Marriage Records

Spalding-Hamilton 1801 Marriage

This marriage bond is from Washington County, Kentucky.  The Spalding’s and Hamilton’s came from Maryland in the 1790’s.  I have in my line a Richard Spalding who married Tabitha Edwards in 1805.  They had at least one child, Mary Magdalene Spalding, who was born in June of 1814.  Does anyone have more information on this family?


Know all men by these presents that we, Richard Spalding and John Jordan Smith, are held and firmly bound unto his excellency, James Garrard, Esquire, Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 25th day of July, 1801. 

The conditions of this obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above abound Richard Spalding and Henrietta Hamilton, both above the age of twenty-one years, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

                                          Richard Spalding, John Jordan Smith

William Caldwell

Scan088Sir, Mr. Richard Spalding will apply to you for license to marry my daughter, Henrietta Hamilton, and this is to certify to you that I have no objections.  I am with esteem yours, Leonard Hamilton, July 24, 1801

William Caldwell

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    • My husband and I inherited the Spalding Memorial book which is dated back to when the Spalding’s Edward and Edmund arrived in the US 1619. I looked Richard up in the memorial and found him to the be son of Benedict and Alethair Abell Spalding. He was one of 12 children. He married Henrietta Hamilton in 1803. Henrietta was the daughter of Leonard Hamilton who emigrated with Benedict Spalding in 1790 in Kentucky. Richard was married three times. If you would like more information please email me. I live in Oregon with my husband who inherited the Spalding memorial from Albert Kingsley Spalding who passed away 12 years ago in Connecticut. My husband and I will be in Bardstown the week of September 11-15.
      Diane and Geoff Spalding

      • Diane, I am a direct descendant of Thomas Spalding (1640). My mother was Eunice Spalding.
        He was my 7x Great Grandfather. I am in the process of applying for membership to the DAR, and was hoping your book might have specific information pertaining to any Spalding who served in the militia. My research indicates John Aaron fought, but am curious if there were others. Can you possibly help?
        In the meantime, inhave traced the Spalding family in the U.K. back to the 1200s.
        Diane Witcoski

  1. I have written you a couple times and always look forward to your posts. I am trying to get my documents together for my DAR and continue to research my Hamilton line. Leonard Hamilton, born 1750 in Maryland, is my 4th great grandfather. His father was Patrick, born 1717, Maryland. Leonard married Mary McAtee and they had several children, one of which is Clement, my 3rd great grandfather who married Nancy Spalding. After Leonard’s father died, around 1790, Leonard and family, along with many families moved to Kentucky in 1791, settling in Washington County, Kentucky. Leonard is credited with the establishment of a strong Catholic community there.

    This family is strongly noted in several books. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have, if I can.

    Thank you for your work.

    JB Hamilton Queen

  2. My husband is also a direct Spalding descendant and was born in Lebanon, Marion County. I am also related by marriage through the Johnson family. The Spaldings were part of the Catholic party who settlled in Leonardstown, St Marys County, MD and eventually went further west to establish a Catholic settlement in a more friendly environment.
    Diane, the memorial book sounds so interesting… would love to hear more about it and maybe even see photos of a few of the pages? I am not home right now to pull up my treemaker files, and am still working on entering it all into ancestry over time… but I will also answer any questions I can. Most of Dan’s family with all the same names came from this group that eventually ended up outside of Bardstown/Louisville on the Rolling Fork. They were some of the earliest Maryland Catholics although I think only the Thompsons were part of the Ark and the Dove journey.
    Thompson, Mills, Spalding, Hamilton, Abell, Jarboe and more I can’t think of at the moment. ; )

    Sallie Mills

  3. I know I’m responding 4 years after this post, but I just found it! My Clements line is often tied with Spalding in the Maryland colony. Some think my line came to Kentucky and married with Spalding, but they actually stayed behind in DC. I’ve been trying to untangle that undocumented mess. This week though, I was working my husband’s family and found Spalding. They did come from Maryland to Kentucky!

    Looks like I’ll be spending some time poking around your blog.

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