Marriage Bond
Charles White and Nancy Harper
Bourbon County Kentucky

Know all men by these presents that Charles White & John Night are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency the Govr. of Kentucky in the full sum of 50 which payment to be made to said Govr. or his successors. We bind ourselves our heirs execs & jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals and dated the 2d day of October 1792.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas Thomas Reeder Clerk of Bourbon hath this day issued License for the marriage of the above Charles White and Nancy Harper. Now if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage or no damage accrues by means of said License being issued the above to be void else remain in full force and virtue.

Charles White
John Knight

The bottom slip of paper reads:
I do hereby certify that I have no objection to Charles White obtaining license to inter marriage with my daughter Nancey as witness my name this 29 day September 1792. Scarlet Harper

Charles White, who married Nancy Harper in 1792 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, was born in Virginia. According to various online sites, no sources, he was born in Virginia in the 1770s. He was in Kentucky by 1792 when he married Nancy Harper in Bourbon County. Nancy may have been under the legal age when she married Charles White as her father gave his permission for her to marry. His permission is signed and dated 29 September 1792.

Charles is on the census for Montgomery County, KY, for 1810 and 1820. His daughter Jane's entry in the 1880 census notes that her parents were born in VA.

Charles White appears on the tax lists for Kentucky in 1789 in Madison County. He is in Montgomery County, Kentucky on the 1797 tax list. He remains on the tax lists until 1822 when his name does not appear, but his wife Nancy White does, along with Jonathan White and Joel White, two of their sons. Jedediah White, another son, appears in the 1824 and 1825 lists. Mrs. Nancy White last appears in 1826. Charles probably died around 1821-22 and Nancy after 1826. On the tax assessments over the years, the water source for their properties are Harper Creek and Spencer Creek, both a bit south and east of Mt. Sterling.

Their daughter Jane was born in Kentucky about 1795 according to her census records. Jane was not the only child according to the online sites. Besides the three brothers named above, she had another brother named Jefferson and a sister Sarah "Sallie." I have never found any information with sources for Sarah and have not included her as a child in the family.

Jane White married Elijah Aldridge on 26 January 1812 in Kentucky. Elijah was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina, later moving to Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Related Links:
Scarlet Harper, Nancy Harper and Charles White, 3-generation descent report with sources & index
Charles White: Inventory, appraisal and sale of estate, Montgomery County, Kentucky, 1822-23
Elijah Aldridge and Jane White

Source for White/Harper marriage:
Marriage records, 1786-1930, Bourbon County, Kentucky, Bourbon County Loose Papers, 1786-1795, FHL MF 8668, image 165. Their marriage is not indexed in the marriage records index. There is confirmation of the marriage in Record of Marriages, Bourbon County, Paris, Kentucky, 1785-1851, compiled by Annie Walker Burns, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1931, p.54.

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