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Granville County, NC - Marriage Bonds

Below is the list of marriages for Granville County I've found. Currently, the list is only for the surname Bradford, but I hope to add more in the future. I have preserved the spelling of names and abbreviations of names, but put the date in the format of the first 3 letters of the month, then the day, then the year. In most cases, the marriages dates are written as "The _ th day of (month) in the _ year of our Lord"

A note about marriage records in North Carolina and Granville County specifically. From about 1741-1868, the state of North Carolina recorded marriages as marriage bonds - there were marriage licenses, but were destroyed and very few actually exist. Not all marriages were recorded, it was not required by law. The practice of crying the banns at their local church was still practiced until the early 1800s and some bonds don't exist due to court house fires. Granville is a lucky county and one of my favorite to search in because it is a very old county with no fires (knock on wood!). There may be some missing marriage bonds, but not from fire, rather misplaced over the years. In the 1980s, the State Archives of North Carolina created microfiche of all the marriage bonds in North Carolina...except Granville County. Why? Granville County had not yet sent all the marriage bonds to them. Now the State Archives has all Granville County marriage bonds and there is a seperate published index of those records. That book is in many libraries as well as the State Library of North Carolina. Information in marriage bonds can be simplied to groom, bride, bond date - usually a few days before the marriage, bondsman - often a relative of either bride or groom, witness - often someone who worked in the courthouse, and sometimes other notes. If the bride or groom was underage, for example, or if the couple were African American, which was often, but not always noted with a (c) after the person's name.

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By Grooms

GroomBrideDateBondsmenWitnessesNotes
Booker BradfordFanny MannNov 5, 1788Geo. Brasford   
David BradfordElisabeth MannNov 6, 1777Benjamin Wright   
David BradfordMary KerneyAug 2, 1784Arnold HarrisBennet Searcy 
Elijah BradfordNaney WelchMar 14, 1797James BradfordStep. SneedName may actually be Haney, I've seen reference that her name is Hanitor Welch.  I will look into.
Harris BradfordMary PrevitFeb 1, 1790Jos. Pewet   
Jacks. BradfordAnn E. CannadyDec 10, 1844T.B. MooreJ.M. Wiggins 
James BradfordLucy PaschallSep 27, 1889John Smith   
John Bradford (of Elijah)Nancy SmithNov 1, 1831J.H. CauthenStep. K. Sneed 
Kearney BradfordPatsey CarrelSept 27, 1805Isaac Husketh   
Robert BradfordNancy KarrelDec 16, 1809Charles MooreRich. Sneed 
Thomas BradfordEve KerneyApr 2, 1782Booker BradfordBennet Searcy 
Thomas BradfordPolly HargravesAug 12, 1782Nat. HuntBennet Searcy 
Wm. BradfordNancy KittrellFeb 13, 1808Garland AllenW. M. Sneed 
William BradfordMelvina OvertonAug 29, 1857D.E. Bobbit  married Aug 30, 1857 by Tho. L. William, J.P

By Brides

GroomBrideDateBondsmenWitnessesNotes
Colemon WhiteCelah BradfordMar 13, 1786John ChampionBennet Searcy 
John PewitElizabeth BradfordAug 28, 1769John BradfordJesse Bennetconsent from Thos. Bradford, father of Elizabeth Aug 21, 1769
Silas McGeheeMary BradfordMay 3, 1859Shem McGeheeA. Landis 
Jones FullerSarah BradfordMay 13, 1786Reuben SearcyBennet Searcy 
Lenard HaysSarah BradfordJan 14, 1786John Searcy, Jr.   
John SmithSarah BradfordFeb 22, 1826Elias HuskeySm H. Owen 
John TiggleSarah BradfordNov 29, 1784Bennet SearcyElisabeth Searcy 


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