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Marion County Library Subdistrict #1

Palmyra Massacre Collection

Palmyra Massacre Collection

Contributed by: Marion County Library Subdistrict #1; Gardner House Museum – Heritage Seekers of Palmyra, Missouri

The Palmyra Massacre occurred in 1862 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, when 10 Confederate prisoners were shot in retaliation for the abduction of a local Union sympathizer. This collection includes letters containing personal recollections of the Palmyra Massacre, as well as a booklet, “The Palmyra Massacre: A Short, Concise but True History of the Execution of Ten Confederate Soldiers, at Palmyra, Mo., October 18, 1862.”

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Register of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion College

Register of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion College

Contributed by: Marion County Library Subdistrict #1

Marion College was incorporated in 1831 in Philadelphia, Marion County, Missouri, for the purpose of educating young men for the ministry. The registry contains the church’s membership and baptisms from 1836 to 1853. The ledger also includes the names of slaves and often states their owner’s name.

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Sprague Funeral Home Ledgers

Sprague Funeral Home Ledgers

Contributed by: Marion County Library Subdistrict #1

The Sprague Funeral Home operated in Palmyra, Missouri, from 1922-1974; the ledgers span most of this time. Funeral record entries include detailed biographical information about the deceased, names and places of birth of the father and mother, and information about funeral arrangements.

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