Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dr. Pinney Known (in Jasper)

From the Jasper News (Jasper, Missouri), April 2, 1914. (Click for larger.)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Charles Thomas Smith (1874-1933)

I found a lot of new information about Charles T. Smith yesterday. Previously, we knew very little about him. We knew he was Percy's older brother, and that he was born on July 5, 1874 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. We knew that all of his siblings except for Frederic had immigrated to America.

So I was surprised when I found this:

This is a WWI draft card, filled out in September 1918 by a Charles Thomas Smith who was living in Hopland, Mendocino, California.  His birthday? July 5, 1874! Born in England! Could this be our Charles?  His occupation is listed as "farmer" and his wife is listed as "Gertrude Smith."  He is described as having blue eyes and light hair. With these clues, I did some more searching and found this:

This is the 1920 census record that lists Charles Smith and his family.  He was living in Mendocino, California at the time and working as a sheep farmer. His date of immigration to the United States is listed as 1916.  Also listed are his wife (Gertrude) and children: Gertrude, Charles and Ernest, along with all of their years of birth.  Charles' wife Gertrude is listed as having been born in Germany (!), as are Gertrude the daughter and the oldest son Charles. Ernest, on the other hand, is listed as having been born in England in about 1915. Also living with the Smith family in Mendocino at the time were Anna Fraser, a cook, and Henry Vassar, a farm hand.  With that information in hand, I found this:

This is the passenger manifest for the Adriatic, which sailed from England and arrived in New York on May 11, 1916 carrying Charles T. Smith and his family.  From this document, I learned more about the specific cities of birth, and was able to confirm that this was indeed our Charles--he is listed as having been born in Maidenhead.  Also, the document (on the second page, not shown here) lists their final destination as Long Beach, California. It says Charles had visited California previously, in 1914. The document also says they were heading to Long Beach to meet up with Charles' brother, L. H. Smith, who at the time was living at 255 Wisconsin Avenue, Long Beach, California.  At the time, Charles is listed as being 5' 8.5", with a "fresh" complexion, brown hair and gray eyes.  For a distinguishing mark, he had damaged sinew on his right hand from an accident with a "small fryer." Also interesting to note: his wife, Gertrude, had a mole on each side of her nose (I love the descriptions on these old documents). On the Adriatic, they traveled with a 26-year old photographer from Formby, England, named Lucy Reynolds. Charles paid her fare of passage, and she was also headed to Long Beach.

Here's another interesting ship manifest I found, from a 1920 trip that Charles and his family took from England back to the United States aboard the "New York":

On the second sheet of this manifest, Charles is listed as having red hair and being 5' 10".  They were still British citizens at the time.  While in England, the closest relative or friend whom they visited was a "Mrs. I. Craig" who lived at 142, Dora Road, Wimbledon Park, London.  They were returning to the "Fountain Ranch" in Hopland, Mendocino, California, where Charles was a sheep farmer.  The ship left Southampton on August 7, 1920 and arrived in New York on August 18, 1920.

Charles and his family show up in the 1930 census, still living in Mendocino, California. From this census we learn that Gertrude's native language was German:

Charles is listed by other researchers in as having died in Long Beach, California on January 8, 1933, but I cannot find any documents online to back that up (yet).  Piecing together information from other sources (including of Charles' descendants are LDS), I found the following information about Charles' family:


Gertrude Helene Louise Abraham, was born in Pösen, Saale-Holzland-Kreis, Thüringen, Germany on September 5, 1878. She died in 1959 in Vacaville, California (not documented). 


Gertrude Louise T. Smith was born on March 13, 1911 in Berlin, Germany. She may have died on June 8, 2004 in Fresno, California. I have not found any information regarding a spouse or children for Gertrude.

Charles Julius Thomas Smith was born on February 22, 1913 in Hamburg, Germany. He died on September 9, 1995 in Pollock Pines, El Dorado, California.  I have not found any information regarding a spouse or children for Charles.

Ernest Gordon Smith was born on January 8, 1915 in Brockenhurst, England.  He married Gwynneth Eleanor Jones in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England in early 1943. They had at least two children: Margaret Elaine Smith (born in 1946) and Christopher Paul Smith (born in 1948 in California and died in 1989 in Arizona). Ernest died on April 12, 1998 in Show Low, Arizona. 

