Dear Wilfong Researchers,
I came across a book, “Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties North Carolina” Curtis Bynum, 1929 [F262.T9B9], that has seventeen listings for early marriages for Wilfong's.Below, please find (a) a verbatim transcript of the entries and (b) the author's guide to interpretation of the entries.I hope that this is useful to some of you.I suspect that some of these people, or their descendants, moved to southease MO.
Wilfong (Willfong), David; Jaratt, Kissia; George Wisnant (Ger George Weisnd); 13 Apl 1819; Phil Whitener JP
Wilfong (Willfong), David; Hutson, Nancy; William Bandy; 18 Apl 1833; Dd L Tarr
Wilfong, G D (David); Ramsour, Anna; David Ramsour; 27 Nov 1815
Wilfong, G Danl; Ramsour, Ann; Jonas Ramsour; 30 Aug 1824; V McBee
Wilfong, George; Surratt, Susannah; Jno Earwood; 1803; (N)
Wilfong, John Jr; Summey, Lovena; Charles L Torrence; 24 May 1826; V McBee
Wilfong, Martin; Gross, Mary; James Robinson; 17 Aug 1809; Jacob Reinhardt
Ramsaur (Ramsour), David A; Wilfong, Anna; Daniel Conrad; 22 Jan 1828; J T Alexander
Simpson, S P; Wilfong, Barbara; Jas T Alexander; 17 Nov 1824; V McBee
Harrell (Harrel), Hugh H; Wilfong, Catherine; John Smyer; 24 Mar 1819; V McBee
Cline, Jacob; Wilfong, Elisabeth; John Wilfong; 28 Nov 1786; Joseph Steel
Bandy, William; Wilfong, Elizabeth; John Johnson (Johnston); 24 Dec 1811; Jacob Reinhardt
Abernathy, Andrew x; Wilfong, Eve; David Killian; 1 Jul 1820; Jas T Alexander
Hamilton (Hambleton), Ninian; Wilfong, Mary M; Drury Hamilton (Hambleton); 20 Aug 1824; V McBee
Robinson (Robison), Henry W; Wilfong, Polley; David Robinson (Robison); 3 Aug 1819; V McBee
Clodfelter, Peter x; Wilfong, Salley; Jacob s Stilwell; 19 Dec 1814; V McBee
Ramsaur (Ramsour), David; Wilfong, Sarah; John Hoke; 12 Jul 1805
(1) The bonds abstracted below have been carefully studied and all the material contained in the instrument except the formal legal phraseology has been incorporated in the abstract. The names of the groom, of the bride, of the surety, and of the witnesses are shown, as is also the date. Examination of the original bond will reveal nothing more unless the handwriting is important. As the bonds are many of them crumbling with age, it is earnestly urged that they be not taken from the files.
(2) Names are spelled precisely as they are spelling in the bond, if the writing is legible. No corrections have been made even where errors were obvious. The spelling given first is that of the signature if any and if legible. If the signature is omitted or is illegible the Clerk’s spelling is given. Variant spellings in the bond are shown in parentheses.
(3) If initials appear in the signature and the full name is given in the body of the bond, the full name is shown in the abstract as if so signed.
(4) An x after a name indicates that the signature was by mark. This does not mean that the signer was necessarily illiterate.
(5) Some signatures are in German script. In such cases the first spelling shown is that of the Clerk, and the German signature is shown in parentheses preceded by the abbreviation Ger.
(6) The bride did not sign the bond; hence the spelling shown is not her own but in every case that of the Clerk.
(7) In searching for a name, look for possible variant spellings. The following table shows some of the letters that are frequently indistinguishable in manuscripts:
e, i, c
u, n, ie, or
m, nn, en, in
Capital S, L, T, F, J, I
(8) The date shown is note the date of marriage but the date of the bond; the marriage followed within a few days thereafter. Where the date is omitted from the bond every effort has been made to fix it. Resort is had to the endorsement that usually appears on the outside of the folded bond, to the reference to the Governor for the time being which appears regularly in the bonds, to the watermark in the paper, or even to the handwriting of the Clerk. Any such clues are given parenthetically in the abstract.
(9) Comparison of the abstracts with the incomplete Register mentioned above has been made and any additional information on the Register has been incorporated. Comparison has also been made with a partial list prepared some years ago by the late Alfred Nixon and additions and corrections have been made from this list; abstracts marked (N) are taken from his list, the original having disappeared. In some cases after 1850 licenses and certificates are on file with the bonds: any additional information contained in them has also been incorporated in the abstracts.
(10) Abbreviations used:
Ambiguous.. uncertain which is groom and which is surety
C.. Certificate of Minister or Justice of the Peace
CC.. Clerk of County Court
CCC.. Clerk of County Court
DC.. Deputy Clerk
DCC.. Deputy Clerk of Court
Doubtful.. incomplete, partial, illegible, or self contradictory
Ger.. German script
JP.. Justice of the Peace
MG.. Minister of the Gospel
N.. A list of bonds prepared by Mr Alfred Nixon.
R.. The Register of Marriages from 1850 to 1865
Uncertain.. same as doubtful
x.. signed with mark
..... .. omission or illegible
(11) The abstracts are arranged in alphabetical order of grooms; the index at the end is in alphabetical order of brides.Grooms’ names and brides’ names are reversed, the surname being put first; all other names are in natural order, the surname last.
(12) The abstracts are arranged and punctuated as follows:
Groom; Bride’ Surety or Sureties; Date; Witness or Witnesses; Other Information.