Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Wedding Wednesday: Mary Belle (Pridmore) Merchant / Benjamin Merchant
You never know what you're going to find when sifting through chancery and legal cases. The marriage license shown below was an exhibit in the 1913 divorce suit between Mary Belle (Pridmore) Merchant and husband Benjamin Merchant. It is a gold mine of information, including the names of both bride and groom's parents. In addition, the case itself mentions the name of their child, Warren Merchant.
This divorce case can be found online at the Library of Virginia's digital collection under the chancery records.
(The suit was dismissed on 5 May 1913 at Mary's request.)