Category Archives: Marriage Records

Mumony-Linn 1783 Lincoln County Marriage

Know all men by these presents that we, William Mumony and Thomas Denton, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Thomas Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment whereof to be made to the said 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 10th day of September 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound William Mumony and Susannah Linn, for which a license has issued.  Now, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said intended marriage then the obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

William Momoney, Thomas Denton

Sealed and Delivered in presence of Willis Green

This is to certify to all people it may concern, that I, Hannah Welch, does give William Momoney my consent to obtain a license according to law to marry my daughter, Susannah Linn, September the tenth one thousand seven hundred eighty three.  Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Thomas Denton and Sarah Denton

Hannah Welch

Cokendolpher – Smither 1874 Marriage

In the Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, Baylor, is the description of the Civil War service of James Cokendolpher – ‘James Cokendolpher, born Chaplin, Kentucky, 1845; enlisted at Munfordsville, October, 1862, in the Old Squadron, Co. B., 2d Ky. Cavalry, C.S.A., and served under General John H. Morgan.  Was captured at the time Morgan made his famous raid across the Ohio into Indiana and Ohio and was imprisoned for nearly two years at Camp Douglass.  Exchanged early in 1865 and rejoined the army in the south.  Surrendered at Christianbury, Virginia.  John H. Purdy said he was with Cokendolpher all the time.’

The Commonwealth of Kentucky.  To any Minister of the gospel, or other person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony:  You are permitted to solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between James Cokendolpher and Miss Amanda J. Smither, the requirements of the law having been complied with.

Witness my signature as Clerk of Nelson County Court, this 28 day of January 1874.  J. D. Elliott, Clerk, by R. H. Rowland, Deputy Clerk.

This is to Certify that on the 29 day of January, 1874, the Rites of Marriage were legally solemnized by me between James Cokendolpher and Miss Amanda J. Smither at the residence of her father in the County of Nelson in the presence of G. S. Rose, Dr. F. C. Marshall and many others.  Signed Henry A. Renbolt.

Nelson County, Kentucky, Marriages

Wedding Showcase At Kentucky Historical Society

When last at the Kentucky Historical Society I took time to photograph the beautiful wedding collage on one of the walls near the entrance.  I always look at this since it is so lovely, and now I have photos to share with you!

The wedding photographs and documents must be from Scotland since the documents are about the Aitcheson family from Rochsalloch, Scotland.  Not only is there a marriage bond, or certificate, but deeds and conveyances to members of the family.

Each bride is individually beautiful and dressed according to the time period in which she was married.

It is Appointed, Contracted and Matrimonially Ended between the Partys following, viz., William Alexander, Merchant in Edinburgh, lawful Son of William Alexander, Esquire, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, with the Special advice and consent of the said William Alexander, his father of the one Part, And Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, lawful Daughter of John Aitcheson, of Rochsalloch, Esquire, with the Special advice and consent of the said John Aitcheson, her father, of the other Part in manner following.  That is to say the said William Alexander the Younger and Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, having conceived a Mutual Affection for one another have accepted and taken and by those presents Accept and take each other as their lawful spouses and promise to Solemnize and complete the holy Bond of Marriage together with all requisite Solemnities.  In Contemplation of which Marriage the said William Alexander the Younger hath become bound and obliged and by these presents, binds and obliges him, his heirs, Executors and successors to consent and pay to the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson a free life-rent annuity of Seventy pounds sterling during all the Days of her life, in case she shall survive him, at two terms in the year, Whitsunday and Martinmas, by equal portions beginning the first term’s payment  thereof at the first term of Whitsunday or Martinmas that shall happen after the decease of the said William Alexander the Younger for the half year immediately preceding and so forth yearly and termly thereafter during all the Days of the life of the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson with the sum of seventy pounds sterling.

         William Alexander, Junior, Christian Aitcheson, John Aitchseon

Quite a different marriage bond from what we have in Kentucky!  Whitsunday is Pentecost Sunday, usually the first holiday of summer, and Martinmas is the feast of St. Martin’s death on November 11th.  Since Martinmas corresponded with the end of harvest it was a good time for celebration.

