Merritt Anthony’s Wedding Venue

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Interior of Adair Cabin in Osawatomie, where Merritt Anthony was married. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Interior of Adair Cabin in Osawatomie, where Merritt Anthony was married. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

It took me a while to find these photos of my excursion to Osawatomie, Kansas. My last post dealt with the marriage of Merritt and Mary Luther Anthony inside the Adair cabin, pictured above. Below is the exterior. Note the whitewashed walls.

 

It seemed pretty comfortable for a cabin, and I can just imagine the minister presiding in his nightclothes while his family, similarly clad, looked on. Somehow I think it was a brief ceremony!

Adair Cabin where John Brown's son Frederick died at the battle of Osawatomie, Kansas

Adair Cabin where John Brown’s son Frederick died at the battle of Osawatomie, Kansas

4 thoughts on “Merritt Anthony’s Wedding Venue

  1. I find your information on Merritt Anthony quite interesting. I am researching him as my daughter and I have recently purchased a large Victorian home in Fort Scott and found that J. M. Anthony was owner in 1883. I have been unable to confirm he lived in this huge home, but find him being visited by Susan B. Anthony on several occasions. Do you have him as living and she as visiting the home at 1017 E Wall St? Thank you for any information you might have.

    • Hi, Ann, how exciting for you to live in such a historic home! I cannot verify Merritt’s home address, but you may be able to get it from public records such as a census or even cemetery records. As for Susan visiting….I would say it’s likely, since she made many trips to Kansas and traipsed up and down the state. I will check with a Kansas historian friend and let you know if I find any specific dates. I can tell you that Merritt was a well-regarded citizen of Ft. Scott and died of a heart attack. Have you seen his obituary?

  2. Have a historian friend looking for evidence that Susan B. Anthony ever actually visited Osawatomie. Unsuccessful so far….

    • Her brother Jacob Merritt and his wife lived there. I believe Susan’s first trip to Kansas was in January 1865, and it’s possible the family would have already left Osawatomie by then. If you find anything, I’d love to know since info about Merritt’s family is hard to find.

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