© Transcription Copyright Linda Steward, August 2005.
I appoint my Son William Reeve and my friend and Solicitor William Ludlam Ollard of Upwell in the County of Cambridge Gentleman Trustees and Executors of this my Will.
I give and bequeath my best bed and bedstead with the bed hangings and bed linen belonging thereto unto my daughter Hannah Reeve.
I give and bequeath my Wash hand stand tea table pianoforte glass and a bed bedstead and bed linen complete to my Granddaughter Hannah Elizabeth Reeve the daughter of my Son William.
I give and bequeath my six silver tea spoons to my Granddaughter Harriett Mary Reeve the daughter of my Son Thomas.
I give and bequeath my two silver table spoons and my horse carriage and harness to my Son John.
I give and bequeath one bed bedstead and bed linen complete unto my Son Royal Reuben Reeve.
All the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate whatsoever I give and bequeath to my Son William.
I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Mary Ann Bonfield the legacy of one hundred pounds. I direct it to be paid to her by my Son William at the expiration of two years from my decease without interest in the meantime.
I give and devise to my said trustees the said William Reeve and William Ludlam Ollard All that my house and Blacksmiths shop and cottages adjoining between the Norfolk Hero and Mr. Murfitts To hold the same to them their heirs and assigns Upon trust to let the same and receive the rents and profits arising thereupon and after payment of all expenses of repairs insurance collection of rents or otherwise to pay the net rents and profits to my daughter Hannah Reeve for her sole and separate use during her life. On her decease such rents and profits are to be applied to the maintenance and advancement of any of her children these under age until the youngest attains his or her age of twenty one years and on that event happening I direct my trustees or the survivor of them or other the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will to sell the said house shop and cottages and divide the net monies produced thereby After payment of all expenses between the children of the said Hannah Reeve there living or that may have died leaving issue there living share and share alike so nevertheless that the issue of any deceased child only take their parents share amongst them.
I direct my Executors to provide and give to my Son Royal Reuben Reeve at my decease a good suit of mourning complete in every respect.
I give to my said Son Royal Reuben an annuity of eight shillings a week during his life.
I charge such annuity on my Twenty three houses and dwellinghouse and land hereinafter devised to my trustees. I direct my said trustees to pay such annuity to my Son Royal Reuben week by week without his having any power of anticipating or forestalling any payment the first payment to be made on the day of my decease the second seven days afterwards and so on. If my said Son Royal Reuben shall make any sale assignment or charge of the said annuity the same shall thereupon immediately cease and determine.
I also direct my said trustees during the life of my Son Royal Reuben to regularly keep up the weekly and other payments required to keep my Son Royal Reuben good on the books of the Royal Victoria Lodge of Odd Fellows Upwell of which he is now a member and entitled to all the benefits of the said Society And such payments I charge on the said Twenty three houses dwelling house and land.
I give and devise to my said trustees my shops and houses in Church Street Outwell about twenty three in number which I built on land I purchased of William Watson including the house in which I lately resided with the gardens adjoining and about one acre of grass and arable land adjoining which I purchased of Mr. Quince. Also my four acres in Birdbeck field late Tucks which property is subject to a mortgage to Messrs. Booth & Morton for securing one thousand pounds to them their heirs and assigns Upon trust to let the same and from the rents to pay all expenses of repairs insurances and collection of rents interest of mortgage monies or otherwise and the annuity to my Son Royal Reuben and the payments to the Lodge of Oddfellows and then to repay the remaining net rents and profits to my Son William for his life and on his decease to his widow if he leaves one for her life And on the decease of the survivor of them my said Son William and his wife To convey the same (subject to the mortgage there existing thereon and to the said annuity and weekly payment to and for the benefit of my said Son Royal Reuben To the Male heir there living of my said Son William
I give and devise my two Cottages and gardens in Pincushion Drove Outwell Norfolk late Mr. Tucks to my Granddaughter Mary the daughter of my daughter Hannah Reeve To hold to her her heirs and assigns for ever I give and devise to my said trustees their heirs and assigns and direct them to stand possessed of my house and land in Outwell Norfolk late Carman’s Mill also of my tenements and premises opposite the Church Outwell which I purchased of the Assignees of John Gouldin Upon trust to let the same
But as to one half of the land at Carmans Mill the furthest half from the River I direct my trustees to let it to my niece Hannah Morris as long as she lives at one shilling a year rent as a little remuneration for her attention to me And after payment of all expenses of repairs collection insurance or otherwise to apply the remaining net rents to or for the benefit of my Granddaughter Harriett Mary the daughter of my son Thomas during her life free from the control of anticipation.
