a matrimonial agency match.--The Bourbon News, Paris, KY, 31 December 1897

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