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2010-12-21 09:04 am
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Musing on looking for one thing, and finding another

Isn't that the way it always is? You go looking for one thing, and find another instead?

I went to see my folks yesterday. While I was there, we were talking about how it can sometimes be difficult to separate family lore from family history.

My step-mom mentioned that her family had disagreed on the occupation of one of her great grand uncles, George Washington Hayslip. Some said he had owned a cannery in Adams Co., OH. I told her I would do some digging around and look through some of the historic newspaper databases to see if I could find advertising for a cannery there.

Imagine my surprise when my search for Hayslip in Adams Co., OH brought up several articles like this one, which ran in the 10 Aug 1897 edition of the Maysville KY, Evening Bulletin:

So now, I am on a quest to see how that ended. Found another article in the 18 Oct 1897 Marietta (GA) Democrat that said the trial had been postponed to the January 1898 session of the court.

John Hayslip was George Washington Hayslip's brother.

And as far as I can tell, George was a farmer until he died in 1924.

ETA: I have now found an article that says the victim's name was Mac E Gordley. Source: 11 Aug 1897 edition of the Elkhart Weekly Review.
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2010-12-21 06:10 pm

Wedding Wednesday: Marriage Bonds

It was a friend of my son's, looking over my shoulder one afternoon, who asked the questions.

Why were there so many sections to the old marriage licenses? And what was a marriage bond? Did people really have to post a cash bond to get married back then?

I used my 2X great grandmother's second as an example.


There were four parts to a marriage record in 1878 in Arkansas - the bond, the license, the certificate of marriage, and the certificate of record.

The bond required a principal and his security - the principal's back-up if he had to pay the $100 and couldn't. ($100 in 1878 had the same buying power as $2190.75 does today.)


The bond was required in the event it was later found that one or both parties could not legally contract for marriage. It was a penal bond, essentially a punishment for lying.


If, for example, one or the other parties was underage, was married to someone else, or had been coerced, the marriage could be set aside.

And someone had to pay the piper, as it were...
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2010-12-21 07:31 pm
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Oh, those Grooms!

My step-mother has some interesting twists and turns in her side of the family tree.

One branch is the Grooms. I've documented them back to patriarch Abraham Grooms, born in 1740 in Gunpowder Falls, MD. Abraham married Margaret Satterfield in 1770 in West Virginia, and they removed to Adams Co., OH before 1830.

Through Abraham and his sons, I've pretty much decided there were only three four male names that existed in the United States in the 18th and 19th century...Abraham, Zacariah, Abraham Zacariah, and Zacariah Abraham.


On the bright side, in Generation #2, they threw in William, and Thomas, making for more fun. (The Hayslips had married into the Grooms family in Virginia, and migrated to Ohio with them.)

They were fertile enough to supply Groomses for intermarriage in Generations 3 and 4, as well as marrying their Satterfield cousins.

Can you tell I'm having fun?