Category Archives: Marriage Records

1813 Leonard – Thompson Marriage in Mercer County

It was my great delight to discover an ancestral relationship with my dear friend, Debbie Hise.  Her husband has long joked that we were related, and to his amazement we are.  Debbie is my fourth cousin once removed – we descend from John Leonard and Deborah Thompson.  They are my fourth great-grandparents, Debbie’s third.  After being friends for 30+ years, it is nice to have that unexpected connection!

Know all men by these presents, that we, John Leonard and James Thompson, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, 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 23rd day of November 1813.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intending to be solemnized between the above bound John Leonard and Deborah Thompson.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

John Leonard, James Thompson

Teste.  Thomas Allin

 

Bland-Hughes 1796 Washington County Marriage Bond

Friday I went to the Washington County Clerk’s office for a little research – some for the blog, some for myself.  Down the winding staircase, into the dungeon, to the old, old records!  First I checked for the oldest marriage records in the locked room.  I was interested in those marriages starting in 1792.  They were not to be found.  The original marriage bonds are kept in large grey boxes, divided into folders by years.  These old marriage bonds, along with consents, have been laminated to protect them – a good move on the part of the clerk!  The first box contains 1792-1799.

I searched and searched, finally went upstairs to ask the clerk and she came down with me.  Finally found them on the bottom shelf of the tax records!  What a scare!  I decided to spend most of my time making copies of those early records – so now I have copies of all the original marriage bonds of Washington County from 1792 through 1800!  Just a little crazy, huh?

Know all men by these presents that we, Daniel Bland and Robert Hughes, 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 12th day of January 1796.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Daniel Bland and Elizabeth Hughes, 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 remain in full force and virtue.

Daniel Bland, Robert Hughes

Witness, John Reed

Washington County, Kentucky

Mercer County 1830 Marriages by Thomas Cleland

The Rev. Thomas Cleland became pastor of New Providence Presbyterian Church in 1813.  Many of the names in the list are probably parishioners – McAfee, Armstrong, Cardwell, Forsythe, Cozine and others.  He also preached at Cane Run Church and the Old Mud Meeting House, which was the Dutch Reformed Church.  Rev. Clelland was also a teacher and conducted a classical school for young men in his home, teaching Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Homilectics.  He continued as minister of New Providence until his death, at age 80, in 1858.

List of Marriages for 1830 viz.

Shelton Ransdal and Elizabeth Cozine – January 14th

William Chambers and Elizabeth Nourse – January 27th

William McMurtry and Sarah Maria VanAnglen – February 11th

Rice McAfee and Ann Maria Armstrong – February 24th

John C. Cozine and Martha Light – February 25th

Jacob Crow and Mary Crawford – March 1st

William Woods and Jane D. Cardwell – March 11th

James Woods and Priscilla Armstrong – March 25th

Buchner Miller and Comfort D. Worthington – April 13th

Thomas Reed and Elizabeth Parish – April 20th

Stephen Jones and Mary Ann Barkley – April 29th

John Kirkpatrick and Ann Smythey – Mary 14th

Aaron James and Mahala Starnes – June 23rd

Jesse Hale and Mary Stagg – July 22nd

Joseph Chamberlain and Cynthia B. Roberts – August 5th

John Kemper and Frances A. Doggett – August 11th

John Cardwell and Margaret Ransdal – September 2nd

Harvey T. Ray and Eliza A. W. Cozine – September 21st

Charles M. Cunningham and Hannah Magoffin – September 21st

William H. Adair and Elizabeth Cromwell – September 28th

Willis Burford and Julia Forsythe – October 21st

Joseph McAfee and Priscilla Ann Armstrong – October 26th

Andrew Forsythe and Narcissa W. McAfee – October 29th

Harvey Cunningham and Rebekah Cardwell – December 2nd

Samuel Kennedy and Susan Jordan – December 16th

Greenbury D. Murphy and Susan Boyce – December 16th

 

To the Clerk of Mercer County

I do certify that the above contains an accurate list of all the marriages with the dates annexed that I have celebrated within the last year, agreeable to authority from your office.

                                                       Thomas Cleland

January 1st 1831

French-Callaway 1783 Lincoln County Marriage

James French and Keziah Callaway received their marriage bond on June 19, 1783, in Lincoln County, Virginia – later, Kentucky.  At this time, there were three counties – Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln – of what was once Kentucky County, Virginia.  It has been said their wedding was the first celebrated at Fort Boonesborough. 

Quite interesting to share this particular marriage with you today since I just finished reading Sue Kelly Ballard’s My Blessed, Wretched Life, Rebecca Boone’s Story.  I heartily recommend this book.  Ms. Ballard gives us personalized characters and clear descriptions of the life lived during those tumultuous years.  I didn’t search for this marriage – just pulled it out of the file.

