17Mar1763, Cane Creek Meeting, Orange County, North Carolina
Whereas, Joseph Chamness, son of Anthony Chamness and Sarah, his wife, of Orange County, in the Province of North Carolina, and Margaret Norton, daughter of Edward Norton and Elizabeth, his wife of Rowan County, and Province aforesaid; having declared their intentions of Marriage with each other before several Monthly Meetings of the people called Quakers, held at Cane Creek, in Orange County, and Province aforesaid, according to the good order used amongst them, and having consent of parents, or parties concerned, their said proposals of marriage were allowed by said meeting. Now, these are to certify to whom it may concern, that for the full accomplishment of their said Intentions, this the Seventeenth day of the Third Month in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-three, they the said Joseph Chamness and Margaret Norton appeared in a public meeting of the said people, held at their meeting house at Cane Creek; and the said Joseph Chamness, taking the said Margaret Norton by the hand, did in a solemn manner declare that he took her, the said Margaret Norton, to be his Wife, promising with Divine Assistance to be unto her a Faithful and Loving Husband until death separates them. And then and there in the same Assembly, the said Margaret Norton did in like manner declare that she took him, the said Joseph Chamness, to be her Husband, promising with Divine Assistance to be unto him a Faithful and Loving Wife until death separates them.
And moreover, they, the said Joseph Chamness and Margaret Norton -- she according to the custom of marriage assuming the name of her husband -- as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to these presents set their hands.
And we, being present at the solemnization of said Marriage and Subscription, do as witnesses hereunto subscribe our names the day and year above written:
John Marshall, Thomas Branson,
Joseph Pike, Anthony Chamness,
William Piggott, Edward Norton,
John Stout, Sarah Chamness,
John Davis, Elizabeth Norton,
William Marshall, Elizabeth Chamness.
[This list of witnesses is presented as though all these people actually "signed" their names, however, in 1776 Anthony Chamness signed his will with "his mark."]
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