You have confirmed that I need to locate the contents of my
grandfather's deed box. He wished that I should take possession of them on
his demise but alas they appear to have gone missing.
From: sog-uk-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Tim Powys-Lybbe
Sent: 15 July 2010 16:59
Subject: Re: [SOG-UK] Researching Kneller Knellers
On 15 Jul at 16:07, "Keith Kneller" <keith.kneller(a)hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
John Kneller, Esq. Dunhead St Mary, Wilts married Sophia Hayne on
10, 1791 by licence at the St Peter and St Paul Church, Broadwell
(Bradwell) Oxon. As the marriage was by licence I checked the marriage
bond index and found both a bond and affidavit in support of the
marriage. Can anyone advise me where I might find the pre marital
agreement which governs the Will of the said John Kneller proved in
In the family deed box.
The point to remember is that these were private contracts between
consenting adults and did not have to be publicly recorded.
If the relevant ancestors have thrown the old documents away, then
But the agreement would have had at least two parties so the other
family might have kept their copy.
My father put all our forbears' marriage settlements in the local record
office. There is a chance that a forbear of yours might have done that.
Alternatively the deed might have been in a solicitor's deed room and
they gave all their old rubbish to a record office. The only problem is
that the solicitor may not have lived in the same area as your forbears
so you may have to chase a shed-load of record offices. Similarly your
forbears will have moved house a few times and heaven knows where they
might have deposited any marriage settlelment deeds.
Tim Powys-Lybbe tim(a)powys.org
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