Logan Co. KY Marriages, 1792-1818
Logan County Clerk decided the very earliest marriage books were getting dim so he made a typed copy of the information, groom, bride, and date and had the books destroyed. (One record says he sent to books to Frankfort but many searches there have not located the books.)
Mrs. J. Wells Vick, (1892-1978) noted genealogist and DAR member, hand-copied these records into the General Index to Marriage Licenses in the 1950s. There are some differences noted from this record and other typed copies of the list, such as in other libraries so you need to use additional resources to prove these marriages.
There is a paper copy of these index pages in the Archives.
Official marriage registers are available, 1818 through present.
This example is from Marriage Register 2, 1841-1858, page 59, showing marriage application date in the left column, couple to be wed, age status in the narrow column, and return by the minister in the last column.
Of interest here is the marriage of Robert G. McLeod, of age, and Massy Thomas whose parent had to give consent due to her age under 18. For whatever reason, the minister never returned to register the marriage, therefore they are not legally married. Someone forgot to tell them, however, for they proceeded to have several children, moved to Oklahoma and lived happily ever after, we assume. In today's legal network, Massy would have to prove her marriage before she could inherit from the estate should he die first. In 1849 and with a move to Oklahoma, the discrepancy might not be noticed. This would stand out, however, if children from a first marriage contested the "pretend" marriage to block Massy and her children from inheriting the McLeod estate.
Xerox copies of Marriage Registers 1 through 3 are in the Archives, originals in Clerks Office, 329 West 3rd St., Russellville, KY 42276.
A few of the white marriages have consents attached in the bond books. This example from 1888 shows that Julie Bingham gives permission for her daughter Pearlie C. Hanby or Hanley to marry J. N. Brooks. See all the clues you have here!
1. Mother signs consent so father is probably not in household.
2. Pearlie and her mother have different surnames.
3. Is her surname Hanby or Hanley?
4. Are the ones signing document related?
One amusing consent, but not to the couple we assume, stated that the girl was not 15 and should not have a license issued no matter what she told the court officer!
Black Freedman's Book of Marriages
After the Civil War, Negro couples could register their marriages in the courthouse. It was not compulsory but many did comply. In Book 1 of Negro marriages, labeled the Freedman's Book, the Declaration of Marriage listed the couple's names and the length of time they had been married as well as the date of the declaration.
Signatures were usually with the "X" and witnessed by the clerk in the courthouse.
Negro marriage books, Freedman then 2 through 17, are in the Archives. Book 18 through 1959 (when black and white marriages are recorded in the same books) are in the clerk's office on West 3rd St. There is a full name index of the Negro marriages available on AIS and hard copy in the Archives.
Many of the Negro marriages have consent papers in Books 2 through 17.