Monday, February 1, 2010

Andrew Jackson Smith Jr. and Cora Green Viola Baggett Marriage Lincense

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This is the marriage bond for Andrew Jackson Smith Jr. and Cora Green Viola Baggett. Notice the amount of the bond 1250.00. Who had money like that? Who could just whip out 1250.00 for a surety bond on someones else's marriage. Not many people could even do that today.

In earlier times, a marriage bond was given to the court by the intended groom prior to his marriage. It affirmed that there was no moral or legal reason why the couple could not be married and it also affirmed that the groom would not change his mind. If he did, and did not marry the intended bride, he would forfeit the bond. The bondsman, or surety, was often a brother or uncle to the bride, not necessarily a parent. The bondsman could also be related to the groom, or even be a neighbor or friend, but those situations occurred less often.

1 comment:

  1. I noticed that on one of my family members just the other day; I thought that was a large sum for that day!