THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me Mead Raymond of Craven Place Old Kent Road in the County of Surrey lighterman I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth absolutely for her own sole use and benefit all the furniture plate linen glass and china which shall be in about or belonging to the house in which I may be residing at the time of my decease I give and bequeath unto my friends John Nelson of the Old Barge House in the parish of Lambeth Gentleman and John Brooks of the Commercial Road Lambeth, Timber Merchant the sum of £10 a piece to purchase a mourning wig as a small token of my respect for them I devise and bequeath all the residue and remainder of my real and personal estate and effects unto and to the use of the said John Nelson and John Brooks as to the real and personal estate not belonging to me beneficially upon Trust to dispose thereof according to equities affecting the same and as to the real and personal estate belonging to me beneficially upon Trust to dispose thereof according to the directions hereinafter contained that is to say I direct my said trustees to pay out of the rents and profits of my real estate and my house in Craven Place Old Kent Road unto my daughter Anne now the wife of Mr John Gould the clear yearly sum of one hundred pounds payable quarterly for her own sole and separate use independent of her present or any future husband and so that she shall have no power to anticipate the same and for which her receipt alone shall be a discharge to my trustees the same to be paid and payable to her for and during the term of her natural life unless determined sooner as hereinafter mentioned I also direct my trustees to pay out of the rents and profits of my real estate and my house in Craven Place Old Kent Road to my daughter Elizabeth the clear yearly sum of one hundred pounds payable quarterly for her own sole and separate use independent of any husband with whom she may intermarry and so that she shall have no power to anticipate the same and for which her receipt alone shall a discharge to my said trustees the same to paid and payable to her for and during the term of her natural life unless determined sooner as hereinafter mentioned and I direct that upon the death of either of my said daughters in the lifetime of the other of them the annuity of her sibling shall be paid and payable to the survivor of them for the same period in the same manner and subject to the same conditions limitations qualifications and ... as herein ...the annuity originally bequeathed to her by this my will and I direct that in case either of my said daughters shall make do or execute or raise or procure or permit or suffer to be made done or executed any instrument deed act matter or thing whatsoever whereby or by means whereof the said annuity whether original or ... would but for the .. and limitations hereinafter contained become vested in or payable to or receivable by any other person or persons whomsoever then and immediately thereupon the annuity so attempted to be aliened or changed as aforesaid shall wholly and for ever cease and determine as to my said daughter making such attempt and be then immediately thereupon paid and payable to the other of said daughters and if either of my said daughters shall after her sister's annuity shall have ... to her either by death or forfeiture attempt to alien charge incumber or in any manner prejudicially effect the same or any part thereof or her own original annuity or any part thereof then immediately thereupon their said annuity so attempted to be aliened charged incumbered or prejudicially affected and every part thereof shall wholly and for ever cease and .. (determine?) and fall into and become part of the residue of my estate and go over to the persons entitled to the said residue and be subject to the directions hereinafter contained concerning the same and it is my will that if it should happen that the rents and profits of my real estate and my house in Craven Place aforesaid should be insufficient to pay the said annuities hereinbefore bequeathed to my said daughters the same annuities shall decrease and abate rateably in proportion to the amount of the rents and profits which shall be available for payment of them it being my express will and intention that the said annuities shall be chargeable on my real estate and my house in Craven Place only and that my said daughters shall look for payment of them to my real estate and said house in Craven Place and whereas I am now indebted unto my friend the said John Nelson to a considerable amount and I am desirous that provision should be made for payment and liquidation of the same in such manner as to interfere with and disarrange as little as possible the directions limitations and provisions of this my will I declare and direct that the whole of my property real and personal shall be liable equally and without any priority of one or the other to the payment of the debt so due to my fiend said John Nelson and my other debts and that the directions limitations provisions and bequests declared and contained herein shall give way and be subject to and take effect and come into operation only after the provisions arrangements and directions and measures which my trustees may make and think advisable for the payment and liquidation of my said debts it being my will that the same should be paid and provided for in such manner as to fall upon and affect equally as near as may be my real and personal estate regard being had to their ... value and amount and give my trustees full authority for this purpose declare that their arrangements and directions shall be absolute and binding on all parties taking under this my will as I repose the fullest trust and confidence in my trustees knowing that they will make such arrangements and provisions as will be ... (consistent?) with the directions and provisions of this my will and I direct my said trustees so long as my son Augustus shall be under