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Vanmetre-Hoglan 1783 Marriage Bond – Lincoln County

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.

Henry-Hardin 1794 Washington County Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents, that we, Barnabas M. Henry and Martin Hardin, 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 20th day of May 1794.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Barnabas . Henry and Sarah Hardin.  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.

B. M. Henry, Martin Hardin

Teste. John Reed

Crain-Reynolds 1836 Marriage Bond and Consent – Garrard County

Know all men by these presents, that we, Eli B. Crain and James H. Sterman, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds, current money, to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 30th day of January 1836.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound Eli B. Crain and Mary Jane Reynolds of Garrard County.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same, then the above obligation to be void, else to be and remain in full force and virtue.

Eli B. Crain, J. H. Stirman

This is to certify that the Clerk of the Garrard County Court is hereby authorized to issue license to Eli B. Crain to marry my daughter, Mary Jane Reynolds, given under my hand this 30th January 1836.

David Reynolds

Attest.  James H. Stirman, Moses Reynolds

I certify that the foregoing certificate was known to be the act and deed of David Reynolds by the oath of James H. Stirman, a subscribing witness thereto, January 30, 1836.

A. N. McKee, D. C

Snelson-Walker 1815 Marriage Bond – Madison County

Know all men by these presents that we, John T. Snelson and William Walker, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds, which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed and dated this 4th day of September 1815.

The condition of the above obligation is intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound John T. Snelson and Rebecca Walker.  Now if there should be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

John T. Snelson, William Walker

R. Railey, Jr., D. C.

Byars-Floyd 1842 Marriage Bond – Boyle County

Know all men by these presents, that we James D. Byars and David M. Bixler, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of 50 pounds, to the payment whereof 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 May 1842.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound James Byars and Mary Jane Floyd of this county; now, shall it always hereafter appear, that there is no just cause to obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

James D. Byars, David M. Bixler

Test, W. Duff Greene, D. Clerk

Harris-Mitchell 1799 Marriage Bond and Consent – Jessamine County

Know all men by these presents, that we, Zephaniah Harris and Merriman Hightower, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds good and lawful money of Kentucky, to which payment well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves, heirs, severally and firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 18th day of December 1799.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Zephaniah Harris and Joann Mitchell.  Now if there should be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

Zephaniah Harris, Merriman Hightower.

Teste.      Sam. H. Woodson

I do hereby certify that I am of lawful age and am willing that you should grant Zephaniah Harris a license for he purpose of solemnizing a marriage between us and sufficient warrant given under my hand this 18th day of December Anno Domini 1799.

Joann Mitchell

Test. Daniel Mitchell, Sr., Merriman Hightower

Wathen-Spalding 1798 Marriage Bond – Washington County

Know all men by these presents that we,Henry H. Wathen and John B. Wathen, 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 11th day of April 1798.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Henry H. Wathen and Mary Spalding, 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.

Henry H. Wathen, John B. Wathen

John Reed

Sir, you may issue marriage license between Henry H. Wathen and my daughter, Mary Spalding, and am your servant.

Benedict Spalding, 14th April 1798

John Reed, Clerk, Washington County, Kentucky

John B. Wathen, Thomas Spalding

Although married in Washington County, when Marion County was formed in 1834, Henry Hudson Wathen and wife Mary Spalding were living in that area – now known as the Calvary area of Marion County.  In the 1850 census of Marion County Henry H. Spalding, 84, born in Maryland, is living with son Richard Wathen, his wife Mary Sophia, and their seven children – Benedict J., Harriet E., Susan A., John B., William H., Richard M. and Mary C.  Mary Spalding Wathen died in 1847, and Henry Hudson Spalding died in 1851.  They lived as man and wife for 49 years.