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Friday, August 14, 2015


Marriage Bond of Ralph Williams to Patsy Owsley
Consent from Thomas Owsley for his daughter Patsy Owsley
Transcription of Marriage Bond of Ralph Williams and Patsy Owsley, as well as the Consent of Thomas Owsley for his daughter. 
By Valerie J. Thompson, Professional Genealogist

Know all men by these presents that we Rafe [Ralph] Williams and William Henderson are held & firmly bound unto James Garrard, Esquire Governor of Kentucky in the sum of Fifty pounds current money to the payment whereof to be made to the said Governor & his successors. We bind ourselves our heirs & firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals & dated this 11th day of August 1798. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Rafe [Ralph] Williams & Patsey Owsley for which a license has been issued. Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

Sealed & Delivered in presence of                                     Ralph Williams {Seal}
Duff Guinn                                                                    William X Henderson [his mark] {Seal}

The Consent:
Sir please to give Mr. Rafe Williams marriage lison [license] for my daughter, Patsey Owsley this Given under my hand, August 10, 1798.
                                                                                              Thomas Owsley {Seal}
To: Mr. Willis Green
Attest: James Williams
           Jonathan Ragoy

   Patsy Owsley was the daughter of Thomas Owsley and Dinah, his wife. Thomas was a Revolutionary War Soldier. His complete pension application S35544 is viewable on, "U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900".  His deposition is transcribed online at "Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements & Rosters" His last appearance was in Rockcastle County Court in 1821. He is listed as Thos. Ousley on the 1820 U.S. Census in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. His death date given in the application is November 3, 1825.

Also mentioned in Thomas' application is a Pulaski County, Kentucky deed gifting his property to four of his children, Anthony, Zachariah, Sally, and Eleanor (Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 1, pages 75, 76)

Ralph Williams also deeded by gift his property to his children in 1809, "Thomas Williams, Washington Williams, & Joseph Williams, Lucy Williams, Polley Williams & Pashans [Patience] Williams", Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 2, page 127, 128.

Ralph Williams was an early Justice of the Peace for Pulaski County, Kentucky. (Early Pulaski Court Records) He and his family later migrated to Indiana. He died August 17, 1849. Find A Grave Memorial 11912960  His wife, Martha "Patsy" Owsley Williams died December 4, 1847 in Franklin County, Indiana.  Find A Grave Memorial 11912972.


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