Will of Mary Mayne, spinster, 1875

Oxford Probate Registry

ON the Third day of November 1875, the Will of Mary Mayne of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Spinster, deceased, who died on the Twenty fourth day of June 1875, at Winslow aforesaid, was proved in Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in the District Registry attached to the Probate Division thereof at Oxford on the Oaths of Thomas Price Willis of Winslow aforesaid, Attorney, and Charles Mayne of the same place, Gentleman, the Executors therein named they having been first sworn to administer.
It is hereby certified the above is a correct Copy. Dated this Eleventh day of November 1875.

Effects under £100. No Leaseholds.
Extracted by Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Mayne of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Spinster. I bequeath unto my Great Nieces Mary Mayne Gibbs Harper and Annie Eliza Gibbs Harper in equal shares and proportions All my household goods and furniture plate linen china wines liquors and other consumable stores books pictures prints wearing apparel and other household effects I devise the house garden and premises in Winslow aforesaid now occupied by me and also the building at the back now occupied by a Printing Office \by/ my half Brother James Gibbs Hall To my said half Brother James Gibbs Hall and his assigns for his life And from and after his decease I devise the same hereditaments and premises to his Wife Marian and her assigns for her life subject nevertheless to his and her insuring and keeping insured the same house and buildings against loss or damage by fire to the full value in the names or name of the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will and also keeping the same in good repair and condition (reasonable wear and tear excepted) And from and after the decease of the survivor of them the said James Gibbs Hall and Marian his Wife I devise the hereditaments to my Great nieces Mary Mayne Gibbs Harper and Annie Eliza Gibbs Harper and their respective heirs and assigns absolutely as tenants in common I devise all the residue of the real estate to which I might be beneficially entitled and I bequeath the residue of the personal estate to which I might be then entitled to Thomas Price Willis, Attorney of Winslow aforesaid, and my Cousin Charles Mayne of Winslow aforesaid, Gentleman their heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively Upon trust to sell my residuary real estate together or in parcels by Public Auction or Private Contract and to convert and get in my residuary personal estate out of the moneys to arise from such sale and conversion and to pay such incumbrances as may at my decease affect my real estate or any part thereof and all my other just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the legacies following that is to say To my Niece Mary Gibbs Morecraft To Mary Mayne Wife of my late Nephew John Mayne To my Niece Elizabeth Gibbs Bonham Wife of Thomas Pargeter Bonham and to my said Great Niece Mary Mayne Gibbs Harper the Legacy or sum of Fifty pounds each To my Niece Matilda Goodchild To my Niece Maria Mayne Wife of my Cousin John Mayne of Great Berkhamstead  To my Nephew Richard Gibbs Mayne  To my Nephew George Thomas Mayne To my said half Brother James  Gibbs Hall and to Jane Simon (Stepmother of my said Great Nieces Mary Mayne Gibbs Harper and Annie Eliza Gibbs Harper) the Legacy or sum of Nineteen pounds nineteen shillings each And to pay share and divide the clear residue of the same moneys unto and equally between the said Mary Mayne Gibbs Harper and Annie Eliza Gibbs Harper their executors administrators and assigns I declare that the Legacies hereinbefore bequeathed shall be paid within twelve calendar months next after my decease I devise all the real estate (if any) vested in me as Trustee or Mortgagee to the said Thomas Price Willis and Charles Mayne their heirs and assigns subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively I empower the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will to give receipts for all moneys or effects to be paid or delivered to such Trustees or Trustee by virtue of my Will and declare that such receipts shall exonerate the persons taking the same from all liability to see the application or disposition of the moneys or effects therein mentioned And I exempt every Trustee of my Will from any liability for losses occurring without his own wilful default and authorise him to retain and allow to his Co- Trustee or Co Trustees all expenses incidental to the Trusteeship I appoint the said Thomas Price Willis and Charles Mayne to be Executors and Trustees of my Will and I revoke all other Wills In Witness whereof I the said Mary Mayne the Testatrix have hereunto set my hand this Twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy five

Mary Mayne [signature]

Signed by the said Mary Mayne the Testatrix in the joint presence of us who at her request in her presence and the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as Witnesses the word “Annie” being first interlined between the second and third lines from the top hereof.
John Denne [signature] Surgeon, Winslow
Arthur S. Midgley [signature] Clerk to Messrs Willis & Willis, Solrs, Winslow.

