Dr. Joseph J. Thaxton’s marriage hoax (1836 Halifax Co., VA)

An interesting tidbit about Dr. Joseph J. Thaxton (son of William G. Thaxton and Alsey Davie, grandson of William Thaxton and Lucy Clay) of Halifax Co., Virginia, and later Person Co., North Carolina.

The May 10, 1836, issue of the Raleigh Register and North-Carolina Weekly Register, reported an unusual marriage between 19-year-old Joseph J. Thaxton of Halifax Co., Va., and 37-year-old Miss Elizabeth Page (click on links):

Married

Oops. A week later, on May 17, 1836, the paper printed an apology:

Not so fast

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