Will of William Grace, retired innkeeper, 1894 (proved 1900)

Oxford Probate Registry

                DEATH ON OR AFTER 1st JANUARY, 1898.
BE IT KNOWN that William Grace of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, retired Innkeeper, died the fifteenth day of September 1900, at Winslow aforesaid and 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.
AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last will and Testament of the said deceased 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 estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to William Ingram of Winslow aforesaid, butcher and John Robert Gough of Maids Moreton in the County of Buckingham, miller, the Executors named in the said Will.
Dated the 25th day of October 1900.
Gross value of Estate                     £1,169-5
Net value of Personal Estate       £1,141-16-2
Extracted by Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow

This is the last Will and Testament of me William Grace of Winslow in the County of Bucks retired Innkeeper. I appoint my Son in law William Ingram of Winslow aforesaid Butcher and my friend John Robert Gough of Maids Moreton in the County of Bucks, Miller (hereinafter referred to as  “my said Trustees”) to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will. I give all my plate linen china glass books pictures prints furniture and household effects unto and equally between my Daughter Sarah the Wife of the said William Ingram and my Son Joseph Grace to be fairly and equally divided between them in such manner as they shall agree upon or in case they are unable to agree then as shall be settled by my said Trustees whose decision shall be final. I devise and bequeath all my real and Personal estate not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my said Trustees Upon trust that my said Trustees shall sell call in and convert into money the same or such part as shall not consist of money and shall with and out of the moneys produced by such sale calling in and conversion and with and out of my ready money pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and divide the balance then remaining into two equal moieties. And shall pay one such moiety unto my said Daughter Sarah the Wife of the said William Ingram her executors administrators or assigns. And shall stand possessed of the remaining moiety Upon trust to invest the same in any stocks funds or securities authorized by law for trust funds or in the purchase of inscribed stock of any British Colony or on mortgage of real securities in England (with power for my said Trustees from time to time at their discretion to vary such investments) and to pay the income arising therefrom unto my Son Joseph Grace during his life by equal weekly instalments the first of such instalments to become due and payable at the expiration of seven days next after my decease. And upon the decease of my said Son Joseph Grace as to the said remaining moiety and the investments for the time being representing the same Upon trust to divide the same unto and equally among all the children of the said William Ingram by my said Daughter Sarah then living and the issue of then such may be dead such issue taking only (and if more than one equally between them) the share to which his her or their parent would have been entitled if living. Lastly I revoke all other Wills. In Witness whereof I the said William Grace the Testator have hereunto set my hand this Twelfth day of June One thousand eight hundred and ninety four.
William Grace [signature]
Signed and acknowledged by the above named William Grace the Testator as his Will  in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.
William N. Midgley }
Stanley W. Midgley }  Clerks to Messrs Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Wnslow                  (6 folios)

On the Twenty fifth day of October 1900 Probate of this Will was granted at Oxford to William Ingram and John Robert Gough the Executors
It is hereby certified that the foregoing is a correct Copy. Dated this First day of November 1900.


William Grace died on 16 Sep 1900 aged 81. He was the son of the blacksmith Joseph Grace and originally worked with his father, but kept the Rose and Crown from 1852 (when he married Elizabeth Yeulett, whose father kept the Black Horse) until about 1884. Apart from the two children mentioned in the will he had a daughter Mildred who died in 1889 aged 36. In the 1891 Census he was living in Horn Street with his wife and son Joseph, a carpenter. In 1901 Joseph was living with his cousin Arthur and family at the Crooked Billet.

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