This marriage license is interesting in many ways. In 1783 Kentucky was still part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Benjamin Harrison was Governor of said Commonwealth. It mentions that Edward Hogan and Elizabeth Hendrix are both of ‘this Parish’ – I suppose that means Lincoln County. The consent gives the name of Elizabeth’s father, John Hendrix, and it is also signed by Thomas Hendrix – Elizabeth’s brother or uncle? In 1783 Kentucky County had been divided into three counties – Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln. Lincoln comprised quite a bit of area at that time, not just the county we know today.
Know all men by these presents that we, Edward Hogan and Thomas Henry, are held and firmly bound unto Benjamin Harrison, Esq., Governor or chief magistrate of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money of Virginia, to be paid to the said Benjamin Harrison, Esq., and his successors, for payment of which we bind ourselves, jointly and severally, our, and out of our joint and several heirs, sealed with our seals and dated this twenty-fifth day of March 1783. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between said Hogan and Elizabeth Hendrix, both of this Parish. It there shall appear no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage than this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.
Edward Hogan, Thomas Henry
To Mr. May, this from John Hendrix, March the 22 1783.
Test. Thomas Hendrix
Lincoln County, Kentucky