The following marriage bond is from Jessamine County, Kentucky. At the courthouse in Nicholasville all early marriage records have been scanned and can be brought up on the computer a moment’s notice. Unfortunately this one was not lying flat – there is a crease at the bride’s first name! It looks like Hetty, but I cannot be sure. Evidently it was her brother or father that was the bondsman. Within the bond he is listed as Henry Bruner, but when he signed at the bottom it doesn’t look exactly like Henry – and notice the word Dutch in parenthesis.
Know all men by these presents that we Frederick Sagacer and Henry Bruner are held and firmly bound unto James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the sum of fifty pounds to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors. We bind ourselves, our heirs and firmly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our hands and dated this 28th of September 1799. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Frederick Sagacer and Hetty(?) Bruner. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to remain in full force and virtue, otherwise to be void.
(Dutch) Henry Bruner (?)
Jessamine County, Kentucky