I am extremely excited to share this marriage record with you today! Harrison Coulter and Elizabeth Leonard are my third great-grandparents – but I just recently found their marriage bond at the County Clerk’s Office in Mercer County! It was one of things that I intended to do, but when I made copies of other marriage records a few weeks ago, I made a point of getting this copy! And a plus side is I didn’t know who Elizabeth’s father was – more information to carry the line on further! Another interesting item about this marriage is my dearest friend and I have always thought we must be related – and we are through John Leonard – I am descended from his daughter Elizabeth and I believe she is descended from one of his sons! Friends and cousins! John Leonard married Deborah Thompson. Harrison is the son of Mark Coulter and Nancy Taylor, Mark Coulter coming from the state of North Carolina to Kentucky (actually Mercer County, then to Washington County) in the very late 1700’s or very early 1800’s.
Know all men by these present that we, Harrison Coulter and Peter Patterson, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 2nd day of March 1833.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to be issued for a marriage intended to be solemnized between said Harrison Coulter and Elizabeth C. Leonard, now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
Harrison Coulter, Peter Patterson
Witness, Thomas Allin, County Clerk
March the 2nd, 1833
To the Clerk of Mercer county, you are hereby authorized to give license in a marriage contract between Harrison Coulter and Elizabeth Cook Leonard, my daughter, given from under my hand this 2nd day of March 1833. John Leonard
Witness, Peter Patterson, William Leonard