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1883 History of
Franklin & Cerro Gordo Counties

Early Marriages

It would doubtless be of interest- to many to give the record of marriages for the first ten years of the county's existence, but they are too numerous; therefore, only the first three years are given, as taken from the record in the office of the clerk of court.

GROOM BRIDE DATE OFFICIAL
    
Henry Allen
 
Margaret Long
 
03 Jan 1856
 
John B. Long
County Judge
    
Allen Gounkee
 
Elizabeth Jane Haskins
 
31 Jan 1856
 
John B. Long
County judge
    
William Kearns Hannah M. Gibbs 27 Feb 1856 Robert Clark, JP
    
Patrick Hayes
 
Eliza M. Gardner
 
23 Mar 1856
 
John B. Long
County judge
    
William Reynolds
 
Sarah Trusdal
 
08 Jun 1856
 
John B. Long
County judge
    
Ebenezer Cockerton Esther Wiltfong 07 May 1856 C. L. Bunce, Esq.
    
Enoch Wiltfong Julian Hunt 31 Aug 1856 Rev. Thomas Tenney
    
Simeon Van Patter Lucina Thompson 16 Sep 1856 Elisha Randall, JP
    
Robert Clark Rebecca Brentner 16 Nov 1856 Solomon Zuver, JP
    
Thomas Andrews Rachel A. Long 16 Nov 1856 Solomon Zuver, JP
    
George W. Henderson
 
Martha Ann Randall
 
18 Dec 1856
 
J. S. Church
County judge
    

The following are the names of those who were married during 1857 and 1858, without particulars as to dates:

GROOM BRIDE OFFICIAL
   
Jarvis S. Church Sabra L. Van Patter 
   
George W. Swanger Mahala Crum Charles W. Tenney
   
John Garrard Kortee Wilhelmina Schmitt 
   
Nelson E. Fletcher Emma Morris 
   
Mitchell Jackson Sylvia Jane Reece 
   
William Reddington Augusta A. Brown 
   
William A. J. Sutton Temperance Decker  
   
John Blowers Sarah Belt 
   
Ira L. Williams Ann C. Wariser (Mrs. Blake) 
   
John Claus C. A. Campbell 
   
Nathan M. Jeffords Mary A. Williams 
   
George R. Griffith Susan G. Thompkins 
   
Silas Noyes Miss F. M. Thompkins 
   
Ethan Ames Louisa Alloway 
   
Elias Pattee Mary Bennett 
   
E. Rounds Jane Walton 
   
John Whitenill Mary P. Tucker 
   
C. C. Doolittle Melisa Coon 
    
Truman H. Judson Emma M. Mead 

  The names and titles of those who performed the marriage ceremonies during 1858 and 1859, in the cases mentioned, are as follows:

Judge J. S. Church, Revs. J. S. Saxby, W. P. Holbrook and D. B. Mead; Justices of the Peace, Charles Tenney, T. S. Palmer, G. L. Bunce, T. B. Willson and H. G. Parker.

During the last few years of the records of marriages, we notice the names of many, both ladies and gentlemen, who are sons and daughters of the parties mentioned in the foregoing, and who have themselves taken partners to their joys and sorrows. Thus a new generation has come to the front.

The following shows the number of marriages contracted from the years 1859 to 1882, inclusive:

1855 ...     1
1856 ...   11
1857 ...     9
1858 ...     9
1859 ...     9
1860 ...   11
1861 ...   11
1862 ...   12
1863 ...     8
1864 ...     9
1865 ...   14
1866 ...   22
1867 ...   33
1868 ...   23
1869 ...   26
1870 ...   42
1871 ...   58
1872 ...   57
1873 ...   60
1874 ...   54
1875 ...   95
1876 ...   81
1877 ...   80
1878 ... 107
1879 ... 102
1880 ...   87
1881 ... 106
1882 ... 120

Total  1,257
 

Chapt. V. "Matrimonial." History of Franklin & Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 614. Continental History Co. Springfield IL. 1883.
Contributed by Sally Youngquist, 2008

 

 

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