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Vermillion-Mattingly marriage - for the sake of accuracy
Posted by: Douglas Vermillion (ID *****9993) Date: January 16, 2010 at 10:59:22
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Those who have the family record compiled by Ira F. Vermillion (or who may have it listed as a documentation source) that shows Isaac “Ike” Vermillion (born 1843 son of Rueben and Rebecca Compston Vermillion) married in Barry County, Missouri, on February 1, 1874, to Sarah Ann Mattingly should please be aware that this marriage now appears to be an inaccurate association. The marriage record in question is recorded on page 516 of the Barry County, MO, Marriage Records, 1805-2002. While Sarah Mattingly clearly married an Isaac Vermillion, the most recent available evidence now strongly refutes that it was Isaac born 1843, the son of Reuben and Rebecca Vermillion.

Isaac Vermillion born 1843 married Sarah Barker in Missouri sometime after July of 1860 and before mid-1861. That marriage is not in the Missouri records, but census records support this conclusions and there are hundreds of other Missouri marriages from that era that were never recorded, including several others of the children of Reuben and Rebecca. In late 1861, Ike and Sarah had a daughter born named Mary M. Vermillion. In the 1870 census, the married Ike and Sarah along with daughter Mary are all living on the farm of Ike’s sister-in-law, Matilda, who was widowed when her husband (Ike’s brother), Uriah Vermillion, died during the Civil War. This was four years prior to the 1874 marriage record.

Sarah and Ike were still married in 1876, when two significant events occurred. First, daughter Mary was wed to James Franklin Roper in October of that year. Second, Sarah Vermillion was listed as an heir to the estate of her late father, Elias Barker (wife Sarah Dennis), in the Laclede County, MO, probate records of 1876, thus it is evident Sarah Barker Vermillion was still living and was still married to Ike in 1876. These events occurred just two years after the 1874 marriage record.

Sometime after 1876, Ike and Sarah moved to Bosque, TX, where both lived until death and are buried together in the Fort Graham Cemetery in Lake Whitney, Hill County, TX. Sarah Vermillion’s Texas death record issued in 1923 shows her father to have been Elias Barker and her mother Sarah Dennis, hence the marriage between Ike and Sarah Barker was a lasting marriage and it would appear to have been impossible for “Ike” Vermillion to have married Sarah Ann Mattingly in February of 1874 as he was married to Sarah Barker from 1860-61 until his death in 1909.

If anyone has any documentation beyond the 1874 marriage record of Isaac Vermillion and Sarah Ann Mattingly (also found spelled as Matingley) that would cast new light on who might have been Isaac’s parents, please contact me at d.vermillion@comcast.net.


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