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1831 July 16


This is a penal bond of one hundred dollars for Peyton R. Pitman and Franklin W. Taylor as security for the operation of a ferry on Current River at his residence for the term of one year.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ferries were an integral part of early frontier travel as they provided a generally safe method of crossing rivers. Because they were critical to transportation of people, goods, and livestock, ferry operators were required to post penal bonds in which they vow to maintain and operate the ferry site or risk having to pay the full sum of the bond. Peyton R. Pitman purchased William Hix's ferry on Current River, renaming it Pitman's Ferry. This particular bond may be for that same ferry location which is still known today in Lawrence County.


Know all men by these presents that we Peyton R
Pitman as principal and Franklin W Taylor as secutiry
are held and firmly bound unto the County Treasurer
of the County of Lawrence in Arkansas Territory
for the time being and successors in office in the
penal sum of One hundred Dollars, which payment
well and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs
administrators and assigns, firmly by these presents as
witness our hands and seals this 16th day of July AD
The Condition of the above obligation is such
that whereas the Country Court of Lawrence County in
Arkansas Territory did on the 5th day of July AD
1831 at the July Term thereof Grant unto the above
bounden[sic] Peyton R Pitman, a licence[sic] to keep a ferry
on and over Current River at his Residenc[sic] for the
Term of One year from the date aforesaid; Now
therefore if the said Peyton R Pitman, shall well
and truly do and perform all and singular the duties
of ferry-man[sic] according to Law, and the form of
the statute in such cases made and provided, then this
Obligation to be void and of none[sic] effect otherwise
to Remain in full force and Virtue in Law
P.R. Pitman
Franklin W Taylor

Physical Description

Document, 12.75" x 8"


Ferries; Rivers; Transportation; Law; Pioneers


Peyton R. Pitman; Franklin W. Taylor

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)




MSNE.0018, Box 1, Folder 43

Resource Type



Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, MSNE.0018


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Bond, Peyton R. Pitman and Franklin W. Taylor, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.


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