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Thompson – Green 1804 Marriage Bond

This is a very beautifully written marriage bond!  John Reed, the County Clerk of Washington County, is top notch at the scrolling handwriting of the period.  Tried to find more information on the couple, but had no luck.

Know all men by these presents, that we, Thomas Thompson and Henry Boone, 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 May 1804.

The Condition of this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Thomas Thompson and Eleanor Green, 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 and virtue.

Thomas Thompson, Henry Boone

Witness, John Reed

This may certify to the clerk that I am willing that marriage license should issue between Thomas Thompson and my daughter, Eleanor Green.

Thomas Green, Henry Hadin

Test. Henry Boone

Ignatius Cambron – Dorothea Mattingly 1799 Marriage Bond

This beautifully written marriage bond is for Ignatius Cambron and  Dorothea Mattingly, written on the first day of January, 1799, Washington County, Kentucky.  The marriage consent by Dorothea’s father, Luke Mattingly, gives us an additional generation to ponder.

marriage-1Know all men by these presents that we, Ignatius Cambron and Leonard Cambron, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, 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 21st day of January 1799.  The conditions of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Ignatius Cambron and Dorothea Mattingly, for which a license is 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.

Ignatius Cambron, Leonard Cambron

Witness, John Reed

marriage-2January 20th Day 1799.  To Mr. Reed.  Sir this is to permit you to grant license for the marriage of my daughter, Dorothea, to Ignatius Cambron, by me, Luke Mattingly, his hand.

Test.  Leonard Cambron, Jeremiah Mattingly

Dempsey Waller and Sally Slack 1804 Marriage

Dempsey Waller was the son of John Waller, born in Union County, Kentucky.  When he married Sally Slack in Washington County, he took his new bride back to his home county.  Union County, on the far western side of Kentucky, seems quite a trip from Washington County!  How did the two meet?  Dempsey Waller was killed by lightning in 1828.

waller-slack-marriage-1Know all men by these presents that we, Dempsey Waller and William Slack, 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 27th day of August, 1804.  The condition of the this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Dempsey Waller and Sally Slack, 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 and virtue.

Dempsey Waller, William Slack

Witness, John Reed

waller-slack-marriage-2I do hereby certify my consent that a license shall issue for a marriage between Dempsey Waller and my daughter, Sally, given under my hand and seal this 26th day of August, 1804.

John Slack

Teste. John Nall, James Hurst, William Slack

Mr. John Reed, Esq.

1795/1796 Mercer County Marriage Records

Scan100December 20, 1796

Sir,

Please to record the following Marriages and you much oblige your humble servant.

John Mason

  • June 16, 1795 – John Reed and Mary Grover
  • July 11, 1795 – Tobias Grider and Sally Harmon
  • August 10, 1795 – Reuben Humphreys and Martha Reed
  • August 20, 1795 – Edward Thomas and Elizabeth Shaw
  • September 24, 1795 – Rowlet Rice and Elizabeth Gaines
  • March 17, 1796 – Aaron  Threlkeld and Judy Rice
  • October 20, 1796 – William Jenkins and Nancy Bellass

John Mason

To Mr. Allin, Clerk of Mercer Court

Mercer County, Kentucky

1797 Samuel Livers and Catherine McAvoy Marriage

Written before correction of last name!  Two novelties to mention about this 1797 marriage bond.  First is the name of the bride – Catherine McIlvoy.  My father passed away at the age of 50, and my mother waited sixteen years before marrying again – she married Virgil McIlvoy and her first name, you guessed it, was Catherine!  So that point stood out from the first time I saw this record. 

The second is the witness – Peggy Reed.  What’s this?  A woman witnessing a marriage bond?  In 1797?  Was Springfield, Kentucky, really that progressive?  Generally that was the job of the county clerk.  We know from previous bonds from Washington County that John Reed was County Clerk from this time period.  Perhaps he was out of town and his wife carried on with issuing bonds during that time?  Still seems a little odd, but the signature on the bond is indeed Peggy Reed!

Scan039Know all men by these presents that we, Samuel Livers and Roger Roney, 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 11 day of November 1797.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is  a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Samuel Livers and Catherine McAvoy 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.

Samuel Livers

Roger Roney

Witness – Peggy Reed

Scan040I hereby certify that I am willing for you to grant a license of marriage for Samuel Livers and Catherine McAvoy, my niece.

Roger Roney, Guardian

Mr. John Reed

Nicholas Ray and Prudence Taylor 1802 Marriage Bond

Scan_Pic1725Know all men by these presents that we Nicholas Ray and Samuel Ray are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, James Garrard Esquire, 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, severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 18th day of November 1802. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Nicholas Ray and Prudence Taylor, both above 21, for which a license has issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

Nicholas Ray

Samuel Ray

Witness – John Reed

Washington County

James Edmondson and Polly Robinson 1799 Marriage

Scan_Pic1699Know all men by these presents that we James Edmondson and John Bland 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 and jointly and severally, firmly, by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 30th day of January 1799.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound James Edmondson and Polly Robertson for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void else to remain in full force.                    James Edmondson, John Bland

Teste. John Reed

Scan_Pic1700This to certify that I have no objection to a marriage proposed by James Edmondson and my daughter Polly Robinson in witness thereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th of January 1799.

                                                              Samuel Robinson

Teste Fleming Roberson, Pleasant Robertson

This marriage bond and parental consent are from Washington County, Kentucky.  Notice the different spellings of the bride’s last name.  In the bond the clerk spells it Robertson, but her father signs his name, and writes Polly’s, as Robinson.  The two witnesses have different spellings of the name – Roberson and Robertson.  These two names were used somewhat interchangeably.  Always remember to check similar names and spellings when doing research!  Looking at his signature and note, Samuel Robinson must have been an educated man.  Beautiful script!