Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. On the morning of their marriage, Eunice told her dad that she was headed up the road to her married sister’s house to get a doll that Charlie had given to her the previous Christmas. In early August, it was time for Eunice to go back to school, which she had stopped attending after her January marriage.
And on the new state law, too. We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. Then I come home and spend the night (Thursday) here.” The next day, Friday, he picked Evelyn up and they drove to Rutledge, Tennessee, where they were married. Basically, Eunice and Charlie were legally married and there was nothing that anyone could do about it.
Lewis Rhea, Hancock County Clerk at the time, stated, “When I learned she was just a child, I investigated and found out her parents didn’t object. When questioned about their marriage, Charlie commented, “Of course, we fuss now and then but it don’t amount to nothing. Maybe Eunice is a mite young, but what of it?”, She continued, “I guess I was married at 13, and a grandmother at 30, and there ain’t nothing wrong with me. If one includes those who were fifteen, that number skyrockets to 20,000 young girls. Two days later, without a single dissenting vote, the Senate passed a bill preventing any marriage in which either member of the party was under the age of fourteen. The couple would once again make headlines in September 1960 after their 17-year-old daughter Evelyn eloped with her boyfriend, 20-year-old John Henry Antrican. She was a member of Rock Bridge Baptist Church. Together they had nine children; three girls and six boys with a nineteen year age gap between the youngest and the oldest.
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Fascinating True Stories from the Flip Side of History. After a little math and double-checking, Charlie Johns was not twenty-two when he married Eunice. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. Failed to delete memorial. With just a third grade education, she would never learn to read. You see, Charlie Johns was 22 and Eunice Winstead was nine. We have a volunteer within fifty miles of your requested photo location.
Here is a sampling of what others had to say: Mrs. Urban Neas, president of the Central Parent-Teacher Council, stated, “I can’t imagine such a thing happening in a Christian nation. As they say, never say never. Me’n Eunice is married for keeps and I reckon I can look after her [with] ‘thout no help from nobody.”. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. “If I could see him, I would.” He added, “They’d better be proud she married a good boy.” Charlie Johns didn’t take him up on the offer. Sneedville, Tennessee, United States. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 20 photos to this memorial. Children nine years old certainly do not know their own minds, and they may get married just because the idea sounded glamorous.”, Another resident, Wallace Wright, stated, “The present laws are all right, but there is no use in the people making fools of themselves and the laws to.”, Even Tennessee Governor Gordon Browning was asked for his opinion. × For Edits select Suggest Edits on the memorial page. GREAT NEWS! Select a place on the map to place the pin. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. If a new volunteer signs up in your requested photo location, they may see your existing request and take the photo. If they love one another, then getting married is the thing to do. This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. On the day of the wedding, he had John Henry arrested and charged with abduction. But the people who issued the license for the marriage made just as big a mistake. This account has been disabled. To add a flower, click the “Leave a Flower” button. If they want to live together and be happy, then people should leave them alone.” She added, “Eunice can’t sleep, she’s so nervous. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. Upon hearing the news of the Senate approval, Charlie told the press, “I ain’t payin’ no mind to what they’re doin’ down to the legislature, nor what folks is saying. Luckily, he came to his senses and dropped all of the charges. Image appeared on page 21 of the July 21, 1976 publication of the Kingsport Times-News. It was now up to the Tennessee House to review and approve.
He quickly looked over their marriage license and everything seemed to be in order. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Wolfe of Bean Station; children, Gene Johns, Lee Johns, Ralph Johns, Ronnie Johns and Dennis Johns, all of Thorn Hill, Dorothy Newman of Russellville, Carolyn Stanley of Bean Station; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. They did appear on stage for the first time on October 30, 1937 as part of a show in Kingsport, Tennessee. Chancellor A. T. Stewart agreed that there had been a violation of the 16-year age minimum, but wrote that an annulment would only serve to put “Geneva out of house and home with no place to go.”. English If there is anything the P-T A. can do to prevent its recurrence, we certainly hope to do it.”, Mrs. Graeme Canning, president of the Ossoli Circle women’s club expressed support for returning to the five-day marriage rule: “If we had such a law now, that marriage could not have happened. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. She gave her age as eighteen when they applied for their marriage license. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc.
Bass stated, “We will not take any action to compel a married child to attend school.” Eunice would never return. Three days after this story first broke in the news, two bills were introduced to the Tennessee Senate. Arrangements by Coffey Funeral Home in Tazewell. Full text is unavailable for this digitized archive article.
On December 18, 1942, fourteen-year-old Eunice gave birth to the couple’s first child, Evelyn. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. 1976 photograph of Eunice Winstead Johns with granddaughter Pamela Lynn Newman. Please try again later.
People shouldn’t orter pester ‘em so.”, When questioned as to why he had married the couple, Reverend Lamb stated, “If I hadn’t married them, someone else would.” Reflecting back on what had happened, he said, “I don’t think I would have, though, if I’d a-known the girl was quite so young. Resend Activation Email. All photos uploaded successfully, click on the Done button to see the photos in the gallery. For help using the website visit our help page or contact email@example.com. I have to make a living for myself and my children. Please reset your password.
She doesn’t realize it, but she has saved other girls from becoming wives and perhaps widows before they are grown up. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. And if this case has stirred up enough excitement to bring about a new marriage law for Tennessee, then it has served its purpose.
For example: There were many more stories just like these, but I was struck by what Mrs. Jean Darnell, another Tennessee child bride, had to say.
“I went every whichaway I could think of to throw him off the track. And she wouldn’t be their last. Too many of ‘em are out to slick a feller. This resulted in counties like Hancock losing up to half of their marriage license revenue, so the state legislature repealed that portion of the law in 1935. To view a photo in more detail or edit captions for photos you added, click the photo to open the photo viewer. Try again. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. I’ll leave that for you to decide. 12-year-old Leona Elizabeth Roshia had married 18-year-old Stanley F. Backus of Watertown, New York. Mrs. Ben Jacobs of Port Byron, Illinois gave birth to her first son in 1933, nine days before she had turned twelve.
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When asked about the worst part of doing so, she noted that it had brought an end to her education. We’ve managed fine this last year and we’d be a lot happier if folks would just leave us alone.” He added, “I’ve got to where I don’t trust many people anymore.
After the couple was introduced by the announcer, they stood there silently on the stage for two minutes. It’s a tragedy, a very great tragedy.
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Evelyn and John Henry would remain married until Evelyn’s death forty-six years later. While I wasn’t born there, I spent most of my youth in the small town of Thompsonville, NY, which is located in the southern portion of the so-called Catskill Mountains. Save to an Ancestry Tree, a virtual cemetery, your clipboard for pasting or Print. We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location.
When her marriage last winter to a lank, 23-year-old hillbilly named Charlie Johns provoked a national scandal (TIME, Feb. 15), Tennessee hastily enacted a law prohibiting the marriage of persons under 14.
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