If your ancestor obtained a marriage bond in a Kentucky county, but there is no evidence a marriage was performed there, do not assume the couple did not marry. Check for a marriage return in neighboring counties. The marriage bond could be obtained in one county and the couple could be married in any county in the state. The marriage bond, however, was not valid outside Kentucky.
Published 30 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/