Officially married, 21 years later
Former slaves Joseph and Mary Province of Lebanon, Tennessee, were officially married on April 23, 1866, after “living together for 21 years.” Joseph was a shoemaker with property valued at $900 in the 1870 census. His son, Stephen, fought in the Civil War under General John T. Wilders.
National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands
- Freedmen's Bureau Records: An Overview
- Sealing the Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony - Freedmen's Bureau Marriage Records
- ARC Gallery: African Americans
- ARC Gallery: Civil War