Sykesville, Maryland

Napoleon Bonaparte’s Brother’s Marriage To A Woman In Sykesville, Maryland

According to the Carroll County Times, “In 1803, Sykesville was involved in an international kerfuffle when Patterson’s daughter, Betsy, married Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon. However, Napoleon declared the marriage illegal a year later and ordered Jerome to return to France, which he did, with his new wife by his side. When Napoleon refused to let her land, Betsy returned to her father at Springfield, and in 1815, Maryland granted her a divorce.

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