From the records of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, St. Joseph, Missouri (FHL film #0980525)
1856 - At Omaha City Nebraska Territory - June 1st 1856 - Re-married Maurice Dee, son of John Dee and Mary Long to Margaret Lynch, daughter of Edmund Lynch and Mary Perryman - (They were 1st married by a Squire ) Signed Thomas Scanlan Witnesses John Dee, Mary Linahen
1856 - At the same place June the 2nd 1856 - Denis Dee son of John Dee and Mary Long, was married by the undersigned to Catherine Dalton, daughter of John Dalton and Margaret Sullivan, according to the rites of the R.C. Church Signed Thomas Scanlan Witnesses Patrick Connelly, Mary Linahen
1856 - At the same place + above date, James Conway son of Eugene Conway and Johanna Boyle, was married by the undersigned to Johanna De Kien daughter of William De Kien and Mary De Kien according to the rites of R.C Church Signed Thos. Scanlan Witnesses John Sturdon, Mary Linahen
1856 - at the same place + date - Patrick Connelly son of John Connelly and Bridget Grady was married by the undersigned to Mary Hughes daughter of Edward Hughes and Mary McGaughen - according to R. Catholic rites Signed Thos. Scanlan Witnesses Denis Dee, Ellen McCarroll **************** These are the only entries noting Omaha and all are on one page. The last entry on the prior page is dated Sunday, April 27, 1856 and the first entry on the next page is dated August 31, 1856.
Father Scanlan's trip to Omaha was documented in Savage and Bell's 1894 history of Omaha on page 345.
"On or about May 15, 1855...was celebrated the first church service, in Nebraska, according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church. The celebrant was Rev. Father W. Emonds, who had been brought here from St. Joseph by Mr. Jeremiah Dee..."
Several paragraphs later: "In the spring of 1856 the contract was let for the building of the first church edifice in Nebraska.....
"While this building was under way, Father Scanlan, of St. Joseph, arrived and celebrated the second mass....
"Having been completed, the church was dedicated "St. Mary's" by Rev. Father Scanlan, in August, 1856." ***************** Three of the four couples are in the 1856 census for Omaha, Maurice Dee is in Bellevue. I couldn't find the Conways in 1860, but the others are in the same places.
I found this while researching the Daltons. John and Margaret are my g-g-g-grandparents. Sons Thomas, Michael, Patrick and William also show up in the Omaha area in the 1850s. Daughter Ellen married William Noonan in Ireland, they're my g-g-grandparents. The Noonans eventually came to Omaha, too.