Do you have any more information about Charles and his family?  If so, tell us in the comments!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Funeral services for Bessie Losee Smith

From the Long Beach Independent, February 1946:

Percy Smith, Dean of the Long Beach Realtors

From the Long Beach Independent, Wednesday, May 3, 1950:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dr. Elbert Pinney (1826-1914)

Elbert Pinney is my great-great-great-great grandfather. Here's an interesting biography I found of him, written in 1876:

He was born in New England of a family of Scottish descent. The first members of the Pinney family to make their homes in America, were three brothers who emigrated from Scotland, and settled in New England at a date long previous to the revolutionary war. In the war of the revolution, Dr. Pinney’s grandfather took part; fighting on the side of the colonies.
He was the oldest of two children of Henry and Delina Pinney, and was born in the town of Coldbrook, Litchfield county, Connecticut, on the 29th of January, 1826. His mother’s maiden name was Riggs. When the son was three years old his father removed with the family from Connecticut to Erie county, Pennsylvania, remaining in that county about twelve years, and then removing to Crawford county in the same state. The Dr. received a substantial common school education, at an early age determined to become a physician, and at eighteen began his preparatory medical studies at Meadville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, in the office of Dr. William Woodruff, one of the leading physicians of that town. He afterward attended medical lectures at the Starling Medical College at Columbus, Ohio, from which institution he graduated on the 22d of February, 1848.
In the summer of 1847, previous to his graduation, he removed to Henry county, Illinois, returning to Columbus, Ohio, to complete his medical education the succeeding winter. Immediately after receiving his degree he established himself in the practice of medicine in Henry county, Illinois, at the town of Wethersfield, and succeeded in building up a fine medical practice. He refers with pride to many of his former friends at this place, among them the Messrs. Potters and Blishes, and to Dr. Thomas Hall, in every respect one of nature’s noblemen. March 29th, 1849, he was united in marriage to Harriet Young. Mrs. Pinney was born at Mt. Gilead, Morrow county, Ohio. The father was D. B. Young, who emigrated from Ohio to Whiteside county, Illinois, in the fall of 1837, and was one of the early settlers of that section of country.
Dr. Pinney practiced medicine in Illinois till the fall of 1856, and then on account of ill health moved to Texas, and again established himself as a physician at White Rock, in Hunt county, obtaining a fair share of the medical practice in that locality, and in addition interesting himself in various business enterprises. He raised stock to a considerable extent, and his business prospects for the future were the most promising, when “the late unpleasantness” opened in the spring of 1861.
Believing that the several states composing the Union were sovereign in all things that related to themselves, and trusting that those principles were “foreordained,” and “predestined” to ultimately prevail, in January, 1862, he joined the Confederate army, and was assigned to duty in the medical department of said army, and was actively employed in the Confederate medical service from that time, onward to the close of the war. He served in the Indian Nation and in Texas, and was moved from point to point according to the exigencies of the occasion, and as his services were called most in requisition. He was on staff duty in Col. Town’s Texas brigade, and
during the last two years of the war was stationed on the Gulf Coast, near the mouth of the Brazos river.
The conclusion of the war, found his circumstances and prospects less brilliant than before the inauguration of the contest. He lost a considerable proportion of his property. Society was in an unsettled condition, and property insecure throughout Texas, and believing it would take several years for the country to recuperate and recover its former stable prosperity, he resolved to remove to Missouri, and in the summer of 1867 located at Preston. In Jasper county, where his residence has since been. He has secured a large medical practice extending over a wide scope of country; and farming and stock raising have also occupied his attention. Dr. and Mrs. Pinney have eight children. The oldest, Henry B. Pinney, is established in the practice of medicine at Joplin, Missouri, having adopted the profession of his father. The next son, John L. Pinney, is in the stock business in this country. The oldest daughter is the wife of O. W. Rose. The other children in the order of their births are Nettie, Lulu, Charity, Joel and Elbert. Since his residence at Preston, Dr. Pinney has won the regard of many of the citizens of the county. He has attended strictly to his professional business, and at the same time has been anxious to discharge every duty as a public-spirited citizen, and a good old line democrat. His large and laborious practice has closely occupied his time, but with a desire to oblige and accommodate, he has held himself ready “in season and out of season” to give his services to his patients irrespective of his own comfort or convenience.
Source: Biographical Sketches of Citizens of Jasper County, Missouri. 1876 Jasper County Historical Atlas. Published by Brink, McDonough & Co.
It's interesting to note that while in Texas, Elbert "owned" five slaves: a 35 year old male, a 28 year old male, a 20 year old female, a 4 year old female and a 2 year old male. I found Elbert in the Slave Schedules of the 1860 Federal Census. After the Civil War, he moved to a large farm in Preston, Missouri. One of his slaves, with his family, followed Elbert soon after, and apparently remained "devotedly attached to him up until the time of his death." (Source: History of Monrovia, Chapter VIII.)

