Will of Thomas Keys, tailor and formerly innkeeper, 1892 (proved 1896)

Oxford Probate Registry

BE IT KNOWN  that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament of Thomas Keys of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Tailor, formerly an Innkeeper, deceased, who died on the 10th day of August 1895, 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 to  Ruth Keys of Winslow aforesaid, Widow, the Relict of the Deceased, the sole Executrix named in the said Will, she having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.
Dated the 14th day of March 1896
Gross value of Personal Estate £43-11-6
Extracted by Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow

This is the last Will and Testament of me of Thomas Keys of Winslow in the County of Bucks Innkeeper I devise and bequeath all the real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever of which I shall be beneficially seized or possessed at the time of my decease unto my wife Ruth absolutely  I appoint my said wife Ruth to be the sole Executrix of this my Will and  revoke all other Wills In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Keys the Testator have hereunto set my hand this Eighth day of April One thousand eight hundred and ninety two.
Thomas Keys [signature]
Signed and acknowledged by the said Thomas Keys 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 [signature] Winslow
Stanley W. Midgley [signature] Winslow

On the Fourteenth day of March 1896, Probate of this Will was granted at Oxford to Ruth Keys, Widow the Relict the sole Executrix
It is hereby certified that the foregoing is a correct copy.
Dated this Nineteenth day of March 1896.


Thomas Keys was the son of Charles Keys (d.1892) who owned The Stag (166 High Street) from 1854. Thomas ran it briefly after his father retired, but moved out after his father's death. He married Ruth Herbert in London in 1882, and they had a daughter named Henrietta Eliza (b.1885). Ruth and Henrietta were living at 42 High Street in 1901. Henrietta had become a nurse in London by 1911.

Copyright 7 January, 2022