John P. Atkinson and Miss Ada Byrd

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
April 8, 1897 Page 1:
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Runaway Marriage

Governor Atkinson’s Son and Miss Byrd, of Atlanta, Get Married.

Against Parents’ Wishes.

Happens at Kingston—Young Girl Had Been Sent Away, But Was Found by the Boy.

A very sensational runaway marriage took place at Kingston last Friday. It seems that John P. Atkinson, the seventeen year old son of Governor W. Y. Atkinson and Miss Ada Byrd, the fourteen year old daughter of Mr. C. P. Byrd, of Atlanta, had made an attempt to get married several months ago and had been thwarted in their purpose. Miss Byrd was sent to the home of Mrs. T. J. Lyon, mother of Miss Byrd’s step-mother, in this county. [Long article continues. Conclusion “On account of the youthful ages of both parties the parents objected to their living together but have since relented from their decision and will have them remarry.” See following issue for an account of their remarriage in Tennessee.]


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