While in Southwest Missouri, Elbert became a bank president and successful farmer while still practicing medicine.
In 1887, the Pinneys moved to California. In August of that year, they arrived in the new town of Sierra Madre. Elbert bought 35 acres of land at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. His tract sloped gently from the base of Mt. Wilson with views towards Los Angeles fifteen miles away.
Elbert hired renowned architects Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom to design a new hotel. The Newsom brothers created a dramatic Queen Anne style hotel with its signature oriel tower and sweeping front veranda. The Sierra Vista Hotel opened with 20 comfortable rooms.
The Hotel was "A quiet and comfortable home for sojourners and tourists. The Building and Furnishing Entirely New. Reached by carriages from station on the Santa Fe railroad one mile distant. There is from this House a fine view of the beautiful San Gabriel Valley, extending from on end of the valley to the other and from the mountains to the sea, presenting a picture grand, inspiring and never tiring, revealing to the observer new beauties each day. The comfort of their Guests is the First Care of the Managers of this House. Fare and Accommodations as Good as can be had anywhere. Board with Room $8 to $12 per week."(Valley Vista newspaper July 31, 1889.)
Throughout its 115 year life the Hotel that Elbert built has been one of the treasures of Sierra Madre. A few years ago Ginger and I went there and took pictures, which I can't find at the moment. But there are plenty of photos online. Here's one:

Many films and commercials have used the Pinney House over the years. Notable films to add to your Netflix list include:
  • The Seven Little Foys - Bob Hope, 1955
  • Great Man's Lady - Barbara Stanwick and Joel McRae, 1941
In 1887, the same year the Pinneys arrived in California, one thousand acres of the Maclay Rancho Water Company lands were sold to Jouett Allen, Elbert's son in law. Jouett was a lawyer and real estate developer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jouett divided up the land and transferred 100 acres each to Elbert, R. A. Hoyt, R. A. Hoyt, Jr., "Mrs. E. M. Rose" (my great-great-great grandmother Emily Pinney Rose), and a Mrs. Durbin. The group laid out a new town site and named it Pacoima, an Indian word meaning running water. (The adjoining canyon was already named Pacoima.) An active sales campaign was inaugurated with the price of lots on the main streets running from $500 up, and from $1 to $20 in the outer sections. Grading of the streets and construction soon made it a very busy place.
While living in California, Elbert was famous for his skill as a doctor, and apparently gave "scientific attention to the raising of oranges and made a business success of it." I don't know where he found the time. Seriously. Between running a hotel, developing property, healing patients, and founding a city, how did he also run a successful orange orchard? He must have been quite a guy.
He died on March 17, 1914.
Here's a photo of the Elbert Pinney family portrait that Grammy and Grampy have hanging on their wall:

(I believe Emily May Pinney Rose is in the back row, second from the left.)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Cheslia Reese Parker's WWI Draft Card

Cheslia was born on September 18, 1894 in Chico, California. When he filled out his WWI draft card, he was:
He ended up serving in the 51st Balloon Company, US Army, during WWI.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Caty Cox

After Caty's first husband, Agrippa Parker, died in 1846, she married a man named Joseph Milus Stevenson. Joseph was 22 years older than Caty, and already had four children by his first wife.

He died in the Civil War near Greenville, Missouri in July 1862--at the age of 62. He was buried on the battlefield, leaving Caty to raise their six children.

Not long after, her son James turned old enough to enlist.

In total, Caty helped raise 13 children (9 of which were her own), and at least 3 grandchildren.

Cynthia Ann Parker

James R Parker had a younger sister named Cynthia Ann. She was born in Washington County, Missouri on October 28, 1844. When she was 19 years old, she married John Amsden, a blacksmith. They had three children together: Sarah Jane, Frederick, and Isabelle.

