Given a Marriage Bann described as below, why would John McGee be taking an Oath for William McBeath? I am looking to see if tradition would suggest that Robert McGee is the legally responsible adult in this contract? Maybe William is to young to take the oath himself?
Early Adventurers on the WesternWaters by Mary B. Kegley and F.B. Kegley. v.2; p.129.
"William McBath(McBeath) and Nancy McMullen, daughter of William McMullen, sur. John McGee; consent William McMullen. John McGee made oath in the office that William McMullen signed within certificate and that he was willing his daughter should marry William McBeath. Signed Charles Taylor, Clerk."