Marriage Records

They Shall Not Marry – Until Mrs. Ann Jarboe Finally Gave In – Washington County.

I found this amusing tale of marriage woes in the Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval Baylor:

‘Wilfred and Elizabeth were agreed but mother wouldn’t approve, and as Elizabeth was under legal age, mother’s attitude was as a monkey-wrench in the machinery.  It all plainly shows in mamma’s note which follows:

Mr. John Reed, Clerk

Sir:  This is to forewarn you from granting a license to a certain Wilfred Norris and my daughter Elizabeth Jarboe.  As she is under age, and I am determined to prevent their marriage until she is of age.  Also, you may know if the said Norris or any other person should apply in my name for such a think it is forgery, except Mr. John Brothers should come himself with him.  Your compliance will greatly oblige your obedient servant, Ann Jarboe

If it should be done in any other way than what I have wrote I will use every stratagem of the law.  A. J.  April 4th 1796

But the night is always darkest before the dawn.  The would-be bride and groom kept ‘pecking’ away until mother finally capitulated, and on the 19th instant, or fifteen days after mamma said ‘No’ in her letter to John Reed, the happy Wilfred went triumphantly forth with the following note:’

Sir, Mrs. Ann Jarboe has consented at last that you may grant a license to Wilfred Norris and her daughter, Elizabeth Jarboe.  You may pay no regard to the certificate she sent you and Mr. James Brewer will answer the purpose as well as if I was to come my self.  I am with every respect your most obedient and humble servant, John Brothers, April 19, 1796.

Mr. John Reed, County Clerk

Know all men by these presents that we, Wilfred Norris and James Brewer, 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 20th day of April 1796.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Wilfred Norris and Elizabeth Jarboe, 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.

Wilfred Norris, James Brewer

Washington County, Kentucky

4 replies »

  1. I have been reading your blog for years, we have found Roney, Livers, McAvoy, McIllvoy, Brothers.

    Have you seen this map, it lists a lot of names you talk about. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3953m.la000238/?r=0.337,0.944,0.179,0.078,0

    On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 6:08 AM Kentucky Kindred Genealogy wrote:

    > Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research posted: “I found this amusing tale > of marriage woes in the Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by > Orval Baylor: ‘Wilfred and Elizabeth were agreed but mother wouldn’t > approve, and as Elizabeth was under legal age, mother’s attitude was as a > monkey-w” >

  2. Beautiful handwriting which is becoming a long-lost art and so stressed when I was growing up.

    Reminds me of one of my ancestral grandmothers, Cecily Reynolds who lived in the 1600s. She was widowed 4-5 times and quite well-off. She was with child when one of her husbands passed, and the gentlemen came calling, wanting to marry. She told them to go away, she was not doing anything until she had that child. LOL

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