Will of Joseph King, brazier and whitesmith, 1836 (proved 1840)

National Archives PROB 11/1924/225

Some repetitive phrases have been omitted.

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Joseph King of Winslow in the County of Bucks Brazier and Whitesmith  First I give and devise unto my Son George King All that my Copyhold Messuage or Tenement situate standing and being in Winslow aforesaid now in his occupation which I sometime since purchased  of Benjamin Dudley with the rights members and appurtenances thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining to hold the same and every part thereof unto and to the use of my said son George King his heirs and assigns forever subject nevertheless and I do hereby charge and make liable to for and with that payment unto my Wife Mary King and her assigns yearly & every year during the term of her natural life of one Annuity clear yearly rent or sum of five pounds of lawful British money free and clear of and from all deductions whatsoever to be payable by four equal quarterly payments on the twenty fifth day of March the twenty fourth day of June the twenty ninth day of September and the twenty fifth day of December in each and every year the first payment thereof to begin and be made on such of the said days that shall first and next happen after my decease and I do hereby further charge and make liable the said hereditaments and premises to for and unto my daughter Mary the Wife of Thomas  Hinton of the legacy of one hundred and fifty pounds of lawful money aforesaid within twelve months next after the decease of my said Wife Mary King which said Annuity and legacy I do hereby accordingly give and bequeath unto my said Wife and Daughter respectively  Also  I give and devise unto my said daughter Mary Hinton All that my Copyhold messuage ...  in Winslow ... occupied by Joseph Grace and George Harrup or one of them with the Shops and all the rights .... unto and to the use of my said Daughter Mary Hinton her heirs and assigns forever subject nevertheless and I do hereby charge and make liable the last mentioned hereditaments and premises to for and with the payment unto my said Wife Mary King and her assigns yearly ... one Annuity ... of five pounds ... payable at the same times and in the same manner as hereinbefore directed in respect of the other Annuity hereby directed to be paid to my said Wife and in case the said respective Annuities hereby charged or either of them shall be behind or unpaid in part or in all by the space of twenty eight days next after either of the said days on which the same ought to be paid as aforesaid I direct that my said Wife and her assigns shall have the like  remedy  for recovery thereof by distress on the said hereditaments on which the same are respectively charged as by Law is given in cases of rent in arrears  Also I give ... unto my said wife ... all those my two Copyhold Cottages ... in Winslow in the respective occupations of George Eggleton and the Widow Wheeler with their rights ... to hold … unto my said Wife ... And from and immediately after her decease I give and devise the said last mentioned hereditaments ... unto my said Daughter Mary Hinton ... for ever And I give ... unto my said Wife Mary all the Wood and Coal which may

[p. 2] be in my Barn at the time of my Decease unto my said Son George King the best Bedstead and furniture in the Room occupied by [blank] Bernard unto my said Daughter Mary Hinton the Right Convenience usually standing in the same Room and unto my said Son and Daughter  All my Brewing Utensils stock of Beer Barrels and tubs equally to be divided between them part and share alike Also I give ... unto my ... Wife the use and enjoyment of the remainder of my household goods and furniture beds  bedding plate linen and household effects during her natural life and after her decease I give ... the same to my said Son and Daughter  equally to be divided ...  Also I give ... unto my said Son George King and my Son in law Thomas Hinton All my ready money and securities for money book debts rights credits and all other the rest and residue of my personal effects and estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever the same may be which I may die possessed of interested in or intitled to and not heretofore disposed of To hold the same and every part thereof unto the said George King and Thomas Hinton their ex(ecut)ors adm(inistrat)ors and assigns Upon trust that they the said George King and Thomas Hinton or the survivor of them his executors ... do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease collect and get in all the debts and sums of money which may be due and owing to me and convert into money the residue of my personal estate and effects And by and out of the monies thereby arising and my ready money do and shall in the first place pay the costs and charges incident to and attending such collection and conversion into money and all such debts as I may justly owe at the time of my decease my funeral and testamentary expences and do and shall put and place out the residue of the monies aforesaid which shall remain after answering the purposes hereinbefore mentioned in their or his own name or names either  in the public stocks or funds on Government security or funds on good mortgage security (which said security or securities may from time to time may be altered varied assigned transferred or disposed of and the monies thereby arising again placed out and invested on any new or other security or securities as they my said trustees or the survivor of them his executors ... shall think fit) And do and shall pay and apply the interest dividend or produce of such sum or sums of money as and when the same shall become due and be received unto my said Wife or her assigns or permit and suffer her or them to receive the same during the term of her natural life for her own absolute use and benefit to whom I do give ... the same accordingly And upon further trust from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife to call in and receive all such sum and sums of money with the interest and dividends (if any) due thereon and pay and divide the same unto and among my ... son George and Daughter Mary Hinton equally ... and to whom I do also give ... the same accordingly  And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my ... Son George King and ... Son in law Thomas Hinton joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby declare and direct that my said executors or the survivor of them his executors ... shall not be charged or chargeable with or accountable for any more of the trust property than he or they shall actually receive or with for any loss or misapplication or nonapplication thereof or of any part thereof so as the same happen without his or their wilful neglect or default nor shall either  of them be answerable or accountable for the other but each of them for himself and his own acts deeds receipts payments defaults and neglects only and that it shall be lawful for them my ... executioners and the survivor of them ... from time to time by and out of the said trust property to deduct \to/ and reimburse themselves respectively all such loss cost damages and expences as they or either of them shall or may bear pay sustain expend disburse or be put unto for or by

[p.3] reason of the execution or performance of the trusts hereby in them reposed or in any respect whatsoever And lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said Joseph King the Testator have to the three first sheets of this my last Will and Testament contained on four sheets of paper set my hand only and to this the fourth and last sheet thereof my hand and seal this twenty third day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty six – Jos(ep)h King – [seal] Signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph King the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereof Charles Willis Dav(id) Tho(mas) Willis John King Jun(io)r

Proved at London the 4th March 1840 before the Judge by the oaths of George King the Son and Thomas Hinton the Executors to whom Admin(istration) was granted having first been sworn (by Comm(issio)n) duly to administer.


Notes

Joseph was apparently the son of Charles King, clock and watchmaker, but had his premises at 5 Market Square from 1799, when he married Mary Stanley, also of Winslow. At least one clock made by him is still in existence, and he was described as a watch- and clockmaker and ironmonger in an 1832 directory. He is not to be confused with the landlord of The Windmill who had the same name.

In 1841 Mary King seems to have been living in a new house at the rear of 5 Market Square (now part of 2 Bell Walk). Joseph Grace was next door at The Forge / 1 Bell Walk. 5 Market Square passed to George King in 1847 on Mary's death, but he did not live there. Joseph's workshop was eventually added to Midgleys' ironmongers, when it became a workshop again. It is now part of the Bell Hotel.

George the son (born 1802) was a grocer at 2B High Street (the former Angel, now the Launderette) which Joseph bought from Benjamin Dudley in 1824. It was sold by George's grandson in 1896.

Mary the daughter was born in 1805; her husband Thomas Hinton, whom she married in 1834, was a farmer at Middle Claydon.

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