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This sotry was originally published by the LIFE of February 15, 1937 in the article “The Case of the Child Bride”.
From Married Young: The Fight Over Child Marriage in America:
>In January 1937, 22-year-old Charlie Johns married his 9-year-old neighbor, Eunice Winstead. Johns was a quiet, tobacco farmer in Hancock County, Tennessee. The couple falsified Winstead’s age in order to get a marriage license. At the time, however, there was no minimum marriage age in Tennessee and minors did not need parental permission.
She appeared to have left school this same year, over a row on corporal punishment on a married student.
This caused much controversy in the State and elsewhere, and laws were quickly changed to prevent future cases.
A 1957 article showed they were still together, and that she got her first child at 15.
She died on 2007, her husband dying ten years before, on 1997.
I feel uncomfortable reading "Child Bride" and "HistoryPorn" on the same page.