Francesca Dauphin
Relinquishment of Dower Rights

Before me Joseph E. Caro a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Escambia duly qualified and sworn, personally came and appeared Dauphin Wife of the said Eugenio Antonio Sierra, and being first examined apart from her said husband declared and acknowledged that she relinquished and renounced her right of Dower freely and voluntarily, and without any compulsion, constraint, apprehension or fear of, or from the husband of the party making the said relinquishment. In witness whereof the said Francisca Dauphin have hereuntu set her hand and seal with me the said Justice of the Peace on the day and year first above written.

Francisca Dauphen

Joseph E. Caro
Justice of the Peace

Joseph Sierra
Recorded July 20 1830

On 20 July 1830, Francesca Dauphin, wife of Dr. Eugenio Antonio Sierra, of Pensacola, Florida, signed a court document relinquishing her dower rights. This was a common practice when a woman's husband was selling a piece of property. If Francesca survived her husband, she could claim part of the property as her dower right even though it had been sold to someone else. What piece of property was sold is unknown. Also unknown is the exact location of the original document. The copy above notes that the original is recorded in Book B, p.277, probably court documents of Escambia County. This copy was with the Brosnaham manuscripts, Box 6, folder 5, with no indication of where this box and folder is. The copy was sent to me by a Brosnaham descendant, Cynthia Brosnaham Richardson.

Related links:
Eugenio A. Sierra family, Pensacola, Florida
Dauphin family, Pensacola, Florida

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13 Jan 2020