Here we have the marriage license of Leroy Graham, oldest son of Daniel Graham and Blanche Watts, and his betrothed Lorice Shaw.

Leroy Marriage
Leroy Graham & Lorice Shaw Marriage License, 1953.

Typical notations of name, city of residence and age. Leroy Graham, New Madrid, New Madrid County, Missouri, 20. Lorice Shaw, also New Madrid, 19. Then this note, required by the instructions of the form because Leroy was under 21:

By application dated September 12, 1953 + sworn affidavit from Mrs. Blanch Graham, mother of Leroy Graham, giving her consent.

Witnessed on Wednesday, 16 September 1953 by Doris Hampton, Deputy Recorder of Deeds, and George D. Boone, Recorder of Deeds.

The following day, Thursday, 17 September, Leroy and Lorice were united in marriage by Elder James H. Gibson, Minister of the Gospel, in the small unicorporated community of Kewanee. Elder Gibson was the pastor of the Kewanee Missionary Baptist Church.

Finally, the license was filed for record on Saturday, 19 September by the Recorder of Deeds, George Boone.

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Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 08 March 2020), memorial page for Elder James H Gibson (30 Dec 1900–1 Jun 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42970368, citing Sikeston Memorial Park, Sikeston, New Madrid County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Graver Gal (contributor 46890700).