Clay County Marriages
Missouri Marriages, 1852-1900: Vol. 1-3
The information in this database was copied by the
Alexander Doniphan Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution in Liberty, Missouri and compiled by
Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry. The typescript contains a
chronological listing of marriages in Clay Co, Missouri.
The bride and groom and the officiating minister or
justice of the peace are all listed, as is the marriage
date. The residence of the participants is sometimes also
listed. In each record, the first date is that of
marriage ceremony; the second is when it the marriage was
recorded; the names of the contracting parties are given
next; the name of the one who performed the ceremony
comes last; M.G. stands for minister of the gospel; J.P.
stands for justice of the peace.
This was a Clay County project promoted by the Alexander
Doniphan Chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, in cooperation with the Liberty Advance and
Chronicle. The records were published from 19 March 1936
to 19 February 1942 in the Liberty Chronicle and from 18
March 1946 to 7 April 1947 in the Liberty Advance. Each
paper may have had duplicate copies, but the volumes are
taken from these papers, accordingly, by the compiler.
These records were saved and preserved from the papers
and loaned to the compiler by Mrs. Hale Houts.
These records in three volumes are taken from the
marriage records of pioneers of Clay County, Missouri,
1822-1900. Since the county's marriage records from
1822-1852 have been previously published by Nanon Carr,
these volumes only contain the marriage records from 1852
through 1900. Most of the marriage records from 1882-95
are not included in these volumes.
NOTE: For the sake of
uniformity, some Volume II marriages are included at the
end of the 1866 and 1867 Volume I listings.
Ms. Ellsberry began genealogical publication in 1958,
when she published her own family history, The Warrens
and You. In researching her own family, she found that
libraries needed additional information from cemetery
records, wills, land records, probate records, census
records, etc., to help people with their family history.
Ellsberry decided that she wanted to help by publishing
books that contained solid genealogical data. She taught
school for 34 years, but on weekends and summer vacation,
she would travel around to different courthouses and
cemeteries, recording the information she found. She also
corresponded with several researchers and helped them in
their research. Ellsberry self-published more than 300
books, and most of them are available for sale.
Most of the compilation of these books took place between
1958 and into the 1970s, so the recorded information
should include the cemetery and/or courthouse records of
that time period.
Ms. Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry
P.O. Box 206
Chillicothe, MO 64601
Ancestry.com. Clay County, Missouri Marriages, 1852-1900:
Vol. 1-3. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com,
2000. Original data: Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather, comp.
Marriage Records of Clay County, Missouri, 1852-1900;
Three Volumes. Chillicothe, MO: Elizabeth Prather
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