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Some PCC Will Transcripts

These are transcripts of some wills extracted from the PCC Will Index at the FHC by Shirley Lancaster.

These are, as is customary, totally unpunctuated. I have put line breaks at what I take to be sentence ends.

Alfred Stanier of the Home Farm Weston Coyney, died 2 Nov 1905

People mentioned

Charlotte Stanierwife
George Stanierson
Charlotte Herbertdaughter
Florence Stanierdaughter
George Stanierbrother

Will

This is the last will of me Alfred Stanier of the Home Farm Weston Coyney near to Longton in the county of Stafford Farmer and Milk Seller
I give my watch and chain to my son George Stanier
I give my household furniture linen china books plate cutlery wearing apparal ornaments and household effects in and about my residence at my decease to my dear wife Charlotte Stanier for her own absolute use
I give to my said son George twenty dairy cows implements sufficient to work the farm held by me at my decease one refrigerator two carts one lorry one of my milk “Turnouts” complete (including horse cart and churns) and the goodwill of one of my milk walks also one mare and her daughter and gears for same (my said son having the right to choose each item of the said stock and effects so given to him as aforesaid from those belonging to me)
Also in case I shall died in the winter season sufficient hay to keep the said cows and horses until the “Grass day” next after my decease
I also direct and declare that my said son George may if he thinks fit at any time within one calendar month after my decease arrange with the landlord of my said farm to take over the tenancy of the said farm and in cas he shall so arrange then I give to him the growing crops on the said farm and also the two sheds erected by me thereon subject to the payment by him of the rent of the said farm owing up to the day of decease
I give to my brother George as some recompense for his trouble as executor the sum of twenty five pounds
I give devise and bequeath all my real and the residue of my personal estate unto my said wife Charlotte my said son George and my brother George Stanier of The Weston Coyney Farm and their heirs executors and administrators according to the respective natures thereof Upon the trusts following that is to say Upon trust that my said wife son and brother (all of which persons and the survivors and survivor of them his executors or administrators or other the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will are hereinafter referred to as “my said trustees”) shall as to my freehold messuages and hereditaments situate in Alexandra Road Longton aforesaid receive the rents and income thereof and thereout keep the same in good tenantable repair and insured against loss by fire and shall pay the nett rents and income thereof to my said wife during the term of her life for her own absolute use and benefit
And upon further trust from and after her decease to pay one equal moiety of such nett rents and income to my daughter Charlotte Herbert during her natural life
And from and after her decease to pay such equal moiety of such nett rents and income to her issue and if more than one in equal shares until the death of my daughter Florence Stanier
And if my said daughter Charlotte Herbert shall die without leaving issue or on failure of her issue such moiety of nett rents and income shall fall into the other moiety and follow the destination thereof
And upon trust after the decease of my said wife to pay the other moiety of such rents and income to my said daughter Florence Stanier during her life
And from and after her decease to pay such last mentioned moiety of nett rents and income to her issue and if more than one in equal shares until the death of my said daughter Charlotte Herbert
And if my said daughter Florence Stanier shall die without leaving issue or on failure of her issue such moiety of nett rents and income shall fall into the other moiety and follow the destination thereof
And upon further trust immediately after the death of the survivor of my said two daughters to sell the said messuages and hereditaments by public auction or private contract and subject to such conditions of sale and in such manner and form as my said trustees shall think fit
And after payment of the proceeds of such sale of the costs and expenses thereof to pay and divide the residue thereof unto and equally between the children of my said two daughters per stirpes and not per capita and if there shall be but one such child issue of either of my said daughters to such one child only
And if there shall be no child or children of either of my said daughters living at the decease of the survivor of them my said daughters then I give and devise the said messuages and hereditaments to my said son George his heirs and assigns
And upon further trust as to my leasehold messuages and hereditaments situate in Herbert Road Longton aforesaid to receive the rents and income arising therefrom and after payment thereout of the ground rent and the expenses incurred in keeping the same insured against loss by fire and in good tenantable repair to pay the nett rents and income thereof to my said wife until my said daughter Florence shall attain the age of twenty one years
And upon trust so soon as my said daughter Florence shall attain such age or die under such age to sell the said leasehold messuages and hereditaments in manner hereinbefore directed as to my property in Alexandra Road and after payment out of the proceeds of such sale of the costs and expenses thereof to pay and divide the nett residue thereof in manner following that is to say one third part thereof to my said daughter Charlotte Herbert and the remaining two third parts thereof to my said daughter Florence Provided that if my said daughters or either of them shall die before the said period of sale thereof then the shares or share of proceeds of sale thereof which would have been payable to them or either of them as aforesaid if then living shall be paid to my said wife for her own absolute use and benefit
And upon further trust to carry on my said farm and the remaining part of my said Milk selling business not so
given to my said son as aforesaid until the tenancy of the said farm can be terminated which I direct shall be done as soon as conveniently may be after my decease
And upon trust if my said son shall arrange to take over the said farm as soon as conveniently may be thereafter or otherwise on or immediately before the termination of the tenancy of the said farm to sell my remaining “Milk Turn-out” (including horse cart and churns) and the good will of the said remaining Milk walk as a going concern and also to sell by public auction or private contract all the corn straw roots hay and crops (except in case my said son takes over the said farm the growing crops so given to him as aforesaid) and the esidue of cattle farm stock implements and effects
And I direct that my said brother George shall whilst the said farm and milk business shall be carried on have the actual management and direction thereof and shall take the absolute management of the said sale thereof
And I give devise and bequeath the proceeds of such last mentioned sale and all my residuary real and personal estate (after payment thereout of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and all estate settlement estate and legacy duties payable in respect of my estate under this my will until my said wife Charlotte for her own absolute use and benefit
And I do hereby declare and direct that it shall be lawful for my said trustees to apply the whole or such part as they shall think fit of the income of the share to which any child or grandchild of mine being as infant shall for the time being be entitled in expectancy under this my will for or towards his or her maintenance and education with power to pay the same to the guardians or any of the guardians of such infant for any of the purposes aforesaid without being liable to see to the application thereof
And I declare that the statutory power of appointing a new trustee or new trustees of this my will shall be exerciseable by my said wife during her life and after her death by my said daughters during their joint lives and the survivor of them thereafter during her life
And I declare that the trustees for the time being of this my will shall be chargeable only with such moneys as they shall respectively actually receive and shall not be answerable for each other nor for any Banker Broker or other person in whose hands any of the trust moneys shall be placed nor for insufficiency or deficiency of any stocks funds shares or security nor for any losses in carrying on my said business in manner aforesaid nor any other involuntary losses
And lastly I hereby appoint my said wife Charlotte my said son George and my said brother George EXECUTORS hereof AS WITNESS my hand this eighteenth day of November one thousand nine hundred and three ..

