Clayton Library, in Houston, TX, has a copy of a book titled NORTH CAROLINA BASTARY BONDS,which were intended to protect the county or parish from the expense of raising the child.
When the pregnancy of a woman or birth of a child was brought to the attention of the court, a warrant was issued and the woman brought into court.She was questioned under oath and asked to declare the name of the child's father.The reputed father was then served a warrant and required to post bond.If the woman refused to name the father, she, her father, or some other interested party would post the bond.In some cases it was found that the mother and reputed father, together, posted the bond.If the woman refused to post bond or declare the father, she was often sent to jail.
Occasionally it well be found that a woman's name appears in the records several times.Refer to the Court Minutes to determine if this is for one or more cases of bastardy.
These bonds are held in Raleigh in the state archives in the extant bonds.For a more complete listing of the Bastardy Bonds of a particular county, you should read the county court minutes.The bonds that have survived are only a very small percentage of the number recorded in the County Courts and County Superior Courts.
My posting of the following is not meant to embarrass anyone, but to futher the research of what would be the name of the children who's mother is listed below: