William and Millisint are crucial ancestors for me, as they are the proven end-line of my own family line. They were married the following day after the granting of the Bond, at Holy Trinity Church, Hull, Yorkshire.
I purchased their marriage bond from the Borthwick Archives in York and the wording is recorded below:
12.6.1790 William Cumpston aged 21 [this meant 'over 21'] of Hull & Millisint WATSON aged 21 of Hull at Holy Trinity Hull
" The Twelfth day of June in the year of our LORD one thoufand Seven Hundred and Ninety
On Which day appeared perfonally William CUMPSTON of the Parish of the Holy Trinity in Kingston upon Hull in the Diocese of York Mariner and being sworn on the Holy Evangelifts, alledged and made Oath as follows, That he is of the Age of Twenty One Years and upwards and a Batchelor and intends to marry Millisint Watson of the same Parish.
Aged twenty one years and upwards and a spinster not knowing or believing any lawful Let or impediment by Reason of Confanguinity, Affinity, or any other Caufe whatfoever, to hinder the faid intended Marriage: And he prayed a Licence to Solemnize, the faid Marriage in the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity aforesaid, In which faid Parish the faid William Cumpston further made Oath That she hath had her usual Abode for the Space of Four Weeks left paft.
On the fame day the faid Wm Cumpston was sworn before me Robt Webster Surrogate (signed Wm Cumpston)
Know all men by thefe Prefants, that We William Cumpston of the Town of Kingston upon Hull in the Diocese of York Mariner, and James Denton of the same Victualler
are bound and firmly Obliged to the Right Worshipful JOHN THOMAS BATT Mafter of Arts, Vicar General and Official Principal of the moft Reverend Father in God WiIlliam by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of York, Primate of England and Metropolitan lawfully authorized, in the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds of good and lawful Money of Great Britain, to be Paid to him the faid JOHN THOMAS BATT, Mafter of Arts, or to his Executors, adminiftrators, Succeffors and Affigns, for the Payment whereof well and truly to be made, we oblige ourfelves for the Whole and the Full, our Heirs, Executors and Adminiftrators, firmly by thefe Prefents, fealed with our Seals, Given the Twelfth Day of the Month of June in the Year of our Lord God, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety.
The Condition of this Obligation is fuch; That if the above Bounden William Cumpston and Millicent Watson now Licenced to be married together, he neither by Confanguinity or Affinity the one to the other, within the Degrees prohibited for Marriage: If alfo there be no other Lett Impediment or lawful Cause whatfoever, but that they may be lawfully married together, both by the Laws of God in this Land: Moreover, if the Perfons, whofe Confent is required xxxin this behalf, be thereunto agreeing: And laftly, if the marriage be done and folemnized in fuch Manner, as in the Lxxxxthem granted is limited: Then this Obligation to be void xxx one to remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sealed and Delivered in the Prefence of William Cumpston
Robt Webster Surrogate James Denton