Tennessee Cohabitation Records
Tennessee State Law
Sec, 5 . . . all free persons of color who were living together as husband and wife in this state, while in a state of slavery, are hereby declared to be man and wife, and their children legitimately entitled to an inheritance in any property heretofore acquired, or that my hereafter be acquired by said parents. 
- White, Barnetta McGhee, Ph.D.,Somebody Knows My Name: Marriages of Freed People in N.C. County by County.'(Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Co.), 1995: xxxiii.