Posted By:C Garrason
Subject:Re: Orange,NC marriage look up please
Post Date:November 06, 2009 at 07:03:59
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Forum:Orange County, NC Genealogy Forum
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Are you sure "bm" was for "best man"? I suspect it was for "bondsman", a person who put up a bond to assure that the groom (and probably bride) was (were) single. In some states it is thought a bondsman also had some responsibility for children born to the marriage if the parents did not support them, thus relieving the county of that duty.

Now, in some/many cases the bondsman may have also served as best man but there was no legal necessity to record such a wedding attendant.