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Document Number:0710010
Title:Married Woman's Cert
Date:13 December 1851
Condition of this document:
Good consistent with age
Physical description:
Parchment : 2 sheets 34cm x 27cm and 33cm x 25cm
This ORIGINAL document is a standard certificate which arises from the sale or mortgage of property which had belonged to a married woman. At this period (ie after 1833 but prior to the Married Women's Property Act of 1882) any property of a married woman passed immediately to her husband. As some sort of safeguard she would be examined by a commissioner appointed for the purpose who would satisfy himself that she was of full age and understood what was going on.

The document is signed by the commissioner, but not by either the husband or wife. It gives the parish in which the property is located and date of the transaction, but no further detail.
People in this document:
In this case the people involved are John JOHNSON of Bookwell, Near Egremont, Cumberland (Gentleman), and Ann, his wife. The property is in the Parish of Haile, Cumberland, and was either sold or mortgaged on 13 December 1851.

The document was sworn before Two of the perpetual Commissioners appointed for taking the acknowledgments of Deeds by Married Women in Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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