Did you know that signing
with a "mark" didn't mean the person couldn't read or write? Sometimes
that was true, but not always. And did you know that some women had
their own marks too? Scout's honor -- it's true.
Using an actual example from
my search for John LEE, Esq. (aka jlx), I was given several deeds in the
northern part of NC (the Roanoke River area). From the excerpts,
it appeared that jlx had several pieces of property in the area, and thru
the transfer of deeds "to Godfrey", etc., I was falsely led to believe
that there was a relation of jlx's named Godfrey. However, when I
got to see the 2 marks shown above, it was clear (from jlx's will) that
the mark on the right was that of jlx, while that on the left was from
the LEEs that included Godfrey.
Jim Williams. Sr.