March 9, 2009

Relict

Posted in Relict tagged , at 9:03 pm by Wyllo

It is important to understand the meanings of legal terms you encounter in certian documents. Otherwise you may miss imoprtant information or simply will not be able to comprehend the content of the actions being recorded. Here is an example of a legal doucment pretaining to a parcel of land as recorded in the “Virginia Historical Magazine,” Vol 3 on page 126:

“An act was passed by the Assembly in 1752, which recited that John Bland, late of London, merchant, was in his lifetime seized of a tract of land in the parish of Westover, county of Charles City, containing 8,000 acres more or less, known by the name of Kymages; by virtue of a conveyance from Edward Bland, dated March 20th 1674, and by his last will, dated May 3d, 1680, he devised said land to Sarah Bland, his relict and executrix, and Thomas Povey, Esq., his executor; and that these persons, by deed March 25th, 1681, conveyed to Edward Bland and his heirs 2,000 acres, being part of the said 8,000…”

The word relict highlighted above refers to Mr. Bland’s wife as his survivor.

Relict rel·ict/ˈrelikt/

A term that refers to the surviving member of a marriage, whether it be the husband or the wife.

The one surviving the death of another; esp., widowed. noun. Archaic a widow.

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