I appoint my Niece Hannah Morris Guardian of my said Granddaughter during her minority and I direct my trustees to allow the said Hannah Morris for her trouble such part of the said net rents as they may think proper.
On the decease of my said Granddaughter I direct my said trustees to convey the said Houses and tenements to the heir at law of my said Granddaughter Harriet Mary Reeve in fee subject nevertheless t the above letting to Hannah Morris is she shall be still living.
I give and devise unto my Son William my three freehold houses and gardens so far as Quick is planted adjoining Outwell School To hold the same to him his heirs and assigns for ever Subject to and I charge the same with the payment and I hereby give the sum of Fifty pounds apiece to my Grandchildren John George Bonfield Arthur Bonfield George Edward Bonfield and Henry Reeve Bonfield to be paid to each of them as they respectively attain the age of twenty one years without interest in the mean time.
I give to my daughter Ann Bonfield the annuity of thirty pounds a year to be paid to her during her life by equal half yearly payments on every sixth day April and eleventh day October free from the controul debts or engagements of any husband and without her having the power of anticipation the first payment to be made to her on the sixth day of April or eleventh day of October first happening after my decease And I charge the said annuity on my twenty acres of land in Outwell Norfolk and the other property mortgaged therewith to Mr. Wing being part of the estate hereinafter devised to my Son William as hereinafter mentioned. In case my said daughter Ann Bonfield shall die before the first half yearly payment of the said annuity becomes due then I give and bequeath the legacy of nineteen pounds nineteen shillings to her husband William Bonfield.
I give to my Sons George and Joseph the legacy of five pounds each.
I give and devise to my said trustees all my estates leasehold from the Dean and Chapter of Ely To hold to them their heirs executors administrators and assigns Upon trust to proceed with and complete the enfranchisement of the same now in progress and for that purpose to borrow on mortgage of the said Estates with powers of sale and other usual clauses and powers all sums required to pay for the enfranchisement and all costs and immediately after the enfranchisement is completed I direct them at the expense of my estate to convey in fee to William Teed and Henry Teed the parts of my leasehold estate now sold to them the proportions the said William and Henry Teed are to pay towards the enfranchisement are defined by my Agreements with them. Upon the completion of these trusts I direct my said trustees to convey the enfranchised leasehold estates or so much thereof there remaining subject to any charge thereon to my Son William in fee but in as much as it may in the judgement of my trustees be considered better to sell them mortgage my said leasehold estates or parts thereof I fully authorise them to sell the same or parts thereof if they think fit And from the monies thereby produced to pay the costs of enfranchisement the mortgage now charged on the said estates and any other payments necessary and to pay the surplus to my said Son William.
I give and devise all my remaining estates whatsoever and wheresoever to my Son William his heirs and assigns in fee subject to the payment of all my mortgage debts where ever charged (excepting the said mortgage debt of one thousand pounds to Messrs. Booth and Morton) and all my just debts including the considerable debts I owe to the said William Ludlam Ollard for monies lent business done and otherwise and also subject to the legacies to my two Sons and to the legacy to my Granddaughter Mary Ann Bonfield and to the legacy of three hundred pounds which I give to my Son Thomas such legacy to be paid by my said Son William by three equal payments of one hundred pounds without interest the first payment to be made at the expiration of one year the second two years and the third at the expiration of three years after my decease without interest in the mean time And also subject as to my Outwell lands hereinbefore mentioned to the annuity to my daughter Ann Bonfield.
And also subject to the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I authorise my Executors to carry out or otherwise deal with any contracts of mine if any existing at my death as they or the survivor of them may think fit any monies arising my said executors may apply as they may think fit in discharge of any claims on me or otherwise as may appear desirable to them in the execution of the trusts in this my Will. I give them every power required for the purpose and in that and in every matter arising under or connected with my Will I give them and the survivor of them absolute and unlimited discretion I having perfect confidence in them and wishing them to have in all respects as uncontrolled discretion and power as I myself have I give my trustees and the survivors of them or other the trustees for the time being of this my Will ample authority to compound and settle debts to alter vary and rescind contracts to resell without responsibility for loss to execute all proper conveyances and other assurances to alter and vary investments or mortgages or any of them and to reborrow and to give all securities required therefor to make leases for any term not exceeding ten years to give receipts and discharges which shall be a full acquittance to the parties taking the same from the monies therein expressed to be received and from all responsibility or obligation of enquiry to pay allow and reimburse themselves and himself all necessary costs charges and expenses and generally full discretionary power to act in the trusts hereby reposed in them as I myself if living could do.
