September 28, 1882 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2nd page, 2nd column)
MARRIED.–The wedding bells rung gaily last Thursday evening in the good old town of Halifax, and Mr. J. C. Butts, the happiest groom alive, led to the hymenial altar the beautiful and accomplished Miss Lula, daughter of Capt. J. M. Grizzard, the Rev. W. L. Cunninggin, in a most impressive manner, spoke the words which caused two hearts to beat as one. The ceremony took place in the M. E. church and was witnessed by a large crowd of friends of the happy young couple. After the officiating minister pronounced them man and wife, they, accompanied by their friends and attendants, repaired to the Southern Hotel, where an elegant repast had been prepared, and “all went merry as a marriage bell.” The young people thoroughly enjoyed themselves until the “wee sma hour of the morning.” The best wishes of the Commonwealth attend this happy couple through life.
[This may be Joseph Christmas Butts (born December 24, 1855) and Lucy Monroe Grizzard (born January 1866). It is problematic the name discrepancy of Lucy v. Lula, but this Lucy Grizzard’s father was J.M. Grizzard, a lawyer. This Lucy Grizzard’s mother was Virginia. I have not found another Lula Grizzard for the same time period, yet.]