The Annual Register – Marriage Record 1770
Record of a Michael Thomas(Black) and Ann Brandley (White) being married in Southwark on November 5th, 1770.
“This Morning Michael Thomas, a black, and Ann Brandley, a white, were married at St. Olave’s, Southwark; but while the ceremony was performing a press-gang interrupted the minister in the celebration of his office;Upon which a contest arose, and the clergyman received a blow upon the breast, but a constable being called immediately, the Lieutenant was secured and carried before a magistrate, but after proper submission, was, by the generosity of the minister, was released without farther prosecution. The poor black, with his bride, made his escape in the fray“.
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