Know all men by these presents that we James Edmondson and John Bland 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, our heirs and jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 30th day of January 1799. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound James Edmondson and Polly Robertson for which a license has issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void else to remain in full force. James Edmondson, John Bland
Teste. John Reed
Teste Fleming Roberson, Pleasant Robertson
This marriage bond and parental consent are from Washington County, Kentucky. Notice the different spellings of the bride’s last name. In the bond the clerk spells it Robertson, but her father signs his name, and writes Polly’s, as Robinson. The two witnesses have different spellings of the name – Roberson and Robertson. These two names were used somewhat interchangeably. Always remember to check similar names and spellings when doing research! Looking at his signature and note, Samuel Robinson must have been an educated man. Beautiful script!