What a truly interesting problem.
I find only one Andrew or Milton Hunter in Yancey County census records.
In 1850 Andrew M., son of Elijah & Jane is age 2.
1860 shows Milton, age 10, son of Elijah & Jane.
Listed in the Yancey marriage index between June 1866 and June 1867 is a marriage for Andrew M Hunter & Martha Howell. However there is no date, no witness and no Minister or Justice of the Peace. It would seem that a license was obtained but not used.
On the 1900 census, Milton & his wife Martha say that they have been married for 31 years. This matches the marriage entered into the index as; Milton Hunter married Martha Howell on May 13, 1869 by T. H. Honeycutt, MG. There are no witnesses listed.
I canít find Milton Hunter on the 1870 Yancey census. Martha is at home with her parents, William and Nancy Howell.
1880 yancey census shows Milton & Martha as man & wife with a daughter age 10. The next child is age 4. This child would have been born after the marriage listed in the index as having taken place on Dec. 26, 1875. This marriage was performed by T. H. McCurry, MG and there are witnesses listed. My microfilm is faded and I canít read the names.
I would think that there might have been some objection by one or both of the parents to the marriage and they stopped the marriage in 1866. (They were very young). It would seem that a marriage did take place in 1869 but for some reason they werenít living together. Maybe it was annulled (if there was such a thing then). Then another marriage took place in 1875. I feel sure that all 3 entries in the marriage index are for the same people. They seem to be well and truly married.
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