1869 April 14
An early example of a simple marriage license form customized for the minister who filled in the date, names and ages of the groom and bride and signed his name. The use of forms emerged after the Civil War. Licenses prior to the Civil War were usually just handwritten slips of paper submitted to the County Clerk for filing. Some of the earliest forms in Hempstead County were used for the marriages of the recently emancipated former slaves. This change emerged in the late 1860s. In the early years after the end of slavery marriage licenses for African-Americans were filed in a separate marriage book as the license indicates.
License, 10" x 9"
Marriage; Marriage licenses; Marriage certificates
Washington, Hempstead County (Ark.)
Hempstead County marriage licenses collection, MSSA.0017
Arkansas State Archives
Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
Taylor Kirkpatric and Sarah Bishop marriage license, Hempstead County marriage licenses collection, Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, Washington, Arkansas.
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