[APG Public List] Question about a marriage bond

Kathy Gunter Sullivan sully1 at carolina.rr.com
Sun Oct 3 18:57:05 MDT 2010


Hi Rick,

Thank you for sharing your expertise and these very helpful links. 
I--and I'm sure the others do also--appreciate this!

Kathy Gunter Sullivan

Fredric Z. Saunders wrote in two messages:

> In 1856 the standard amount was $1000 (penalty) for a NC marriage 
> bond.  I just answered a similar question on another list a couple 
> days ago.  The original bond penalty in 1741 was 50 pounds, raised to 
> 500 pounds in 1778, and $1000 in statutes of  1836-1837.  Here are a 
> couple sites that discuss NC marriage bonds:
>  
> http://ajlambert.com/history/hst_mrlr.pdf
> http://www.ncgenweb.us/catawba/marriagebonds.htm

> All in 1856 should be $1000.  
>  
> To see an actual NC marriage bond and the wording used on the bonds 
> and images of them go to:
> http://www.ncgenweb.us/guilford/VitalRecords.html
>  
> Toward the middle of the page (a little below that) you will find 
> marriage bonds for which images of the bond have been supplied for 
> some.  Look at Brown under B for an example of one from the $1000 time 
> period.  Many earlier bonds from the 1700s will be handwritten 
> entirely, with no "fill in the blanks."
>  
> Once a person reads a bond, and doesn't just rely on a abstract, the 
> purpose of the bond is clear.
>  
> Rick Saunders

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