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Bastardy Bonds
Posted by: Tina Banks (ID *****8854) Date: January 01, 2007 at 13:31:13
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Never knew something like this excisted.
Could someone please tell me where these Bonds can be found for Maine,I am at a loss on this one.

Guess I best explain what they are.

This bond was required from father of illegitimate children. This bond was usually made with County Court where the mother resided. The intent was to protect the county from being forced to support the child. Occasionally, these records still survive.

John Haywood’s manual for Tennessee Justices of the Peace (1810, reissued 1816) lists bastardy as an un-indictable offence which can be tried before any two justices. If found guilty the father is to be brought before the full court to provide bond and security. This would be the County Court comprised of all the justices, not the Superior Court. The bond is technically a “bastardy” bond, not a “bastard” bond. (Charles A. Sherrill, Tenn. State Library & Archives.)

Thank you
Tina Banks who is STILL looking for her John Jordan grrrrrrrr


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