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Adam Pearce – Amy Graves 1798 Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents that we, Adam Pearce and Isaac Pearce, 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 6th day of December 1798.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Adam Pearce and Amy Graves, for which a license is issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then he obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

Adam Pearce, Isaac Pearce

Witness, Moses Rice

Washington County, State of Kentucky

This is to certify that I have given leave unto Adam Pearce to take out license for marriage between him and my daughter, Amy Graves, and him given under my hand this 1st day of December 1798.

William Graves and Nancy Graves

John Pearce, Jacob Pearce

1881 Marriage Bond for Francis Gillis and Mrs. Mary Spoonamore

This marriage bond looks a little different from the very early ones.  In 1881 it was a ‘fill in the blank’ form compared to the beautiful handwritten bonds from the beginning of the state in 1792.  And the penal sum has doubled from 50 pounds current money to one hundred dollars.

Francis Gillis married Mary Huldah Searcy, July 9, 1850.  Her father was Bartlett Searcy, his father was Hugh Gillis, and the marriage was witnessed by James H. Spoonamore.  The bride must have died very quickly after the marriage, because Francis married Louisa Redman November 5, 1851.  On January 12, 1850, James H. Spoonamore married Mary J. Gillis.  The consent was given by William Gillis, probably her father.  Francis and Mary J. were most likely cousins that married each other later in life.

Francis and Mary are buried at Fairview Christian Cemetery in the little area known as Fairview, at the northernmost point of Washington County, on the Anderson County line.

Marriage Bond

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

Be it known, that we, Francis Gillis as principal, and . W. McKee, as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:

That, whereas Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound Francis Willis and Mrs. Mary Spoonamore.  Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said Marriage, this Bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, this 10th day of September 1881.

Francis Gillis, L. W. McKee

Attest:  F. M. Robinson, Clerk, Anderson County Court

Male

  • Date of Marriage – September 14th 1881
  • Name of Groom – Francis Gillis
  • Residence of Groom – Anderson County
  • Age of Groom – 49 years
  • Number of Marriage of Groom – third
  • Occupation – Farmer
  • Birthplace of Groom – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Groom’s Father – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Groom’s Mother – Anderson County, Kentucky

Female

  • Name of Bride – Mary J. Spoonamore
  • Residence of Bride – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Age of Bride – 45 years
  • Number of Marriage of Bride – second
  • Birthplace of Bride – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Bride’s Father – Anderson County, Kentucky
  • Birthplace of Bride’s Mother – Anderson County, Kentucky

To be married at the residence of J. T. Gillis on the 14th day of September 1881.

I Certify that the above is correct, to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Witness my hand this day of 187_

Francis Gillis

Attest:  F. M. Robinson, Clerk Anderson County Court

Marriage Certificate

This is to Certify, that on the 14th day of September 1881, the rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me between Francis Gillis and Mrs. Mary J. Spoonamore, at James T. Gillis’ in the County of Anderson, in the presence of Ed DeWitt and Stephen Houchin.

Signed A. S. Mountjoy, M. G.

Filed and recorded October 10th 1881

Attest F. M. Robinson, Clerk Anderson County Court

 

 

 

Holt – Maddox 1829 Marriage Bond and Consents

Know all men by these presents that we, Valentine Holt and John Darnall, 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 unto said state.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 2nd day of May 1829.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intended to be solemnized between the above bound Valentine and Nancy Maddox.  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.

Valentine Holt, John Darnall

Teste.  Thomas Allin, D. C.

I do hereby authorize the Clerk of Mercer County to issue marriage license for my daughter, Nancy, and Valentine Holt to marry April 28th 1829.

William Maddox

Witness, John Darnall, William Goodlett

Mercer County

This day John Darnall appeared before me, William Bohon, a Justice of the Peace for said County, and made oath that he had frequently heard from different persons that Nancy Maddox was twenty-one years of age and that he is personally acquainted with her and to the best of his belief said girl is of that age.  Given under my hand this 2nd day of May 1829.

William Bohon, JP

Mercer County, Kentucky

George Holt and Easter Royalty Marriage Bond and Consents

October 13, 1833, a marriage bond was written for George Holt and Easter Royalty in Mercer County, Kentucky.  Consents were written by both mothers – Hannah Holt and Elizabeth Royalty.

Know all men by these presents that we, George Holt and Joel Royalty, 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 19th day of October 1833.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intended to be solemnized between said George Holt and Easter Royalty.

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.

George Holt, Joel Royalty

Witness, Thomas Allin, County Clerk

This is to certify that I have no objections against my son, George Holt, marrying to Easter Ann Royalty.  Also this is to authorize you to issue a marriage license for the purpose of their marrying.  Given under my hand this 18th day of October 1833.

Hannah Holt

Attest.  Jesse Guess, Valentine Holt

This is to certify that I have no objections to my daughter, Easter Ann Royalty, marrying to George Holt, and this is to authorize you to issue a marriage license for the purpose of their marrying, given under my hand this 19th day of October 1833.

Elizabeth Royalty

Attest.  Jesse Guess, Joel Royalty

 

1795 Doom-Stephens Marriage in Washington County

Know all men by these presents, that we, Jacob Doom and Jeremiah Gough, 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 23 day of May 1795.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Jacob Doom and Polly Stephens, 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.

Jacob Doom, Jr., Jeremiah Gough

Sir, My sister Polly is of age and her parents are dead and I am her guardian.  Therefore please to grant unto Jacob Doom, Jr., license to be married to her her and I will esteem it a favor done to your friend and humble servant.  Solomon Stephens

May 22, 1795

Test. Chester Herald, James Herald

Washington County, Kentucky

1813 Leonard – Thompson Marriage in Mercer County

It was my great delight to discover an ancestral relationship with my dear friend, Debbie Hise.  Her husband has long joked that we were related, and to his amazement we are.  Debbie is my fourth cousin once removed – we descend from John Leonard and Deborah Thompson.  They are my fourth great-grandparents, Debbie’s third.  After being friends for 30+ years, it is nice to have that unexpected connection!

Know all men by these presents, that we, John Leonard and James Thompson, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 23rd day of November 1813.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intending to be solemnized between the above bound John Leonard and Deborah Thompson.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

John Leonard, James Thompson

Teste.  Thomas Allin

 

1801 Marriage of Clement Buckman and Martha Mudd

Know all men by these presents that we, Clement Buckman and Luke Mudd, are held and firmly bound unto his excellency, James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors, in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment 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 19th day of November 1801.

The condition of the above obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Clement Buckman and Martha Mudd, daughter to Luke Mudd, he having given his consent, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

Clement Buckman, Luke Mudd

Washington County, Kentucky