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William Cliffton and Elizabeth Lyons Original 1812 Marriage Bond

Scan_Pic1634This is a copy of the original marriage bond from Washington County, Kentucky, for William Cliffton and Elizabeth Lyons.

Know all men by these presents that we, William Cliffton and Charles M. Lyons, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 25th day of May, 1812.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound William Cliffton and Elizabeth Lyons, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful course to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue of law.

William Cliffton, Charles W. Lyons

Witness, Ralph Lancaster

Scan_Pic1635May the 23rd day 1812

I, Thomas Lyon, do hereby certify that I have given William Cliffton leave to get license to marry my daughter Elizabeth Lyons, given under my hand this day and date above mentioned.

Thomas Lyon, Mary Lyon

Teste – Charles W. Lyon, James Walters

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