Gentry County Missouri
The first store of the county was opened three miles east of the present site of Gentryville, and operated by a man named Stephenson
The first gristmill was installed by Taylor McCulley, four miles east of Gentryville, in 1838. Before this time settlers were compelled to make the journey of seventy miles by horseback to Plattsburg for their grist.
The first school taught in the county was conducted by E.W. Dunnegan, a Baptist preacher, in 1840
The first postoffice was at Sandsville, two miles south of the present site of Albany.The postoffice was named after Daniel Saunders, a native of North Carolina, who had left his home near the Atlantic coast and in the spirit of adventure braved the wilds this far beyond the Mississippi. Saunders was the first postmaster in the county, having been appointed to that office about 1838. He built a log cabin at Old Sandville and also a storeroom, and was the merchant as well as postmaster for several years. In 1842 the community received an addition to its equipment in the nature of a horse mill, which was moved up from its former location east of Gentryville.
Saunders has the honor of housing the first County Court of Gentry County, which met at his cabin and organized as a body in 1845. Sandsville did not long survive the establishment of the county seat, which was located two miles to the north, and the affairs of the county were transferred there. There is nothing left of the old Sandsville buildings at this date to mark the site of the first community in Gentry County and the first Government postoffice. All that perpetuates the name of the original pioneer of Athens Township is the name of the school district which comprises that territory, Sandsville.
The first church building erected in the county, in Miller Township, was built in 1843 by the Presbyterians, and was called Mount Zion.
The first physician was Doctor Hood of Miller Township.
The first marriage recorded was that of Abraham Popples and Barbara Rhudy, which was solomnized April 3, 1845.
The first death in Gentry County occurred in Athens Township, that of Col. E. H. Wood, in 1847.
Gentry County First Marriages
Source: History of Daviess and Gentry Counties Missouri – (Gentry County portion by R. M. McCammon and Mary McCammon Hillman) –
Printed by Historical Publishing Company, 1922 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
The following is a record of some of the first marriages in the county:
I, W. Bentley, a justice of the peace, within and for the county aforesaid, do certify that on the third day of April, 1845, I joined in marriage Abraham Peppels and Barbara Rhudy. Given under my hand this 3d day of April, 1845.
W. BENTLEY, J. P.
I, W. Bentley, a justice of the peace, within and for the county aforesaid, do certify that on the first day of May, 1845, I joined in marriage Andrew Keer and Jane Castor. Given under my hand this first day of May, 1845.
W. BENTLEY, J. P.
I, W. Bentley, a justice of the peace, within and for the county aforesaid, do certify that on the 29th day of May, 1845, I joined in marriage Samson Castor and Martha Ross. Given under my hand this 29th day of May, 1845.
W. BENTLEY, J. P.
This is to certify that the undersigned, ordained minister of the gospel, did, on July the 14th, 1845, solemnize the rites of matrimony between Mr. Daniel M. Thomas and Miss Susan Jane Low.
I, Abraham S. Weese, a justice of the peace, within and for the county aforesaid, do certify that on the 7th day of August, 1845, I joined together in marriage Alexander Smith to Susan Adams. Given under my hand this 7th day of November, 1845. A. WEESE, J. P.
I hereby certify, that on the 3d day of November, A. D. 1845, I solemnized a marriage between Rev. Timothy Morgan and Miss Belinda J. Patton, both of said county. Given under my hand this 3d day of November, 1845. E. A. CARSON, An Ordained Minister of the Gospel.
This is to certify that I, Zachariah Linville, an ordained minister of the gospel, did, on the 19th day of June, 1845, unite in matrimony James S. Leverich and Elizabeth Burton, according to law.
Given under my hand this 24th day of December, 1845. ZACHARIAH LINVILLE.
During the year 1845, fourteen marriages were recorded.
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