|Subject:||"signatures" in deeds books won't help|
|Post Date:||May 22, 2013 at 22:54:30|
|Forum:||American Revolution Forum|
Deeds books practically never have original signatures. The entire document, including representations of signatures of the grantees and witnesses, were written in by the recording clerk.
Therefore the written names in the deeds books can not have be useful for comparing with original signatures.
One also must use caution in regarding 'signatures' on pension-declaration documents in the Pension Application Files. The original declarations for pension were taken before a clerk or justice of a Court of Record for the County of the applicant's residence. The clerk might send the Pension Office a *copy* of the original declaration completely written out by the clerk -- including a rendition of the applicant's signature -- instead of the originally signed-by-applicant document. The clerk might have wanted to make all neat and tidy for the benefit of the applicant.
I have seen this occur with a declaration in the file of one of my ancestors.