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Saturday, April 27, 2013

17th Century Ceremonies: Runaway Marriages

During 1673, Maryland couples were somehow obstructed from marrying because of the large number which fled into Virginia for the ceremony. All they had to do was cross the river. In 1662, a citizen of Northampton County ran off with Elizabeth Charlton, a girl only twelve years of age and heiress of one of the most conspicuous families on the Eastern Shore. At the time, she was staying at the home of Captain Jones, where she was receiving her education. The marriage occurred on the other side of the bay where they had fled in a sail-boat. Source: Northampton County Records, Vol. 1657-64, p. 158.

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