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St. Genevieve County, Missouri


The first religious marriage which occurred at "le village de Ste. Genevieve," was on the 30th October, 1764, celebrated by Father J. L. Maurin.
The parties married were Marck Constatuino Canada and a Miss Susan Henn, the latter being formerly of Pennsylvania, of German decent.
[Source: First Religious Records]

Romanic Marriage, During the Regime of Spain

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.
When 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.
After 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 years.
[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. Reese]

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, 1914

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, 1914

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 the Frisco.
Source: Fair Play, St. Geevieve, Mo., April 25, 1914


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