Another of the very old marriage bonds from Lincoln County. 1783 – Lincoln had been a county for only three years. In 1790 the census was about 6,500, leaving us to believe it was much less in 1783!
Know all men by these presents that we, Isaac Vanmetre and Andrew Lair, are held and firmly bound unto His Excellency, Benjamin Harrison, Esquire, Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment where of 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 29th day of July 1783.
The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Isaac Vanmetre and Martha Hoglan, for which a license has issued. Now, it there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, the this obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.
Isaac Vanmetre, Andrew Lair
Sealed and Delivered in presence of Willis Green.