Alfred Stanier. Signed by the said Alfred Stanier as his last will in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses (the gift of twenty five pounds to my brother George written between the sixteenth and seventeenth lines of the first page hereof having been first written in and duly noted). Chas F Robinson Solicitor Longton. Rich'd S Robinson Solicitor Longton.

Probate

On the 5th day of March 1906 Probate of this Will was granted to Charlotte Stanier widow, George Stanier Junior and George Stanier Senior the Executors.

Alfred Stanier of the Home-farm Weston Coyney nr Longton Staffordshire died 2 Nov 1905 Probate London 5 March to Charlotte Stanier, widow, and George Stanier Junior & George Stanier Senior farmers £2,248 0s 7d.

Charlotte Stanier of 45 Wood Street Meir Longton, died there 4th Dec 1933

People mentioned

Alfred Stanierdeceased husband
Florence Leatham née Stanierdaughter
William Leathamdaughter's husband
George Stanierbrother-in-law
Ann Foristerwitness
William Thomas Forristerwitness

Will

This is the last Will and Testament of me Charlotte Stanier of 45 Wood Street Meir Longton in the County of Stafford Widow made this twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty three
I HEREBY revoke all Wills made by me at any time heretofore
I appoint my daughter Florence Stanier Spinster now residing with me to be my EXECUTRIX and direct that all my Debts and Funeral Expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH unto my said daughter Florence Stanier All my estates whether real or personal and wherever situate for her own absolute use and benefit.

Charlotte Stanier

Signed by the Testatrix Charlotte Stanier in the presence of us present at the same time who at her request in their presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses:-
Ann Forister 262 Uttoxeter Rd Longton
William Thomas Forrister 262 Uttoxeter Rd Longton

Administration

On the 7 Mar 1935 Probate of this Will (Save and except settled land) was granted at Birmingham.

