THE LITTLE CHURCH AROUND THE CORNER
The very day that Jackson left her home, she and the young Terwilliger were married at a ceremony in the “Little Church Around the Corner,” as the New York Times called it. They quickly made their way up to the Terwilliger home at 1432 Fifth Avenue with the intent of ignoring any concerns of the bride’s family. Upon discovery of the situation, Jackson’s grandmother, Anna Miller, obtained a warrant for Terwilliger’s arrest, asserting that Jackson was under eighteen years of age. A patrolman was engaged to arrest Terwilliger and the ill-fated marriage was no more. Days later Miller dropped the charges and Terwilliger was released. Though her grandparents would accept Jackson’s return, they were steadfast about keeping Terwilliger out of the home.
What caught my eye about this newspaper story is not so much the scandal that this brought between the upper and lower class, nor the fact that two young people eloped. Instead, it is the awe the writer of the article had for the house at 160 East Eighty-Third. He described it as a “handsome brown-stone structure, covered with wisteria, which is now in bloom, and the yards behind of several adjoining houses have been thrown together, making a little private park which is one of the charms of the neighborhood.” The strange addition of the house’s description back in 1900 in an article about the scandal provides a glimpse of the beauty of the home which remains today.
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