- State of Arkansas
- County of Pulaski
- Township of Big Rock
- I, Jesse Brown a Justice of the peace within and for the Township, County and State aforesaid do hereby certify than [that] on the 25th day of December AD 1839 I united in marriage William Cooper of the age of twenty five years and Maria Garrett of the age of sixteen years being an orphan and having no legal guardian as she alledged, both residing in the City of Little Rock in the County and State aforesaid. Given under my hand at Office in said County, this 31st day of January A.D. 18[40?].
- J. Brown, J. P.
- Filed on the 3rd February 1840 and recorded on the 12th February 1840
- Lemuel [?] Lincoln, Recorder
- p. 13 and 14
Is the above the marriage of Mariah Garrett the sister of Spills Garrett and Mickie Garrett? Was she truly an orphan or had she eloped with William? Mariah's father may have been deceased, but was her mother alive and living in Arkansas, perhaps Hot Springs, Arkansas?
1840 Hot Springs County, Arkansas Census, p. 153
William Cooper and 1 female residing beside Nancy Garrett. Nancy was likely the mother of Mariah (Garrett) Cooper. Could Nancy be Nancy (Brown) Garrett?
1850 Saline County, Arkansas Census
- William.....33 M W Farmer TN 1839
- Mariah Ann..32 F W VA
- Jacob.......10 M W AR
- Nancy Ann....8 F W AR
- Rachel E.....6 F W AR
- Emeline......3 F W AR
- James........1 M W AR
"Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NMPV-44W : accessed 26 Jun 2013), William Cooper and Maria Garrett, 1839.
"United States Census, 1840," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHBX-8KP : accessed 25 Jun 2013), William Cooper, 1840.
"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M67W-C5Y : accessed 25 Jun 2013), William Cooper, 1850.
"United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M87T-J3P : accessed 25 Jun 2013), William Cooper, 1860.
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