Know all men by these presents, that we, Zephaniah Harris and Merriman Hightower, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds good and lawful money of Kentucky, to which payment well and truly to be made. We bind ourselves, heirs, severally and firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 18th day of December 1799.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Zephaniah Harris and Joann Mitchell. Now if there should be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
Zephaniah Harris, Merriman Hightower.
Teste. Sam. H. Woodson
I do hereby certify that I am of lawful age and am willing that you should grant Zephaniah Harris a license for he purpose of solemnizing a marriage between us and sufficient warrant given under my hand this 18th day of December Anno Domini 1799.
Test. Daniel Mitchell, Sr., Merriman Hightower