The battle of the Davy Crockett document is over.
Or more precisely, it's over, pending appeal.
Margaret V. Smith, 90, of Tampa, has returned Crockett's marriage license application to Jefferson County, Tenn., said Lura Hinchey, the county's archive director.
Smith's son, Vance, has said his mother inherited the document from her father, who died in the 1950s. Margaret Smith told "Antiques Roadshow" that her uncle retrieved the document when county officials were discarding old records.
Jefferson County officials disputed that account and went to court demanding the return of the license application of Crockett and Margaret Elder. The couple never married. Crockett died in 1836 while defending the Alamo against Mexican forces.
"We're happy to see it," Hinchey said of the application, which is still in its frame but is not being displayed. "We have it under lock and key."
The document is in the possession of the county clerk, who is holding it pending a possible appeal. If Smith successfully appeals, then the license application will be returned, Hinchey said.
Vance Smith declined to comment this morning.