Marriage Settlement: Old Stratford, Welcombe and Bishopton
Lease and Release (with Counterpart Release) being a settlement on the marriage of Nathaniel Mason of Stratford-upon-Avon, gent., and Elizabeth Rowney of Halford, spinster, sole daughter and heir of Arthur Rowney late of Halford, gent., deceased, whereby Nathaniel Mason, in consideration of the marriage portion which he was to have with the said Elizabeth, granted to Edward Townsend of Mickleton, co. Glos., gent., and Richard Bartlett of Stratford-upon-Avon, apothecary, his one yard land and a half of arable meadow and pasture in the common fields of Old Stratford, Welcombe and Bishopton, then or late in the occupation of Mark Noble and lately purchased by Nathaniel Mason of Frances Combe, widow of John Combe of Saintbury, co. Glos. deceased; to hold to the use of Nathaniel Mason for life, with remainder to the use of Elias Webb the elder of Sherborne, gent., and Joseph Freeman of Bridge-Town, in Old Stratford, innholder, in trust to the use of Elizabeth Rowney for her life and then to the use of such child or children of the said Nathaniel Mason begotten on the body of the said Elizabeth Rowney as he, Nathaniel Mason, should by deed or by will appoint, or in default of such direction, to the use of the first and other sons of the intended marriage successively in tail male, with remainder in default of such issue, to the use of all the daughters of the said intended marriage equally. Covenant by Nathaniel Mason to levy a fine of the said premises to the uses and trusts thereinbefore recited. Witnesses: Thomas Townsend and Mary Townsend. See also ER3/2310-2312.