Where can I get a blank copy of a Marriage Bond from 1865?
I cannot read my Great great Grandparents bond, so maybe if i have a blank one, it will help me fill in the blanks. Thank you
There was no “form” for all 19th century marriage bonds. I’ve seen some where they used scraps of paper and wrote out the bond. Other times they used a typewritten form. There are some basic things that were on most marriage bonds.
The Marriage Bond is a money guarantee that has its roots in colonial regulations. Back then, because of the scarcity of ministers, the colony would require all persons wishing to be married by license to go to the county clerk. A bond was given with security that there was no lawful cause to prevent the marriage. Often the bondsman was someone other than the parent. The rich uncle was always a good candidate for bondsman. Once the bonds were completed, the license would be issued.
So, obviously the dollar amount of the bond will be listed. The groom & bride will be listed. And the bondsman will be listed.
Different states had different requirements. In which state did your GG grandparents marry?
This is an example of what would be on most marriage bonds…
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That we John Pence Jun. and John Pence are held firmly bound to His Excellency Robert Brooke Esq. Governor of Virginia, in the just and Full sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to which payment well and truly to be made, to the said Governor, or his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our seal and dated this 8th day of December, 1795.
The condition of the above obligation is such, that, Whereas there is a marriage suddenly intended to be Solemnized between the above bound John Pence Jun. and Eve Piper now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said Marriage, then the above obligation to be void and of no effect, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue. Sealed and delivered in the presence of John Bence (Seal) John Bentz (Seal)
You might also try to get any registers, indexes, transcriptions, or abstracts that list the bride and groom. I say that because sometimes there are errors made. Please see my website at https://www.theheritagelady.com/andrew-hatfield-mary-mann/ to show how errors occur.
Remember that the letter f (actually a long s) was used in place of the letter s during those times.
If you’d like to scan in the bond and send it to me, I’d be more than happy to look at it.
Hope this helps.
Elaine Hatfield Powell
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