Know all men by these presents, that we, Richard Lyons and Stephen Spalding, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 23 day of December 1820, the condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is shortly a marriage intended between the above bound Richard Lyons and Miss Ann Alvey, daughter of John Alvey, for which a license has issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue in law.
Richard Lyons, Stephen Spalding
Sir, please to grant license for matrimony to Richard Lyons and my daughter Ann Alvey and in so doing you will oblige your friend.
Test. Henry Alvey, Jamiah Alvey
December 23, 1820