Know all men by these presents that we, Joseph Ray and Benjamin Brown, are held and firmly bound unto his excellency James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which will and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly be these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 26th day of January 1802. The condition of the above obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Joseph Ray and Nancy Brown, daughter to Peter Brown, he having given his consent, then the obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.
Joseph Ray, Benjamin Brown
Teste. William B. Brashear, Benjamin Brown
January 25th, 1802
Washington County, Kentucky