Will of Lewis Clarke, currier and leather cutter, 1882 (proved 1889)

Oxford Probate Registry

BE IT KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament of Lewis Clarke late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Currier and Leather Cutter, deceased, who died on the 7th day of October 1889, 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 Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice at Oxford, and that administration of the personal estate of the said deceased was granted at the aforesaid Court to Fanny Eliza Clarke of Winslow aforesaid, Spinster, Daughter of the deceased, the sole Executrix, named in the said Will, she having been first sworn to well and faithfully administer the same.
Dated the 5th day of November 1889.
Gross value of Personal Estate £152-11-10
Extracted by Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow.
Under 33rd Section.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Lewis Clarke of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Currier and Leather Cutter. I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my only Daughter Fanny Eliza Clarke my House and premises situated in High Street, Winslow in the County of Bucks, also all and every my household furniture, linen, wearing apparel, books, plate, pictures, horses, carriages and also all and every sum and sums of money which may be in my house or about my person, or which may be due to me at the time of my decease and also all other monies invested in stocks, funds and securities for money, book debts, money on Bonds, Bills, Notes or other securities, and all and every other my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal, whether in possession reversion remainder or expectancy for her sole and separate use. And I hereby appoint my said  Daughter Fanny Eliza Clarke to be sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Lewis Clarke have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand this Sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighty two.

Signed by the Testator Lewis Clarke in the presence of us present at the same time who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator and of each other.
Lewis Clarke
William Gaudern, Farncombe, Surrey.
Edward Peld, Farncombe, Surrey.
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Proved at Oxford the Fifth day of November 1889, by the Oath of Fanny Eliza Clarke, Spinster, the Daughter, the sole Executrix, to whom Administration was granted.
The Testator Lewis Clarke was late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Currier and Leather Cutter, and died on the Seventh day of October 1889, at Winslow aforesaid.
Gross value of Personal Estate £152-11-10

Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow.
It is hereby certified that the foregoing is a correct Copy. Dated this Fourteenth day of November 1889.


Lewis or Louis Clarke was 72 when he died on 7 Oct 1889. He was born at Eggington, Beds, and was in Winslow by 1851 when he is recorded as a currier's labourer living with his wife Mary and father-in-law James Ablethorpe. Their daughter Fanny was born later in 1851. He was later a currier in his own right, and by 1871 was established in premises on the west side of the High Street near the gasworks. In the 1870s he became district secretary for the National Agricultural Labourers Union, and then became general secretary of a breakaway union: read more. After he died, his daughter Fanny, a dressmaker, moved to Richmond, Surrey. She got married in about 1899 to James Sear, a widower also from Winslow and a former neighbour, and they were living at Fleet, Hants, in 1901 and 1911. They returned to Winslow where he died in 1912 at the house of his brother-in-law the vet John Varney. Fanny went to live in Aylesbury and died there in 1938 after being knocked down by a car in Tring Road (Bucks Herald, 28 Jan).

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