"The Source, A Guidebook of American Genealogy", p. 89 has the following to say about marriage bonds:
Quote: Marriage bonds were not required by all colonies or states but have been common in the South. Bonds were posted prior to the issuing of the required marriage license in some states and were the sole documents required in others. Bonds were posted by the groom alone or with a second person, usually the father or brother of the bride, to defray the costs of litigation in the event the marriage was nullified. End quote.
Hope this helps things make sense.
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