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1822 Marriage Bond and Consent For William Montgomery and Mary Yates

William Peter Montgomery and Mary Yates are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They married January 21, 1822, and lived only eleven years together before William died during the cholera epidemic of 1833.  The couple had six children – Charles W., Martha E., Henry L., Mary Rebecca, Frances Edwina and William Peter Montgomery, my second great-grandfather, who was born two months after his father died.

Henrietta Yates, mother of Mary, was a Cambron before marriage to John Yates.  She had a brother, Raphael Cambron, who is probably the bondsman.  Her husband, John Yates, was deceased by this date.

Know all men by these presents that we, William Montgomery and Raphael Cambron, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be paid to the said commonwealth.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 21st day of January 1822.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound William Montgomery and Miss Mary Yates, daughter of Henrietta Yates, for which a license has issued.  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 in law.

William Montgomery, Raphael Cambron

I do hereby certify that I give my consent freely to William P. Montgomery to marry my daughter Mary Yates, who is above twenty-one years old, as witness  my hand this 21st day of January 1822.

Henrietta Yates

Test.  Raphael Cambron, Will Yates

Washington County, Kentucky

1833 Nuncupative Will of William Montgomery

In 1833 cholera ran rampant in most of Kentucky.  Many, many people died, several in a family, sometimes the entire family.  My gr-gr-gr-grandfather, William Peter Montgomery, was one of those who died of the dread disease in Washington County on June 19, 1833.  Yesterday, while at the courthouse in Springfield, I checked the probate records and found his nuncupative will – meaning an oral will that is written down by others.  Evidently he was too ill to even sign the document.  William’s wife, Polly (Yates), was eight months pregnant with their sixth child, William Peter, my ancestor, was born about six weeks or so after the death of his father.  The older children were Charles W. Montgomery, Martha E. Montgomery, Henry L. Montgomery, Mary Rebecca Montgomery and Frances Edwina Montgomery.

Son William Peter married Martha Ann Carrico December 30, 1862.  The couple had ten children, including my great-grandfather, Robert E. Lee Montgomery.

scan200The Montgomery’s from William Peter and Martha Ann on are buried at St. Dominic Cemetery in Springfield.  That parish began in 1843, after the cholera epidemic.  Springfield City Cemetery, also known as Cemetery Hill, has a monument dedicated to those who lost their lives during the cholera epidemics of 1833 and 1854.  An unnamed black gentleman cared for and buried the victims.  There are approximately 106 victims in unmarked graves.  I assume William Montgomery is buried here, but cannot be sure.

img_0885William Montgomery’s Will or last request.  1st That all his property, real, personal or mixt, be left to his wife Polly during her single life, 2nd if she should marry again she is only to have what she brought with her or had at the time of their marriage, 3rd the Estate to be at her death equally divided between all his children, 4th he appoints William Yates jointly with his wife as executors to manage his affairs to take care of his children and pay his debts, etc.

Samuel Montgomery, William Yates

img_0886At a County Court began and held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on Monday the 22nd day of July, 1833.  This nuncupative will of William Montgomery, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oaths of Samuel Montgomery and William Yates, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the nuncupative will of William Montgomery, deceased, and ordered to be recorded accordingly in will Book E page 147.

William B. Booker