Clay-Cold Corpse Marries Warm, Blooming Bride (1856)

Edgefield Advertiser, 20 Aug. 1856

“SINGULAR MARRIAGE.-A young man residing in Bordentown, who was under an engagement of marriage with a young lady, died on Friday last. Both the gentleman and lady, as well as their families, were firm believers in the doctrine of the spiritualists, and notwithstanding the death of the former it was determined that the marriage should take place between the disembodied spirit of the young man, and the living, breathing body of his affianced bride.
Accordingly, on Sunday, the marriage ceremony was performed between the clay-cold corpse and the warm, blooming bride. It is understood that this was in compliance with the directions of the spirit of the bridegroom. The devotion of the lady to the spirit or the memory of her lover carried through this trying ceremony without faltering; but it must lead to unhappiness, for she, no doubt, considers herself as the wife of one whom she shall meet in the body never more. Her heart lies buried in the grave with him who should have been her guide and protector. Among all the singular things recorded of the Spiritualists, we have met with nothing parallel to this.”