The marriage record generally consists of a marriage license and marriage bond/application. In Knox County between the years 1792-1929, a marriage bond in the amount of $1250 was required from the intended groom. The marriage bond affirmed there was no moral or legal reason why the couple could not be married. The bondsman, or surety, was often a brother, father, uncle or friend of the bride or groom, someone willing to vouch for the groom and accept the liability of the $1250 bond. In 1929, the marriage bond system was changed to the application system that we are familiar with today.
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