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Norfolk County Guardian Bonds, 1751-1761

Source: L.H. Hart, “Norfolk County Guardian Bonds, 1751-1761,” Southside Virginian (1 July 1983).

[page 99]

The guardian bond was designed to protect the inheritance of orphans.  The guardian and his security were required to put up a bond of sufficient value to cover the estate due an orphan upon his reaching majority.

This instrument is of genealogical significance as it usually gives the name of the orphan’s father.  In some instances a father was required to put up a bond for his children; this usually indicates that the children are the recipients of a legacy.

The format for these guardian bonds is as follows: the names of the bondsmen; value of the bond; date of the bond; name of guardian; name of orphan(s); parent of orphan.  The following abbreviations are used: £ for pounds; orph. for orphan; ch. for child.

[page 153]

William COLLEY, John COLLEY   £100   Jan. 20, 1757   Wm. COLLEY  Mary CONNER orph. of Lewis CONNER

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