Tenn court rules on Davy Crockett marriage license

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Posted: Jul 26, 2011 8:03 PM
Tenn court rules on Davy Crockett marriage license

A Tennessee appeals court says an unexecuted marriage license for American frontiersman Davy Crockett belongs to the county where it was issued in 1805.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a trial court ruling that ordered a Tampa, Fla., woman to give up the document to east Tennessee's Jefferson County.

Margaret Vance Smith claimed a relative saved the document from destruction long ago when the county discarded old records. But Jefferson County officials argued the original marriage license of Crockett and Margaret Elder belongs to the county because it's a permanent record.

Smith turned over the document last year after the trial court ruled for the county. Smith appealed, but the appeals court upheld the ruling Tuesday.

Crockett, a politician and soldier who died at The Alamo, never married Elder.