BASTARDY BONDS FROM CHATHAM CO., N.C.
IN  COURT MINUTES
                                                                                                                                         Copyright 2000 Sue Ashby
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When Betty J. Camin and Edwin A. Camin extracted and published the "North Carolina Bastardy Bonds". They did a beautiful job BUT, they only cover the period from 1871-1879.
These bonds are from the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions records beginning in, Feb., 1775
Although, the records don't give the names of the children. (except in a few cases) if you know, about when, your ancestor was born and his/her last name, this may be an important clue.
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Pg. 43, Feb., 1775
ANN WHITE,  a base born child about two years and a half, old be bound to HENRY BRAY, Sr. and MARY, his wife, during their life (that is to say) untill she shall arrive to lawfull age to learn the business of Housewifery.

Pg. 74 - Aug., 1775
JOHN DICKSON be fined four pounds proc. (proclaimed money) for charges in laying in, etc. and five pounds a year for five years for the maintainance of a base born child begot by him of the body of RACHAEL HAYWORTH. and that he enter into bond with security.

Pg. 89 - May, 1776
FREDERICK COBB, father of two children begot on the body of WINEFRED BRASWELL, pay to HENRY BRASWELL, three pounds proc. for expenses expended in the said WINEFRED laying in.

Pg. 77 - Feb., 1779
HENRY BRASWELL pay to a certain ANNA YARBOROUGH, 5 pounds for maintaining said BRASWELLS child one year from this time.

Pg. 19B - Nov., 1782
SOLOMON ROE, pay unto BECKEY COPELAND, 6 pounds per annum for the maintainance of a base begotten child, begot on her body untill the child arrives to the age of Seven Years, it being One year old at this present time. Also, giving bond and security to keep the said child off the parish.

Pg. 28A - Feb., 1783
THOMAS RIDDLE, pay unto MILLY MATTHEWS, 5 pounds per annum for the term of Seven Years toward to maintenance of a base begotten child, begot of her body, he giving JOHN RIDDLE, as security for the same.

Pg. 28A - Feb., 1783
DANIEL HIGDON, pay unto FRANCES RAY, 5 pounds per annum for the term of Seven Years toward the maintenance of a base begotten child begot of her body, he giving BENJAMEN BRANTLY and THOMAS HARRINTON, securities.

Pg. 52B - Nov., 1783
JOSEPH KIRK be bound, in the sum of Fifty pounds for the maintenance of a certain child begotten on the body of PHERIBY LAND/LANE? for the term of five years, he gave TRAVERS HARPER and GEO. KIRK, securities.

Pg. 52B - Nov., 1782
JOSEPH ROSSER being charged of getting a base child on the body of ANN SHILDS, came into court and gave MATTHEW RAMSEY and SPENCER STEWART, securities, in the sum of Fifty pounds for the exemption of any charge on the county, etc.

Pg. 57B - Feb, 1784
ZACHA. HARMON, Esqr. acknowledged himself in the sum of Fifty pounds to indemnify the County from any charge of a base born child begott by HEZEKIAH HARMON on the body of CEOLISEY PRINCE.

Pg. 57B - Feb., 1784
DRUSILLAH GINN  (JEAN?) gave VENITT (VINCENT?) SELF and BRADLEY SELF, securitys in the sum of fifty pounds to indemnify the county from expense of a base born child which she has.

Pg. 65B- May, 1784
YOUNG BURT, pay unto SARAH PARTRIDGE, 5 pounds per annum for the term of Seven Years for the maintenance of a base born child begotten on the body of SARAH PARTRIDGE. RICH'D BURT, FREDRICK COBB, securitys.

Pg. 68B - May, 1784
HEZEKIAH HARMON, pay unto CESSELA PRINCE, two pounds for the lying in of the said CESSELA PRINCE, the further sum of five pounds .........(unreadable) a base born  child begot on her body by the said HARMON.

Pg. 92B - Nov., 1784
JAMES PARHAM, pay unto ANN YARBOROUGH, 3 pounds for the expenses of her laying in also 5 pounds per annum for the term of Seven years having entered into bond with CHARLES HARRINGTON, for the performance of the same.

