Obituary of John King (d.1907)

This obituary was printed in the Bucks Herald on 9 Feb 1907.

OBITUARY. – We regret to record the death, which occurred last Monday at the residence of his sisters, Station-road-terrace, of Mr. John King. Deceased was formerly in business as a draper in the Market-square. He then carried on business in Bedford, and finally went to Bromley. He came back to Winslow to try his native air, but this was of no avail, although he seemed somewhat better at first. He had many friends in the town and neighbourhood.


John King was aged 60 when he died. His sisters Clara and Charlotte lived "on their own means" at what is now 7 Station Road in 1901. They were the children of Grant King (see below), draper at 27 Market Square. In 1881 John was a draper in Bromley High Street, with a wife, Catherine (b. Clifton, Gloucs) and 4 live-in female assistants. He also had a servant, Anne L. Viccars, aged 20, b. Winslow, and a visitor, Alfred Barton, aged 24, b. Winslow, described as "gentleman" but actually the son of the former landlord of The George. John and Catherine were still there in 1891 and 1901.

Obituary of Grant King (d.1892)

Bucks Herald, 16 April 1892

OBITUARY – We have to record the death, which occurred on Tuesday  of Mr. Grant King, one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of the town. Mr King was for many years in business as a draper at Market House, and also kept the Post-office for a considerable period. He gave up the latter nearly twenty years ago, and two or three years later retired from business, since which time he had resided in Station-road, but had not taken any part in public-affairs.

Will of Grant King, draper, 1887 (proved 1892)

Oxford Probate Registry

BE IT KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament of Grant King late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, deceased who died on the 12th April 1892, at Winslow aforesaid, and who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at Winslow aforesaid, within the district of the Counties of Oxford, Berks and Buckingham, was proved and registered in the District Probate Registry of His Majesty’s High Court of Justice at Oxford, and that administration of all the personal estate of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to John King of 36 High Street Bromley in the County of Kent, Draper, the Son of the Deceased, Clara King of Winslow aforesaid, Spinster, the Daughter of the Deceased, and Edward Henry Baylis of Hogston in the County of Buckingham, Farmer, the Executors named in the said Will, they having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.
Dated the 2nd day of September 1892
Gross value of Personal Estate                   £1,415-16-8
Net value of          “              “                           £1,348-3-7
Extracted by Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow

This is the last Will and Testament of me Grant King of Winslow in the County of Bucks formerly a Draper and now out of business. I bequeath to my Son John King my Gold Watch and Chain for the trouble he has had with my business matters during my life. I devise all the real estate to which I shall be beneficially entitled at the time of my decease and I bequeath all my household goods and furniture paintings musical instruments books plate and other my personal estate and effects to my said son John King my daughter Clara King and my friend Edward Henry Baylis of Hogston in the County of Bucks Farmer their heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively Upon trust to sell my real estate together or in parcels by Public Auction of Private Contract and to convert and get in my personal estate and out of the moneys to arise from my said real and personal estate To pay my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses. And in the next place to pay my said son John King Five hundred pounds To my daughter Martha Jane, the Wife of William Lownds Three hundred pounds To my daughter Amelia the Wife of Thomas Frederick Shepherd Three hundred pounds To my said daughter Clara Six hundred pounds and To my daughter Charlotte King Six hundred pounds. And to pay share and divide the residue of the same moneys unto and equally among my children, the said John King and the said Martha Jane Lownds, Amelia Shepherd, Clara King and Charlotte King and their respective executors administrators and assigns. I declare that the reason why I have omitted my son Grant Charles King from my Will is that I have fully advanced him in my lifetime and the reason I have also made distinctions in the sums given specifically to the other children I have named before any division of the residue of my estate takes place is that they one and all should have shared either in my lifetime or by the bequest given to them after my decease equally in the entirety of my property. I will that my Copyhold estates in so far as the terms thereof will permit be disposed of according to the trusts and declarations hereinbefore contained concerning my said real estate and for the greater convenience of performing such my Will I devise the same Copyhold estates to such uses as my Trustees shall by any deed or deeds to be executed within twenty one years from my decease appoint in order to complete any sale or sales to be made pursuant to my Will. And in default of appointment To the use of the said John King Clara King and Henry Baylis their heirs and assigns to be held upon and subject to the trusts and declarations aforesaid. I appoint my said son John King my said daughter Clara King and the said Henry Baylis Executors and Trustees of my Will and revoke all other Wills. In Witness whereof I the said Grant King the Testator have hereunto set my hand this Sixteenth day of March One thousand eight hundred and eighty seven.                                                  Grant King [signature]

Signed and acknowledge by the above named Grant King as his Will in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Thos Price Willis Solr, Winslow
Wm. N. Midgley, his Clerk             (7 folios)

Proved at Oxford the second day of September 1892 by the Oaths of John King, the Son, Clara King, Spinster, the Daughter and Edward Henry Baylis, the Executors to whom administration was granted.
The Testator Grant King was late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham and died on the Twelfth day of April 1892 at Winslow aforesaid.
Gross value of Personal Estate   £1,415-16-8
Net value of          “              “           £1,348-3-7
Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow
It is hereby certified that the foregoing is a correct copy. Dated this Eighth day of September 1892.


In the 1891 census, Grant King was a widower aged 83, living in Station Road with his two unmarried daughters. He was born in Great Horwood, where the Kings were a long-established family. Through his grandmother Ann Harris nee Hewiett he was descended from the Grant alias Miller family which was very prominent in Winslow until the 17th century. His draper's business was at 15 Market Square (in partnership with George Cross), then 27 Market Square, where he was also postmaster for a time. The latter property was put up for sale after his death, along with some land and two cottages in Shipton. He married Jane King at Winslow on 3 Nov 1834. Their children mentioned in the will (others died young) were:

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