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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY

These two young men have the honor of being the first to "pop the question" within the limits of Quincy, —I have not been able to ascertain who is the last. This is the first marriage and the first marriage was a double wedding. The bridal tour was from their home, one to her new home at now Van Camp's, and the other to where Mr. Gregory now lives. Mr. Silas Hamilton, came the same fall and built a little hut on the ground 31 now occupied by Mr. Wilson. The roof sloped but one way and had the appearance of a shed more than of a house. When the snows of "December, '35, fell, they covered, within the corporation, the roofs of four dwellings: Hamilton's, Bagley's, Cornish's log house and his tavern, one barn, and a blacksmith shop. By the way, Mr. Bagley was the first blacksmith in Quincy. The year 1836 witnessed some changes in the little settlement. Early in the spring Mr. Pearson Anson came from Moscow, this State, and rented the hotel of Mr. Cornish. Mr. Hamilton began the building of a large log house opposite his shanty, where Mr. Woodworth's brick residence now stands. He had raised it only up to the joist when Mr. John Bronghton bought him out. Mr. Broughton had moved the previous year to the brick kiln and was keeping tavern, when he decided to make Quincy his permanent home. He completed the house and moved his family into it in December. This same year Mr. Samuel Berry rented his hotel to Mr. Parker and put up a small house a few rods east of the one he had rented.

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