the age of twenty two years to carry on my business of lighterman at the Wharf where I now carry on the same situate in the parish of Saint Mary Rotherhithe in the County of Surrey and known as "Raymond's Wharf" and that either together or in partnership with my son Mead should he be in partnership with me at the time of my decease or alone and by themselves should my said son not be in partnership with me at the time of my decease as the case may be and in order to enable my said trustees to carry on and continue the said business I hereby authorize and empower them to act as fully and effectually in every respect as I myself could do so if acting therein and I hereby empower and direct them to employ and or ... in my said business such part of my personal estate as shall constitute the capital or my share of the capital employed therein at the time of my decease with any additional capital my trustees shall think requisite or necessary and to employ for that purpose the surplus if any of the rents and profits of my real estate and my house in Craven Place as after payment of the outgoings thereof and the annuities hereby bequeathed to my said daughters and I direct my trustees of the profits of the said business to pay unto each of my sons Mead and Augustus until Augustus shall attain the age of twenty two years the clear yearly sum of one hundred pounds payable quarterly and I direct my trustees after payment of the said annuities to my said sons to apply the residue of the profits of my said business either in the said business or to invest the said residue in and upon Government or real securities in England for the benefit of my said sons and I direct my said trustees when and so soon as my son Augustus shall attain the said age of twenty two years to make over and assign to them my said sons Mead and Augustus the whole of my said business in such manner that my said sons may be possessed thereof and interested therein in equal share between them and the ... of debts and effects of the same and to divide equally as between them my said sons all the accumulated profits if any of my said business and I direct my trustees to stand possessed of and interested in all the residue and remainder of my real and personal estate upon trust to invest such part thereof as shall consist of personal estate and the surplus of the rents and profits of my real estate upon Government or real securities in England for the benefit of my said sons Mead and Augustus and keep the same so invested and from time to time to invest the growing ... thereof until my said son Augustus shall attain his said age of twenty two years and as soon as my said son Augustus shall attain that age then I direct my trustees to pay over assign convey and transfer the said residue unto my said sons to hold to them my said sons for their own absolute ... and benefit as tenants in common and that I direct and declare that if from any cause whatever the trusts hereinbefore contained for carrying on my said business should fail or become impracticable that the whole of the residue of my property after payment of my debts and the annuities hereinbefore bequeathed to my daughters shall go to and become vested in my said sons Mead and Augustus absolutely as tenants in common and in case of the death or refusal to act of any or either of my trustees I hereby empower the surviving continuing or acting trustee or trustees to appoint another person to be a trustee in the place of the trustee so refusing dying or declining to act subject nevertheless to the approval of my said sons of such appointment testified in writing and upon such appointment the surviving or continuing trustee shall do all acts ... to vest the trust property in a new trustee jointly with such surviving or continuing and such new trustee shall thereupon have the same powers and authorities in all respects as if had been appointed by this my will and I appoint my friends the said John Nelson and John Brooks EXECUTORS of this my will in witness thereof I have to each of the five sheets of paper upon which this my will is written set my hand this twelfth day of February in year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty. Mead Raymond, Signed by the testator Mead Raymond in the presence of us John Raymond Jr. - W. C. Raymond.
IN THE PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY - IN THE GOODS
OF MEAD RAYMOND DECEASED
APPEARED PERSONALLY William Chapman Raymond of 15 Saint Saviours Church Yard Southwalk in the County of Surrey Wharfinger and made oath that he is a subscribed witness to the last will and testament of Mead Raymond formerly of Craven Place Old Kent Road in the County of Surrey but late of Paradise Street Rotherhithe in the same County lighterman deceased the said will being now hereunder annexed and carrying date the twelfth day of February one thousand eight hundred and forty and the deponent now having carefully perused and inspected the said will observed the words or any part thereof interlined between ... further made oath that such interlineations were respectively made previous to the execution of the said will and that the said deceased duly executed the said will on the day of the date thereof by signing his name at the foot or end thereof in the presence of this deponent and John Raymond the younger the other subscribed witness thereto both being present at the same time and that this deponent and the said John Raymond the younger there upon respectively attested and subscribed the said will in the presence of the said Testator. - W. C. Raymond on the 26th day of September 1843 - the said William Chapman Raymond was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me A. F. Bayford etc.
PROVED at London 28th September 1843 before the Worshipful John Elliot Pasley Robertson Doctor of Law and Surrogate by the oaths of John Nelson and John Brooks the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.
Transcribed Oct. 2007 by John G. Raymond, Brisbane, OLD., Australia