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1877 John Dingley Stephens Vellum Will, Henwood, Linkinhorne, Cornwall

#996: Dingley Stephens Genealogy

This is a large and original signed English 1877 vellum folded document for the last will of John Dingley Stephens of Henwood, in the parish of Linkinhorne, Cornwall, England. He appears to be aware he is dying soon, and leaves his 2 sons his property, money and also well cares for his beloved wife, Catharine. John wrote this will on 25 March 1877 with Peter & Son Solicitors, and was deceased by 8 June, 1877.

Henwood grew into a settlement because of its location near the Wheal Phoenix, Phoenix Mines and Cheesewring Quarries. This famous quarry supplied the granite for the Tower Bridge in London, which was built from 1886-1894.

Vellum is goat or calf skin prepared and used for writing legal documents. It does not deteriorate rapidly as paper does. It is also called skin, membrane or parchment. Johannes Gutenberg's first Bible of 1455 was printed on vellum, as well as the original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta, and both still exist in wonderful condition today. Lawyers or Solicitors used vellum as lasting documents, and they are also in use for scrolls, maps, indentures, books, codices and legal documents. Vellum was also printed on.

Places Mentioned in document:
Blackland, Linkinhorne
Bodmin, Cornwall, England

People mentioned in document:
Archelans Hoskin
John Pearse
James Rodda
"The widow of John Seymour"
Son: John Dingley Stephens
Son: William Coombe Stephens
"my dear wife Catharine Stephens"
Witnesses: Francis Nicholls & Richard Grose Crabbe
Extracted by: Peter & Son Solicitors, Launceston, Cornwall
Hand Signed 1877 by Jno Basset Collins (John Basset Collins, mayor of Bodmin 8 times, from 1844-1886)

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
John Dingley Stephens 1807-1877, born Linkinhorne, Cornwall, England also to father John Stephens. He married Catharine Coombe Stephens born 1821 in Lewanick, Cornwall, England in 1846. Her parents were William Coombe 1784–1863 and Thomasin Bastard Coombe 1787–1850. (her name as listed on marriage record) Their children were William Coombe Stephens, born 1847, and John Dingley Stephens, born 1851.

John Dingley Stephens in the England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
Marriage Date: 9 Mar 1846
Marriage Place: Linkinhorne, Cornwall, England
Father: John Stephens
Spouse: Catharine Comb, Coombe, or Coombes

John Dingley Stephens in the 1851 England Census
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1809
Spouse's Name: Catharine Stephens
Where born: Linkinhorne, Cornwall, England
Civil Parish: Linkinhorne, Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish
Registration district: Liskeard
Sub-registration district: Callington
Household Members: Name Age
John Dingley Stephens 42, head
Catharine Stephens 30, wife
William Coombe Stephens 4, son
John Dingley Stephens 7 months, son
Mary Ann Ioll 14, servant
John Dovey 20, servant
Richard Cradick 13, servant

John D Stephens in the 1871 England Census
Age: 64
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1807
Spouse's Name: Catherine Stephens
Where born: Linkinhorne, Cornwall, England
Registration district: Liskeard, Callington
Household Members: Name Age
John D Stephens 64
Catherine Stephens 50
William C Stephens 24
John D Stephens 20
Catherine Couch 18, servant

John Dingley Stephens: England & Wales Civil Registration Death Index
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1807
Registration Year: 1877
Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
Age at Death: 70
Registration district: Liskeard, Cornwall

This is a rare and one of a kind original Victorian era antique document found in Totnes, Devon, England. Click images to see condition in close up and movable views. There are the remnants of broken red sealing wax on the crafted tab and brass rivets in each corner. The handwritten calligraphy and script is beautifully rendered. A lovely and original Dingley, Stephens family genealogy piece, but also for the vellum collector, or those with interests in early Cornwall history. 

Note: There are no scans available for purchase this listing.

Size: Folded 6.25 x 7 inches, open 19.5 x 13.5 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy       Note: The original is sold and there are no scans. Please check our site carefully, as many may be related to each other that we are unaware of. Thank you, enjoy! ~debra (please also join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. contact info on top bar)

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