And I declare that each trustee shall be answerable only for losses arising from his own default and not from involuntary losses or acts or for the acts or defaults of his Cotrustee and particularly that any trustee who shall pay over to his Cotrustee or shall do or concur in any act enabling his Co trustee to receive any monies for the general purposes of this my Will or for any definite purpose authorised by my Will shall not be obliged to see to the due application thereof nor shall such trustee be subsequently rendered responsible by any express notice or intimation of the actual misapplication of the same monies I declare that if any person hereby named or hereafter to be appointed a trustee of this my Will be now dead or should die or go to reside out of or be absent for a year from England and Wales or become Bankrupt or disclaim neglect refuse or be incapable to perform or desire to retire from the Office It shall be lawful for the surviving or continuing trustee by writing attested by one Witness to appoint a trustee in the room of such person and that every instrument appearing on its face to be made in pursuance of the foregoing power shall though not so made be valid for all purposes other than the exoneration of parties and privies to the making thereof from personal responsibility and so far as the rules of law will allow and subject to any previous disposition of any part or parts of the trust premises upon every exercise of the aforesaid power before the expiration of twenty one years from the death of the survivor of the several persons mentioned by name in this my Will I give and bequeath such of the several trust estates as ought to be vested in my said trustees or trustee for the time being in such manner and I direct that as to such trust estates my Will shall take effect as if such trustee or trustees had been in existance at my death and his or their name or names had been inserted in my Will in the room of and wherever the names of my Son William Reeve and friend William Ludlam Ollard occur all expenses incurred in or connected with such appointment shall be paid out of my property as my trustees think fit.
And I expressly direct and declare that the said William Ludlam Ollard who is an Attorney and Solicitor and who is well acquainted with my affairs shall be professionally employed in the execution of the trusts of this my Will and shall notwithstanding his being named as one of my trustees be entitled to have retain and be paid and allowed all proper professional costs charges and expenses as between Attorney and Client for all business he may transact or be engaged in under this my Will or in the execution of the trusts thereof or in any proceedings at law or in equity arising thereunder or connected therewith any rule of law or equity to the contrary or otherwise notwithstanding. And I revoke all former testamentary dispositions by me and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament For Witness whereof I have to this my Will contained in six sheets of paper set my hand the day and year first above written.
Signed published and declared by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses the interlineation as to Carmans Mill land by which half of it is to be let to Hannah Morris during her life being first made. J. F. Spalding Upwell – Fred. T. Ollard Upwell
This is a Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me William Reeve late of Wisbeach in the County of Cambridge but now of Outwell in the County of Norfolk retired Farmer and which Will bears date the fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.
Whereas I have in my said Will directed my trustees to let to my Niece Hannah Morris a piece of land (part of Carmans Mill land) during her life Now I do hereby revoke such direction and direct my trustees to deal with such half for the benefit of my Granddaughter Harriett Mary Reeve like the rest of the property devised to them in my Will In trust for her And whereas I have by my said Will given to my Granddaughter Elizabeth Harriett Reeve my Piano chest of drawers dressing table and Washhand stand Now I do hereby revoke such bequest and I give the same articles to my Granddaughter Harriett Mary Reeve but I direct Robert Morris of Outwell Norfolk Butcher Hannah Morris wife of the said Robert Morris and my friend and solicitor William Ludlam Ollard of Upwell Isle who I hereby appoint for this and all other purposes joint guardians of my said niece Harriett Mary Reeve until her majority to retain the same articles until she is twenty one years of age and then to hand them over to her for her own absolute use benefit and disposal The said Harriett Mary Reeve to have the use and enjoyment thereof during her minority at the residence of the said Robert Morris and Hannah his wife or the survivor of them if she shall think fit to do so.
I direct my executors when they shall think fit to do so to purchase at a moderate price and present a Piano or Harmonium to each of the two eldest daughters of my Son William whereas I have lately contracted for the building of a house upon Carmans Mill land Now I do hereby direct the cost of such building to be paid by my trustees half out of my residuary estate and the other half out of the rents of the said land given to them for the benefit of my said Granddaughter to be deducted by them out of the first years rents received by them And whereas in my Will I have bequeathed to my Son Thomas a legacy of three hundred pounds to be paid in three years I alter such direction and direct it to be paid in six years that is Fifty pounds at the expiration of one year after my decease a second fifty pounds at the expiration of two years after my decease a third fifty pounds at the expiration of three years after my decease and so on without interest in the meantime.
