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A young couple goes to Gretna Green (north), 1912
Gentle readers: Because of the enlightened culture pervading Columbia in those days, The Adair County Newsof 1912 could allude to "Gretna Green," without being either esoteric or seeming to put on airs. In those days, everyone knew. But Robert Stone points out, as Jim has in earlier stories of famous Adair County secretive marriages, to readers of this day, "Gretna Green is a village in the south of Scotland famous for runaway weddings."
See also stories provided by "Jim" of other famous Adair County elopements by Jim:
Nearly every Adair Countian knew or has heard of Mrs. Ruth Paull Burdette, well-known local historian, genealogist, and author, but perhaps not as many know of the circumstances of her marriage.
This article appeared in the December 4, 1912 News.
Eloped to Tennessee
A telephone message Sunday night [December 1st, 1912] from Mr. W.R. Lyon, Campbellsville, to Mr. R.F. Paul, this place, stated that it was generally believed at the former town where Miss Ruth Paull, daughter of Mrs. Lena Paull, this city, was visiting, that the young lady and Mr. Sam Burdette, a young trader of Marion County, who frequently visits Columbia, had eloped to Tennessee, as they had left Campbellsville in a buggy together and the information Mr. Lyon received after their departure, warranted him in the opinion that the couple had left for the purpose of getting married.
(Mr. Rich "R.F." Paull was a brother of Ruth's deceased father, Mr. Thomas "T.E." Paull.)
Doubtless, that by the time this paper reaches our readers they will have been to Greta Green and returned and received forgiveness.
The bride is quite young--in her sixteenth year, and was in school at this place. She is the sole daughter of Mrs. Lena Paull, and was quite popular with all her Columbia associates. Her marriage was a great surprise, but her numerous friends trust that the event will bring her much happiness, and that her early marriage will prove a blessing to all concerned.
The groom is well-known about Columbia where he has been a successful mule buyer for several years, and where he has made many warm, personal friends.
(Apparently, the couple flew like the wind from Campbellsville to Lebanon, took a train from Lebanon to Louisville, and from there, slipped across the river and went north. The marriage records of Clark County, Indiana reflect that Sam, about 25, and Ruth, two months short of her 16th birthday, were made as one in the bonds of holy matrimony on Sunday, December 1st, perhaps at the very hour Mr. Lyon called to spill the beans to Miss Paull's uncle.)Story retrieved from dusty, musty archives by "Jim."
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