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Old 10-06-2010, 06:15 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've just come across some 18th - 19th century marriage records that gave the name of a person and noted that they were "Surety". At first, I thought that was something akin to a best man or maid of honor. Then, having collected several of the records, it seemed they were a male relative of the bride. So I decided to look it up: it's the person who holds the marriage bond should the groom decide to skip out or fail to be marriage material

[SIZE=2]Definition: 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.[/SIZE]
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I've just come across some 18th - 19th century marriage records that gave the name of a person and noted that they were "Surety". At first, I thought that was something akin to a best man or maid of honor. Then, having collected several of the records, it seemed they were a male relative of the bride. So I decided to look it up: it's the person who holds the marriage bond should the groom decide to skip out or fail to be marriage material

[SIZE=2]Definition: 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.[/SIZE]
Hey! Sounds like something that should be brought back - for groom and bride!
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I thought there was money on the Surety Bond?
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