Friday Finds

While working on research notes for my third great grandfather, William Harding, I started going thru some of my ‘old’ records and discovered a marriage bond for William Harding and Elizabeth Fowler.

I believe I obtained this document during a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Since I don’t have enough information to craft a good citation, I decided to see whether FamilySearch had the record available as a digitized image.

And I found it!

While the contract with FamilySearch prevented me from downloading a copy of the bond, I was able to attach it to William Harding and Elizabeth Fowler.

Marriage bonds, 1810, 1815-1816, 1823, 1830-1831, 1832 (Jan.-Sept.)
Film 1412544 – DGS 008214358

Image 390

Know all Men by these presents, that we
William Harding William Waters Parish of West-
field and County of Kings and Elijah Spragg – Parish of
Springfield County of Kings

and Province of (something scribbled thru Province) New Brunswick, are held and firmly bound unto our Sovereign
Lord George (something scribbled thru George) the Fourth, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith, $c., in the sum of
Five Hundred Pounds of lawful money of the said Province, to be paid to our said
Lord, the King, his Heirs or Successors; for which payment well, and truly to be
made, we bind ourselves and every one of us by himself, for and in the whole, our
Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and every of us, firmly by these Presents.
Sealed with our Seals, dated the Sixth day of September
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty
and in the first year of His Majesty’s Reign.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, That if there be not, or
shall not at any time hereafter appear to have been at the date thereof, any lawful
Let or Impediment, by reason of any Pre-Contract, Consanguinity, Affinity, or any
other lawful means whatsoever, but that the above bounden

William Harding and Elizabeth Fowler
of the same place (Spinster)

may lawfully Solemnize Marriage together, and in the same afterwards lawfully re-
main and continue like Man and Wife according to the laws in that behalf provided ;
and if the said Marriage be not celebrated in case the said parties, or either of them,
be under the age of twenty-one years, without the consent of the Parents or Guar-
dians of the Party so being under the said age of twenty-one years, then this Obli
gation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

William Harding

Sealed and delivered
in the presence of

[Sebation Henry]
William Waters
Elijah Spragg

New Brunswick, Marriage bonds, 1810, 1815-1816, 1823, 1830-1831, 1832 (Jan.-Sept.). Film #1412544 DGS 8214358. William Harding – Elizabeth Fowler, 6 Sept 1830 : image 390; digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online 7 August 2022.