Friday, November 4, 2016

The 1831 Marriage of Daniel Shotts and Mary Ann Bishop of Ross County, Ohio

Daniel Shotts and Mary Ann Bishop were my children’s third great-grandparents on their father’s side.

On 28 March 1831, Daniel Shotts married Mary Ann Bishop in Ross County, Ohio.[1] They had obtained their license on the 19th of March and were married nine days later by Pleasant Thurman.

1831 Ross Co., Ohio Marriage
Daniel Shotts & Mary Ann Bishop
So what can be learned from this record? There were no other records with Pleasant Thurman listed on the same page. Some of the marriages on the page did identify if the officiant, perhaps as M.G. (Minister of the Gospel) or even by identifying the church. So was Pleasant Thurman a minister? He could also have been a justice of the peace.

Searching in Ross County records on, I found Pleasant Thurman living in the area in the 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses. The 1850 census for Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, gave no occupation. He was sixty-six years old.[2] In an abstract of death notices from newspapers, specifically from New York Evening Post, I found a death notice for Rev. Pleasant Thurman, dying at age 73 on 11 Feb 1856.[3] He was from Chillicothe, Ohio. So he was a minister. Now I want to find which church was he affiliated with.

In Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 6,  the biography of statesman, Allen Granbery Thurman, listed his father as Rev. Pleasant Thurman, a minister of the Methodist Church in Chillicothe, Ohio.[4]

The Shotts and Bishop families lived mostly in Huntington Township. The Mt. Olive ME church was built at Bishop Hill and was said to be the first Methodist church built in the township, but I can’t determine when it was built.[5] Could the church have been built and this was the place where Mary Ann and Daniel were married? Or were they married at the Methodist church in Chillicothe, the county seat of Ross County?

The marriage record itself does not indicate the marriage location. But what is known, the couple were married by a Methodist minister.

[1] "Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013", Vol C, p 255, Shotts-Bishop, 1831, database & digital images, ( : accessed 25 May 2015); citing FHL film 281649.
[2] 1850 U.S. census, Ross County, Ohio, pop. sched., p. 53 (stamped), dwelling 819, family 819, Pleasant Thurman, digital image, ( : accessed 2 Nov 2016); citing NARA M432, roll 725.
[3] “U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930,” New York Evening Post, p. 93, 1856, death notice, Rev. Pleasant Thurman, digital image, ( : accessed 2 Nov 2016); citing Deaths Taken From The New York Evening Post from April 23, 1855 to March 17, 1856, Volume 32, copied and compiled by Gertrude A. Barber, 1942, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
[4] James Grant Wilson, editor, Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 6,  p. 108, Allen Granbery Thurman bio, digital image, Google Books ( : accessed 2 Nov 2016).
[5] Henry Holcomb Bennett, editor, The County of Ross, Selwyn A. Brant, Madison, Wisconsin, 1902, p. 344, digital image, Google Books ( : accessed 2 Nov 2016).

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