• 1870 Talbot County, Georgia, Marriage License For Colored Residents

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    Talbot County, GA, was created by an act of the Georgia Legislature in 1827.  By 1850, Talbot was the fifth largest county in the state.  Total population was 16,534 and just over half of the population were slaves.


    Offering a one-page, 7 x 8 ½, December 1, 1870, marriage license for Tobias Manes and Miranda Stewart, both designated with the “c” for colored. 


    “To any Judge, Justice of the Inferior Court, Justice of the Peace or Minister of the Gospel:


    “You are hereby authorized to join


    “Tobias Manes (c) & Miranda Steward (c) In the Holy State of Matrimony according to the Constitution and Laws of this State and for doing, this shall be your sufficient License…”


    Nice embossed Ordinary Court Talbot Co. Georgia seal.


    Difficult to say for certain whether Manes and Stewart were former slaves, but it was very possible.


    Folds and expected toning.


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