In His Majesty's High Court of Justice

The District Probate Registry at Birmingham

Be it known that Charlotte Stanier of 527 Uttoxeter Road The Meir Longton in the City of Stoke on Trent died there 4th Dec 1933 Intestate a Widow

And be it further known that at the date hereunder written Letters of Administration of the Estate of the said intestate were granted by his Majesty's High Court of Justice at the District Probate Registry thereof at Birmingham to George Stanier of Mill House Meir Heath near Blyth Bridge in the County of Stafford Sawyer and Florence Leatham (wife of William Leatham) of 527 Uttoxeter Road aforesaid - formerly Stanier Spinster the survinging Trustees as to settled land vested in the said Intestate under the Will of Alfred Stanier deceased proved at the Principal Probate Registry on the 5th day of March 1920 limited to the said settled land.

Probate

In His Majesty's High Court of Justice

The District Probate Registry at Birmingham

Be it known that Charlotte Stanier of 527 Uttoxeter Road Longton in the City of Stoke on Trent Widow formerly of 45 Wood Street Meir Longton aforesaid - died the 4th of September 1933 at 527 Uttoxeter Road Aforesaid
and be it further known that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament save and except settled land vested in the deceased which was settled previously to her death and remains settled land notwithstanding her death to Florence Leatham (wife of William Isaac Leatham) formerly Stanier spinster of 527 Uttoxeter Road aforesaid daughter of the deceased the sole executrix named in the said Will

The Letters of Administation (limited to settled land) granted at the Birmingham District Probate Registry on the 26th day of June 1934 to George Stanier, and the said Florence Leatham the surviving trustees of the said settled land on the suggestion that the deceased died intestate having been revoked by order of one of the Registrars of the Principal Probate Registry - dated the 31 day of January 1935.

The gross value of the said Estate in Great Britain save and except settled land amounts to £86 0s 10p.

Dated the 7th day of March 1935.

Philip Stanier of Saverley Green, died 27 March 1883

People mentioned

Martha Stanierwife
Philip Stanierson
Thomas Stanierson
Eliza Stanierdaughter
John Kentbrother in law
William Hancock Davis Teanwitness
John Goddardwitness

Will

This is the last Will and Testament of me Philip Stanier of Saverley Green parish of Stone and County of Stafford Shoemaker
I desire all my just debts funeral and testamentary Expenses to be paid as soon as convenient after my death
I appoint John Kent of Stoke upon Trent Potter and my brother-in-law with my son Philip Stanier of Saverley Green Trustees and Executors of this my Will
I will & bequeath to my wife Martha all my money book debts stock-in trade and furniture for her own use
I will devise and bequeath the rents of my house and freehold ground and gardens at Saverley Green or the use thereof to my said Wife during her life
After her death I direct that the House and grounds aforesaid be sold by my Trustees and Executors and the proceeds equally divided share and share alike betwen (sic) my three children Eliza Stanier Thomas Stanier and Philip Stanier one of my Executors
This is my last Will and Testament Signed by me in presence of the Witnesses this twenty fifth day of March One thousand eight hundred and Eighty three.
Philip Stanier

Signed by the Testator in our presence, as his last will who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses at his Request
William Hancock Davis Tean Stoke-on-Trent Doctor in Medicine
John Goddard Saverley Green Waggoner

Administration

Proved at Lichfield the fifteenth day of August 1883 by the Oaths of John Kent and Philip Stanier the son the Executors to whom Administration was granted.

The Testator Philip Stanier was late of Saverley Green in the parish of Stone in the County of Stafford Shoemaker and died on the twenty-seventh day of March 1883 at Saverley Green aforesaid. The Executors in person.

Personal Estate £69.0.6

Joseph Stanier of Saverley Green, died 28 February 1883

People mentioned

name not givenwife
Ralph Stanierson
Peter Stanierson
Charles Taylorstepson
William Taylorstepson
Charles Stanierbrother (deceased)
Samuel Staniernephew (son of Charles Stanier)
Herbert Staniernephew (son of Charles Stanier)
Herbert Bagnelltrustee

