[APG Public List] Question about a marriage bond

Michael Hait michael.hait at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 3 10:42:42 MDT 2010

The short answer is that all bonds had a monetary amount attached.  If Joseph S. Taylor did not have the money to cover the bond, he may have gone to his brother Samuel to act as a surety, in other words, to cover the monetary amount of the bond.

I won't even try to delve into the genealogical implications of this -- not knowing anything about the family.

Michael Hait
michael.hait at hotmail.com

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Subject: [APG Public List] Question about a marriage bond

A friend has a question about a marriage bond (posted below). I know nothing about marriage bonds and am turning to this list for help. I will send .pdf copy of the bond if needed. 


 Is there any significance to the amount on this marriage bond???  It seems very unusual.  Samuel and Joseph were brothers.  Why do they have to pay the state $1000 for a marriage bond?  Other marriage bonds that I copied did not have this extra information attached.

 "Samuel Taylor enters into bond with Joseph S. Taylor to the state of NC for the sum of $1000.  Joseph S. Taylor made an application for marriage to Jemima Walters.  The marriage was performed on 30 July, 1856 by Noah Mercer, J.P."

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