James Cheney and Anna Wheat married in Mason Co., KY on 23 March 1807.
Anna Wheat's bondman, Samuel Drake, made a statement of permission to the judge for her license with James Cheney. (I have the image of it.)
"Mason County: This day came Samuel Drake before me the ??? a Justice of the Peace for said County and made Oath that Anne Wheat has been raised with his mother and the said Anne Wheat was never known to have a lawful Father to the best of the said Samuel Drake's recollection given under my hand this 23 day of March 1807. Samuel Baldwin."
Does this mean that Anna's father was known but she just didn't know him - he died or left when she was an infant? Does this mean the the father (including his surname) is not known? Does this mean Samuel Drake just didn't want to get into the family dynamic? Why didn't the bondsman say the father was dead?
Also does this indicated that Samuel Drake is Anna's brother, half-brother, step-brother, foster brother, brother-in-spirit?
Anna was born in 1788 per census and a headstone. So in 1807, she would be 19 - of age to not need permission.
I am hoping a Mason Co., KY expert or other expert may shed light onto the interpretation of the bondsman's statement and for what purpose.