This marriage bond is from Washington County, Kentucky. The Spalding’s and Hamilton’s came from Maryland in the 1790’s. I have in my line a Richard Spalding who married Tabitha Edwards in 1805. They had at least one child, Mary Magdalene Spalding, who was born in June of 1814. Does anyone have more information on this family?
Know all men by these presents that we, Richard Spalding and John Jordan Smith, are held and firmly bound unto his excellency, James Garrard, Esquire, Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made. We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 25th day of July, 1801.
The conditions of this obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above abound Richard Spalding and Henrietta Hamilton, both above the age of twenty-one years, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.
Richard Spalding, John Jordan Smith
Sir, Mr. Richard Spalding will apply to you for license to marry my daughter, Henrietta Hamilton, and this is to certify to you that I have no objections. I am with esteem yours, Leonard Hamilton, July 24, 1801