Marriage Records

1876 Gentry-Owen Marriage Bond, Certificate – Bullitt County

We travel to Bullitt County today, a marriage bond and certificate for Lewis M. Gentry and Mary Magdalene Owen.  Lewis was the son of Blackstone and Catherine Gentry, born September 13, 1850.  The family lived in Bullitt County in 1850.  Blackstone was a carpenter, 32; Catherine was also 32; and they had one child, Sarah, who was 3.  In 1860 the family lived in Marion County.  I would sometimes ask if this were the same family, but there is no doubt.  Blackstone is 42, a carpenter, Catherine is 42.  Children living in the household – Sarah, 12; Lewis M., 9; Virginia, 8; and William, 1.  In 1870 the family are back in Bullitt County.  Did this move have something to do with the war, and their loyalties?  The parents are both 52; Lewis is 19; Virginia, 16; and William 11.  Sarah has married James R. Smith, 35, and they have one infant son, Arthur, one month, living with her parents.  Mary E. Parson, 14, is also in the household.

Mary Magdalene Owen was the daughter of Gamaliel Owen and Eliza Ann Hall, born March 2, 1853.  In 1850 Gamaliel and Eliza Ann Owen lived in Bullitt County, he was 33, she was 24.  Children in the family were William C., 8; Susan M., 6; and Henry, one month.  I could not find the family in 1860, but in 1870 they were in Bullitt.  Gamaliel and Eliza were 53 and 44.  The children were John W., 23; Nathan, 20; Mary M., 19; Lewis Q., 14; George, 11; Charles, 5; Richard, 8; and Simeon, 2.  The older children were married.

After their marriage on October 13, 1876, Lewis and Mary Magdalene lived in Bullitt County the rest of their lives.  They had three children:

  1. Icie Cora Gentry, August 19, 1878-September 10, 1931, married Henry O. Glasgow.
  2. Emma Edith Gentry, February 1, 1883-December 2, 1951.  Her death certificate lists her as married, although with last name Gentry.
  3. Ono Burr Gentry, September 23, 1892-February 2, 1941, married Lille Pearl Owen (a cousin?).

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Marriage Bond

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

Be it known that we Lewis M. Gentry, as principal, and (no name), as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:

That, whereas Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound Lewis M. Gentry and Mary Magdalene Owen.  Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said Marriage, this Bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, this 13th day of October 1876.

Lewis M. Gentry

Attest, E. W. Hall, Clerk, Bullitt County Court


Married October 19, 1876, Lewis M. Gentry, residence Bullitt County, Kentucky, 26 years old, first marriage, occupation House Carpenter, birthplace Mt. Washington – Bullitt County, Kentucky.  Parents born in Kentucky.


Mary Magdalene Owen, residence Bullitt County, Kentucky, 23 years old, first marriage, birthplace – Bullitt County, Kentucky.  Parents born in Bullitt County, Kentucky.

To be married at residence of bride on the 19th day of October 1876.

I certify that the above is correct, to the best of my knowledge and belief, witness my hand this 13th day of October 1876.

Lewis M. Gentry

Attest:  E. W. Hall, clerk

Marriage Certificate

This is to certify, that on the 19th day of October 1876, the rites of matrimony were legally solemnized by me between Lewis M. Gentry and Mary Magdalene Owen, at Eliza owen’s in the county of Bullitt, in the presence of James Hough, Clifton Hall, Asa Newkirk.

Signed C. M. Boggess, minister, M.E.C. South

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