Such a wonderful collection!  This would be a fantastic way to show off your own collection of old photos and documents (copies, of course!)

Hm, I thought this post was finished, but decided to do a little extra research on this family – why would a Scottish family be on the wall of the Kentucky Historical Society?

There is no date on the marriage contract, making it a little difficult to research, but I found out that William Alexander’s wife, Christian, died about 1783 in Scotland.  His father, William Alexander, died about 1763.  Since he was alive at the marriage, William and Christian must have married shortly before that date.  After Christian’s death, William and son, Robert, came to Virginia.  Robert moved on to Woodford County, Kentucky, and his father came about 1816, dying there three years later.  William Alexander also had children by a second wife.  They came to Kentucky about the same time, and lived near his eldest son.  Now we have our Kentucky connection!

 

Early Kentucky Marriages

Campbell Zilman Power married Barbara Fagan 28 May 1800
Bourbon William Powers married Elizabeth Hendricks 09 Jul 1799
Jefferson Basil Prather married Fanny Meriwether 26 Feb 1789
Nelson Henry Prather married Elizabeth Wilson 09 Mar 1786
Jefferson Richard Prather married Polly Churchill 23 Feb 1797
Mercer Thomas Prather married Anne Ashby 28 Feb 1787
Jefferson Thomas Prather married Matilda Fontaine 10 Feb 1800
Bourbon Jeptha Pratt married Kisia Lancaster 30 Dec 1790
Bourbon Nathaniel Prentiss married Rachel Todd 07 Nov 1797
Washington Jonathan Presley married Nancy Scott 31 Jul 1800
Mercer Anthony Prewitt married Nancy Willis 25 Dec 1792
Mercer Fields Prewitt married Mary Powell 16 ??? 1797
Mercer Joseph Prewitt married Jean Little 21 Sep 1797
Mercer Matthew Prewitt married Sarah Walker 15 Feb 1799
Bracken Benjamin Pribble married Lucretia Marshall 03 Apr 1800
Bracken Stephen Pribble married Jane Rogers 23 Nov 1799
Nelson Benedict Price married Molly Hagan 12 Aug 1797
Bourbon Benjamin Price married Mary Durbin 03 Oct 1791
Nelson Edmund Price married Mrs. Margaret Coleman 25 Jul 1786
Nelson Isaac Price married Susanna Dietz 12 Jun 1794
Franklin John Mason Price married Sally Craig 12 Apr 1790
Nelson John Price married Betsey Summers 15 Mar 1798
Harrison John Price married Mary Price 13 May 1800
Franklin John Price married Susan Gano 27 Dec 1796
Bourbon Joseph Price married Catherine Cowgate 29 Dec 1796
Nelson Matthias Price married Lettice Brent 06 Oct 1796
Nelson Reason Price married Nancy Willett 25 Jan 1859
Mercer Robert Price married Susanna Clark 03 Sep 1791
Mercer James Priestly married Sarah McBride 18 Apr 1788
Jefferson Edward Prince married Nancy Strother 29 Mar 1798

Huston-Feland 1783 Lincoln County Marriage

Happy to share this old marriage bond with you.  I wanted to bring to your attention the way Stephen Huston spelled his name, and the way the county clerk, Willis Green, spelled it – Hughston.  A prime example of how clerks spelled names as they thought it should be, not necessarily how they were spelled!  But we must compliment Mr. Green on his beautiful handwriting!  Quite lovely!

Although he signed his name Stephen Huston, he was named Stephenson, his mother’s maiden name.  Stephenson was the son of Archibald Huston and Mary Stephenson.  He fought in the Revolutionary War with the Augusta County Militia, from Virginia.  In 1779 he served in Captain Logan’s company in Lincoln County, which made him one of the earliest settlers of the county.  The town of Hustonville is named after Stephenson Huston and his two sons.