Pg. 15 - May 1790
BALAAM THOMPSON, Esqr. pay unto ELIZABETH WALCH, five pounds for the laying in month, and five pounds for the first year that is past, making 10 pounds, which is to be paid down immediately. And the said BALAAM THOMPSON do pay to the said ELIZABETH, five pounds yearly for two years commencing from the 20th of Aril last, such payments to be made on the 20th day of April in each year. Provided the child should die, the payment to cease form that period.

Pg. 70 - Feb., 1791
SALLY ______ (blank), a base born child of _______(nothing written) be bound to Docter FRANCIS FARRELL and wife untill she comes of lawfull age, she being _______(blank) years , now to learn the business of house wifery.

Pg. 107 - Aug., 1791
JAMES LANGSTON, pay to FRANCIS HILL 7 pounds for the laying year to be pound emideiatly & yearly for the term of 6 years to commence the 8th day of February next & so yearly untill the whole sum is paid in case the child lives.
MY NOTE:  This complete entry was then marked out.

PG. 108 - Aug., 1791
On motion of JOHN WILLIAMS, Esqr., att. for FRANCIS HILL and hearing JAMES LANGSTON, Jr. taking ? the maintenance of a baise born child begotten by him on the body of FRANCIS HILL. Said JAMES LANGSTON do pay to FRANCIS HILL 7 pounds immediately in t he years maintainances of the said child and for her laying in such year to commence from the 8th day of February, 1792 and the said JAMES further pay to the said FRANCIS , the yearly sum of 5 pounds for 6 years if the child so long liveth and if it should die within any of the said 6 years, then a proper part of such sum to be paid by the said JAMES to the said FRANCIS.

The pages of the year of 1792 are too faint to read on the microfilm. I will start with the pages that are readable.

Pg. 319 - Feb. 1794
Ordered that JOHN M. LEVINE pay unto MARY MOODY, forty shillings for the lyimg in month and five pounds a year for five years the Seven pound to be paid immediately and the rest annually as they become due.

Pg. 43(top)  Nov., 1794
Ordered that WILLIAM MOODY pay TABITHA WEBSTER. six pounds per year for four years, past and forty shillings for the lying in month.

Pg. 86 (top) - May, 1795
Ordered that JOHN EVANS, pay unto NANCY RIGHT (WRIGHT?) forty shillings for the laying in month and five  pounds for each and every year for five years to be paid annually, if the child should so long live, the forty shillings, and two pounds ten shillings for the half to the first year to be paid immediately the other half of the first year being fifty shillings more to be paid on the 6th day of October next and the subsequent payments to be made annually on the 6th day of October in every year until the whole be paid.

Pg. 148 - Feb., 1796
Ordered that JOAB JOHNSTON, pay unto SARAH QUEEN forty shillings down and five pounds the first day of Sept. next and five pounds annually for four years after, in the support and maintainance of the child begot on her by the said JOHNSTON, forty shillings pain into court & paid by J. R.(?) to the woman.

Pg. 157 - Feb., 1796
Ordered that ZEBULON DITTO pay unto JEMIMA WARD, forty shillings down and five pounds the first day of Sept. next and five pounds annually for four years after for the support and maintainance of the child begot on her body by the said DITTO.

Pg. 158 - Feb., 1796
Ordered that JAMES MEACHAM, be sited to appear next Court & shew cause why an order should not be made fo the support & maintainance of two Bastard children begot on the body of PEGGY COPLAND, this order discharged in subsequent order, tomorrow.

Pg. 160 - Feb. 1796
In the matter of JAMES MECHAM  for Bastardy - On motion of Mr. Burton, council for JAMES MECHAM, praying that this matter might stand over till the next Court it appearing that the said JAMES appeared at the last Court ot answer a charge of Bastardy and gave the usual Bond and Sur'y (surety). and that PEGGY COPLAND, the mother of the children was about to move? the Court for an order for their maintenance & that the said James had notice thereof and being present in Court desired by his council that such applycation might be made till the present term and the same being consented to by the said Peggy & the said Peggy at this term accordingly appearing and moving the Court for the said Order, this Court doth Order that (upon notice hereof to be given to the said James or left at his last or most usual place of abode) an do appear at the next Court & shew cause if any he hath why the said order should not be made.

Pg. 186 - May 1796
Ordered that JAMES MITCHAM pay unto PEGGY COPLAND, the mother of a Bastard Child named BETSEY, about three years old begotten on her Body by the said James, Seven pounds  at the present May Session and fifteen pounds at May Session 1797 and five pounds more at May Session '98 for the maintainance of the said Betsey.

