Maryville Times, (Blount Co. TN) Thursday, July 29, 1915:
“Marriage License Issued in 1867 Is Returned to the County Clerk---A marriage license issued to William Osborne and Lucy A. George by R.C. Tucker, clerk of Blount County, in 1867, has just been returned to C.B. Badgett, the present clerk. This certificate, issued nearly half century ago, was found by a grandson of the officiating minister, the Rev. James Blair, of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.
The certificate was issued on December 10, 1867, and the marriage was solemnized on the following day.
The handwriting of the clerk and the minister of the gospel, is very plain and clear, and the license does not look as if it had been written nearly fifty years.
The letter of explanation written by the finder of the certificate, J.H.B. Hall, of Birmingham, Ala., follows:
R.F.D. 3, Box 147-A.,
July 14, 1915.
Clerk of the County Court,
My Dear Sir;
I am the grandson of the Rev. James Blair, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, who lived near Loudon, Tenn., and who died March 9, 1871.
In looking over some of his old letters and papers today, preparatory to writing his biography, I came across the enclosed certificate of the marriage between William Osborne and Lucy A. George, of Blount County. The license, signed by R.C. Tucker, as clerk, is dated December 10, 1867. The marriage was performed by Mr. Blair on the next day, December 11, 1867.
Grandfather was usually prompt to report his official acts, but, in his last years, being afflicted, he was not always able to do as he desired. This very paper, filled out in his own hand, coming to light just today, shows his interest and fidelity. I find another certificate, properly filled out, celebrated in Knox County, between Henry Anderson and Tennessee Rodgers, dated February 5, 1867.
It has occurred to me that it would be well to return this paper and let it be filed or recorded, along with my letter, in the proper place---book and page of your “Marriage Records.” In other days, when we shall be looking up genealogical and other data, it may be worth while to the family and kindred.
I should like to have a postal card, at least, acknowledging the receipt of this paper.
Yours in best bonds and others’ interests,J.H.B. Hall”