This is only a small item of general interest, but illustrates how families
can , irritatingly, swing from county to county, so that your searches come
to an apparent brick wall in one county, because you cannot know that your
ancester has decided to live in Cornwall or Somerset. So sometimes it pays
to think laterally and just try the neighbouring counties.
This Indenture made in 1704 between William DRAKE of Yardbury (
Colyton ) Esq, and John Drake of Chard in the co of Somerset, apothecary.
( on the reverse of this indenture are the words, my lease for a year of the
Maudlin to my bro; Jn Drake ) that in consideration of the sum of five
shillings, William grants to John, all those houses and grounds of the
Maudlyn in the parish of Liskerd and Menheniott in the co of Cornwall, late
in the possession of John Rogers of Liskard and lately fallen to William
Drake by the death of John GAYCH the son of Samuel GAYCH of the parish of
Lanreth in the co of Cornwall for whose life the said was granted unto
Thomas GAYCH of the parish of St Bewdeaux in the co of Devon gent , by
....TREVILL of Butshead in the co of Devon , esq .....the reversion thereof
on the life of Francis BAYWELL son of Francis BAYWELL of Coleton in the co
of Devon yeoman..... signed Will Drake, witnesses Daniel Quintin and William
(Som RO dd/ne/14/2 ) Somehow this particular property is passed
down through some previous arrangement. The Indenture which is far from
clear on this, "whose turn it was last to grant the same " seems an odd
phrase but indicates that this maybe passes from one family to another by a
will ? previous reversions ?
Whatever , three counties and a great many people are involved with
Maudlyn " within the severall parishes of " Does this indicate that the
Maudlyn was an estate , a hamlet, a tithing ? Anybody know anything
about this on the Cornwall list ?