Unfortunately, when Cynthia was only 30 years old, she fell from a haywagon and was killed. She is buried at Brewington Cemetery near Brunot, Wayne County, Missouri. Her mother, Catherine "Caty" Cox Parker Stevenson, raised the three children. Cynthia's husband, a veteran of the Union Army, later remarried and moved to Reynolds County where he worked as the postmaster in Centerville from 1903 until 1912. He was an immigrant from Tring, England (near London) in 1858.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

James R Parker

James Parker was born in Missouri on October 11, 1846. He was the son of Agrippa Parker and Caty Cox. The Parkers and the Reeses were both early Wayne-Madison County Missouri families.

During the Civil War, James enlisted in Co. L, 3rd Missouri States Militia Calvary. On October 4, 1864 he transferred to Co. B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Regiment, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was discharged on October 4, 1867 at Camden, Arkansas. James received a pension for his service.

In 1871, he met and married Mary Ellen Reese in Iron County, Missouri.

In 1880, the family was living in Union Township, Iron County, Missouri, next to James' mother, Catherine Cox Parker Stevenson. The family moved to California in about October 1881 living near the family of Joseph Alexander Stevenson, James' half-brother. A group of relatives from Iron/Wayne County all made the move to Butte County, California, together.

The first Parker home in Butte County was a one room California style house located in the foothills on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, about 15 miles northeast of Chico, California. this house was located on a small stream in Hog Hollow. The land located in this little valley was rocky and not very productive. The Parker family, composed of father, mother and three children, arrived by train from the Ozark Mountains of southeast Missouri. The small house erected to house the small family had a rock fireplace. There were oak trees near the house. The family raised hogs, chickens and turkeys and worked for the nearby farmers. In the two or three years that the family lived at this location, work was scarce and the times were hard.

In 1883, James secured employment from General John Bidwell at the Gee(?) Ranch and moved the family to the ranch. The family lived in a good house and the children of school age attended the Chico Schools. Chico was only a few miles away. George was born there.

About 1886, James filed on a 160 acre homestead located about 9 miles southeast of Chico, just east of the stage road from chico to Oroville. He built a two story home and a barn on the land. They farmed the place and made a good living for the family there. William, Cheslia, Gertrude, and Theodosia were born there. The children were educated at the Stoneman School located about 7 miles away. Later, they attended Chico Normal School, which became Chico State.

General Bidwell named the train station in Magalia "Parker Station" after James Parker. It does not exist any longer.

In about 1909, James and Mary moved to Bakersfield. James passed away in 1911. He and Mary are buried at Paradise, Butte County, California. They had 10 children together.

Here's the record of James' enlistment in the Union Army:

Here's a copy of the marriage record for James and Mary:

UPDATE (5/25/10): Added the photo of James at the top (taken in 1864 when he was discharged from the Union Army), and his discharge papers, below:

UPDATE II (5/25/10): There is some confusion about James' middle name. For this post we've decided to leave it as James "R" Parker. In different family trees he is listed as James Roland or James Reese. Some even have it recorded as James Richard. The Parkers and Reeses were both early Wayne-Madison Co Missouri families. James eventually married a Reese, so the families may have been close and it is possible his middle name was Reese. On the other hand, Roland seems to be the most prevalent name recorded and it's possible James' middle name was somehow mistakenly recorded using the middle name of his son, Cheslia Reese Parker, or his wife's maiden name. On original documents we have his name is only ever recorded as James R Parker.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Marriage bond between James Daniel and Sarah Cocke

James Daniel and Sarah "Sallie" Cocke were married in the North Carolina colony in 1772. Here's a copy of the marriage bond:


"Know all men by these presents that we James Daniel & William Cocke of Granville County in the Province of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs and Succesors in the sum of Fifty pound Proclamation Money which payment will and truly to be made We bind ourselves & each of our heirs jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals & oaths this 30th day of November Anno Domini 1772. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound James Daniel hath He early of the date hereof made application for License for a Marriage to be Celibrated between him & Salley Cocke and hath Abstained the same No wife if it shall not thereafter appear that there is any Lawful cause to obstruct the said Marriage then this obligation to be Void otherwise to Remain in full force power of Virtue. Signed Sealed & Delivered James Daniel in the presence of Wm Cocke William Rardon"

(William was Sarah's father)
Leona May Bradley was the daughter of Malcolm Pleasant Bradley, who was the son of
Mary Z Daniel, who was the daughter of
Jacob Pryor Daniel, who was the son of
Elijah Daniel, who was the son of
James Daniel and Sarah Cocke.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Percy's siblings

Percy Hirst Grindrod Smith was the sixth of at least seven children born to Thomas and Eliza Smith.

