Who were the first couples married in Comanche county? In the Probate Judge's office at the court house an old marriage license record shows who obtained the first license after the county was organized. License No. 1, was obtained on May 21, 1885, by Alfred Daniels, 24, and Belle Hazen, 17, both of Comanche county. They were married on the same day by D. E. Hutchins, a Justice of the Peace.
The second marriage license was also issued on May 21, 1885, to Wm. H. Mitchell, 20, and Minnie L. French, 18, of Comanche county. They were married on that day by the county's first Probate Judge, J. D. F. Jennings.
The third license was issued about a month later, on June 27, to Thomas B. Sharpe, 24, and Minnie Poyner, 21, both of Coldwater.
Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Carthrae have been married longer than any other couple now living who were married here, according to the record. They were married on November 19, 1885. Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Griffith, who also live in Coldwater, were married the following year, June 30, 1886. Howard Burnett and Almina E. Jordan were married on March 24, 1886. Mrs. Burnett still lives in this county.
Some other well known Comanche county people whose names appear on the old record are: Albert Thornhill and Virginia Thornhill of Protection, married November 16, 1886; Jacob A. Wuchter and Addie May Judson of Protection, married December 29, 1885, and Oscar J. Guseman and Ellen B. Curran of Coldwater, married December 23, 1885.
The first marriage on record which was performed by a minister in this county was that of M. L. Barret, 20, of Reno county and Jessie Hayes, 19 of Comanche county, on September 10, 1885. W. W. Gordon was the minister's name. The name of his church is not recorded.
A total of 1752 marriage licenses have been issued in Comanche county in the past 53 years. -- Western Star.
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