UNUSUAL AND MOST INTERESTING HISTORICAL LEGAL DOCUMENT
Unusual early Loudon New Hampshire 1801 ASL Paternity Agreement: Dollars and Clothes
Unusual document of agreement between Trueworthy Palmer, father of Polly and Lieut. Richard Batchelder, father of William. Terms include: "...shall pay Polly Palmer when she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years, two (crossed out) one suit of wearing apparal which shall be decent for Sabbath and one suit which shall be decent for every days were and also whereas the said Polly is now with child and if the child that she is now pregnant with should be living when she shall become to the age of eighteen to give her forty dollars but if the child should be dead when she shall arrive to the age of eighteen years, thern to give her the said Polly sixty dollars ." The child is also to be taken care of until 14 years of age. Further: "...if the said William Batchelder shall return and marry the said Polly within one year from the date then he obligation to be given up to the said Richard with his giving her the wearing apparel as above mentioned. Document is signed by John Moore, Samuel Piper and Nathaniel Hill.
Unusual and most interesting historic document with signatures of three local men in 1801.
Research indicates William Batchelder, son of Richard and great grandson of Esquire Nathan, married Mary Sargent, of Canterbury, New Hampshire, and had a family of six children, named Mary E., Jeremiah, Nettie P., William N, Sarah A. and Park B. It seems William Batchelder did not come back and marry Polly.
John Moore, Samuel Piper and Nathaniel Hill
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