The Marriage Bond for and between Abraham and Eleanor, 4th great grandparents
The actual marriage bond for and between Abraham and Eleanor Carter Thornton.
"Loudon County To Wit :---
Know All Men By These Present, That We...Abraham Thornton and Thomas Littleton are held and firmly bound unto his excellency John Floyd, Esquire, governor of the commonwealth of Virginia, for the time being and his successors, for the use of the commonwealth, in just and full sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to which payment well and truly to be made and done to our said to our governor, and his successors, for the use of the commonwealth WE BIND OURSELVES, our and each of our heirs, executors, administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these present--Sealed with our seals and dated this Eleventh (written in script) day of June (written in script) 1833 and in the 57th (written in script) year of the commonwealth
The Condition Of The Above Obligation Is (written in bold letters)
such, That whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound Abraham Thornton (written in script) and Eleanor Carter (written in script), Thereafter (written in script) of Shellburne (written in script) parish Now if there shall be no lawful cause to obstruct the said intended marriage, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain of full force and virtue in law.
Signed, sealed and acknowledge in presence of} (something) Binns, D,C.
his mark X Abraham Thornton (seal) and Thomas Littleton (seal)"