That we Joseph Crow and Rawley Humphrey are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the Just and full sum of Fifty Pounds, current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, etc., Jointly and severally firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of April, 1817. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a Marriage shortly intended between the above bound Joseph Crow and Sarah Humphrey, daughter of the above bound Rawley, for which a License has issued, now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said Marriage, then the above obligation to be void else to remain in full force and virtue in Law.
Witness, John Hughes, Junior
Joseph Crow is probably a part of my Crow family, although I have no information on him. Surprisingly this marriage bond does not give the name of the county! Washington County, Kentucky! Although most bonds would just give the name of the bride, several during this time period in Washington County have the added information of the father or guardian of the bride – very helpful!