Following on from Chris's suggestion I have identified a property that was
probably associated with the pre marital Indenture I seek. Early on in
John's Will - quote
"I give & bequeath the leasehold Mossuage or Dwelling House with
Apparts which I now Inhabit in York Place & all my Estate & contents therein
at my death unto my dear Son John Kneller his Exors & Adinors &
Assigns for his & their absolute use & benefit".
This is his son John Kneller who he privately baptized as an adult at
Donhead Hall before John's marriage to Sophia Hayne in 1791. The address of
York Place was Portman Square. This son John must not be confused with John
Kneller's other younger son 'Godfrey' John (Jacky) Kneller born 3rd February
If I correctly understand what is being suggested then I should trace the
transfer documentation for York Place, Portman Square.
From: sog-uk-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of MILLARD A.R.
Sent: 16 July 2010 23:03
Subject: Re: [SOG-UK] Researching Kneller Knellers
From: Chris Pitt Lewis
Sent: 16 Jul 2010 21:04
An A2A search using the keywords "kneller donhead" reveals that in 1816
Godfrey John Kneller of Donhead Hall, Wiltshire, sold houses in Great
Queen Street, Covent Garden, that are now part of the site of
Freemasons' Hall. If those houses were part of the settlement, the 5
June 1816 release mentioned on A2A is likely to recite at least its
parties and some of its terms, and it may mean that there is a chance
that a memorial of the settlement was registered in the Middlesex Deeds
Registry (I am not certain whether a marriage settlement would have
been) - its records are in the London Metropolitan Archives.
The marriage settlement would only appear in the Middlesex Deeds Registry if
and when it caused property to change ownership, so (for example) if it
provided for what happened to property after the death of one of the parties
then it may not appear in the MDR until after the death.
The Queen Street property seems to have been devised in an earlier Kneller
will, but Sophia and G J Kneller were involved in a sale or lease of it
in 1813, and that *is* enrolled in the MDR. As the Survey of London gives
the reference (Middlesex Registry Memorials, 1813, IX., 129) it should be
relatively easy to discover whether the memorial of the deed includes any
recitation of the marriage settlement.
Andrew Millard - A.R.Millard(a)durham.ac.uk
Bodimeade genealogy: http://www.one-name.org/homepages/bodimeade/
My family history: http://www.dur.ac.uk/a.r.millard/genealogy/
GenUKI Middx + London: http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/MDX/
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