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Marriage Bond of Joel L. James and Angelina Ryan (August 22, 1831)

Bedford County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, Page 553-554


Joel L. James (1811-1875) was the eldest son of Jonathan James (1785-1843) and Polly Bandy (1789-1849) of Bedford County, Virginia.  Angelina Ryan (1812-1906) was the daughter of William Ryan (born 1774) of Buckingham County, Virginia and Elizabeth Damron (1776-1839) also of Virginia.  The two were likely married shortly after the issuance of the marriage bond below.



Know all men by these presents that we


Joel L. James & William Ryan


are held and firmly bound unto John Floyd,  Esq. Governor and Chief Magistrate of this Commonwealth in the just and full sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars current money of Virginia to which payment will and truly to be made, we bind ourselves & each of our heirs jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed and dated this


22d day of August 1831


The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound


Joel L James and Miss Angelina Ryan daughter of said William Ryan


Now if there be no lawful course to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void or else remain in full force & virtue.


Witness Joel L. James {Seal}

William Ryan {Seal}


James D For Mghis


Aug. 22, 1831