George Garvin and Eliz Macin
Free Person of Color
St. Augustine, December 20, 1843
National Archives - Pension Records
This document is a marriage license for free persons of color from St. Augustine Florida original dated
December 20, 1843. Note that in St. Augustine at that time freed persons of color had to have a white
guardian. This document shows the approval of G. W. Perpale for Eliza to get married to George Garvin.
Peter B. Dumas served as witness to the original document as County Clerk of St. Johns County. The
priest who married them was B. Madeore of St. Augustine Cathedral. The clerk of circuit court George
W. Atwood signed the certification on August 4, 1869. George W. Atwood was instrumental in the
founding of Public School #2 the first African-American school in St. Johns County. The purpose of this
document in this file was to prove the marriage of Eliz Macin to George Garvin for a pension. George
Garvin was a veteran of the 34 USCT Company A.