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1792 Marriage Bond – King and Smith


1792 Marriage Bond – Elijah King and Elizabeth Smith

Washington County, Kentucky

Know all men by these presents, that we, Elijah King and John Caldwell, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money.  To the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves and heirs, jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 22nd day of October 1792.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Elijah King and Elizabeth Smith. Now, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

Witness, John Reed                                                       Elijah King

John Caldwell


Washington County, October 23, 1792

This doth certify that Elijah King hath full privilege to marry Elizabeth Smith from her parents.  As witness my hand, Presley Smith.

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