If this is based upon a true story, I'd like to know more about those folks in this story. I love the movie and thought it would be neat to do their genealogy..., just out of curiousity, mind you!
This is the info I have gotten from the movie and various websites that carry the book;
'Captain' William More Marsden nicknamed- Will, Willie, or Cap m. a 15 year old girl named Lucille "Lucy" (maiden name unknown). Captain was 50 at time of their marriage, more than three times Lucy's age. Captain had an African slave named Castalia. Lucy's childhood friend was Shirley (maiden name unknown). Captain's childhood friend was Ned Smythe. Ned was killed during the Civil War. Lucy was raised in a wealthy home. Lucy's cousin was Anna Livia Plurabelle(?) Lucy was living in the Lane's Charity Nursing Home in North Carolina, during her later years.
Captain & Lucy had 9 children- 1) Ned (who was blinded while out huntig with his father) 2) Louisa 3) Baby 4) ? 5) ? 6) ? 7) ? 8) ? 9) Archie (died in infancy from smallpox)