Bonds & Commissions Index 1811-1965

Bond and Commissions were recorded to ensure that public offices were properly filled and responsibilities performed.  Bonds were posted by public officials that made them responsible if they failed to fulfill their job duties. These records also include oaths by public officials which pledged they would faithfully perform their duties and support the Constitution of the United States.  They show the County official’s name, title, amount of bond, and the condition of obligation for a variety of County offices such as Commissioner, Coroner, Prothonotary, Recorder, Register of Wills, Sheriff and Treasurer.  Bonds and Commissions were also recorded for aldermen, courthouse clerks, judges, notary publics, and policemen.  Bonds and Commissions records prior to 1811 and after 1965 were recorded in regular Deed Books.