Copy of the Davy Crockett and Polly Finley marriage bond dated August 12, 1806 is displayed in the Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge.
The Jefferson County Historical Museum located in the Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge displays a copy of the Davy Crockett and Polly Finley marriage bond dated August 12, 1806. The original bond is stored in a county vault. Davy Crockett's formative years were spent in Jefferson County where he met and married Polly Finley of Finley Gap in Bays Mountain. In those days a man was required to post a marriage bond prior to obtaining a marriage license. The bond was posted to assure the State that there was no lawful cause to prevent the marriage. Davy and Polly lived in Jefferson County until 1812 and their first two children were born in the Finley Gap area.