What a great find, the original marriage license for Francis “Fannie” Drucilla Emmaliza Lee daughter of Benjamin Lee and Drucilla Carmack. FamilySearch.org is one of the most underutilized websites, and it is an online courthouse of records. There are marriage records on there waiting to be found by genealogists. If only they would take the time to get on their database and search. It takes time and lots of patience, but in the long run it is worth it. There is a goldmine of information to be found about your family on that free website that is made possible by volunteers giving of their time to index records. I volunteered to index the 1940 census and it was a great feeling to know that it online in record and was made possible by volunteers. Now, getting back to Fannie Lee.
Fannie was born 22 September 1859 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. She married Clement W. “Clem” Thompson 14 July 1877 in Clay County, Alabama. I am assuming Fannie was Clem’s second wife because of their age difference. Clem was born about 1839 in Georgia and died October 28, 1901 in Alabama. He is buried in Smyrna Primitive Baptist church cemetery, Goodwater, Coosa County, Alabama.
Fannie Emmaliza had three children listed with her on the 1880 Hackneyville, Tallapoosa County census. The youngest Zackeriah b. age seven months, Sarah Drucilla was two, and Alice S. was age five. Living with them was her mother Drucila age sixty-eight. Then, by 1900 there were all new names that appear on the census with Francis E. Mary, age seventeen, Albert L. age sixteen, Grover age fifteen John Harlan age eleven, and Mallory age seven and the family is now living in Harpersville, Shelby County, Alabama. Frances and Clem had now been married twenty-five years and Francis was the mother of ten children and eight living. The oldest daughter was Stella born 28 Nov 1877 and died 16 Feb 1966 in Alabama.