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Researched & Written By:   © Esther M. Ziock Carroll

Among the early settlers in this area were Rebecca Baker and Henry Padgett, a.k.a. Henry Fry. They resided at Big River Mills in that part of the territory which later became Washington County and then St. Francois County.  In March 1797, Henry and Rebecca  went to Ste. Genevieve to get married, there being no one nearer authorized to perform the ceremony. About a dozen friends and relatives accompanied them. A wagon-load of provisions for a delicious wedding supper were taken along consisting of venison, bear meat, maple sugar, wild honey, etc. The wedding party proceeded happily until, in the vicinity of Terre Blue (approximately nine miles north of what is now Farmington), they were stopped by a band of about sixty Indians of either the Osage or Kickapoo tribe. The Indians robbed them of their horses, wagon, guns, and supplies. They then stripped Mr. Fry of his clothes and ordered him to run. When he refused to do so an Indian struck him with a ramrod on the bare hips. Everyone was then stripped naked except for the bride's brother who had blotches on his face which the Indians thought was small-pox. One of the bride's sisters was injured when the Indians dragged her over the ground.

After the Indians left the wedding party  proceeded on to Ste. Genevieve with the naked men traveling in front and the naked ladies behind them. Upon reaching the outskirts of Ste. Genevieve the wedding party stayed in the woods while the naked bridegroom summoned help from a Frenchman. The Frenchman then collected clothing from throughout the village for the entire wedding party who then went to the church, found the priest and were married as though nothing had happened! And the incident apparently was not detrimental to the groom's health as he lived to be one hundred and fifteen years old.

SOURCESHistory of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri - Goodspeed;  History of Southeast Missouri - Robt. S. Douglas;  A History of Missouri - Louis Houck

From:   Helen Valle ~ November 20, 2002 ~ I read with interest your article.  The following may be of interest to you.  Bracketed items [ ] are mine.

Excerpted from:
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. XI, July, 1922, No. 2, pp. 17, 18, 22

Earliest Missouri Records (Louisiana)

This book contains the marriages of non-catholics living in the District of Ste. Genevieve.  They were married by the Catholic Priest, not as a priest, by his authority from the King.  After each record he has written:  "I have married them according to the ordinance of His Majesty in regard to the marriage of his non-catholic subjects."

Register of Marriages of Non-Catholics Living in the District of Ste. Genevieve September 26th 1796 to 1812

1797 March 12th         (Page 3)
Paget, Henry, son of William Paget and Mary Priestly, native of South Carolina, living in this parish to Baker, Rebecca, daughter of Andrew Baker and Margaret Vendle, native also of this parish.  (This must be an error; must be intended for "living also in this parish"). Both Protestants.  Witnesses:  Andrew Baker; Abraham Baker.  Maxwell, Cure [priest]

1797 April 13th           (Page 4)
Alley, Thomas, widower, son of John Alley and Margaret Bossan native of Pennsylvania to Baker, Catherine, widow, daughter of Andrew Baker and Margaret Vendle.  Witnesses:  William Alley; Henry Paget; Andrew Baker.  Maxwell, Cure [priest]  [Evidently the traumatic happenings of the Henry Paget/Rebecca Baker wedding trip a month earlier did not deter Rebecca's sister from making her own wedding trip!]

1798 March 22nd       (Page  5)
Alley, William, son of John and Margaret Alley, living in this parish since many years to Baker, Mary, daughter of Andrew and Magaret Baker, also living in this parish.  Both Protestants.  Witnesses:  Abraham Baker; Thomas Alley; Joseph Mcnight (McKnight)

1801, Sept. 17th          (Pages 55,56)
Baker, Abraham, son of Andrew Baker and Margaret Vendle, native of the county of Fayette in the United States of America (very likely in Kentucky, tho not written) of the protestant religion to Maybray, Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Maybray and Sarah Waters, native of N. Carolina, of the Methodist religion.  Maxwell, Cure [priest]  See pages 83-84:  Witnesses:  Andrew Baker; Thomas Alley; Wm. Montgomery.

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Sainte Genevieve Church Records, Book C - Baptisms 1786-1820

Copied by Mrs. Ida M. Schaaf and by her Presented to the Missouri Historical Society
St. Louis, 1922, pages 44 and 62

1799 Aug 11         Paget, Abraham, son of Henry Paget and Rebecca Baker born Oct. 26 last.  Godparents--Maxwell, the Cure and Archange Dufour

1803 Sept 11        Paget, Henry, son of Henry Paget and Rebecca Baker, born Jan. 15.  Godparents--Jean Baptiste Valle and Caroline Villars.

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There seem to be no futher birth entries for the Paget family.  Perhaps after 1803 a minister moved into the Big River Mills area.


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