Miss Eliza Elopes

My great grandma Eliza Ann Sickler eloped with a ‘barkeeper’ named Thomas Sprague. Her daddy who was a prominent businessman decided to rescue her with the help of my future great grandfather before it was too late! The year was 1875 and Eliza was 19 years old.  This interesting fact and family soap opera was reported in a local weekly paper, over a series of weeks. Here’s the first installment of her story. I’m assuming the Sickler and French families were mortified to find this report in the local paper.

Eliza Sickler French age 19

Eliza Ann Sickler French

This tintype of Eliza Ann Sickler was probably taken on the day she got married since her married name is scrawled on the back. She doesn’t look too happy! Here’s the first newspaper installment:

Shooting Affray March 24, 1875 001 red 3


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