[APG Public List] Question about a marriage bond

Jacqueline Wilson wilssearch at gmail.com
Sun Oct 3 11:29:31 MDT 2010


If that is the case, then I would wonder why the other bonds on the same page would be so much lower?  There is an obvious difference in the amount charged, it the dollar amount is being questioned (guessing as I have not seen the evidence in question).
On Oct 3, 2010, at 12:12 PM, Kathy Gunter Sullivan wrote:

I don't find the penalty amount that unusual as the penalty was £500 ($1,000) in earlier North Carolina bonds. I'll take a look 1856 marriage law.

Kathy Gunter Sullivan

Patti Hobbs wrote:£
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> I'm sorry. I guess I zeroed in on what I wanted to know.  She also did ask the question about why it would be required. I don't have that particular question, so I zoned out on it.  I only want to know why a bond for a particular couple would be so much higher than that of the others in that time period.
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> Patti
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> On Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM, Patti Hobbs <plhgenealogy at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
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> Patti
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> 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.
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> 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
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>>  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.
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>>  "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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