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1783 Marriage of James Stevens and Susannah Haydon

James Stevens was born in Orange County, Virginia, July 23, 1757, and died September 3, 1832, in Warren County, Kentucky.  He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, enlisted in Orange County, and served in the Second Virginia Regiment.  Susannah Haydon, his wife, was born in Virginia, March 25, 1768, and died January 9, 1839, in Warren County.  They were married in Lincoln County, Kentucky (Virginia at the time), July 9, 1783.

I will mention that it was not Thomas Harrison that was Governor of Virginia at this time, but Benjamin Harrison.  He lived at his plantation home known as Berkeley. 

Ritchey and I visited this home last year while in Virginia – it is quite beautiful and commands a majestic view of the James River.  We had afternoon tea under the huge trees of the yard.

Know all men by these presents that we, James Stevens and Richard Beale, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Thomas Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, 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 9th 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 James Stevens and Susannah Haydon, 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.

James Stevens, Richard Beale

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Lincoln County

Sir,

Please to grant Mr. James Stevens his license to marry my daughter, Susannah Haydon, and oblige, sir, your humble servant.

John Haydon, July 9th 1783

Mr. Willis Green

Test. John Conner, Abner Haydon

McDougal and Farquhan 1783 Marriage Bond and Consent

I do apologize for no post yesterday.  Saturday I planned this marriage bond and consent for Sunday, even scanned both.  I’m working on a cookbook and because so engrossed Saturday I worked until about 10:00 at night – it was just too late for a blog.  Life sometimes happens.

This marriage bond does not contain the day of the month it was written, but the consent gives the date of November 10th.  Lincoln County was still a part of Virginia at the time – notice the governor is Benjamin Harrison.

Know all by these presents that we, Charles McDougal and Stephen Archer, 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 whereof well and truly 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 day of November 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Charles McDougal and Elizabeth Farquhan, 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.

Charles McDougal, Stephen Archer

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Willis Green

Whereas Charles McDougal and my daughter, Elizabeth, being inclined to join in matrimony, you will please therefore grant license and in so doing you will oblige your servant.  Given under my hand and seal this 10 day of November 1783.

Robert Farquhan

Test.

Stephen Archer, Hugh Edmonson, Ash Edmonson

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

Will of William McBride – Killed At the Battle of Blue Licks

William McBride was born January 5, 1744, in Fauquier County, Virginia, and died August 19, 1782, in Blue Licks, Nicholas County, Kentucky.  He was the son of William McBride, Sr., and Sarah ?  He married Martha Lapsley October 17, 1765, in Augusta County, Virginia.  William McBride made his will in October of 1781, and died a year later, almost to the day, at the Battle of Blue Licks, one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War – after Lord Cornwallis had surrendered in October 1781 at Yorktown.

Lincoln County, Virginia (Kentucky) Will Book 1, Pages 7-9

In the Name of God amen.  I, William McBride, of Lincoln County and Commonwealth of Virginia, being in perfect health and of sound mind and memory, but calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, and first I recommend my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors, hereafter to be appointed, and my soul I Commend into the hands of almighty God, who gave it me, and as to which worldly goods God has been pleased to bless me with in this life I give and devise in manner following.  To wit, and first, I require that all my just debts be paid or discharged.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto Martha McBride, my well beloved wife, one Negro wench due to me from Hubbert Taylor and one good mare to be 20 pounds value old rate, a good side saddle and feather bed and furniture and all the ? furniture as also an equal third of my cattle and further she is to have all the utensils for husbandry and privileges of supplying the plantation I now live on to enjoy during her widowhood, as also a Negro man due to me from said Taylor.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my two

