THE JOHN MOORE MARRIAGE BOND
Submitted by Betty Moore

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, CUMBERLAND COUNTY:
Know all men by these presents, that we, John Moore and Archibald McNeil are held and firmly bound unto the Governor, or his successor in office, In the full sum of five hundred pounds, current money, to be paid to the said Governor, his successors or assigns: For which payment well and truly be made and done, we bind our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals dated this 9th day of March, Anno Domini, 1807.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas the above bounden John Moore hath made application for License for a Marriage to be celebrated between him and Penelope Johnson of the County aforesaid: Now, in case it shall not appear hereafter, that there is any lawful cause or impediment to obstruct said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

JOHN MOORE (Seal)
ARCH. MACNEILL

Usually the bondsman is a close relative, often a brother of the bride or groom; but I have not detected any kinship of Archibald MacNeill to either John Moore or Penelope Johnson. I rather think that he was just a good friend of the groom. In a later marriage bond of Silas Moore to Elizabeth Ryals, 1816, James MacNeill is bondsman. Silas has looked like a young brother of John, and James MacNeill lived two houses from John Moore.




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