Angie, on Monday, 23 Oct, I visited the St. Tammany Par., LA courthouse and obtained a copy of the marriage record, such as it is, of John ADAMS & Polly GILISPIE. The marriage index shows a date of 12 Oct 1816 and references Marriage Bk. 1, pg. 32. The entry on pg. 32 for No. 104 says:
This ______ day ______ One thousand Eight hundred and ________ a licence was issued authorising the marriage of John Adams to Polly Gilispie ~ upon the petition of said John Adams ~
No information is visible in the blank spaces shown above. There is another marriage on the same page with the same pattern of missing day, month & year information while two others have all information filled in. These are all handwritten entries so I am at a loss to explain why the two entries have blank spaces.
On the 1820 Washington Par., LA census a John ADAMS is shown three lines before Elick GILASPY on pg. 470. This John ADAMS and wife are both 26 to 45 yrs. old and have three children under 10 yrs. old. This couple, I believe, is the same as the couple in the 1816 marriage. From there I have had very little success distinguishing this John ADAMS from the multitude of Johns all over the nearby counties of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Also, a John ADAMS testified in 1851, before Barney Lewis, J.P., of Pike Co., MS, to his War of 1812 services in an application for government land. He said at the time he entered service he was a resident of St. Tammany Par., LA [Washington Par. in 1851]. In 1852 this same John ADAMS testified in behalf of John MAYFIELD's application for land and said he, John ADAMS, had received bounty land and yet I can't find either John ADAMS or John MAYFIELD on the 1850 Pike Co. census. All the court officers named in their applications are on the 1850 census but they aren't. Can you explain this?