Will of George Richard Greaves of Western House, 1895 (proved 1899)

Probate Registry, 24 April 1899

Will of George Richard Greaves of Winslow in the County of Bucks Esquire

This is the last will and testament of me George Richard Greaves of Winslow in the County of Bucks Esquire I appoint my wife Mrs Ellen Mary Greaves my nephew Gerald Edwin Phillips (hereinafter called my said nephew Gerald) my brother-in-law Reginald Powell Newham and Herbert Bullock of Winslow aforesaid executors and trustees hereof I bequeath to each of them (other than my said wife) who shall act in the execution of the trusts hereof the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds free of duty I bequeath to my said wife the furniture jewellery silver pictures carriages horses and all other domestic and household and establishment effects which shall belong to me at the time of my death I confirm the settlement made on my marriage with my said wife and in addition to the provision thereby made for her I bequeath to her the pecuniary legacy of one thousand pounds to be paid to her out of the first monies that shall come to the hands of my executors and during her life the annuity or clear yearly sum of one thousand and five hundred pounds to be paid to her without deduction for income tax or otherwise by half yearly instalments and during any coverture for her separate use without power of anticipation I devise to my said wife during her life my mansion house at Winslow aforesaid with the outbuildings gardens stables and cottages thereto and the land occupied therewith and all other the real estate at Winslow aforesaid which at the time of my death may belong to me I declare that the provisions hereby made for my said wife shall have priority over all other bequests made by this my will or any codicil hereto I bequeath the following pecuniary legacies to be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my death namely to my sister Mrs Maria Elizabeth Phillips ten thousand pounds To my nephew John Henley Shawe Phillips (hereinafter called my said nephew John) and my said nephew Gerald ten thousand pounds each To the said Reginald Powell Newham and my other brother in law Hugh Basil Greaves Newham and my sister-in-law Lilian Ethel Tomkiss five thousand pounds each I bequeath to each child of mine who shall attain the age of twenty one years or being a daughter shall marry under it a legacy of such sum to be paid out of my trust estate as when added to the sum (if any) to which such child shall become entitled under the trusts of the said marriage settlement shall make up the sum of fifteen thousand pounds for each such child I declare that until the interest (if any) of each child of mine (if I should have any) in the said marriage settlement funds shall fall into possession each such child shall be entitled to receive from my trust estate under this my will interest at the rate of four pounds per cent per annum on the full sum of fifteen thousand pounds or on so much thereof as shall not have been paid to such child from my trust estate I bequeath the residue of my trust estate to the first son of mine (whether an only eldest or other son) who shall attain the age of twenty one years But if I shall not have a son or if there shall not be any son of mine who shall attain the age of twenty one years then I bequeath such residue of my trust estate to my daughter if only one or to all my daughters in equal shares if more than one who shall attain the age of twenty one years or marry under it but if I shall not leave any child me surviving or if I shall leave any child or children me surviving but such child or all such children shall die under the age of twenty one years and as to a daughter or daughters without having been married then I direct that the bequests hereinafter contained shall take effect on and from but only in the event of such failure of my own issue namely I bequeath a further sum of ten thousand pounds to my said nephew John and a further sum of five thousand pounds to my said nephew Gerald And on the death of the survivor of me and my said wife a further sum of fifteen thousand pounds to my said nephew John and of ten thousand pounds to my said nephew Gerald And I direct that the sum of thirty thousand pounds further part of my trust estate shall from and after the death of the survivor of me and my said wife and in the event of such failure of my own issue as hereinbefore mentioned be held upon the trusts hereinafter declared thereof And subject as and in the event aforesaid I bequeath the residue of my trust estate unto my said two nephews in equal proportions I declare that the said sum of thirty thousand pounds (if the bequest thereof shall come into operation by reason of the want or failure of my own issue) shall be held in trust for the following persons namely my said two brothers-in-law my said sister in law and their issue respectively born during the lifetime of my said wife or such one or more exclusively of the others or other of them in such shares for such interests and in such manner as she my said wife if she survive me shall by deed or by will or codicil appoint And if she predecease me or in default of any and subject to every such appointment if she survive me In trust for my said two brothers-in-law and my said sister-in-law or such of them as shall be living at the decease of the survivor of me and my said wife and the issue then living of such of them as may have previously died and which issue shall have attained or shall attain the age of twenty one years or being female shall have married or shall marry under it in equal shares per stirpes if more than one and so that no issue remoter than a child of either of such brothers-in-1aw or sister-in-law shall be deemed an object of the present trust unless the parent of such issue shall have died before the survivor of me and my said wife I declare that if any legatees under this my will shall predecease me and shall leave any child or children him or her surviving who shall have attained or shall attain the age of twenty one years or being female marry under it such child or such children in equal shares shall be entitled to the benefits under this my will (whether absolute or contingent upon the failure of my own issue) to which the deceased legatee would have been entitled if living at the time of my death I declare that if either of my said nephews shall predecease me and shall not leave any such children surviving as mentioned in the last preceding clause the other of my said nephews shall be entitled to the benefits under this my will to which his brother would have been entitled if living at the time of my death I give to my trustees hereinbefore named All the real estate and alI the personal estate not hereby otherwise specifically disposed of to which respective1y I shall be entitled at the time of my death (subject as to my real estate at Winslow aforesaid to be the life interest of my said wife therein) upon trust to sell and dispose of and convert the same to hold the proceeds thereof as part of my trust estate I authorise my trustees to permit any part of my trust estate to remain outstanding in or upon the securities or investments of which the same may consist at the time of my death for such period as they shall think fit I direct that investments of monies held under the trusts of this my will shall be made in or upon any stocks funds or securities for the time being authorised by law for investments by trustees or upon mortgage of leasehold estate having not less than sixty years unexpired at the time of the investment thereon or in or upon the ordinary or any other description of stock or the debentures of any public company in England incorporated by or under the authority of any special or general Act of Parliament and which at the time of the investment thereon shall be paying and for at least two years previously shall have paid a dividend on the ordinary stock or shares of the company after the rate of not less than three per cent per annum And such investments may be from time to time altered and varied at the discretion of my trustees I appoint my said wife and my said trustees guardians of my infant child or children (if any) during minority In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this twenty seventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and ninety five

[signed] George R Greaves

Signed and acknowledged by the said George Richard Greaves the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his sight and presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

[signed]
Thos Price Willis Solicitor Winslow
William N. Midgley his Clerk

On the 24th day of April 1899 Probate of this will was granted to Ellen Mary Greaves widow Gerald Edwin Phillips Reginald Powell Newham and Herbert Bullock the executors


Notes

George Greaves' effects were valued at £119,556 10s 8d. He originated from Yorkshire, and is described in the 1891 Census as "living on own means". His wife Ellen, daughter of Dr Thomas Newham of Winslow, lived at Western House in Horn Street until 1937; it was built by her grandfather David Thomas Willis in 1859. It was demolished in 1939.