|~~ Your FamilyChest Document ~~|
|Date:||29 March 1869|
|Parchment : 1 sheet, 66cm x 55cm, Revenue Stamp, signed X the mark of John Pickett against red wax seal|
|Summary of contents:|
John PICKETT of Wroughton in the County of Wiltshire - Brewer
Thomas PICKETT of Saint Margarets in the Parish of Preshute, Wiltshire - Horse Dealer
William PICKETT late of Wroughton, Wiltshire - Labourer (deceased)
The document begins by reciting that William Pickett, the father of John Pickett, acquired a plot of land in Wroughton, Wiltshire, in about 1784 and erected a cottage on it. William Pickett died about 1826 and John Pickett, his only son, "entered into possession and occupation" of it - evidently without any formalities.
John Pickett is now selling the cottage to Thomas Pickett for £50. Unusually, Thomas Pickett declares that his wife WILL be entitled to dower in the property.
It is clear that there is no documentary evidence to show exactly what title either William or John Pickett had to the property. The conveyance never states that they owned freehold or the fee simple - it can only say that there was never any "payment of quit or other rent".