beloved sons, William and Lapsley McBride, all singular my lands not otherwise devised to be equally divided between them, as also all the horses and cattle not already bequeathed and all the utensils for husbandry together with the Negro men and the plantation at the said Martha McBride’s death or marriage, whichever may happen first, as also the above said wench and her increase, if any, to be equally divided between said William and Lapsley McBride at their mother’s death and provided either of said sons should die before they come of age the survivor to be heir to the deceased.  I further require that my Executors do sell 300 acres of land (for the best advantage) this due me from John McEntire as will more plainly appear by a bond on said McEntire for said land the money arising from said sale to be applied in purchasing cattle and other necessarys for my daughter hereafter named.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto each of my beloved daughters, Sarah, Martha, Elizabeth and Mary, a good feather bed and furniture, a silk gown and other clothing suitable so as to make up one decent suit to each, four cows and a good horse and saddle each, with dresser furniture proportionable to each, also a new Bible and Confession of Faith to each, these legacies to be paid to each of my daughters when they come to twenty years of age or at their marriages as they be arrived at eighteen years, to be paid by my sons William and Lapsley McBride, or by my Executors out of said estate, and I do hereby constitute and appoint my well-beloved wife Martha McBride, John Lapsley and James Davis, Executors of this my last Will and Testament and to see to it that my children may be properly educated and brought up in a Christian manner, hereby revoking and disannulling all former wills, testaments and bequests heretofore made, ratifying and declaring this to be my Last Will and Testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of October 1781.  Sealed and declared in presence of James Curd, John Marshall, James Calley.

William McBride

At a Court held for Lincoln County 21st January 1783 this instrument of writing was exhibited into Court as the last Will and Testament of William McBride, deceased, and proved by the oaths of James Curd and John Marshall, two of the witnesses and ordered to be recorded.

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

George Helm and Frances Coppage 1783 Marriage Bond

marriage-helm-coppageKnow all men by these presents that we, George Helm and Samuel Givens, 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 whereof well and truly 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 15th day of December 1783.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound George Helm and Frances Coppage, for which a license has issued.  If therefore there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage than this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

George Helm, Samuel Givens

Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Willis Green

County Clerk, Lincoln County, Virginia (Kentucky)

Will of John Swan – 1780 – Lincoln County

This will of John Swan, written July 12, 1780, while Kentucky was a county of Virginia, gives us quite a bit of information about his family.  He has three sons, John, Joel and Thomas; two daughters, Elizabeth and Lettice; and his wife (who is not named) is big with child.  John Swan bequeaths 1,600 acres of land to his children, several slaves and 3,000 pounds.  His wife has all the money except this 3,000 pounds, so he must have been rather wealthy!  Another interest to me is that he had three women witness his will.  Enjoy!

Will Book 1, Pages 11-12, Lincoln County, Kentucky

swan-will-1In the name of God, amen.  I, John Swan, of Kentucky County, being sound in body and perfect memory, blessed be God, on this day it being the 12th of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty, make this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say first I give and bequeath to my son John the choice of three hundred acres out of nine laying on the North fork of Elkhorn with the mill seat, mill stones and mill irons.  Also I give and bequeath to my son Joel the next choice of three hundred acres of nine hundred

swan-will-2acres.  Also I give to my son Thomas three hundred acres which make up the nine hundred acres of land, and two hundred acres I give and bequeath to my son or daughter that my wife is big with if born, and if not born the two hundred acres to be equally divided among the three boys.  Also I give to my daughter Elizabeth two hundred and fifty acres of land that John May leases out to the house, laying on Salt River waters and one Negro girl Hanner, also I give to my daughter Lettice two hundred and fifty acres of land that John May leases out to the halves, lying on the waters of Salt River and one Negro girl Judy.  Also I give to my wife one Negro woman named Beth, and her rising generation to my boys shall be equally divided and all my creatures I give to my wife to raise my children, and my money I give all to my wife but three thousand pounds to my three sons above mentioned.  I make, ordain my wife, Richard Swan, Jacob Vanmeter, Executrix and Executors of this my will in trust for the intent and purpose in this my will contained, and make my loving friends overseers of this my will to take care and ensure the same, performed according to my intent and meaning, in witness whereof I, the said John Swan, as witness I set my hand and sign, sealed and delivered in the presence of you all by me.

John Swan

Mary M. Hinton

Rebekah Rowlings

Margaret Haycraft

At a Court held for Lincoln County the 18th of February 1783

This instrument of writing was exhibited in Court as the last will and testament of John Swan, deceased, and proved by the oaths of Mary Hinton and Margaret Haycraft and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. William May Clerk