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    [Alamo Defenders]. John Benjamin Kellogg Marriage Bond Signed "Benjamin Kellogg." Two pages, 8" x 12" (width varies), Gonzales, September 27, 1835. Kellogg (1817-1836), a native of Kentucky, immigrated to Texas and settled in Gonzales where he met and married Sidney E. Gaston (who has countersigned), the former wife of Thomas R. Miller. The bond reads, in full:

    "Before me B. D. McClure primary Judge of the Jurisdiction of Gonzales came Benj. Kellogg of the one part and Sidney E. Gaston or otherwise Sidney E. Miller of the other part Who firmly bound themselves the one to the other in the penal Sum of ten thousand dollars the nature of the above contract is such that the aforementioned Benj. Kellogg and Sidney E. Gaston are Desirous of entering into a contract of matrimony therefore the aforementioned contracting parties viz. Benj. Kellogg and Sidney E. Gaston Do bind themselves the one to the other in the penal Sum of ten thousand if either of the aforementioned Should refuse when called on by the other to perform that Sacred Duty when opportunity may offer or the laws become so that the legal authorities shall be authorized to celebrate marriages then this bond to remain in full force against the one refusing acknowledging the case as already adjudicated without the right of appeal whereunto I have caused the Benj. Kellogg to assign signing the same myself with two witnesses of my faith this day of the date 27th Sept 1835."

    Heavy water damage has caused some fading of the text and minor smudging in places, though overall the document is still legible. Heavily damaged along the right edge, with small to large holes, most of which have been archivally repaired, some loss of paper, but not affecting the text. Folds are weakened and separating in places. Top and bottom edge is lightly chipped. Eight inch tear from the bottom edge through the middle of the document has also been archivally repaired.

    Kellogg and his new wife's ex-husband, Thomas Miller (one of the "Old Eighteen"), along with Sidney's brother, John Gaston, were members of the Gonzales Rangers, attached to the command of Colonel William B. Travis of the Provisional Republican Army, who entered the Alamo as part of the Gonzales Alamo Relief Force. All three men perished with the other defenders of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Sidney, who is believed to have been a participant in the Runaway Scrape, was pregnant at the time of her husband's death and died six months later.

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