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Title: Title Deed name
Post by: clancam37 on Sunday 14 November 21 00:41 GMT (UK)
Could sks please decipher the attached excerpt from an Australian Title deed?
Can read the person's name (Horace Watson) on this Transfer but not the name of the person to whom the land was transferred.  This Title Deed is dated 1914 and all parties named are deceased.
Thanks for any help
Regards
clancam37
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: mckha489 on Sunday 14 November 21 01:06 GMT (UK)

.... Thomas and
Charles Morrisby and
Frederick Bertram
Morrisby
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: clancam37 on Sunday 14 November 21 04:11 GMT (UK)
Hi mckha489,
That's amazing,& thank you for your help.
Kind regards
clancam37

.... Thomas and
Charles Morrisby and
Frederick Bertram
Morrisby
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: arthurk on Sunday 14 November 21 11:33 GMT (UK)
I agree with Frederick Bertram, but I think the surname might be Moresby.

And I think the first person's name could be Raymond Clark Moresby.
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: Bookbox on Sunday 14 November 21 13:10 GMT (UK)
And I think the first person's name could be Raymond Clark Moresby.

Or maybe Hammond Clark Moresby ? Not sure about Morrisby/Moresby.

(It's definitely only one person, not [...] and [...], because in any sort of deed the surname should be stated for every party.)
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: arthurk on Sunday 14 November 21 13:42 GMT (UK)
I was going to put Hammond (honest!) but changed my mind at the last minute as I thought there was a descender about a third of the way along the name.

The upper case letters are certainly rather florid, and I admit I'd be happier with this one as 'H' rather than 'R'. (No 'R' in this clip to compare with, but this letter is nothing like the 'B' and they're often formed in a similar way; however, it's also not exactly like the 'H' of Horace.)
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: Bookbox on Sunday 14 November 21 13:56 GMT (UK)
I thought there was a descender about a third of the way along the
name

Yes, I could see your thinking here, but I suspect the 'descender' is just part of the s in the surname in the line below. Compare the s in Watson at the start of line 4? Not an easy hand.
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: arthurk on Sunday 14 November 21 14:10 GMT (UK)
I thought there was a descender about a third of the way along the
name

Yes, I could see your thinking here, but I suspect the 'descender' is just part of the s in the surname in the line below. Compare the s in Watson at the start of line 4? Not an easy hand.

If the 's' below has a loop similar to the one in Watson, there still appears to be some kind of line between that and the letter above.  :-\
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: Bookbox on Sunday 14 November 21 14:19 GMT (UK)
I thought there was a descender about a third of the way along the
name

Yes, I could see your thinking here, but I suspect the 'descender' is just part of the s in the surname in the line below. Compare the s in Watson at the start of line 4? Not an easy hand.

If the 's' below has a loop similar to the one in Watson, there still appears to be some kind of line between that and the letter above.  :-\

Good point. And in support of its being a y (as in your suggested Raymond), the 2 letters that follow the initial capital do compare very favourably with the ...ay in day in line 2.

But I'm having difficulty reading that first letter as R. I agree it's not a perfect match with Horace, but it could be a more loosely written H.
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: arthurk on Sunday 14 November 21 14:33 GMT (UK)
I've found a possible Raymond - but I may have been wrong with Moresby. Geni has a tree with a Raymond Clark Morrisby (1879-1934) in Tasmania, and among his many siblings was a Frederick Bertram Morrisby:

https://www.geni.com/people/Raymond-Morrisby/6000000072143447828
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: Bookbox on Sunday 14 November 21 14:36 GMT (UK)
Excellent find, arthurk.
Title: Re: Title Deed name
Post by: clancam37 on Sunday 14 November 21 22:29 GMT (UK)
Hi,
Thnak you to yourself & Bookbox for your replies.
The correct spelling is Morrisby.
Regards
clancam37
I agree with Frederick Bertram, but I think the surname might be Moresby.

And I think the first person's name could be Raymond Clark Moresby.