This marriage bond for Thomas Berry and Hannah Rice was written May 14, 1799. Gabriel Madison is the bondsman. This bond has little pieces missing, but there is enough we can piece together what is written. The bond is from Jessamine County, Kentucky.
Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Berry and Gabriel Madison, are held and firmly bound unto James Garrard, Esquire, Governor of Kentucky, and his successors, in the sum of fifty pounds current money of Kentucky, which payment well and truly to be made to the said governor or his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 14th day of May 1799. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Thomas Berry and Hannah Rice, for which a license has issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage the above obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.
Thomas Berry, Gabriel Madison
Teste. Samuel H. Woodson, Clerk