Dempsey Waller was the son of John Waller, born in Union County, Kentucky. When he married Sally Slack in Washington County, he took his new bride back to his home county. Union County, on the far western side of Kentucky, seems quite a trip from Washington County! How did the two meet? Dempsey Waller was killed by lightning in 1828.
Know all men by these presents that we, Dempsey Waller and William Slack, 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, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 27th day of August, 1804. The condition of the this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Dempsey Waller and Sally Slack, for which a license has issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force and virtue.
Dempsey Waller, William Slack
Witness, John Reed
Teste. John Nall, James Hurst, William Slack
Mr. John Reed, Esq.