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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.<br>
Kathy Gunter Sullivan<br>
<div class="gmail_quote">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.
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<p> Is there any significance to the amount on this marriage
bond??? It seems very unusual. Samuel and Joseph were brothers. Why
have to pay the state $1000 for a marriage bond? Other marriage bonds
copied did not have this extra information attached.</p>
<p> "Samuel Taylor enters into bond with Joseph S.
Taylor to the state of NC for the sum of $1000. Joseph S. Taylor made
application for marriage to Jemima Walters. The marriage was performed
July, 1856 by Noah Mercer, J.P."</p>
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