Will

This is the last Will and Testament of me Joseph Stanier of Saverley Green in the parish of Stone in the County of Stafford Nailmaker.
I direct payment of my just debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give the household goods and furniture which my present wife brought with her to my house on my marriage with her unto my said wife and after her decease
I give the same to her children by her former husband namely Charles Taylor and William Taylor absolutely and I give my Harmonium bed and Chest of Drawers and all other my household goods and furniture not hereinbefore disposed of unto my son Ralph Stanier for his own use absolutely
I give my ready money and Securities for money and all other monies to which I may be entitled at the time of decease unto my son Peter Stanier and Herbert Bagnall of Stone, in the said County of Stafford Hostler hereinafter called my said Trustees Upon trust after payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to invest such of my said monies as shall consist of ready money and to pay the interest arising from such investment or investments and from the Securities upon which any of my monies shall be invested at the time of my decease Upon my said wife for her life and after her decease
I direct my said Trustees to call in all such monies as shall be invested at the time of my decease and as shall be invested by my said Trustees after my decease and to pay and divide the same to and between my said sons Ralph Stanier and Peter Stanier equally share and share alike
I give and devise the house and land situate at Saverley Green aforesaid and now occupied by me Unto my said wife for her life and after her decease
I give the same to my said son Ralph Stanier subject never the less to and I charge the same with the payment by my said son Ralph Stanier to my said son Peter Stanier of the sum of Twenty pounds which sum of twenty pounds
I give to my said son Peter Stanier accordingly But in case my said son Ralph Stanier shall die in the lifetime of my said wife, without leaving any children him surviving them after the death of my said wife
I give and devise the said House and land to my son Peter Stanier and if my said sons Ralph Stanier and Peter Stanier shall both die in the lifetime of my said wife without leaving any children them surviving then I give and devise the said house and land to Samuel Stanier son my late brother Charles Stanier charged with the payment of the sum of thirty pounds by him to his brother Herbert Stanier to whom I give the said sum of Thirty pounds in the events happening as aforesaid
I devise all mortgaged and trust Estates vested in me at the time of decease unto the said Trustees upon the equities and trusts affecting the same respectively and I appoint my said son Peter Stanier and the said Herbert Bagnall Executors of this my Will
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 17th day of October 1881.

Signed by the said Joseph Stanier the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other all being present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses. Ew'd Young Sol'r Longton, Geo Spare his Clerk.

Probate

Proved at Lichfield the sixteenth day of April 1883 by the Oaths of Peter Stanier the son and Herbert Bagnall the Executors for whom administration was granted
The testator Joseph Stanier was late of Saverley Green in the parish of Stone in the County of Stafford Nailmaker and died on the twenty eighth day of February 1883 at Saverley Green aforesaid.

Personal Estate £126,18,2s.

Thomas Stanyer of Severley Green, dated 5 November 1827

People mentioned

Thomas Stanyerson
Mary Stanyerdaughter
Elizabeth Niddletondaughter
Thomas Middletonson in law
Thomas Brownexecutor

Will

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Stanyer of Severley Green being of sound mind memory and understanding. Thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and Knowing that it is appointed for all men to Die. Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors (Thomas Middleton and Thomas Brown) And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it is pleased God to bless me in this Life. I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and Form: -

First I give and bequeath to Thomas Stanyer my only beloved son the House and freehold Land thereunto belonging containing Two acres or Thereabouts be the same more or less

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Middleton the sum of Five pounds to be paid at my decease... otherwise to her Husband Thomas Middleton or any of the aforesaid children of Elizabeth Middleton to be paid out of the House and freehold land aforesaid by the said Thomas Stanyer.

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Stanyer the House and Freehold Land thereunto belonging containing eight Rods or thereabouts be the same more of less And I do ordain this my last Will and testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all other former wills hereunto by me made. In Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Fifth day of November One Thousand eight Hundred and Twenty Seven.

Signed sealed published and declared as this my last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our Names. Thomas Stanyer.
Witnesses: Robert Dewsbury, the mark of Joseph X Slingler, William Snape.

Probate

At Uttoxeter 29th April 1830. Let a probate be granted to Thomas Middleton one of the executors (a power being reserved for Thomas Brown the other executor). This being duly sworn as also that the personal estate does not amount to 20 /pound;. Before me E A Remington.

Will. In the Bishops Court of Lichfield. In the Goods of Thomas Stanyer Deceased.
Appeared Personally Thomas Middleton of Moddershall in the parish of Stone in the County of Stafford laborer one of the Executors name in the last Will and Testament of the said Thomas Stanyer late of Severley Green in the parish of Stone in the County of Stafford Brickmaker Deceased; and made Oath, that the Estate and Effects of the said Deceased, for, or in respect of which, a Probate of the said Will is to be granted, exclusive of what the said Deceased may have been possessed of, or entitled to, as a Trustee for any other person or persons, and not beneficially, but including the Leasehold Estate of Estates for Years of the Deceased, if any, whether absolut or determinable on Lives, and without deducting any thing on account of Debts, due and owing from the said Deceased are under the value of Twenty Pounds, to the best of this Deponent's knowledge, information and belief. Sworn on the 29th day of April 1830 before me, E S Remington, Supp.
The mark X of Thomas Middleton.

