When John Bond was born on May 30, 1755, in Guilford, North Carolina, his father, Joseph, was 50 and his mother, Martha, was 37. He married twice: first, Jane Beeson on January 28, 1778, in his hometown, and second Elizabeth whose last name is unknown but thought by some to be Jane's sister Elizabeth. He had one daughter named Charity by Elizabeth. He died in September 1795 in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the age of 40
The following biography is taken from Samuel Bond Garrett's genealogy of the Bond family. Additional footnotes are entered as appropriate.
"John Bond, son of Joseph and Martha, was born 30 May 1755; married 28 Jan 1778: Jane Beeson, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Beeson, of Guilford County, North Carolina. She died 9 Jan 1792. [John died between 17 Jun 1795, the date of his Will, and the probate date of July 1795; these dates unknown to Samuel Garrett.]
"They were members of the Centre Monthly Meeting of Friends but in January 1781 they moved their membership to Deep River Monthly Meeting. In June 1784 he was disowned from membership and little has been learned of his history since that date. There is, however, a tradition among his descendants that after his wife died he married Elizabeth Beeson, by whom he had one child, name and sex not known to them. [John's Will confirms the second marriage to Elizabeth and a daughter born to them named Charity. From US Mortality Census Charity is shown born about 1793 in North Carolina. Ed.]
"There were eight children born to John before Jane's death. The children retained membership in the meeting and must have moved their membership back to Center Meeting for in 1795 they moved their membership from Center to New Hope Monthly Meeting, Green County, Tennessee. In the minutes of New Hope Monthly meeting of Tennessee we find recorded in 1795 where the five sons of John Bond moved their rights of membership from Center Monthly Meeting of North Carolina to New Hope Monthly Meeting of Green County, Tenn. The sons names: Joseph, Benjamin, Joel, Isaac and William. [The women's minutes with their sisters transfers were not available to Samuel Garrett. Ed.]
"The children all being minors at that time it is reasonable to believe that John had married again and moved his family to the new settlement of Quakers in East Tennessee. A few years later two of these sons were disowned from membership and all moved away from the neighborhood and no further mention is made of them in the minutes or records."
About a hundred years later Samuel Bond Garrett came into possession of the original marriage certificate of John Bond and Jane Beeson and reproduces its full text in his book. The surnames of the witnesses on the marriage certificate are of interest to any student of the Bond family and its various lines. Even the recording clerk, Benjamin Coffin, is from a family later intimately involved with (and married into) the Bond family in operating a significant route of the Underground Railroad.
John's Will dated 17 Jun 1795 survives, confirms the second marriage to Elizabeth, and is transcribed below from July Sessions 1795 Knox County, Tennessee:
John Bond. In the name of God Amen I John Bond of Knox County and Territory South of the Ohio River, being a very sick, but of sound mind and perfect memory and considering the casualties of life do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form that is to say first I give and devise to my wife Elizabeth a equal part of the moveable property with my surviving children. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my sons Joseph, Benjamin, Joel, Isaac and William an equal part of a tract of land if obtained which I have a bond for four hundred and fifty acres. Thirdly, I give to my daughters that is to say Martha, Elizabeth, Jane and Charity equal part with my wife and the rest of my children in the moveables after paying all my just debts and my funeral expenses and I do hereby appoint Hirem Gering and Samuel Hinds Executors in this my last Will and Testament and hoping that virtue and happiness will always acompany you all wife and children and descendants I command my soul to God in hopes of its being received into endless bliss at my said dwelling house in Knox County this seventeenth day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety five.
Signed, sealed and declared to be the testators last will and testament in the presence of Test. Jn Gibbs, Nicholas Gibbs.
It is thought by some that John's second wife Elizabeth is Elizabeth Beeson, sister of his first wife Jane. This has not been corroborated. T Stanton has been unable to locate a document showing a maiden or previous married name for Elizabeth.
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