Will of Richard Baldwin, gentleman of Tingewick, formerly of Winslow, 1861

Principal Probate Registry

ON the fourteenth day of December 1861, the Will of Richard Baldwin formerly of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, but late of Tingewick in the same County, Gentleman, deceased, who died on the ninth day of September 1861 at Tingewick aforesaid, was proved in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty’s Court of Probate by the Oaths of George James Starkey of Tingewick aforesaid Innholder William John Jones of Winslow aforesaid Dealer in Cattle and Alfred Burton of Brill in the said County Innholder the Executors therein named they having been first sworn duly to administer.
Effects under £4,000

This is the last Will and Testament of me Richard Baldwin of Winslow in the County of Bucks Gentleman Whereas I have fully preferred and advanced in life my son Leonard I do therefore hereby give and bequeath unto him the legacy or sum of five pounds only to be paid out of my residuary personal estate and effects within twelve calendar months next after my decease I devise All the real estates (if any)  of which I may be beneficially seized at my death to my Son in law George James Starkey and my Friends William John Jones of Winslow aforesaid Dealer in Cattle and Alfred Burton of Brill in the said County of Buck Innholder their heirs and assigns Upon trust as soon as conveniently may be after my decease to sell my real estate in such manner as they shall think fit and receive the sale monies and the rents until sale and pay and apply the surplus thereof after deducting their expenses in augmentation of the monies to arise from the conversion of my residuary personal estate I bequeath to my daughter Clara Love Baldwin all the household furniture and utensils plate linen china books pictures prints wines liquors fuel and other consumable stores and provisions and other articles of the like nature of which I might die possessed for her absolute use and benefit I direct that all my just debts and funeral expences and the charges of proving and establishing this my Will may be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and subject thereto I direct that my Executors shall convert and get in the residue of my personal estate and out of the monies thereby arising in the first place retain in their own hands the legacy or sum of Eight hundred pounds sterling upon the trusts hereinafter declared concerning the same And in the next place pay thereout the legacy duty and all incidental expenses chargeable on the said legacy or sum of Eight hundred pounds And in the next place pay my son George the legacy or sum of Eight hundred pounds within twelve calendar months next after my decease and pay apply and dispose of the clear residue of the same monies in manner following (that is to say) Upon trust to pay one equal sixth part or share thereof to my son Augustine Baldwin his executors administrators or assigns one other equal sixth part . . .  to my son Richard Jesse Baldwin. . .  one other equal sixth part . . .  to my said daughter Clara Love Baldwin. . . and to retain the other three equal sixth parts . . . Upon the trusts hereinafter mentioned concerning the same I direct my trustees to stand possessed of the said legacy or sum Eight hundred pounds Upon trust to invest the same in their names pursuant to the general direction for investment hereinafter contained And to receive the annual income thereof and to pay the same as and when the same shall become due to my daughter Amelia Jane for her sole and separate use or for her maintenance and benefit during her life And from and after the decease I direct that the said legacy or sum of Eight hundred pounds shall fall into and become part of my residuary personal estate and be paid applied and disposed of accordingly I direct that my trustees shall stand possessed of the three equal sixth parts or shares of my residuary personal estate hereinbefore directed to be retained by them Upon trust to invest the same in their own names . . . And to receive the dividends interest and annual produce of the said monies to be invested as last aforesaid and pay out one equal third part or share thereof to my daughter Sarah the Wife of the said George James Starkey or her assigns during the term of her natural life And after her decease to the said George James Starkey or his assigns during the term of his natural life one other equal third part . . . to my daughter Mary Ann Wife of Thomas Rose or her assigns . . . And after her decease to the said Thomas Rose or his assigns . . .  and the remaining equal third part . . . to my daughter Eleanor the Wife of Joseph Stevens or her assigns . . . and when and so often as the survivor of the said George James Starkey or Sarah his Wife or the survivor of the said Thomas Rose  or Mary Ann his Wife or the said Eleanor Stevens shall die upon trust to call in and receive one equal