John Stonier of Caverswall Park in the Parish of Caverswall and County of Stafford, died 1 April 1840

People mentioned

Betty Sleighmother
William Sleightstepfather
Betty Coopersister
William Cooperbrother in law
Eliza Cooperniece
Richard Coopernephew
Ann Corbishleysister
Mary Corbishleyniece
Margaret Rosesister
John Stonier Rosenephew
William Stonierbrother
William Stoniernephew
Thomas Batewitness
George Taguisswitness

Will

Will of John Stonier

In the Name of God Amen I John Stonier of Caverswall Park in the Parish of Caverswall and County of Stafford being weak of body but of sound mind do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following hereby revoking all former Wills made by me
In the first place I do give and bequeath all my personal estate of what nature or kind soever to my Executors herein after named and the survivor of them his Executors or Administrators for the payment of all my just and lawful debts funeral expenses and the expenses of proving this my last Will
and afterwards I do direct them my said Executors to pay to my dear Mother Betty Sleigh and to her husband William Sleight the interest of five hundred Pounds for the term of their natural Lives or either of them for his or her natural life which ever shall live the longer
And also to pay to my niece Eliza Cooper of Caverswall Park aforesaid daughter of my sister Betty the Sum of fifty Pounds when she shall attain the age of twenty one years the Interest of the said sum of fifty Pounds to be paid to her yearly towards her maintenance education or clothing till she shall so attain the age of twenty one years
And also to pay to my Nephew Richard Cooper of the same place son of my said Sister Betty the sum of twenty five pounds when he shall attain the age of twenty one years The Interest to be paid to him yearly towards his maintenance education or clothing til he shall attain the age of twenty one years
And also to pay to my Niece Mary Corbishley the sum of twenty Pounds twelve months after my decease and if the said Mary Corbishley should died before the said twenty pounds shall become payable in that case it shall be paid to her Mother Ann Corbishley and in case they shall both die before the said twenty Pounds shall become payable then it shall be divided equally share and share alike amongst her brothers and Sisters
And also, to pay fifty pounds to my Nephew John Stonier Rose my Sister Margaret's oldest Son when he shall attain the age of twenty one years the Interest of the same to be paid to him towards his maintenance education or clothing yearly till he shall so attain the age of twenty one years
And also to pay to my nephew William Stonier oldest Son of my Brother William the sum of Twenty Pounds when he shall attain the age of twenty one years the Interest of the same to be paid to him towards his maintenance, education or clothing till he shall attain the age of twenty one years
And if all or any of my said Nephews or my said Niece Eliza Cooper should die before me or before he her or they shall attain the age of twenty one years his hers or their Parents to stand in each of their children's stead and receive the sum of money each child would have received had such child lived to be twenty one years old and if all or any of their Parents should be dead then the respective Sum of have been paid to any of them to be equally divided amongst his or her Brothers and Sisters
And also to divide the residue and remainder of said personal Estate after the aforementioned trusts shall be fulfilled and discharge together with the five hundred Pounds which my mother and her husband are to receive the Interest of for their several lives after their decease equally amongst my sister Ann Corbishley my brother William Stonier my sister Betty Cooper and my sister Margaret Rose and if any one or all of them should die before all or any part of the said residue of my property or the said five hundred Pounds shall become payable then and in that case her his or their children to stand in his her or their Parents stead and receive share and share alike this her or their Parents shares of the said Sums
and I do direct my said Executors to reimburse and pay themselves for any expenses or trouble they may be put to in the execution of all or any of the said trusts
And lastly I do nominate and appoint my Brother William Stonier of the Parish of Biddulph and said county of Stafford and my Brother in Law William Cooper of Caverswall Park aforesaid Executors of this my last Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this eight day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.
John Stanier.
Witnesses: Thomas Bate, George Taguiss.

At the ...le 29th October 1840 Let a probate of this Will be made to William Stonier and William Cooper the Joint Executors named therein. They being first duly sworn and also that the personal Estate will not amount to 1000£ Before me F T Blackburne, Surrogate.

Testator died 1 April 1840.

Will, in the Bishops Court of Stafford In the Goods of John Stonier Deceased. Appeared Personally William Stoner of the parish of Biddulph Farmer and William Cooper of Cheadle Farmer both in the County of Stafford the Executors Named in the last Will and Testament of the said John Stonier late of Caverswall Park in the County of Stafford Yeoman Deceased; and made Oath, that the estate and Effects of the said Deceased.


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