James French was born in November 1756 in Prince William County, Virginia, and died in April 1835 in Montgomery County, Kentucky.  Keziah ‘Cuzza’ Callaway was born August 8, 1768, in Bedford County, Virginia, and died September 26, 1845, in Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Col. Richard Callaway of Boonesborough, and Elizabeth Hoy, his second wife.  Two of their daughters, along with Jemima Boone, were captured by the Indians near Fort Boonesborough.  Richard Callaway and Daniel Boone left immediately to rescue the girls, which they did within two days.  Richard was killed in 1780 by a party of Shawnee Indians.  Elizabeth then lived with her daughter and son-in-law.  It was said that on May 24, 1840, Keziah was the honored guest of a reunion at Boonesborough where more than seven thousand residents of Madison and Clark counties, along with the Governor, attended the event.

James and Keziah had at least seven children – Catherine, Richard, Susannah, Stephen, Keziah, Theodosia and Livia French.

Notice the lovely handwriting of Elizabeth Callaway – a learned woman!

Know all men by these presents that we, James French and John Holly, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Virginia, for the time being, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment whereof to be made to the Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of June 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound James French and Cuzza Callaway, 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.

James French, John Holly

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Sir,

You have my approbation of, and request to issue a marriage license to Mr. James French and Miss Cuzza Callaway.  I am, sincerely yours.

Elizabeth Callaway, June 16, 1783

To the Clerk of Lincoln Court

July 1st – Happy Wedding Day!!!!!

My niece, Sharon Peterson, marries this afternoon – a modern addition to the list below!

Harrison Cty., KY Jacob Boyers married Polly Lemmon 01 Jul 1795
Mercer Cty., KY Elijah Radford married Nancy Wright 01 Jul 1795
Green Cty., KY James Gibson married Katherine Beats 01 Jul 1796
Washington Cty., KY Samuel Lee Martin married Polly Darnell 01 Jul 1797
Mercer Cty., KY Isaac Alspaugh married Jenny Cosby 01 Jul 1800
Henry Cty., KY Reuben McEndre married Elizabeth Sullinger 01 Jul 1800
Fleming Cty., KY Elijah Reeves, Jr., married Nancy Blemmer 01 Jul 1800
Garrard Cty., KY Jesse Thompson married Agnes Randels 01 Jul 1800
Washington Cty., KY Jonathan Milburn married Sally Casey 01 Jul 1813
Washington Cty., KY Robert Reed married Martha Salley 01 Jul 1813
Washington Cty., KY Lawrence W. Floyd married Nancy Rinehart 01 Jul 1816
Washington Cty., KY Benjamin Wheatley married Mary Ann Lanham 01 Jul 1820
Woodford Cty., KY William A. Adams married Elizabeth Searce 01 Jul 1836
Washington Cty., KY Francis H. Simms married Matilda Edelen 01 Jul 1845
Washington Cty., KY Madison Marshall married Martha A. Keeling 01 Jul 1850
Graves Cty., KY J. B. McNabb married Mary El. Overby 01 Jul 1852
Marion Cty., KY William Vaughn married Susan May Daugherty 01 Jul 1852
Garrard Cty., KY John B. Alverson married Margaret Champ 01 Jul 1856
Washington Cty., KY Horace S. Litsey married Lydia Ann Montgomery 01 Jul 1862
Washington Cty., KY Harrison Shewmaker married Elizabeth Crook 01 Jul 1866
Washington Cty., KY George Giddings married Savanah McElroy 01 Jul 1873
Washington Cty., KY James L. Shirley married Mahala Taylor 01 Jul 1879
Washington Cty., KY John Warren married Martha Breeding 01 Jul 1879
Washington Cty., KY Preston Cooksey married Martha Jane Litteral 01 Jul 1882

Steen – Brenton 1786 Bourbon County Marriage

Know all men by these presents that we, William Steen and Adam Brenton, of Bourbon County, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Patrick Henry, Esq., Governor of this Commonwealth, and his successors in the penal sum of fifty pounds, to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Patrick Henry, Esq., or his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this first day of December 1786.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas I, John Edwards, Clerk of the County of Bourbon, have this day issued a license for the marriage of William Steen and Ann Brenton, of this county.  If therefore, there is no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, and that no damages accrue by means of said license being issued, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

William Steen, Adam Brenton

Sealed and Delivered in presence of . . .

This is to certify that Ann Brenton has freely given her consent to wed with William Steen this 23rd day of November 1786.

Ann Brenton, her mark

Test.  John Miller, Alexander McKinzey

Lyons-Alvey 1820 Marriage Bond and Consent

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

Mr. John Hughes, Esquire

Sir, please to grant license for matrimony to Richard Lyons and my daughter Ann Alvey and in so doing you will oblige your friend.

John Alvey

Test. Henry Alvey, Jamiah Alvey

December 23, 1820

Stephen Spalding