I took a photo of the document that Sandi Vaught and I found in Orange County, Virginia in September to share with Elaine. It is a copy of the marriage bond that Uncle Benjamin signed when he was about to marry Mary/Polly Bickers. I decided to put the copy on this blog just to make it easy to find.
Benjamin is very special to my research as he seems to have acted as a father to my 3-gr-grandfather in their lifetimes. Benjamin's will leaves much of what he has to his NEPHEW Thomas R. Hawkins. Benjamin and Mary/Polly Bickers Hawkins did not have children of their own. When Polly's father Nicholas Bickers died he left her only $1. Not because he didn't love her. But because she had no children of her own and she was rich while his other children were poor. I love Nicholas for having left that will!
Menallen Preparative was set up as in 1748 by Sadsbury Monthly, having been an Indulged Meeting since 1733. In 1748, the meeting became part of Warrington Monthly Meeting, the registers of which show that the first marriage to be conducted at Menallen in 1751. Menallen's earliest meeting house was a log structure, which they tore down in 1838, and rebuilt on a new property in Flora Dale, about a mile south of Bendersville. About 1890, that structure was replaced by the red brick building currently in use.