I give three allotments of garden land part of the estate I have purchased of the Dean and Chapter of Ely situate in Great Sandy Field in Outwell and now in the occupation of Robert Morrris James Pearson and William Moore to Robert Morris and Hannah his wife with whom I am now living free from any mortgage or incumbrance thereon To hold the same to them for their joint lives and to the survivor of them for his or her life and on the decease of the survivor of them the said Robert Morris and Hannah his wife I give the said three allotments to my trustees William Reeve and William Ludlam Ollard in fee. I expressly will and direct that the said Robert Morris and Hannah his wife shall be at liberty to occupy the shop house and premises they now occupy so long as they please at the rent of five pounds a year and my devise of such shop and house in my Will I make subject to this condition my Will being that the said Robert Morris and Hannah his wife or the survivor of them may have the said shop house and premises for a home as long as they or such survivor desires they keeping the inside of the premises in tenantable repair and paying all rates and taxes charged on the premises and my trustees out of my residuary estate keeping the outside of the said premises in tenantable repair In all other respects I confirm my said Will bearing date the fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and sixty four and revoke all other testamentary dispositions by me at any other time made and hereby declare such Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have to this Codicil to my said late Will and Testament set my hand to this and the preceding sheet hereof this fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.
Wm. Reeve Signed published a
nd declared by the Testator as and for a Codicil to his last Will and Testament bearing date the fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and sixty four in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.
James Pearson – Fred. T. Ollard
This is a second Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me William Reeve late of Outwell in the County of Norfolk retired Farmer made this twenty fifth day of May one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.
In my Will which bears the date the fifth day of March last I have devised to my trustees therein named my house and Blacksmiths shop and cottages adjoining between the Norfolk Hero and Mr. Murfitts Upon certain trusts for the benefit of my daughter Hannah and her children Now I hereby wholly revoke the said devise and I give and devise the said house blacksmiths shop and cottages to my Son William Reeve his heirs and assigns for ever.
In my said Will I have bequeathed a legacy of three hundred pounds to my Son Thomas Now I revoke and annul the said legacy and instead thereof I give the said sum of three hundred pounds to my said trustees Upon trust to invest it on real government or personal security and pay the income therefrom arising after paying and deducting all expences to my said Son Thomas for and during his natural life and on his decease I direct my trustees to call in and divide the principal sum after deducting all expenses of every description between the children of my said Son Thomas living at his decease or that may have died leaving issue then living so nevertheless that the issue of any deceased child of my Son only take their parents share amongst them.
I give my trustees unlimited power and discretion to pay and apply the principal of the share or presumptive share of any minor without any responsibility to the benefit of such minor in any way or manner and at such time or times as they may think best. In all other respects I confirm my said Will and my first Codicil which bears date the fifth day of May one thousand eight hundred and sixty four In Witness whereof I have to this second Codicil set my hand the day and year first above written.
Wm. Reeve Signed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his second Codicil to his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.
W. F. Ollard – J. F. Balding
This is a third Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me William Reeve of Outwell in the County of Norfolk retired Farmer made this thirteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.
I give unto each of the children of my daughter Hannah (except her daughter Mary) who may live to attain the age of twenty one years the legacy of fifty pounds to be paid to him or her on his or her attaining the said age or twenty one years without interest in the meantime. I revoke the devise in my Will to my Grand daughter Mary the daughter of my daughter harriett of my two Cottages and Gardens down Pincushion Drove in Outwell in the County of Norfolk and instead thereof I give and devise the same to my said daughter Hannah To hold the same unto and to the use of my said daughter Hannah for and during the term of her natural life she keeping the same in tenantable repair and insured from fire and on the decease of my said daughter Hannah Reeve then I give and devise the said two cottages and gardens unto my said Granddaughter Mary (daughter of the said Hannah Reeve) To hold the same unto and to the use of the said Mary Reeve her heirs and assigns for ever.
I give a right of road from the Highway across my other land to the land which in my first Codicil I have devised to Robert Morris and Hannah his wife for life.
In all other respects I confirm my Will which bears date the fifth day of March last my first Codicil which bears the date the fifth day of May last and my second Codicil which bears the date the twenty fifth day of May last and declare those only with this third Codicil to be my last Will and testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.
Signed published and declared by the said Testator as and for a third Codicil to his said Will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.
Fred. T. Ollard – S. F. Balding Clerk to Mr. W. L. Ollard Solr. Upwl.
Proved at Norwich with three Codicils thereto
the tenth day of September 1964 by the Oaths of
William Reeve the Son and William Ludlam Ollard
the Executors to whom Administration was granted.
Certified to be a correct copy.
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