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?
Below is 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.