[APG Public List] Question about a marriage bond

Patti Hobbs plhgenealogy at gmail.com
Sun Oct 3 11:01:28 MDT 2010


Ok, you both have addressed the purpose of the marriage bond, but I did not
think that was the question.  What is the significance of a large bond being
required when all (at least many) are much, much less.

Patti

On Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM, Kathy Gunter Sullivan <
sully1 at carolina.rr.com> wrote:

>  A marriage bond is simply a pledge that there is no legal impediment to
> the couple's marriage (impediments would be underage, already married, so
> forth). The official issuing (writing and witnessing) the bond charges a
> fee, but the amount of the bond (the penalty) is not payable unless some
> irregularity is later discovered (underage, already married, so forth). The
> bondsman (Joseph S. Taylor in this instance) is simply standing as security
> that if the marriage is later determined to be irregular and, therefore the
> penalty ($1,000) becomes payable, he (Joseph) will pay the penalty if Samuel
> Taylor does not. Advise your friend to read all the language of the marriage
> bond.
>
> Kathy Gunter Sullivan
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> MFP wrote:
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> 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.
>
>  TIA
>
>  Mag
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>  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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