Will of Henry Monk, retired farmer, 1901 (proved 1903)

Oxford Registry, 3 Sep 1903

[pro forma] BE IT KNOWN that Henry Monk Of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Retired Farmer 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, died on the 26th day of November 1902 at Winslow aforesaid

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 Arthur George Monk of Winslow aforesaid, Farmer, the Son of the Deceased, William Samuel Neal of Winslow aforesaid, Hotel Keeper and Gaius Chapman of Little Horwood in the county of Buckingham, Farmer, the Executors named in the said Will
Dated the 27th day of August 1903

Gross value of estate ... £7690.2.2  [added later:] Resworn £6025-16-0

Net \Debts exceed the/ value of the Personal Estate      
Extracted by Willis & Willis Solicitors, Winslow  


[p.1] This is the last Will and Testament of me Henry Monk of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Retired Farmer I appoint my Son Arthur George Monk my son-in-law William Samuel Neal  and my friend Gaius Chapman of Little Horwood, Farmer, in the said County of Bucks (hereinafter called “my Trustees") to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will I give all my plate linen china glass books pictures prints wines liquors furniture and other household effects to my Daughter Helen Monk absolutely I devise unto my Daughter Rose Neal Wife of the said  William Samuel Neal absolutely my close in Winslow aforesaid purchased by me of the Reverend Thomas Burbank Holt  I devise unto my Daughters the said Helen Monk and Clara Humphreys as tenants in common my Cottages and Gardens and the Iron Room in Tinkers End Winslow aforesaid my Close called “Peasey Close” and my Closes called “Parrotts Closes” in Winslow aforesaid  I devise my Close known as the Great Ground and the Knob and the garden adjoining thereto with the Cowhouse standing on the said Knob and the land purchased by me of Charles William Beresford Selby Lowndes all respectively situate in Winslow aforesaid and my land known as “Biggin Farm” situate in the respective parishes of Winslow and Grandborough and all other my residuary real estate and I bequeath all my personal estate not otherwise hereby disposed of unto my Trustees Upon trust that my Trustees shall sell call in and convert into money the same or such part thereof 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 shall divide the residue of such said moneys unto  and among my said Daughters Rose Neal Clara Humphreys and Helen Monk in equal shares and proportions absolutely  I declare that the reasons I have excluded my Sons from any benefit under this my Will is that I have already made them advances in excess of the shares to which they would have been entitled on an equal division of all my estate between my children Lastly I revoke all other Wills In Witness whereof I the said Henry Monk the Testator have hereunto set my hand this Eleventh day of 

[p.2] September One thousand nine hundred and one
Signed and acknowledged by the above named
Henry Monk 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
Tho(ma)s Price Willis, Solicitor, Winslow
T.L. Kennish, Doctor of Medicine, Winslow

Henry Monk [signature]
 (6 folios)

On the twenty seventh day of August 1903 Probate of this
Will was granted at Oxford to Arthur George Monk, the
Son, William Samuel Neal and Gaius Chapman the Executors

It is hereby certified that the foregoing is a correct copy
                dated this the 3rd day of September 1903    



Henry Monk had retired from Tuckey Farm, whose tenancy was taken over by his son William. He and his daughter Helen lived at 22 Horn Street. Peasey Close was west of Granborough Road, where the council houses were later built; it was put up for sale along with the cottages in 1921. Great Ground and The Knob are west and north of it. Parrotts Closes are north of Granborough Brook.

1902: Buckingham Advertiser, 6 Dec
  FUNERAL.- The funeral of the late Mr. Monk, for so many years well known as the tenant of Tuckey Farm, and whose veteran experience as an agriculturalist as well as his sound common sense and his uprightness and out-spokenness in all his dealings, had won for him the friendship of so many in the neighbourhood, took place of Monday afternoon at Winslow Parish Church, the service being conducted by the Vicar and the Rev. W. H. Shackel.  Mr. Monk was for many years chairman of the old Board of Guardians and a good number of the present Board attended to show their sympathy and respect [list of non-relatives omitted] … The relatives following were Mr. Harry Monk (Hartwell Hill), Mr. John Monk (Tattenhoe), Mr. Frank Monk, Mr. Arthur Monk, and Mr. William Monk (sons), Mr. Neal and Mr. Humphreys (sons-in-law), and Mr. J. Clarke, and Mr. T. Clarke, Winchendon (nephews).  The coffin was of unpolished oak, and bore the inscription:- “Henry Monk, born 27th September, 1826, died November 26th, 1902.”  Messrs. Matthews Bros. were the undertakers.

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