Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Marriage bond of Thomas Jefferson and Francis Eppes, 1771 Dec. 23.

image 1 of 2

Zoom in to read each word clearly.
Some images may have writing in several directions. To rotate an image, hold down shift-Alt and use your mouse to spin the image so it is readable.

This transcription is complete!

Know all men by these present that we Thomas Jefferson and [Francis] Eppes are held and firmly bound to our sovereign lord the king his heirs and successors in the sum of fifty pounds current money of Virginia, to the [illegible] of which, well and truly to be made we bind ourselves jointly and seve- rally, our joint and several heirs executors and administrators in witness whereof we have hereto set our hands and seals this twenty third day of [December] in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy one.

The condition of the above obligation is such that if there be no lawful cause to obstruct a marriage intended to be had and solemnized between the abovebound Thomas Jefferson and Martha Skelton of the county of Charles City, widow, for which a license is desired, then this obligation is to be null and void; otherwise to remain in full force.

Th: Jefferson Francis Eppes