Like Percy, Leopold, Louis, and Lilian all immigrated to the US. (The others may have also.) I believe Leo was the first to make the trip, in 1899. Percy followed in 1902. Louis (Leo's twin brother) and Lillian came over with their Aunt Theresa in 1903, although Lilian must have returned to England. She recorded her year of immigration as 1907 in Census records, and was married and had her first child in between 1903 and 1907.

Here's a copy of Leo's passport application, with a photo:

Note that Percy also signed the application for Leo. (Also note that in old passports that had to describe things like their face shape (oval) and nose type (Roman). I didn't know there were different classifications for noses.)

Here are some photos Grammy sent of Percy's siblings. In the upper left is Leo with his wife Nellie. They lived in Tujunga, California for a time, and may have also lived in New Orleans (see the passport application above). In the upper right is a photo of Charles T Smith, who was the second oldest of the siblings. In the bottom left is Louis Smith (Leo and Louis must have been identical twins with those matching Roman noses). The photo on the bottom right is Lilian Beatrice T Smith and her husband, Percy Hallet. Percy was also born in England, where he and Lilian were married before moving to California. Together, Lilian and Percy Hallet had six children (I think). The first was born in England, and the rest were born in California.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

John and Martha Mark

John and Martha Mark were my great-great-great-great-great grandparents. At Leslie's suggestion, I searched and found the following summary of these ancestors who were among the first pioneers on the Oregon Trail:

Most of the emigrants on the Oregon Trail were between the ages of 15 and 35. John Mark was a 52 year old veteran of the War of 1812, and his wife Martha was 50 when they set out for Oregon in the spring of 1847. They were the family elders, the nucleus of a small party of family and friends from Johnson County, Missouri, consisting of between 16 and 20 people in five wagons. Traveling with John and Martha were four of their children, aged 11 to 25. Two more Mark daughters, Mary Ann and Elizabeth, came along with their husbands, as did a group of neighbors from the Mulkey family.

The Mark party pulled out from the family homestead in Johnson County on May 2, 1847. They had their fair share of hardship and tragedy along the Oregon Trail -- Elizabeth lost her husband of six years, Jack Howard, during the journey. The location and cause of his demise are lost to us.

There was also cause for celebration in the group when Luvina Mark married a family friend traveling with the party, James Shirley, in a ceremony at Fort Laramie on June 20, 1847. The newlyweds marked the event by carving their initials in the bark of a tree growing along a nearby stream.

The party passed through the Whitman Mission at Waiilatpu shortly before the murders and kidnappings that put an end to the missionary era in Oregon. At The Dalles, they decided to pool their money and pay for passage over the Barlow Road rather than risk boating down the Columbia River. Like thousands of other overlanders, they inched their wagons down the infamous slopes of Laurel Hill by rope. On September 17, 1847, they reached the Trail's End in Oregon City.

Family lore has it that John Mark traded either a wagon or mare for a 643.39 acre claim in the Willamette Valley. It was claim number 63 on the books in Oregon City, making it one of the earliest land claims in Oregon. Mary Ann and Luvina took up neighboring land, claiming 640 acres with their husbands for each of their families. Elizabeth, who lost her husband on the Oregon Trail, remarried in September, 1848, and settled nearby. The area where they settled is known as Marks Prairie to the present day.

John Mark's eldest son, Alexander Kesterson Mark, was unmarried, and under Oregon's land laws he could claim only 320 acres. On his claim, which was part of the Marks Prairie neighborhood, he operated and dairy and planted an orchard of apple, peach, and pear trees. He drove his wagon to Oregon City regularly to sell cheese, butter, and, when the orchard came in, dried fruit. There are no records of any Mark family members joining the California Gold Rush when the news reach Oregon in 1848, but Alexander's butter and cheese no doubt brought in a tidy sum from merchants looking to the farms of Oregon to supply the miners.

However, Alexander was a religious man and lived frugally. When he built a large, two-story house -- a mansion for its day -- he did much of the work himself, even pitching in on the two-man whipsaw to help with the tedious job of sawing logs into planks. When his house was complete, he reserved a ground floor room for the use of local circuit riders, traveling preachers who rode regular routes through the countryside. In later years, the house became the focal point for the extended Mark family, and to this day a handful of the trees planted by Alexander Mark are still bearing fruit.


