Mahaska County                                       






Book 1: 1844-1845
Book 2: 1851-1854
Book 3:
Book 4: 1865

Many thanks to Celia Tomlin for all of her hard work in transcribing the above records. The records were recorded as they appear on the microfilm copies of the records found in the Family History Library, film numbers:


Available Films

0985381 V. 1-3, 1844-1864
0985382 V. 4-5, 1865-1880
0985383 V. 1-2, 1880-1897
0985384 V. 3, 1897-1906
1787319 V.4-6, 1906-1939

It is well worth looking at the microfilm to see the actual record. Although Celia transcribed most of the information, there may be something interesting or important left out. The earliest records are all hand written. After 1851 there are various forms used. The earliest ones provide the most information, i.e. the ages of the bride and groom and the site of the weddings.

Note:  NR = Not Reported

Individual Records

LoghryGeorge Eldredge Loghry
Nancy Jane Roumans

 married March 15, 1866.

Contributed and owned by Craig Davis.

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Orville C. Ellis
Cora Mae Dunham

married June 3, 1929

Contributed by Lynn Diemer-Mathews

Miscellaneous Wedding Announcements


Lane – Gay

Miss Ruby Gay of this city became the bride of William Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Lane living northeast of Oskaloosa, when they were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the parsonage of the First Christian church in Ottumwa.

Rev. Earl Daniels, pastor of the church officiated at the single ring ceremony. Dale Lappin of Hedrick was a witness.

Mr. Lane is engaged in farming.

circa 1938

(from Mildred Beach Russell scrapbook –  transcribed by Kate Jackson Hite )




Earl Baltimore and Miss Josephine Gay, both of near Beacon, and Clifford Gay of near Bacon and Miss Margaret Dykstra of Bussey were united in marriage in a double ceremony performed by Rev. J. M. Elam at his home here at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12, 1930.

The single ring ceremony was used in the presence of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baltimore and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gay, Mrs. Anna Dykstra and Miss Pauline Eveland also were present.

Mr. and Mrs. Baltimore will make their home on the Frank Enoch farm near Eveland and Mr. and Mrs. Gay will be at home on the Frank Gay farm near here.

(from Mildred Beach Russell scrapbook – transcribed by Kate Jackson Hite )



Miss Vivian Elliott of Oskaloosa and Homer D. Gay of Rose Hill were married at 1:00 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 1934, at the First Christian church parsonage with Rev. M.H. Williams, pastor, performing the single ring ceremony. They were accompanied by the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George L. Elliott.

The bride was graduated from Oskaloosa high school with the class of 1929. For the past four years she has been a teacher in the Mahaska county rural schools. The bridegroom has been engaged in farming.

Immediately following the ceremony the couple left for a short wedding trip.

Mr. and Mrs. Gay will be at home after March first on a farm southwest of Oskaloosa.

(from Mildred Beach Russell scrapbook – transcribed by Kate Jackson Hite)