Proved at Oxford, the Third day of November 1875, by the Oaths of Oaths of Thomas Price Willis and Charles Mayne, the Executors to whom Administration was granted.
The Testatrix Mary Mayne late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Spinster, and died on the Twenty fourth day of June 1875, at Winslow aforesaid.
Under £100.
Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow.
It is hereby certified the above is a correct Copy. Dated this Eleventh day of November 1875.


Mary Mayne died in 1875 aged 82. She had inherited 20-22 High Street from her aunt Elizabeth Gibbs (d.1846), with whom she was living and working as a milliner in the 1841 Census. She lived at no.22 at the time of her death. Her parents were Robert Mayne and Penelope Gibbs (d.1838; later the wife of James Hall) who married in 1790 and kept the Rose and Crown. Hannah Gibbs (d.1811) and John Mayne, butcher (d.1803) were her grandparents. Her siblings included Ann (see below), Elizabeth (b.1797) and John (b.1799)

James Gibbs Hall the half-brother also inherited the Rose and Crown and other property. He had moved to London and become a printer by 1838. He returned to Winslow and presumably set up the printing works later run by E.J. French and A.J. Clear in Greyhound Lane. The 1871 Census shows him living at 25 High Street with his wife and mother-in-law Mary Morgan (d.1887).

Mary Mayne had a sister Ann who lived with her until she died in 1873 aged 78 and was the widow of Charles Harper or Harpur (d.1829). She had a son William Harper, who in 1861 was a grocer in Marylebone aged 40, born in Winslow, and died in 1862.

Mary Harpur aged 12 was living with Mary Mayne in 1861 (place of birth given as London). The Census refers to her as Mary Mayne's niece but she must actually be the great-niece Mary Mayne Gibbs Harper mentioned in the will. Her birth was registered in 1849 at Marylebone (mother's maiden name Hillman). Ann Eliza Gibbs Harper's birth was registered at Marylebone in 1854. In 1871, Mary and Ann Harper were still living at the grocer's shop at 24 Church Street, Marylebone with Henry and Jane Simon, both aged 32, who were recorded as their parents. Evidently Jane was their stepmother and had remarried. Mary (then of 4 Arbour Square) got married at Stepney on 10 Jan 1876 to Thomas Bond, confectioner of 15 Arbour Square, aged 25. He was a member of the Bond family who kept the King's Head 1860-63, and the brother of Inspector William Bond. They must have come to live in Winslow briefly as they had two daughters Annie May Bond (b.1878) and Isabel Mary Bond (1879-80) born there, but Isabel's death in 1880 was registered at Headington. In 1881 they were living in St Clements Street, Oxford, with various Bond relatives, running a confectionery and bakery business. In 1881 Annie Harper aged 26 was a domestic servant living with her aunt Mary Hillman in Tower Hamlets. By 1891 she had gone to live with and work for her sister and brother-in-law in Oxford. Mary died in 1904 aged 55. It's not clear what happened to Annie; she was no longer living with the Bonds in 1911.

Bucks Herald, 4 Sep 1875

AN EXCELLENT AND CONVENIENT HOUSE, with SHOP, BUSINESS PREMISES, and capital GARDEN, situate in the High-street and in the centre of the Town; also some very COMMODIOUS STOREHOUSES, capital STABLING, GARDEN, and YARD, very eligibly situate adjoining the above,
At 5 o’clock in the Afternoon, in Two Lots, by direction of the Trustees of the late Miss Mary Mayne.

LOT 1.
A very Neat, Well-built, Brick and Tiled HOUSE, capitally situate for business, in the High-street, having Shop with glazed bay front, several Sitting and Bed Rooms, and a good-sized partially walled Garden in the rear, let on lease to Mr. Edwin J. French, Printer and Stationer, at the annual rent of £30, is in excellent repair, and being in the leading thoroughfare, and in the centre of town, offers a sound investment.

LOT 2.
  A very desirable PROPERTY, comprising a newly-built Brick and Slated Two-stall Stable and Loose Box, and a Brick and Tiled Range of Buildings, a neat walled Garden and large Court and Stable Yard, the whole situate in the rear of Lot 1, having entrance from the Back Lane, and in the occupation of Messrs. Wilford and W. H. French, at rents amounting to £9 per annum.
  To a Tradesman or any one requiring Stabling, Store-houses, and other conveniences, this is an opportunity which for its eligible situation does not occur very frequently.

  The Properties are Copyhold of the Manor of Winslow, but are nearly equal in value to Freehold, and may be Viewed on application to the Tenants, and further information obtained of Messrs. Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow; or of the Auctioneer, Winslow.

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