Dallas County Vital Records


The First Marriage

The Stump cabin was also the home of the first white woman who lived in Dallas county. Early in the year 1846, perhaps in February, Miss Mary Stump came and kept house in it for her three brothers, until their father, Henry Stump, and the rest of his family came on soon afterward.

She has the honor, also, of being the first white woman married in the county, and hers was the first marriage ceremony performed within the county limits.

She was united in marriage with George Haworth, on the second day of September, 1847, by J. C. Corbell, Esq., who was the first justice of the peace to perform such a ceremony in the county, and this was his first experience in that line.

Whether this marriage occurred in the Stump cabin, or in the new hewed log house of the bride's father, we have not been able to ascertain definitely.

The bride and groom were of even ages, each twenty-four years, and were nearly of like dates as early settlers of the county, as Mr. Haworth also came early in 1846, and settled within the limits of Van Meter township, where he and his affianced bride lived in prosperity and comfort and then moved to a new home, about two miles north of Adel.

source - The History of Dallas County, Iowa 1879; Publisher:  Union Historical Company

Dallas County Early Marriages




Dallas County Courthouse, Adel IA

Groom's Name

Bride's Name


Bennett, John  Workman, Mary Ann 14 Nov 1848 
Brummett, Calvin Carter, Martha E. 24 Sept 1848
Corbell, Joseph Black, Amanda  06 Feb 1848 
Ellis, Isaac Stump, Margaret 25 Dec 1847
Franklin, George Keeney, Elizabeth  14  Sep 1848
Haworth, George Stump. Mary  05 Dec 1847
McKnight, George R. Keith, Julia Ann 18 Aug 1848
Morrison, James  Miller, Betty Jane 14 Nov 1848
Osborne, Charles J.  Wade, Elizabeth 28 Sep 1848
Randolph, James Confair, Elizabeth A. 24 Dec 1848
Scovell, Stephen K. Butler, Frances G.  06 Jul 1848
Warren, John  Canfield, Rhoda 26 Sep 1848

This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by:
 Annette Lucas in April 2003

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