[p.2] third part . .  so to be invested as last aforesaid and pay the same unto the child if only one and unto and equally among all the children if more than one of such of my said three last named daughters so dying to be vested in such child or children respectively on their severally attaining the age of twenty one years with benefit of survivorship among the children of  my said three last named daughters as to the share or shares of either or any of such children dying under that age And in case either of my said daughters Sarah Mary Ann and Eleanor shall die without having any child or all her children shall die under the age of twenty one years I direct that her share of and in the aforesaid monies shall be paid and divided unto and among the others of my children except my said daughter Amelia Jane or such of them as may then be living in equal shares and proportions It is my will and I direct that the dividends . . .  hereinbefore directed to my daughters Sarah Mary Ann and Eleanor and any other share or shares of my estate and effects to which they may respectively become entitled under the last preceding clause shall be paid into their own respective proper hands for their separate use respectively and independently of their respective present or future husbands so that the same shall not be in any way under the control or subject to the debts contracts forfeitures or engagements of any such husbands respectively and that the receipts of my said daughters respectively alone shall be sufficient discharges to my trustees for the same I declare that advances already made or to be hereafter made by me to or for the benefit of any child or children or the husband of either of my daughters (except in apprenticing my said son George) shall according to the amount thereof be taken in full or part satisfaction of his her or their portion or portions unless I shall otherwise declare by writing under my hand I direct that all investments of trust monies to be made by my said trustees shall be made in their names in the public funds  or on Government securities of the United Kingdom or on real securities in England and not in Ireland or elsewhere And I empower my said trustees to vary such investments at their discretion for any others of the kind prescribed  I empower my said trustees to pay the yearly income of the share to which under any of the bequests or dispositions hereinbefore contained each or any infant legatee shall be intitled towards the maintenance and education or otherwise for the benefit of such legatee during his or her minority And I also empower my said trustees in their discretion to advance and apply any part of the capital to which under any of the bequests or dispositions each or any infant legatee shall be entitled or presumptively entitled not exceeding the sum of One hundred pounds for each legatee in or towards his or her advancement or preferment in the world I devise all real estates which at my decease shall be vested in me as trustee or mortgagee to my trustees hereinafter named subject to the equities affecting the same respectively I empower the trustees or trustee for the time being of my Will to give receipts for all monies and effects to be paid or delivered to such trustees . . .  by virtue of my Will and declare that such receipt shall exonerate the persons taking the same from all liability to see to the application or disposition of the money or effects therein mentioned I empower the trustees . . .  of my Will to compound or allow time for payment of any debt  . . .  due to my estate and to satisfy all demands against my estate whether supported by strictly legal evidence or not and to settle all accounts between me and any other person or persons on such terms as my trustees . . .  shall at their or his discretion think expedient and to refer any matters in difference relating to my affairs to arbitration I declare if that my trustees hereinafter named . . .  or any . . .  trustee to be appointed under this clause shall die or be unwilling or incompetent to accept or execute the trusts of my Will it shall be lawful for the competent accepting trustees . . .

[p.3] to substitute by any writing under their hands . . . any person in whom alone or . . .  jointly . . . with any . . .  continuing trustees . . .  my trusts estates will be vested And I exempt every trustee of my Will from liability for losses occurring without his own wilful default and authorise him to retain and allow his co-trustees . . .  all expenses incidental to the trusteeship I appoint the said George James Starkey, William John Jones and Alfred Burton to be Trustees and Executors of my Will And I appoint them and the survivors . . . of them to be Guardians . . . of my infant children Lastly I revoke all other Wills In witness whereof I the said Richard Baldwin the Testator have to every sheet of my last Will and Testament contained on four sheets set my hand this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty one Richard Baldwin [signature] This sheet and the three sheets of paper hereto annexed were severally signed by the said Richard Baldwin the Testator in the joint presence of us who at his request in his presence and the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses
Dav Thos Willis [signature] Solicitor, Winslow.
Thos Price Willis [ signature] his Clerk.

Proved at London, 14th Decr 1861 by the Oaths of George James Starkey, William John Jones and Alfred Burton the Executors to whom Adm(inistrati)on was granted.


Notes

In the 1861 Census Richard Baldwin described himself as retired baker aged 68, widower, born at Farthinghoe. He was living at Tingewick with his daughter Amelia and a servant, with his daughter Eleanor Stevens apparently visiting. He was buried at Winslow with his wife.

Richard Baldwin married Mary Hemmings from Sulgrave (d.1854 aged 58). They arrived in Winslow in about 1826 to run The Bull (belonging to George Jones) which also had a bakery; Alfred Burton the executor was a later landlord. Richard was described as innkeeper when his daughter was baptised in 1826, but baker from 1830 and coal merchant in 1855. In 1831 he bought 3 Horn Street and established a bakery there. He evidently handed the business over to his son Leonard, who sold up in 1856. When the property was transferred to Silvanus Jones in 1857, Richard was described as gentleman of Fenny Stratford.

The children of Richard and Mary were:

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