June 19, 1783

Getting married in our little corner of the world was not always easy.

On June 19, 1783, the Virginia Courts of Justice referred Petition Number 17 from the inhabitants of Lincoln County (including present-day Warren County) in the province of Kentucky to the Virginia Assembly. The petitioners were requesting laws regarding, among other things, civil marriages.

Clergymen to conduct marriages were rare in the area, and the new law empowered local courts to “nominate so many sober and discreet laymen as will supply the deficiency.”

– “Way Back When in Warren County” is compiled by researchers at the Warren County Public Library and appears twice weekly in the Bowling Green Daily News. For more information about the library, visit warrenpl.org.

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