Will of Richard Willmore of Shipton, farmer, 1873 (proved 1883)

Oxford Probate Registry

ON the First day of December 1883, the Will of Richard Willmore late of Shipton in the Parish of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Farmer, deceased, who died on the Twenty eighth day of June 1883 at Shipton aforesaid, was proved in the District Registry attached to Her Majesty’s Court of Probate at Oxford by the Oaths of George Davys Edward Wigley of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Auctioneer and William Robert Curtis of Little Horwood in the same County, Farmer,  the Executors named (in the said Will) they having been first sworn duly to administer.

It is hereby certified the above is a correct Copy. Dated this Sixth day of December 1883.
Personal Estate Gross £40 : 18 : 1.
No Leaseholds.
Extracted by Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow.
Under 33rd Section

This is the last Will and Testament of me Richard Willmore of Shipton in the Parish of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Farmer. I appoint George Davys Edward Wigley of Shipton aforesaid Auctioneer and William Robert Curtis of Little Horwood in the said County of Bucks Farmer Executors and Trustees of my Will  I bequeath unto my Wife Ann absolutely All my household goods and furniture linen china fuel and consumable stores I devise all the real Estate to which I shall become beneficially entitled at the time of my decease to my said Wife Ann during her life if she shall continue my Widow she insuring and keeping the same insured against loss by fire to the full value in the names . . .  of the Trustees. . . of my Will and also keeping the same in good repair . . . (wear and tear excepted) And from and after the decease of my said Wife or the day of her second marriage whichever shall first happen I devise the same real estate to the said George Davys Edward Wigley and William Robert Curtis their heirs and assigns Upon trust to sell the same together or in parcels by Public Auction or Private Contract And after deducting all expenses incidental to such sale Upon further trust to apply the net moneys to arise from such sale in augmentation of my residuary personal Estate to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease to the said George Davys Edward Wigley and William Robert Curtis their executors . . . Upon trust to convert get in my residuary personal Estate and thereout to pay all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses And upon further trust to invest the residue of the moneys thereby arising in then names . . .of the Trustees . . .  of my Will in . . . any of the public funds stocks or securities of the United Kingdom or any real securities in England with liberty for the said Trustees to vary and transpose the investment . . . for any other investment of the description aforesaid And upon further trust to permit and empower my said Wife Ann to receive the annual income of the said moneys or the Stocks . . . during her Widowhood And from and after her decease . . . As to the same moneys Stocks . . . and the annual income thenceforth to become due for the same In trust for all my children in equal shares and proportions And in case of the decease of either of \my/ children in my lifetime or during the Widowhood of my said Wife I bequeath the share of such child so dying to my said Trustees Upon trust to invest the same pursuant to the direction for investment hereinbefore contained and to accumulate the income of such Share until the youngest child of any child of mine so dying as aforesaid shall attain the age of twenty one years And then to pay such Share and all accumulations thereon to such child if only one wholly or unto and equally among all the children if more than one . . . so dying as aforesaid I devise All the real estate which shall at my decease be vested in my either as Trustee or Mortgagee to the said George Davys Edward Wigley and William Robert Curtis their heirs . . . subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively I declare that the receipts of the Trustees. . . of my Will shall effectually exonerate purchasers or others paying money to such Trustees . . . from all liability in respect of the application thereof I absolve the Trustees. . . of my Will from 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 expenses incurred in or about the execution of the Trusts of my Will Lastly I revoke all other Wills In Witness whereof I the said Richard Willmore the Testator have hereunto set my hand this Twenty ninth day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy three

The mark of Richard Willmore
Signed by the said  Richard Willmore the Testator in the joint presence of us who at his request in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses the said Will have first been read over by the undersigned Thomas Price Willis in our presence to the said Testator who seemed thoroughly to understand the same and declared to us his full knowledge of the contents thereof
Thos. Price Willis [signature] Attorney, Winslow
Arthur S. Midgley [signature] his Clerk

Proved at Oxford the First day of December 1883 by the Oaths of George Davys Edward Wigley and William Robert Curtis the Executors to whom administration was granted.
The Testator Richard Willmore was late of Shipton in the Parish of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Farmer, [illegible text]
Personal Estate Gross £40 : 18 : 1.
Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow, Bucks
It is hereby certified that the foregoing is a correct Copy. Dated this Sixth day of December 1883.


Notes

Richard Wilmore (as his surname was registered) died in 1883 aged 73. In 1871 he was living in Shipton with his wife Ann , son George aged 20 (a shoemaker) and daughter Amy aged 12. Ann (nee Saunders) was born at Ashendon about 1803, and they had eleven children in all, some registered with the surname Wilmer. Ann died in 1895.

In 1881 Richard called himself a sand merchant, so he probably ran the Shipton sandpit on the acre of land which he is recorded as owning in the 1873 return of owners of land. He also seems to have owned a house and four cottages in Shipton which were sold in 1896.

Read more about the Wilmore family.

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