This Agreement is in the
possession of the descendants of Henry Pidgeon and Ann Basketfield.
Ann was a 'widow' when she married Henry in 1792. Was her former
name Baskervyle, rather than Basketfield? Was her deceased first
husband perhaps one of the sons of the said David Baskervyle and Anne
Washington, who were married shortly after the signing of this
agreement? Or was she, as is suggested by Steve Baskerville, the
eldest daughter of David and Anne, calling herself a widow to disguise
the illegitimacy of her son Thomas who was born in 1786?
my transcription of the Agreement, and you may also view
images of the four individual pages of it. In addition, Professor
Steve Baskerville, a descendant of David Baskervyle and Anne Washington
has written a commentary on the document.
Steve is a historian and holds a first class honours degree, an MA and
a DPhil from Oxford University. 18th Cheshire century was the focus of his
doctoral dissertation, and he has been reviewing documents like this
for over 35 years. Before his retirement in 2008, Steve was a Pro
Vice-Chancellor at De Montfort University, Leicester, England.