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The Story of Kansas City, Kansas

"Early Weddings"

Life's activities went on.  The missionary, who had been away, returned from Ohio and baptized the babies that had been born while he was gone.  On November 27, 1845, the first marriage in Wyandott place, Margaret Clark, daughter of a chief, married Hiram Northrup, a white man from the East.

Mr. Northrup was adopted into the tribe and served it will.  Other members trusted so much in his honesty and business ability that they sent him without bond to Washington to collect money due them.  He obtained the sum of $53,000, brought it back safely, and charged nothing for his effort.  The Northrup cabin stood for years on a spot near what is now Eighty and Minnesota.

Another early marriage was that of Nancy Quindaro Brown to Abelard Guthrie.  Guthrie was a white man who had wanted to marry Nancy Quindaro before she left Ohio.  Her father did not approve, and carried his daughter off to the new home.  Abelard lost no time in following her out here.  The girl's father finally consented to the marriage.

[Annotation:  According to History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911:   The first wedding in Kansas was that of Abelard Guthrie and Nancy Quindaro Brown. It took place in the cabin of George I. Clark, near what is now Third street and Armstrong avenue, early in the year 1844. Abelard Guthrie was a white man of education and refinement who had come west from Ohio with the Wyandots. He was one of the founders of the town of Quindaro, which was named for his wife. She was a Wyandot of the Big Turtle clan, her Indian name being "Seh Quindaro," which has been translated to mean "Daughter of the Sun." She had an infusion of white blood, and the story of her ancestry is one of the most romantic in the history of the North American Indians.]

After his adoption into the tribe, Abelard Guthrie interested himself in Wyandot affairs.  He was a man of education and ability.  Once he made a long trip to Washington to represent the people here.  There will be more about Abelard and Quindaro Guthrie in the story of the city of Quindaro.

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