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Document Number:0710025
Title:Married Woman's Cert
Date:23 February 1843
Condition of this document:
Fair, but slightly discoloured.
Physical description:
Parchment : 2 sheets 29cm x 21cm and 36cm x 28m with revenue stamp
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:
The people concerned are John HOUGHTON and his wife Ann. The property is in Lane Ends Clayton le Woods, Lancaster, and was either sold or mortgaged on 23 February 1843.

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