On this 24^th day of December 1856 Alonso
J. Rutter applied for License to marry Mary
E. Finch & filed written consent of her
Parents & produced the testimony of Charles
Moris that the said Alonzo J. Rutter is
over 21 years old.
F. B. Doalitle
X This certifies that on the 25" day of December
AD 1856 I John Baldwin a minister united
Alonzo J. Rutter aged 19 years and Mary E. Finch
aged 17 years in the Holy Bands of Matrimony
Witness my hand this 25" day of December AD 1856
John Balduin A Minister
of the Baptis Denomination
Recorded 9 of May 1857
I like how on the 24th Alonzo is over 21, but on the 25th he is 19 years old. For the record, he was in fact 19, and his bride was 16.
Delaware County, Iowa, "Marriage Record, 1851-1861," p. 189, Alonzo J. Rutter-Mary E. Finch marriage license and return, December 1856; Delaware County Recorder's Office, Manchester.