|~~ Your FamilyChest Document ~~|
|Date:||16 May 1834|
|Somewhat grubby on the outside as folded, but very good for its age on the written side.|
|Parchment : 1 sheet 66cm x 79cm with 4 wax seals, 3 signatures and revenue stamp.|
|Summary of contents:|
Thomas LEACROFT of Chester, Cheshire. Gentleman.
Mary Ann LEACROFT of Chester, Cheshire. Spinster.
Ellen LEACROFT of Chester, Cheshire. Spinster.
Harriett LEACROFT of Chester, Cheshire. Spinster.
Mary POVEY of Malpas, Cheshire. Spinster.
The document begins by reciting a marriage settlement of 1803 prior to the marriage of Mary Leacroft - (party to this Indenture). It settled various property on Thomas Leacroft for his life, after which it would be in the hands of trustees for the benefit of the children of the marriage. Mary Ann, Ellen and Harriett Leacroft are surviving daughters.
Included in that settlement (possibly among other things), was a messuage called Willascroft (or Woolascroft) near Stone, Staffordshire. Each of the three daughters are eventually entitled to a one-fifth share of this property. (We are not told what happened to the other two-fifths).
This three-fifth share of the property is now being mortgaged to Mary Povey for £250. The Leacrofts already have another mortgage for £300 outstanding on the same property.