Know all men by these presents that we, Stephenson Hughston and James Feland, are held and firmly bound to Thomas Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment whereof to be made to the said 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 2nd 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 Stephenson Hughston and Jane Feland, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said intended marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

Stephen Huston, James Feland

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Willis Green

Lincoln County Courthouse

John Steel and Ann Portwood 1788 Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents that we, John Steel and Page Portwood, are held and firmly bound unto Edmond Randolph, Esq., Governor of this Commonwealth [Virginia] in the just and full sum of fifty pounds to which payment will and truly to be made to the said Governor or his successor, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed and dated this 1st of October 1788.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound John Steel and Ann Portwood, both of Madison County.  If, therefore, there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same then this obligation is to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

John Steel, Page Portwood

Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Will Devine

Madison County, Kentucky [Virginia]

Happy Wedding Day – March 22nd

Today Ritchey and I celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary!  How swiftly the years have gone by – and I love him more dearly now than then.  I share with you today other couples married on March 22nd – including my second great-grandparents Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis.

Bourbon Cty., KY Vachel Lindsey married Anna Cushenberry 22 Mar 1792
Mercer Cty., KY Peter VanNuy married Deborah Demott 22 Mar 1792
Scott Cty., KY Matthias Craygmuyle married Eliza Beatty 22 Mar 1796
Mercer Cty., KY Charles Huff married Polly New 22 Mar 1796
Green Cty., KY Adam Bleakman married Catrine McKinney 22 Mar 1797
Mercer Cty., KY William Lawson married Elizabeth Adkerson 22 Mar 1797
Mercer Cty., KY James Brisby married Betsy Phillips 22 Mar 1798
Harrison Cty., KY John Fightmaster married Catherine Mefford 22 Mar 1799
Mercer Cty., KY Christopher Vanarsdall married Lydia Collier 22 Mar 1799
Ohio Pardon Taber married Rachel White 22 Mar 1800
Mercer Cty., KY Tunis VanNuy married Katy Demaree 22 Mar 1802
Pendleton Cty., KY John Gibson married Nancy Hampton 22 Mar 1803
Mercer Cty., KY John Lewelling married Nancy Bottom 22 Mar 1804
Mercer Cty., KY Samuel R. Demaree married Nancy McCormack 22 Mar 1806
Lincoln Cty., KY John Newcom married Mary Farris 22 Mar 1807
Washington Cty., KY James Lockhart married Eliza Nicholson 22 Mar 1808
Washington Cty., KY Samuel R. White married Martha Lewis 22 Mar 1827
Washington Cty., KY George W. Worland married Ann Spalding 22 Mar 1830
Washington Cty., KY Richard Wright married Clarissa Lancaster 22 Mar 1830
Logan County P. F. Aingel married Caroline Rose 22 Mar 1838
Washington Cty., KY Samuel Selecman married Mahala Lewis 22 Mar 1841
Washington Cty., KY Thomas H. Crume married Rachel E. Moore 22 Mar 1860
Washington Cty., KY Joseph M. Hyatt married Amanda Moore 22 Mar 1860
Washington Cty., KY George W. Hardin married Julia A. Hardin 22 Mar 1864
Washington Cty., KY William M. Hardin married Susan L. Hardin 22 Mar 1865
Washington Cty., KY John S. Moore married Sarah W. Gregory 22 Mar 1866
Washington Cty., KY Thomas A. Hungate married Catherine Hays 22 Mar 1876
Washington Cty., KY Daniel Conder married Rachel Lawon 22 Mar 1877
Washington Cty., KY James L. Martin married Perlina Kays 22 Mar 1877
Washington Cty., KY George W. Lambert married Mary L. Scruggs 22 Mar 1885
Washington Cty., KY Daniel C. Jennings married Dernsia J. Redish 22 Mar 1888
Washington Cty., KY John W. Burton married Eliza A. Greenwood 22 Mar 1891
Marion Cty., KY C. C. Grubbs married Sarah Cooley 22 Mar 1894