Most of the time, yes. When you see an extract, usually the first person listed as bondsman is the person taking out the bond and the one named as the father.
But, you have to read the bond to be sure. Most of them will say who the mother names as the father and then the father takes out the bond with the assistance of friends or family, stating that they will be responsible for the support of the child. I have one, where the mother refused to name the father and she and her father took out the bond.
The bonds were to ensure that the child did not become a burden to the county. If someone of means didn't promise to provide support, the child could end up on the poor house rolls and the county would have to provide support.
The best thing to do, is get a copy of the actual bond.
Hope this helps. Barbara
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