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Will of Elizabeth Adams

of Tenterden, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1848
Submitted by John Buckley
The Will of me Elizabeth Adams of Tenterden in the County of Kent eldest daughter of the late Thomas Adams Esquire of Swifts Place near Cranbrook in the same County

After the expenses of my funeral which I wish to be neat and respectable and my debts are paid I desire that the sum of £100 be paid to my dear brother Frederick as a debt in consideration of the annuity of £20 which he kindly allowed me and which he may still allow me and that this bequest shall have priority before any other
I further give unto my said brother the sum of £200 and my several wood looking glasses four boxes inlaid with ivory and in case of his death before my own I give the same to his wife for the use of their children in equal proportions to be paid to such as are of age immediately and to such as those who are minors when they attain 21 years

I give to my dear brother Henry the sum of £200 and in case of his death before my own I give the same unto his daughters Henrietta Fawcett Delia and Adele in equal portions

I give to my sister in law Frances Adams widow of my late brother Thomas Adams the sum of £50
I give to my niece Frances Pilkington the sum of £50 and the choice of worsted work Ottomans in the drawing room my garnet necklace and garnet ring and my small topaz ring set with ------
I give to my niece Ann Elizabeth Forde my little ivory box with counters? in it given me by her late brother Thomas John Adams

and I further give the sum of £50 to William Redmond Pilkington Esquire in trust for my said niece Ann Elizabeth Forde and for her sole and separate use and to be applied by him for her when and as he shall think fit and in case of the death of the said Frances Adams before my own I give the £50 bequeathed to her to her three children

I give to my sister Cordelia Nares the sum of £20 and in case of her death before my own I give the same sum to her daughter Caroline Louisa White
I give to my sister Louisa Adams spinster the sum of £20 and in case of her death before my own I give the same sum to my nephew Edward Robert Nares

I give to my servant Maria Cuthbert for her long and faithful service the sum of £100 and also the bed bedsteads and blankets and the furniture belonging to her room the small oak table the folding table and chairs in the kitchen my clothes in my drawers and in my wardrobe and £5 for a good suit of mourning all which are to be paid and given to her free of legacy duty and I desire that she may remain in my house in Tenterden till the expiration of the first quarter of a year which shall happen after my death and in case of her death before my own these legacies are to be divided amongst my brother Frederick’s children my sister in law Frances Adams’s children my brother Henry’s daughters Henrietta Fawcett Delia and Adele
and I do most earnestly request my brothers and sisters nephews and nieces to be always kind to my poor faithful servant for my sake

I give to my dear niece Elizabeth Julia Adams my gold watch with the three gold cases belonging to it the portraits of my mother and father my worsted work chair in the drawing room and the sum of £10
I give to my dear niece Mary Ann Adams my diamond ring set in the form of a star the bracelet of my father’s hair the pair of worsted work fire screens and the sum of £10
I give to my dear niece Emily Sarah Adams a mourning ring set with an amethyst and a diamond on each side of it left to me by my mother and my small pair of threaded pearl earrings my little turquoise ring the large worked ottoman in the drawing room and the sum of £10

I give to my said niece Delia Adams my large ivory fan and the sum of £10
I give to my said niece Henrietta Fawcett the sum of £10
I give to my dearest friend Lady Henry Spencer Churchill the wife of my kind friend William Whateley Esquire a small ivory fan with my cypher as a token of my sincere and affectionate regard a small china jar which stands in the drawing room and the sum of £10
I give to my kind friend William Whateley Esquire for a ring as a little remembrance

I give to my nephew Edward Robert Nares the sum of £10
I give to my niece in law Emilia Nares my second sized worsted work ottoman in the drawing room and the sum of £10
I give to my niece Caroline Louisa White the sum of £30 and my large ivory fan with my cypher on it
I give all my silver and plate goods to my brother Frederick’s unmarried daughters and also my trinket box and the remainder of my trinkets and ornaments not hereby specifically disposed of

I direct that the remainder of my furniture and effects not an hereby before bequeathed including all the fixtures which are my property shall be sold in such manner as my executors shall order and that a one half of the proceeds thereof and also of any residue which shall remain after payment of my debts and legacies shall be paid to my brother Henry’s three daughters Henrietta Fawcett Delia and Adele in equal portions and one moiety of the remaining half to my niece Frances Pilkington and the other moiety to the said William Redmond Pilkington Esquire in trust for my niece Ann Elizabeth Forde in like manner as the before mentioned legacy of £50

If I should leave any money in the Tenterden Savings Bank I give one half thereof to my nephew Edward Robert Nares and the remaining half to the said William Redmond Pilkington on trust for my niece Ann Elizabeth Forde in like manner as the former bequests for her use

If I die near Cranbrook I should wish to be buried in the Church there near to my father If I die in London I should wish to be buried by my Mother in St John’s Wood but if my death takes place at any great distance from either of the above places I desire to be buried in the Church Yard of the parish I die in but wherever I am buried I desire to be laid under an arched vault

I appoint my friend William Whateley Esquire William Redmond Pilkington Esquire and the Reverend Samuel George Booth White Executors of this my will dated 21st day of December 1842
Elizabeth Adams signed by the said Elizabeth Adams in our presence and by us in her presence and the presence of each other
George Whateley Solicitor Birmingham - Henry Nash Servant to Mr Whateley 5 Great George Street Westminster

This is a Codicil to the will above written of me the undersigned Elizabeth Adams
Whereas since the making of my said will my late dear brother Frederick Adams and his daughter Emily Sarah Adams and William Redmond Pilkington Esquire therein named have all departed this life

Now inasmuch as the family of my late lamented brother are well provided for my will is that the sum of £100 first directed by my said will to be paid to him shall not be paid but I give £50 in addition to the bequests contained in my said will to my brother Henry Adams therein named and the remaining sum of £50 in addition and together with the legacies in the said will given to the said William Redmond Pilkington in trust I give to the Reverend Samuel George Booth White in trust for my niece Elizabeth Ann Forde in like manner as I have expressed
and revoke the bequest to my niece Elizabeth Julia Adams of the portrait of my father and I bequeath the same and the sum of £10 to my sister Louisa Adams spinster
and in other respects I ratify my said will dated the 24th September 1844

Elizabeth Adams signed by the said Elizabeth Adams as and for a Codicil to her will in our joint presence who have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses at the same time in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other the words “and the sum of ten pounds” being first underlined
Josh Munn Solicitor Tenterden - John Caister his clerk

Proved at London with a Codicil 29 July 1848 before the Worshipful Joseph Phillimore Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of Reverend Samuel George Booth White Clerk one of the surviving Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer power reserved of making the like grant to William Whateley Esquire the other surviving Executor when he shall apply for the same.


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