Quoting from "North Carolina Bastary Bonds," by Betty J. Camin,
"The 'Bastary Bonds' of North Carolina are just as the title states - bonds
posted because of the birth or impending birth of a bastard child. These
bonds were intended to protect the county or parish from the expense of
raising the child. It is asked that in reading this material, the reader
so with love and understanding of the problems of these men and women.
When the pregnancy of a woman or birth of a child was brought to the
attention of the court, a warrant was issued and the woman brought into
court. She was examined (questioned) under oath and asked to declare the
name of the child's father. The reputed father was then served a warrant
required to post bond. If the woman refused to name the father, she, her
father, or some other interested party would post the bond. In some cases
was found that the mother and reputed father together posted the bond. If
the woman refused to post bond, or declare the father, she was often sent to
The time period covered by this book is from the formation of the county to
about 1878. The author felt that publishing anything more recent might be
disturbing to some. This book only contains the records for 30 counties.
She further suggests that if you wish to have a copy of the original bond or
bond book entry, that you go to the NC Archives or hire a researcher to
locate the paper. At the time she published, the original material in the
state archives had not been microfilmed. She did state that microfilm of
court records were available for a fee from archives.
This is all I know about the bonds, so please don't ask me anything more
Sept 1873 Violet Hunsicker
Cain Whitenberg Elam Hunsicker Cain Hunsicker
Feb 1877 Selina Huffman
Jr. David Hunsinker, Sr.
Jan 1877 Evina Gibbs
Jun 1874 Julia Alexander
Hope this helps.
Sylvia, Greenville, Pitt Co., NC