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 Holt County, as will be seen from the following verbatim copies of a few of the earlier marriages.
BENSON_KIMSEY: John A. Benson to Miss Kimsey .—This is to certify that on the 18th day of April, 1841, the rites of matrimony were solemnized by the undersigned, between John A. Benson and Kimsey, both of the County of Holt, and State of Missouri. G. B. THORP, July 7, 1841. An ordained minister. Certificate : STATE OF MISSOURI, ) County of Holt.
BRIGGS_FOLLEN: This is to certify that on the 25th day of July, 1841, John M. Briggs and Elizabeth Follen were joined together in the holy state of matrimony by the undersigned, an ordained minister of the gospel. Given under my hand this 9th day of August, 1841. G. B. THORP. STATE OF MISSOURI, County of Holt.
BARRET_JONES: Lawfully married by me, the undersigned Justice' of the Peace, of Nishnebotna Township, Mr. William Barret, to Miss Mary Jane Jones, daughter of David Jones. JACOB McKISSICK, J. P. November 17th, 1841. STATE OF MISSOURI, County of Holt.
GRISSUM_ROBERTS: November, the 25th day, 1841. This day William Grissum and Jane Ellen Roberts were married, according to law, by me, John Stewart, one of the justices of the peace in and for said county.
OWEN_NICHOLS: To the Circuit Clerk of Holt County, Missouri: This is to certify that on the ninth day of December, 1841, in the presence of R. H. Barkhurst and I. Kelley, esquire, I solemnized the rites of matrimony between Cain Owen and Mary Nichols, all of Holt County, Mo. Given under my hand this 9th day of December, 1841. THOMAS B. RUBLE, Ordained elder in the M. E. Church. STATE OF MISSOURI, ) County of Holt.
WALTON_TAYLOR: Mrs. Permelia Walton was married to Absalom Taylor, on the 19th day of December, 1841, both of the County of Holt. Solemnized according to law by JOHN STEWART, J. P. STATE OF MISSOURI, County of Holt.
ROOT_BALDWIN: Know all men by these presents that I, John Gibson, within and for the county aforesaid, have this day joined together in the holy state of matrimpny, Crittenden A. Root and Phebe Ann Baldwin, of the county and state aforesaid. Given under my hand this 18th day of January, 1842. JOHN GIBSON, Justice of the Peace. Holt County, Missouri.
HICKS_CLARK: Married on the 19th of February, A. D. 1842, William Hicks and Elizabeth Clark, by J. W. TAYLOR, Minister. STATE OF MISSOURI, County of Holt.
NOLAN_BARNES: " Know all men by these presents that I, John Gibson, J. P., within and for the county aforesaid, have this day joined together in the holy state of matrimony Manson B. Noland and Sewrena Barnes, of the county and state aforesaid. Given under my hand this 19th day of May, 1842.
For the year 1841 there were recorded seven marriages. The marriages for 1881 numbered about one hundred.
Source: History of Holt and Atchison Counties, Missouri
Transcribed by Karyn Techau, 2016