1856 John Sobey Luskey, Elizabeth Lakeman, Devon, England Indenture
This is an original and beautiful large British Indenture. It is a handwritten document on vellum for John Sobey Luskey to Messrs. Richard Pearse and Richard Luskey Jr. as a Transfer of Mortgage. It is signed, sealed and delivered by John Sobey Luskey and Elizabeth Lakeman in the presence of William Luskey, as well as by Richard Pearse in the presence of W. Luskey. It has a beautiful 65 3 VR Crown label, photo enclosed and red sealing wax stamps. Each important person signed it on the bottom edge, then folded with dark green material tabs, and stamped with red sealing wax seals.
Surnames for British Genealogy:
John Sobey Luskey (John S. Luskey)
Richard Luskey, Junior
William Pollard, Esquire
William Hancock Balkwill (Willam H. Balkwill, Willam Balkwill)
County of Devon, England
County of Cornwall, England
Knighton in the Parish of Lewannick
Modbury, in the South Hams district of Devon, between Plymouth and Kingsbridge.
Huish in the Torridge District of Devon, England.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
1856 Elizabeth Lakeman married John Sobey Luskey in Modbury, Devon
John Sobey Luskey
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration Year: 1856
Event Place: Kingsbridge, Devon, England
Spouse: Elizabeth Lakeman
Note: Vellum is a parchment used in antique legal documents. The French word means "made from calf," but the current use of the word also refers to any skin document such as sheepskin. Vellum was used the same as parchment or paper, and was handwritten and/or printed on for documents and early book pages. King John of England's 1215 Magna Carta is handwritten in Latin on vellum, and can be found at the British Library.
An indenture is a legal contract usually used for indentured labor for a specified term of apprenticeship. Many servants were indentured to pay for, and thus allow their passage to America. An indenture is also in use for some mortgage or land transactions. The document was handwritten in duplicate on the same large vellum sheet, and then separated by cutting along a random jagged edge. This was done so that the teeth (the indents, thus the term indenture) of the parts cut, could later be fit together confirming them as truly authentic. This is also referred to as a "chirograph." At final signing, each party would keep their document part, with a piece also kept at the court.
This is a beautiful large, rare and original 1856 Victorian vellum document, found in Totnes, Devonshire, England. It was issued before the 1856 marriage of John Sobey Luskey to Elizabeth Lakeman. She is referred to as a "spinster" within. It is rare, original and beautiful with amazing hand lettered calligraphy.
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Size 20 x 22 inches
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