Updated 27 Jun 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Certificate of acknowledgement of a deed by a married woman.
A two page vellum document dated 1879:
Hannah Briddon, wife of Thomas Briddon
regarding property in
Duffield, Heage & Belper, Derbyshire.
The BRIDDON family can be followed in the census at:
The Document includes a 'Judicature Fees' Five Shillings blue embossed paper seal
with metallic centre.
Other names mentioned in this document are:
John Briddon (son),
Sarah Briddon (daughter)
Joseph Stone (solicitor) &
Joseph Francis Kingdon. (solicitor)
This is a Victorian vellum document consisting of two pages.
It comes from a batch of documents saved from destruction during the 1960s.
These certificates were introduced as part of the Fines and Recoveries
Act of 1833. Their purpose was to ensure that, where a married woman was
selling or mortgaging property jointly with her husband, she was of full
age and completely understood what was taking place. Given that any
property belonging to a woman automatically passed to her husband upon
marriage, this may not have made much difference but,
apparently, common law required her to be a party to any deed and these
acknowledgements were intended to prevent the husband from abusing his
position in those cases where he inherited property through his marriage.
Although votes for women were still some way off, the Married Women's
Property Act of 1882 gave them the same rights over their own property
as if they had been single or widowed.
These documents provide a fascinating glimpse of Victorian attitudes to
women and are an interesting addition to family, social and local history.
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