Buchanan County, Missouri
First Records
[Source: Buchanan County, Missouri History
Union Historical Company, 1881]







Cupid, the god of Love, whose universal sway over the hearts and affections of mankind has been commensurate with the history of our race, early manifested his presence among the pioneers of Buchanan County, as will be seen from the following verbatim copies of a few of the earlier marriages:

Feb.14, 1839: United James Nichols and Francis Smith in the bonds of matrimony.

March 12, 1839: United David Grant and America gilliam in the bonds of matrimony.

March 19, 1839: United Solomon Shelton and Judith Nichols in the bonds of matrimony.

March 21.: United Henry and Vienna Halman in the bonds of matrimony.

Noel Henderson and Caroline Arnold
STATE OF MISSOURI           )
COUNTY OF BUCHANAN )ss

I do hereby certify that the bonds of matrimony between Noel Henderson and Caroline Arnold, both of the county and state aforesaid were solomnized by me on the 17th of January, 1839.

A licensed minister of the Gospel.
Vincent Snelling

Abel Herrington and Rebecca C. Gilmore
COMMONWEALTH OF MISSOURI           )ss
             Buchanan  County                              )

I do hereby certify that on the 7th day of March, A.D., 1839, I united together in the rites of matrimony, as husband and wife, Mr. Abel Herrington and Miss Rebecca C. Gilmore.
Given under my hand this 15th day of April, A.D., 1839

ABRAHAM MILICE
Ordained Minster of the Gospel.

Page Stanley and Catharine Williams
COMMONWEALTH OF MO           )ss
             Buchanan  County                  )

I do hereby certify that on the 20th day of March, A.D., 1839, I united together in the rites of matrimony, as husband and wife, Mr. Page Stanley and Miss Catharine Williams.
Given under my hand this 7th day of May, A.D., 1839

JESSE F. WIXON
Ordained Minster of the Gospel

Samuel Walkup and Louisa Roundtree
I hereby certify that I soleminized the bonds of matrimony, on the 31st day of March, 1839, between Samuel Walkup and Louisa Roundtree, all of Buchanan County, State of Missouri.

Given under my hand, April 13, 1839

Singleton Asher, O.M.

Ransom Trusty and Mary Ann Muzinzo
STATE OF MISSOURI           )
COUNTY OF BUCHANAN )ss

I do hereby certify that on the 23rd day of May, A.D 1839, I joined togerther by the rites of matrimony, Mr. Ransom H. Trust and Miss Mary Ann Muzinzo.

Given under my and this 1st day of June, 1839

JESSE F. WIXON, O.M.

Jesse Blivens and Rosa Toner
April 7, 1839
This day solomnized a marriage between Jesse Blivens and Rosa Toner, both of the County of Buchanan and State of Missouri.

John Martin, J.P.

Daniel Vestil and Mary Jane Snelling
Buchanan County Mo:
I, Mathias Cline, do certify, that the bonds of matrimony between Daniel Vestil and Mary Jane Snelling were solemnized by me, both of the County of Platte, thought to be, but since the survey, of the county of Buchanan, on the 7th of March, 1839

MATHIAS CLINE, Justice of the Peace

William Kitcher and Angeline Yates
STATE OF MISSOURI           )
COUNTY OF BUCHANAN )ss

This is to certify, that on the 15th day of May, 1839, in the presence of Henry Noland and Joel Parker, I did join together in matrimony, William Kitcher and Angeline Yates, both of Buchanan County.

Given under my hand and this 22nd day of May, 1839

THOMAS B. RUBLE  O.M.G.

John Allison and Dicy Trapp
STATE OF MISSOURI           )
COUNTY OF BUCHANAN )ss

This is to certify, that on the 15th day of May, 1839, in the presence of Henry Noland and Joel Parker, I did join together in matrimony, William Kitcher and Angeline Yates, both of Buchanan County.

Given under my hand and this 22nd day of May, 1839

THOMAS B. RUBLE  O.M.G.


John W. Woods and Joanna Stokes
To the Clerk of Buchanan County, Mo.
This is to certify, that on the 17th Nov. 1839, in the presence of John Riggin and others, I joined together in wedlock, Mr. John W. Woods and Miss Joanna Stokes, both of Buchanan County, Mo.

Given under my hand, this 27th Nov. 1839
T.B. RUBLE
Ordained Minister of the Gospel in M.E. Church

The marriages above mentioned occurred forty-two years ago.  The contracting parties if still living would be more than three score years.

In thos primitive days, among the early settlers, marriages, we are persuaded, wre the result of love. There was not only a union of the hands but a union of the heart.   The pioneer maiden made the faithful wife, and the sturdy backwoodsman the fond and trusted husband.

During 1839, there were recorded forty-three marriages, and in 1880 there were four hundred and three.






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