Percy Hirst Grindrod Smith

Percy Hirst Grindrod Smith was born in Worthing, Sussex, England on April 9, 1881. Percy's parents were Thomas Smith and Eliza Sarah Gear. (Percy's father is erroneously listed in some places as Frederic John Smith. This is incorrect--Frederic was Percy's brother.) Percy was the sixth of seven children (whom we know about).

Percy's father, Thomas, was listed on census records as a surveyor and contractor. He was born in 1822 in Rickmansworth, Hertforshire, England.

Percy's mother, Eliza, died in 1895. For some time after, Percy lived with his aunt, Theresa Gear, who had never married and who had been living with Percy's family for many years. At the time of the 1901 England Census, Percy was living in London with Theresa, his older brother Louis, and little sister Lilian. Eventually, Percy left England for the United States, where he made his way to California.

In 1903, Theresa, Louis and Lilian came to America aboard a ship called the St. Paul. Louis, who was 23 at the time, listed his profession as "architect." They listed their final destination as Long Beach, California, where they possibly planned to meet with Percy, who had made the voyage in 1902.

At the time of the 1910 Census, Louis was living in Long Beach, California, with Aunt Theresa. By 1920, Louis and Theresa were living in Corona, California.

Percy was married to Bessie Flagg Losee on April 25, 1905, in Long Beach, California. For a copy of the LA Herald article that mentioned their wedding, click here. Percy became a successful real estate developer in the Long Beach area.

Percy and Bessie had three children for whom we have a record: Dorothy (born in September 1905), Walter (born in August 1907) and Winifred (born around 1915).

Percy passed away in Fullerton, California, on May 2, 1950.

Baptismal record of Percy and his siblings. Except for Lilian, who would be born later, all of the Smith children were baptized on September 8, 1881 in St. Marylebone, Middlesex, England.

Bessie and Percy Smith.

Mary Peer

As shown in the last post, Alice Flagg's mother was probably Mary Pier or Mary Peer.

I found Mary's information. Mary was born on January 29, 1820 to John and Elsha Peer. (John was John Peer, Sr., so the John Peer, Jr. at Mary's wedding was her brother.)

Here's the recording of the birth in the church registry in St. Armand Parish, Quebec:

Alice Amanda Flagg's parents

Judson Losee was married to Alice Flagg, who was born in Quebec. According to the 1870 US Census, Alice was born around 1851.

For a long time, on our genealogical records her mother was listed as Mary Ann Derick. However, Mary Ann Derick died in 1848. At the time of the US Census in 1870, Alice's father, Isaac Flagg, was still listed as being married to a woman named Mary. Was this Mary Ann Derick, and her date of death was recorded incorrectly?

It turns out that after his first wife died in 1848, Isaac Flagg remarried a woman named Mary Pier in 1850. Unfortunately, we have no information about Mary Pier's ancestry at this time.

But here's an electronic version of the record of the marriage between Isaac Flagg and Mary Pier:

From the registers of the Anglican Church serving
St. Armand East, Quebec (now called Frelighsburg), register for
the year 1849 on the front of folio 21, Quebec National Archives
microfilm #124.4:

On this ninteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and
fifty Isaac Flagg, widower, of the Parish of St. Thomas, Farmer,
andMary Pier of this Parish, spinster, both of major age, were
married by dispensation of Licence bearing date the fourteenth day
of the present month of Marchin presence of John Pier Jr. and
Abby A. Pier both of this Parish, who hereunto set and subscribed
their names by me
(signed) James Reid, Rector
Isaac Flagg
Mary Pier
John Peer Jr.
Abby A. Peer
Source. Notice how Pier is also spelled "Peer" by the clergyman. Were John Peer and Abby Peer the parents of Mary Pier?

And here's a link to the diary of the clergyman who married them, where he records, on March 19, 1850, "I married a man of the name of Isaac Flagg, of St. Thomas, and Mary Pier today."

UPDATE: According to the 1861 Canada Census, John and Abby Peer were married, but not old enough to have been Mary's parents. Perhaps John was Mary's brother?

UPDATE 2: Here's a copy of the recording by the clergyman:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Agrippa + Caty

The marriage record for Agrippa Parker and Catherine "Caty" Cox. Married June 12, 1838 in Washington County, Missouri.

Now if we could just find info about Agrippa's parents...

We don't know anything about Agrippa's parents, except that they were English. Agrippa died a few months before his son, James, was born. James fought for the Union in the Civil War. It is known that Agrippa was born in Tennessee and had brothers and a sister named John, Joe, and Lucina.