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1802: Southern gent, 97, marries “amiable” 14-year-old

In March 1802 a Virginian newspaper published reports of a marriage in the county of New Kent, just east of Richmond. The details of this union speak for themselves, the capitalisation is the newspaper’s own:

“Lately married in New Kent, county, Michael Sherman, aged NINETY-SEVEN YEARS and FOUR DAYS, to the amiable and accomplished Miss Eliza Poindexter, aged FOURTEEN.”

Nothing is recorded of either the length or success of their marriage.

Source: The Richmond Recorder, March 27th 1802. Content on this page is © Alpha History 2016. Content may not be republished without our express permission. For more information please refer to our Terms of Use or contact Alpha History.