Early Marriages of Newaygo County




From 1836 to 1851 any marriages in the Newaygo County Area, you have to check in the Kent County marriages records, as this area was part of Kent County until 1851.

One of the first marriages in the Newaygo County area, which was part of Kent County at the time, was Sylvanus Reed and Harriet Barnhard who were married on the 3rd. of June 1849.

The first recorded marriage in Newaygo County was filed April 10, 1852, but occurred Oct.2, 1851. The certificate reads as follows: “This is to certify that John Beck and Phiarm Luther both of the county of Newaygo, were married by me, a minister of the M. E. Church, on the 2nd. day of October, 1851, in the presence of James P. Berry and Sarah Berry.” “David Culp”

The second marriage occurred Dec. 4, 1851 and was performed for William H. Tubbs and Laura M. Bonney. Dec. 15, 1851, David M. Cooley and Abyssinia Miller were joined in matrimony. These three first marriages were performed by Rev. David Culp, of the Methodist Episcopal denomination.

In 1852, four couples were married; March 18, Cornelius Slaght, Jr. and Nancy Ann Lace, by Rev. David Culp; April 13, Fenton Taylor and Julia Swain, by William Barton, Justice of the Peace; and Sept. 30, Leonard Hetter and Rebecca Gauweiler, by Jacob Barnhart, Justice of the Peace; Jacob H. Terwillegar and Mary Jane Eaves on the 12th. of December.

In 1853, ten marriages were solemnized within the limits of Newaygo County, they were: Frederick G. Betts and Salome Griffin, Hiram Blakesley and Mary Jane McDonald, Seth Chapin and Sarah M. McCune, Jonas Culp and Mary Emens, Ambrose Hall and Fanny (O) Ostrinn (Strinn), William King and Sarah Philena Luther, Jonathan Oatley and Lydia L. Surrarea. Charles Seaman and Adleade Betts, Henry Stone and Mrs. Mary B. Southland, and William Whaley and Ellen Alverson.

The first marriage in the Fremont area was on May 27, 1855, in the “old log house of Daniel Weaver”. Thaddeus L. Waters and Laura J. Weaver were joined in wedlock, by Squire Furman, of Newaygo. They were first couple ever married this side of the town of Newaygo in Newaygo County.

by Terry Wantz



Often, in the 1860s and 1870s, marriages were performed by the local Justice of the Peace. After recording the marriage in his book the justice was supposed to send a copy to the county clerk where it would be recorded in the county records, but this was not always done. An asterisk by the groom's name indicates that the marriage was never recorded with the county clerk's office. Should anyone come across an old record book it is recommended that the information be shared with your local historical society to aid other family researchers.


*PINION, Frederick MACKINS, Elizabeth June 2, 1877 Everett Twp
*SUTHERLAND, Daniel White COLE, Elsie Esther July 8, 1877 Everett Twp.
*HILLAR, William S. STEPHENS, Jane October 30, 1886 Everett Twp.
*BELDING, Amos DODGE, Emma Jane December 14, 1885 Everett Twp.
*LYONS, William D. CHURCH, Alice May 23, 1887 Everett Twp.
*BELDING, Henry DOWD, Catherine Lizzie 1887 Everett Twp.
ISH, Benjamin CUNNINGHAM, Nellie 1857 Newaygo Co.
REED, Sylvanus BARNHARD, Harriet June 3, 1849 Ashland Twp.


Early Newaygo County Pioneers
 Who Married in Surrounding Counties


Benjamin Carpenter of Croton, Newaygo Co. to Sarah P. Higbee of Orleans, Ionia Co. MI in Ionia Co.
Clark Ryau (Ryan) of Bridgeton Twp., Newaygo Co. to Martha Ann Smith of Bridgeton Twp., Newaygo Co. married at Egelston Twp. Muskegon Co. Mich. in 1861
Archibold S. W. Secord of Bridgeton Twp. Newaygo Co. to Sarah Hill of Bridgeton Twp., Newaygo Co. married in Egelston Twp., Muskegon Co. Mich. in 1861
Maria Francis of Ashland Twp., Newaygo Co. to Price M. Pickett of Casnovia, Muskegon Co. married in Casnovia, Muskegon Co. Mich. in 1862
Caroline B. Corwin of Ashland, Newaygo Co. to Samuel C. Mills of Moorland, Muskegon Co. married in Moorland Twp., Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1862
Myraett Squier of Bridgeton Twp. Newaygo Co. to Seymour S. Burling of Muskegon, Mich. Married in Muskegon, Muskegon co. Mich. In 1863
Lyman D. Brown of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to Mrs. Arvilla Shirk of Casnovia, Muskegon Co. married Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1863
John S. Bells of Ashland, Newaygo Co. to Rebecca Fuller of Ashland, Newaygo Co. in Casnovia, Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1863
Henry A. Headly of Ashland, Newaygo Co. to Elnora O. Moore of Casnovia, Muskegon Co. married in Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1863
Daniel Havison (Harrison) of Sun (San) Creek in Newaygo County to Hellen T. Wyllys of Ashland, Newaygo Co. married in Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1864
Johnathan Low of Ashland, Newaygo Co. to Surency E. Rose of Casnovia, Muskegon Co. married at Casnovia, Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1865
Henry Zerlaut of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to Adelia Hull of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. married in Cedar Creek, Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1865
Mathilda Ruprecht of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to John Solorf of Muskegon, Muskegon Co. married in Muskegon co. in 1866
Sarah Beldon of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to Leander Wood of Muskegon Co. married in Muskegon, Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1866
Joseph Anton Zerlaut of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to Anna Bing of Muskegon, Muskegon Co. married in Muskegon, Muskegon Co. Mich. in 1866
Ambrose Hart of Bridgeton , Newaygo Co. to Sarah Rosengrant of Casnovia, Muskegon co. married Casnovia, Muskegon co. Mich. In 1866
Andsen Brock of Newaygo, Newaygo Co. to Almeda Hyde of Newaygo, Newaygo co. Mich. Married in Muskegon, Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1864
William Whitman of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to Susan Carr of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. married in Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1864
Lars Halverson of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to Mary Johnson of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. married in Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1866
Agne Church of Newaygo Co. to Joseph Meeune of Chester Twp., Ottawa Co. married in married in Muskegon co. Mich. In 1866
A. A. Maxim of Bridgeton, Newaygo Co. to Mary L Sager of Sagertown, Pennsylvania. married in Muskegon, Muskegon Co. Mich. In 1867
Edwin D. Syers to Laura Hill m. 4/14/1895 in Fremont, Newaygo Co.
Source: Marriage record book #4, record 1259 Note: Lists Alex and Louisa Syers as his parents. Says groom is a doctor. She was the daughter of John & Susan Hill of Sherman Township, Newaygo Co.
Jill


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The Following Indexes Newaygo Co. Early Marriages by the Groom's Surname.
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Special Thanks to TERRY WANTZ for Submitting Our Marriage Listing!!


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