My wife is descended from Marianne Elizabeth Monnier and Isac Henri Alfred Quinche. Their daughter, Julia, married John Jones. The Jones's daughter, Caroline Eva, married W. D. McHugh, and their daughter, Adele, married Clair Baird. Clair and Adele were my wife's grandparents.
I, too, have no information on a remarriage for Marianne after her husband's death in 1841. Moreover, Marianne's obituary in the Galena Gazette makes no reference to a remarriage, and neither is there any record of such in the Illinois marriage index. None of this proves that she didn't remarry, of course.
I really don’t have much information available to me right now. I moved last year, and plan to move again in late spring of next year, when I semi-retire. Most of my genealogy material is still packed up.
My great grandmother was Mary Ferguson Darrah. You can find some information on her in Joanna Stratton’s Pioneer Women. There is also a bit of information about Mary Ferguson Darrah in the report of the “Darrah Twins” in the book, We Rode the Orphan Train.
Mary Ferguson Darrah’s parents were Elijah Ferguson, who was one petitioner for the formation of Jo Davies County, IL. His wife was Marianne Quinche, daughter of Alfred Quinche and Marianne Monnier. I have never been able to locate Marianne Monnier Quiche’s birth certificate; however the other children of David Monnier’s were listed as among her survivors, in her obituary.
Elijah and Marianne Ferguson moved to the Leavenworth, KS, are in the 1850 and spent the rest of their lives there. At one time he was warned by a pro-slavery friend to hide out, as other pro-slavery men were out to kill him. Elijah Ferguson hid out for a year or so and finally went home.
James Bryan Darrah and Mary Ferguson met in school in Leavenworth, and eventually married when he was 21, as he didn’t want to have to ask his widowed mother’s permission. He “wanted to be married as a man, not as a boy.” They settled in McPherson County, on land which he had noted when freighting on the nearby Santa Fe Trail.
My grandfather was their only surviving child, but his generation and my father and his siblings were all born in the same bed, on the home place.
Several of Mary Ferguson Darrah’s family also settled in the McPherson County area. Now they have spread all over the country.
One of her brothers, Columbus Ferguson settled in Taos, NM, where his grandson, also a Columbus Ferguson was Sheriff and later Mayor of Taos. He also held a state office or two.
Charles Quinche was a professor at Washburn University in Topeka. I believe I have a photo of him and his wife. The Kansas State archives had a newspaper article that mentioned his children who attended their 50th anniversary.
Alexander Quinche was a Latin Professor at the University of Mississippi, who happened to be in charge of the library, when Gen. Grant and his troops came through. He prevailed on his childhood friend from Galena, IL not to burn the campus, so the university still has its antebellum campus. Some of those Quinches remained in the area for a generation or two, according to the census records, but I have never been able to contact any of their descendants.
Probably enough for now.
You are a font of knowledge. I love IT! Thank you for the information about Mary Ferguson and her family. I've looked into the twins, too.
I imagine that a reason that you could not find a birth certificate for Marianne is that she and Isaac were married before they emigrated. Have you seen the emigration data on the Monniers and Quinches? http://www.junod.ch/en/redriver_eng.shtml
Have you seen the family trees on Ancestry? There are photos of Marianne and Elijah and their children Columbus, Mary and Julia. And I posted a portrait of Alexander Quinche that I found in the 1861 yearbook for U of Miss. FindAGrave has memorials for Columbus (and possibly his grandson Columbus), James & Mary Darrah, Adelle Ferguson Allison and more, some of which include portrait photos.
I have record of only two children for Alexander and his wife Mary J Wilcox: Helen Marion and and Annie E. It was Annie Mason's death that brought about the need for a deposition that included my husband's great-grandmother. As a result of those records I learned about the Quinche part of the family and began learning about Alexander and his family. Helen married McLean Blair in 1893 and Annie married Henry Mason in 1900; it appears that neither couple had children.
As for the other Quinche descendants I have some data but perhaps not enough to find living descendants; that might take more research.....
I have much more to share and imagine you do too. Would you like to exchange information via email?
I have Marianne Quinche Ferguson in my genealogy as Mary Ann. But given that her mother was Marianne Monnier, it does seem more likely that her given name was Marianne. I have Mary Ann/Marianne Quinche Ferguson as being born at Fort Snelling, MN while her parents were en route from Red River Colony to St. Louis. Stewart, I do not have a copy of her obituary, so if you can locate that and send it electronically, I would appreciate that. I, too, propose that we convert this discussion to email. For public post purposes, I use email@example.com; I'll send my more usual email directly when I hear from you; Christine, I think you may already have my more usual email address. I have photos of siblings Alexander and Julia Quinche, but not any others.
-- Arnold Garson
Have you seen the wonderful portrait of Peter Rindisbacher painted by George Markham in 1830? It appears in an article, "Peter Rindisbacher (1806-1834): First Artist of the North American Frontier" by Karen McCoskey Goering in the Gateway Heritage quarterly journal of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Missouri in the Summer 1985 issue (Vol 6, Number 1).
Within the footnotes of the above-named article is mention of the marriage of Peter Rindisbacher's sister, Magdalena who married Utisser GODAT on 17 Nov 1834 in St. Louis, MO. [Civil Marriage Records of the City of St. Louis, I, 243]
No I hadn't, Judy. Thank you for the reference. I'll look into the article in Gateway Heritage. I do have a book about Peter by Alvin Josephy which includes several portraits of family members and one of himself. It will be great to see his portrait done by someone else. I would very much like to learn about Peter's wife and children but so far ,,,, nothing.
Magdalena's marriage is recorded in "Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954"; turns out the groom's full name was Charles Ulisse Godat.
Thanks again, Judy.
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The contract and individual descriptions in Nicholas Junod's page are hilarious, if you can read them in French. The English translation is somewhat watered down.
My father used to enjoy telling of his father's Uncle Bill Ferguson. Bill Ferguson happened to be in central Kansas, working for his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jim Darrah, when Jim Darrah's hogs came down with hog cholera. My great grandfather told Bill that if he could save any of the pigs, he could have them. Bill Ferguson saved quite a few and gradually evolved a personal sayings of "buy more land to raise more corn to feed more hogs to buy more land." Uncle Bill became the richest man in McPherson Co, Kansas, and remained a bachelor all of his life. According to my grandfather, Uncle Bill would cook once a week, on Sundays. He cooked beans and biscuits, to last all week. According to my grandfather, the biscuits would become hard enough, by the next week end, that they could have been loaded into a gun and shot through a brick wall. Bill Ferguson would also hang a large bunch of bananas to the side of his buggy and ride around inspectiong his property. Unless one of his family invited him for a meal, his diet consisted of those beans, biscuits, and bananas. When his will was probated in the early 1930's, he left property which he valued at $50,000, to each of his siblings, and property valued at $10,000, to nearly 50 neices and nephews.