Will of Thomas Turnham, butcher, 1866 (proved 1868)

Oxford Probate Registry

ON the Third day of October 1868 the Will of Thomas Turnham late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Butcher, deceased, who died on the Twenty sixth day of January 1867 at Winslow aforesaid, was proved in the District Registry attached to Her Majesty’s Court of Probate at Oxford by the Oath of William Henry French of Winslow aforesaid, Ironmonger, one of the Executors therein named he having been first sworn duly to administer. Power being reserved of making the like Grant of James George Hawley the other Executor named in the said Will
It is hereby certified the above is a correct Copy. Dated this Eighth day of October 1868.

Effects under £1,000. No Leaseholds.

Extracted by Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow, Bucks

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Turnham of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Butcher. I bequeath unto my Wife Ann for her own absolute use and benefit, all my household goods and furniture, plate, linen, China, wearing apparel, pictures, prints, books, fuel, wines, liquors and other consumable stores. I devise all that my Messuage or tenement, shop, and premises in which I now reside with the outbuildings thereto belonging, situate and being in Winslow aforesaid, unto my Nephew George Ingram, his heirs and assigns absolutely. I bequeath unto my said Nephew George Ingram all the implements and tools pertaining to my butchering business I devise all the Real Estate not hereinbefore devised to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease (except estates vested in me as Trustee or Mortgagee) and I bequeath the residue of the personal Estate to which I shall be then entitled, unto and to the use of my Friends James George Hawley of Winslow aforesaid, Grocer, and William Henry French of Winslow aforesaid, Ironmonger, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns respectively Upon trust to sell my residuary Real Estate and so much of my said residuary personal Estate as shall be of a saleable nature, together or in parcels, and either by Public Auction or Private Contract,  and to get in the rest of my residuary personal Estate and to dispose of the net moneys to arise from such residuary real and personal Estate after payment thereout of my just debts, my funeral and testamentary expences and charges incident to the execution of the preceding trust Upon trust to invest the same in their own names in or upon the Public Stocks or funds of the United Kingdom or in real securities in England, with full liberty to change the investment at their discretion for any other or others of the kind prescribed. And upon further trust to permit my said Wife Ann to receive the income of the trust fund constituted of such moneys or of the investment during her life. And after the determination of that trust In Trust as to one equal fourth part or share of the said trust fund with the future income thereof, for my said Nephew George Ingram, his executors, administrators and assigns absolutely. As to one other equal fourth part or share thereof In Trust for

[p.2] my Nephew William Turnham, his executors, administrators and assigns absolutely. And as to the remaining two equal fourth parts or shares of the trust fund with the future income thereof, for the person or persons, in such shares or proportions, and in such manner and form as my said Wife Ann, whether covert or sole shall by deed or will direct  limit, appoint, give or bequeath the same And in default of such direction, limitation, appointment, gift or bequest, and so far as any such shall not extend In trust for the executors and administrators of my said Wife. I devise all the real estate which shall at my decease be vested in me as Trustee or Mortgagee to the said James George Hawley and William Henry French their heirs and assigns subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively. I declare that the receipts of my Trustees or Trustee for the time being of my Will shall effectually exonerate purchasers, mortgages and other paying monies to such Trustees or Trustee, from all liability in the application thereof. I empower my said Wife Ann during her life, and after her decease the Trustees . . . to nominate in writing any person . . . to supply the place of any trustee . . . who shall die, disclaim or become unwilling or unable to act . . . And I absolve the Trustees . . . from any responsibility for the receipts and defaults of each other and for involuntary losses, and also authorise such trustees . . . to retain and allow to each other all expences incurred in or about the trusts of my Will. I appoint my Friends the said James George Hawley and William Henry French Executors and Trustees of my Will Lastly I revoke all other Wills.

In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Turnham, the Testator have to each sheet of this my last Will and Testament contained on two sheets of paper, set my hand this Ninth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty six Thomas Turnham [signature]  

This sheet and the preceding sheet of paper hereto annexed were severally signed, by the said Thomas Turnham, the Testator,  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 Thos Price Willis [signature] Attorney, Winslow Samuel John Duke [signature] Clerk to Messrs Willis and Willis

Proved at Oxford, the Third day of October 1868, by Oath of William Henry French one of the Executors to whom Administration was granted. Power reserved of making the like Grant of James George Hawley the other Executor
The Testator Thomas Turnham was late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Butcher, and  died on the Twenty sixth day of January 1867 at Winslow aforesaid,
Under £1,000.
Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow, Bucks
It is hereby certified the foregoing is a correct Copy. Dated this Eighth day of October 1868.


Notes

Thomas Turnham was aged 48 when he died. He originally worked as a butcher for Thomas Morecraft in Church Street, then he and his father William (d.1862 aged 74) ran the Morecrafts' butchers' shop at 12 High Street (currently Mercy in Action). They must have bought the property in the 1850s, and after Thomas died it remained in the Ingram family until after the Second World War. Thomas married Ann Grace (daughter of Joseph Grace the blacksmith) in 1852.

George Ingram the nephew (b.1841) was the son of William and Elizabeth Ingram; Elizabeth was Thomas Turnham's sister. The other nephew William Turnham (b.1850) was the son of the Winslow baker John Turnham; their business was at 8-10 Horn Street from 1867.

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