Reviewing the thread, you asked for a look-up for "Minta (Minty?) J. Barber and Temperance Jones" and a "male Barber (first name not known) and an Isabella (last name not known)." My response was "None of the names appear in the Carroll County Index to Marriage Licenses 1827-1960." I checked for only these names.
The Index has twenty-two females and twenty-five males, including a marriage for Elisha Barber to Nancy Fraser married 5/20/1829, Marriage Book A, page 10. The names Joseph, Sampson, or William A. do not appear. There is a William but the date is 1909.
There is a Robert A. Barber to Virginia McMullen 6/3/1857, Book B:183, and a W.C. Barber to Emily Gresham 9/20/1861, Book C1:485. All the other males were 1898 or later.
For females there is an Allisey C. to Henry A. Bates 12/25/1855, Book B:167; a Jane to Levi P. Barrett 12/24/1850, Book B:72; and a Mary Ann to Thos. D. Gray Book B:45. The rest are 1900's.
A word of caution. The fact that a marriage was recorded only means that the license was issued in Carroll County. The actual ceremony could have taken place in any county of the state or even in another state.
There will always be lost documents. The system used guarantees it. After the ceremony, the minister, Justice of the Peace, or other authorized person is supposed to return the license to the county indicating the date of the marriage, and sign the document. This is recorded and the completed license filed. If this does not happen the only record is when the marriage license was issued. If the marriage did not take place there was no requirement that the couple return the license to the county clerk.
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