Ordered that JAMES MITCHAM pay to PEGGY COPLAND Seven pounds on the 12th November next and five pounds on the 12th Novem. '97 & five pounds on the 12th Novem. '98 and five pounds on the 12th Nov. 1799 & five pounds on the 12th day of Novem'r, 1800 being for the maintainance of a Bastard Child named ANNY, about Eighteen months old begotten by the said James on the Body of the sd Peggy.

Pg. 213 - Aug., 1796
Ordered that, ANDREW WHITE, pay unto REBECCA ROWLAND, mother of a bastard Child named SARAH, about Eighteen months old, begotten on her body by the sd Andrew, fifty shillings, down and fifty shillings at the end of twelve months from this day, and the further sum of five pounds annually for the further time of two years & nine months.

Pg. 216 - Aug., 1796
Ordered that ELNATHAN DAVIS, Jr. pay unto ELIZABETH BURCHETT, three pounds to be paid down and five pounds for five years successively to be paid annually for the support and maintainance of a Bastard Child begotten on the body of the sd. Elizabeth by the said Davis.

Pg. 241 - Nov., 1796
Ordered that ISAAC BROOKS, pay unto MARY BROWN, forty shillings down and five pounds a year untill the child arrives at the age of five years - begot on the body of the said MARY BROWN, by the said ISAAC BROOKS.

Pg. 135 - Feb., 1797
Ordered that ISAAC(?) BROOKS Jr. pay unto MARY BROWN, forty shillings down for her laying in month, & five pounds seven months from this term and five pounds annually afterwards for the term of four years - for the maintenance of a Base born child begotten on the body of saId Mary by the said ISAAC BROOKS.

Pg. 143 - May, 1797
Ordered that, WILLIAM MOODY, the younger, appear at the Court & shew cause why an allowance for the maintainance of JOHN, upwards of two years old a base born child, begotten by him on the body of TABITHA WEBSTER, should not be made & why he should not give bond to indemnify the parish in that respect.

Pg. 157 - Aug., 1797
Ordered that EPHRAIM LEDBETTER, a base born child of WINEFORD LEDBETTER, be bound unto JAMES COPELAND, untill he arrives at lawfull age he being about Nine years now.

Pg. 168 - Nov., 1797
Ordered that WILLIAM WILLIT, pay down to MARY  FIELDS for the laying in month. Forty shillings as usual & three pounds now, making four pounds - & the usual payment instalments that is to say Seven pounds for the first year & five pounds, annually for three years afterwards, the first year payable 12 months hence, for the maintenance of a bastard child begott by the sd. William on the body of said MARY FIELDS.

Pg. 168 - Nov., 1797
Ordered that WILLIAM MOODY, pay down unto TABATHA WEBSTER, ten pounds for the laying in month & four pounds next February and five pounds a year for two years afterwards for the maintenance of a bastard child begott by the said Wm. on the body of said TABITHA.
(This would be the boy JOHN, age two, named above)

Pg. 171 - Nov, 1797
Ordered that MOSES ATWATTER, pay to ELIZABETH WILLIS, fort shillings, down for the laying in month & five pounds yearly for five years annually for the maintainance of a bastard begott on the body of the said Elizabeth by the said Moses. The said Moses hath given bond to indemnify the county.

Pg. 182 - Feb., 1798
BAZIL MANLY comes into court & enters into Bond with JAMES TAYLOR, his security in the sum of Fifty pounds to keep a base born child of BETSEY MALSBRYS? (MALEBRY?), from being chargeable to the County.

Pg. 188 - May, 1798
Ordered that WILLIAM WILLIT, pay to MARY FEILDS the usual allowance for the maintainance of a bastard child begot on the Body of the sd. Mary.

Pg. 191 - May, 1798
Ordered that WILLIAM WILLIT be served with a rule to shew cause if any, he have, why an attachment should not issue against him, at the Instance of MARY FEILDS for not paying her the money due her for the maintainance of a Bastard child, during three years last past, according to an order of this court, heretofore made in the premises.

Pg. 235 - Aug., 1799
Ordered that ASA WILLIS, an illegitimate child be bound unto WILLIAM WILLIS, till he arrive to a lawful age, he being now two years old, to learn the farming business.

To be Continued.....
There aren't any bastardy bonds for the year 1800.
I will be continuing the search with, 1801.