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Wyatt – Huckabee 1832 Marriage Bond – Barren County

Know all men by these presents that we, Harvey Wyatt and Joshua Huckabee, are held and bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of fifty pounds current money, which payment well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves and heirs by these presents, sealed and dated this 15th day of February 1832.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage intended between the above named Harvey Wyatt and Patsy Huckabee for which a license has issued.  If , therefore, there be no lawful cause to prevent the aforesaid marriage then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

Harvey Wyatt and Martha ‘Patsy’ Huckabee married in Barren County February 15, 1832.  Bondsman was Joshua Huckabee, probably her father or brother.  Harvey and Patsy enjoyed seventeen years of marriage.  He died in 1849.  I could find no will or gravesite.  Perhaps he died of an accident or quick illness since he was only 37 years old.

Patsy, 38, appears in the 1850 census of Barren County with seven children – Rebecca, 17; John, 15; Polly, 12; Martha, 7; Radford, 5; Joseph, 3; and James, 1.  Harvey’s father, lives next door.  He was 71, born in Virginia.  With him lives his younger sister (per the will), Martha Wyatt, 45, and Sally Wyatt, 14.  John and Martha were born in Virginia.

In John Wyatt’s will, no date, probated July 1851, he says, “First I give and bequeath unto my daughter-in-law, Martha Wyatt, one hundred acres of my land, whereon she, the said Martha, now lives, being the south-eastwardly end of my land, to hold to her, the said Martha Wyatt, so long as she remains a widow and at her death or marriage to be equally divided between her four sons to wit – John, Radford, Joseph and James Wyatt, to be equally divided amongst them, their heirs or assigns forever at my decease.  I do also give and bequeath unto my only sister, Martha Wyatt, single woman, all the balance of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, situated in the aforesaid county and state and on the waters of Peter’s Creek, to have and to hold the same, peaceably and unmolested during her natural lifetime, with the privilege to do with as may seem best for her, and at her death to be equally divided between my four grandsons, to wit, John, Radford, Joseph and James M. Wyatt, or heirs, forever.  Be it remembered that my four granddaughters, to wit, Rebecca, Sarah, Mary and Martha Wyatt, are to share equally in the benefits on said land during their single life or whilst they remain unmarried.’  John Wyatt names Seth Bradshaw and R. P. Steenbergen as his executors.  Steenbergen was a school teacher and lived next door to Patsy Wyatt and her children.

Please notice that in the 1850 census of Barren County there is not a daughter by the name of Sarah living with her mother, but she is listed in her grandfather’s will.  But remember the Sally Wyatt, 14, living with John Wyatt?  I’m sure that is Sarah, his granddaughter.

Rebecca Wyatt married Thomas Henderson, aged 56, a widower, born in North Carolina, on November 5, 1853.  Rebecca was 22.

Polly Wyatt, daughter of Harvey and Patsy, never married.  She died July 13, 1916, single, of ‘cancer of the hand’ per her death certificate.  Her parents are listed as Harvey Wyatt, born Virginia, and Mary Huckabee, born Kentucky.

Radford Wyatt died January 9, 1914, of acute nephritis.  Harvey and Patsy are listed as his parents, both born Virginia, but in the census records Patsy is always listed as born in Kentucky.

Joseph D. Wyatt died October 24, 1921, in Marion County, Indiana.  He died of erysipelas of the face.  His father is listed, his mother was not.  It all depends on who is answering the questions for the death certificate – in this case a George Brett, possibly a son-in-law.

Martha ‘Patsy’ Huckabee Wyatt died a few years after her husband, about 1855.  She left some very small children, but I am sure their great-aunt Martha took care of them.

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  1. I had to look up erysipilis. Sounded like a nasty way to die. It can be treated now as long as the infection doesn’t get into the lymph nodes and spread.

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