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Court battle for Davy Crockett’s marriage license application

Davy Crockett’s marriage license application is at the center of a court battle in Florida.

Officials in Tennessee want a Hillsborough County judge to enforce a Tennessee order that 90-year-old Margaret V. Smith turn over Crockett’s original marriage license application, which the Tampa woman says she inherited.

Lura Hinchey, archive director for Jefferson County, Tenn., said the county has repeatedly asked Smith for the license application of Crockett and Margaret Elder. Officials learned years ago that Smith had the document when she wrote the county clerk asking how to preserve it.

“I asked for it when she came to the courthouse” in about 1999, Hinchey said.

“She just said she had sent a copy and wondered why it wasn’t in the museum,” Hinchey said. “I told her the original belonged to our county because it was one of our permanent records. She said it belonged to her and she was going to keep it. … She had already been asked by the county historian, and I believe the county clerk asked her for it.”

Smith’s son said his mother inherited the document from her father, who died in the 1950s.

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