Monday, July 16, 2012

Leonard Holt & Judith Mason Marriage Bond - Amanuensis Monday

Thanks to John at Transylvanian Dutch who originated the Amanuensis Monday meme, providing a framework (and nudge) for transcribing family records, news clippings and other treasures.

This is another transcription of documents copied last year at the Library of Virginia - the marriage bond for my 4th great-grandparents Leonard and Judith Mason Holt. 
Know all men by these present that we Leonard Holt & Daniel Driskill are held and firmly bound unto James Munroe Governor of The Commonwealth of Virginia in the Sum of One Hundred and fifty Dollars to the which paiment will and Truly to be made to the said Governor or his successors we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators Jointly & severally firmly by these presents Sealed and Dated this 28 Day of September 1800
     The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a Marriage shortly intended to be had and Solemnized between the above bound Leonard Holt & Judith Mason both of the County of Campbell

If therefore there by no Legal cause to obstruct the same then the above obligation to be void
Sealed & Delivered }                Leonard   X  Holt  {LS}
In presence of         }                 Daniel Driskill       {LS}    

Campbell County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds & Consents, 1782-1853, Holt-Mason, 1800; Library of Virginia Campbell microfilm #44, item 221. 


  1. Hi Susan,

    Such an interesting document. I am especially struck by the phrase 'held and firmly bound', as well as the appearance of the words 'bind' and 'bound'. They serve to emphasize the very serious nature of the commitment being made. Sometimes I wonder if people in the 21st century really understand the meaning of commitment. Thank you for sharing this.



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