The first religious marriage which occurred at "le village de Ste.
Genevieve," was on the 30th October, 1764, celebrated by Father J. L.
The parties married were Marck Constatuino Canada and a Miss
Susan Henn, the latter being formerly of Pennsylvania, of German
[Source: First Religious Records]
Romanic Marriage, During the Regime of
Mr. Henry Fry, an American, who emigrated in early
times, about 1797, in St. Genevieve district, on Big river, now St Francis
county, Missouri, had contracted marriage with a Miss Baker, a sister of
Isaac Baker, a well-to-do farmer and a respectable man. At that time,
in that section of country, there were no officers to perform marriages,
hence they had to go to St. Genevieve to celebrate nuptials. Mr. Fry,
accompanied by his bride, and her two sisters, the Misses Baker, with
their brother Aaron Baker, with other friends, started for St. Genevieve,
with glad hearts, and with high anticipations of the occasion.
they arrived in an open prairie, near Terre Blue creek, some nine miles
north of the town of Farmington, Missouri, they encountered a band of
roving Osage Indians, who were, at the time, engaged in horse
racing. The party were soon followed and captured, with their horses,
guns, furs, and peltries belongiong to Mr. Fry, worth about fifteen
hundred dollars. Mr. Henry Fry, was the first attacked and robbed of
all his clothes, ordered to run, which he refused, causing an Indian to
strike him with his ramrod violently upon his bare hips, whilst he had to
endure other indignities. The whole party were then stripped of their
clothing and ornaments, and were left, like our first parents, in a state
of nature. The only one of the party not disturbed was Aaron Baker,
owing to the blotches on his face, which alarmed them, thinking it was
small-pox. One of these Misses Baker was a very stout
woman. Whilst defending herself, and clinging to her clothes, she was
dragged upon fresh burnt stubbles, scarifying her back with tattoo marks
she carried to her death. Of the two sisters of the bride, afterwards
one married John McRee, the other Alexander McCoy; they left large
families, and many descendants in St Francis county, Missouri.
this painful occurrence, all returned to their homes, which postponed this
marriage for one year, and it afterwards took place at St.
Genevieve. Mr. Fry was a pioneer of this country, lived a long and
happy life to the wonderful age of one hundred and fifteen
[Source: Rozier's History of the Early Settlement of the
Mississippi Valley, By: Firmin A. Rozier, St Louis, G. A. Pierrot &
Sons, Printers, 1890; pg 119-120. Transcribed by: Debora C.
Miss Myrtle McKenzie, of
Libertyville, and H.C. Mell, of Farmington, were married at Farmington,
Saturday, April 18. The bride taught school for several years at the
Evening Shade school, and is well known here.
Source: Fair Play, St.
Genevieve, Mo., April 25,
George Shinn of R.F.D. No. 3,
Farmington and Miss Pearl Thomas of Weingartern, were married at the
Baptist Parsonage in Farmington Sunday, September 21, 1919, by Rev. O.H.L.
Cunningham. Mr. and Mrs. Shinn will reside on Route Three where Mr. Shinn
is teaching the Chestnut Ridge school.
Source: Fair Play, Ste.
Genevieve, MO., Oct. 4, 1919
Joseph Strageaway and
Caroline Carnell, of Fenton, MO, wre married in this city Monday
afternoon, April 20, by Probate Judge Huck.
Source: Fair Play, Ste.
Genevieve, MO, April 25,
Miss Flossie D. Swith, of
this city and Joseph P. Jackson, of Cape Girardeau, were married at
Jackson, Mo., Tuseday, noon, April 21, by the Probate Judge. The
couple arrived here Tuesday evening and left Thursday morning for St.
Louis. The bride is the daughter of Robert Swift, section foreman on
Source: Fair Play, St. Geevieve, Mo., April 25,