Laws of the Republic of Texas, in two volumes. Volume 01. Page: 234
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the passage of this law, then and in that case all such marriage
arc declared of legal and binding effect, and the issue of the
same are hereby legitmatized; Provided, that such parties lived
togctlher as man and wife at the said death of either party.
SEC. . Be it further enacted, That all regular ordained
Ministers of the Gospel, judges of the district courts, justices of
the county courts, and all justices of the peace of the several
counties of this republic be, and arc hereby authorized to cele-'
bra1te the rites of matrimony between all persons legally authored
to marry; Provided, tlat males under fourteen and females
ulder twelve shall not marry.
SEC. 4. Be i further enactCed, That any person desirous of
marrying shall apply to the clerk of the county court, and shall
receive from him a license directed to all persons authorized by
this law to celebrate the rites of matrimony which shall be sufficient
authority for any one of sach pe-rsons, to celebrate such
marriage, and any one of said persons so authorized, who shall
celebrate the rites of matrimony, without said license fromi the
clerk aforesaid, shall be liable to prosecution and on conviction
shall be fined in tlle sum of five hundred dollars.
SEr:. 5. Be it further enacted, That no clerk shall issue a
license without the consent of the parents or guardians of the
parties applying unless the parties so applying shall be in the
case of the male twenty one years of age, ;and in the female
eighteen years of age; and any clerk offendinlg herein shall on
conviction be fined five hundred dollars.
SEC. 6. Be it furtlhr leacled, That the said clerk shall record
all licenses so issued by him, in a well bound book kept for
tht purpose; and it shall also be the duty of the persons solemnizig
t:hc rites of matrimony to endorse the same on the license
and m-zke return of the same to thle office of the clerk of the
county court within sixty days after the celebration as aforec
said; which return shall also be recorded as aforesaid.
SEC. 7. Be it fitrlher enacted, That for each license so isused
the clerk shall charge and receive onedollar.
SEc . 8. Be-it firthcr enacted, That all persons who have
married agreeably to the customs of the country having another
wife or husband living and shall continue to live together as
man and wife sixty days after the passageof this law shall be
considcl cd guilty of the offcnce of bigamy and shall upon conviction
be punished as such.
SEC. 9. Be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful
for any person of European b-lood or their descendants, to in
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