Will of John Grace, schoolmaster, 1885

Oxford Probate Registry

 ON the Twenty fourth day of September1885 the Will of John Grace late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Schoolmaster, deceased, who died on the Twenty third day of June 1885 at Winslow aforesaid, was proved in the District Registry attached to Her Majesty’s Court of Probate at Oxford by the Oaths of William Robert Curtis of Little Horwood in the County of Buckingham, Farmer, and William Samuel Neal, of Winslow aforesaid, Brewer, the Nephews of the Deceased, the Executors according to the tenor of the said Will, they having been first sworn duly to administer.

It is hereby certified the above is a correct Copy. Dated this First day of October 1885.

Resworn June 1901 £976 – 7 – 5
Personal estate Gross  £782 : 5 : 7
       “             “    Net     £223 : 0 : 3
No Leaseholds
Extracted by Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow.

Stained glass window showing dedication This is the last Will and Testament of me John Grace of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Schoolmaster. I bequeath to my Wife Sarah all the pictures prints books plate plated articles linen china wines liquors provisions household goods furniture horses chattels and effects which shall at my death be in or about my dwelling house or the outbuildings or grounds thereof and all my personal estate whatsoever (except any sum or sums which may be receivable under any Policy or Policies of Assurance on my life) I devise and bequeath all my real estate and the residue of my personal estate (except what I otherwise dispose of by this my Will or any Codicil hereto) unto and to the use of my Nephews William Robert Curtis of Little Horwood in the County of Buckingham, Farmer, and William Samuel Neal, of Winslow aforesaid, Brewer their heirs executors and administrators respectively according to the nature and tenure thereof Upon Trust that the said William Robert Curtis and William Samuel Neal or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor (all which several persons and others the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will are hereinafter referred to as “the said trustees or trustee”) shall sell by Public Auction or Private Contract call in collect or otherwise convert into money such parts of the trust premises as shall not consist of ready money (provided that no sale of any portion of my real estate shall be made during the life of my said Wife Sarah without her consent in writing) And shall out of the monies to arise from such sale calling in and conversion pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts And shall invest the residue of the said moneys in the names or name or under the legal control of the said trustees or trustee in or upon any of the Public Stocks or Funds or Government securities of the United Kingdom or upon freehold copyhold or chattel real securities of England or Wales in or upon the shares stocks or securities of any Company or Corporation whether commercial municipal local or otherwise carrying on business or constituted for any purpose in the United Kingdom And may vary the said stocks funds shares and securities at their or his discretion And shall pay the income of the said trust moneys and the investments for the time being representing the same to my said Wife during her life And after her death shall hold the said trust premises In trust for all my children or any my child who being  sons or a son shall attain the age of twenty one years or being daughters or a daughter shall attain that age or marry and if  more than one in equal shares And I declare that in the event of any child of mine dying in my lifetime or that of my said Wife leaving issue such issue shall take the share to which his or her or their parent would have been entitled if living when the said trust premises became divisible I devise the Copyhold portion of my real Estates To such uses as the Trustees or trustee shall by deed appoint (And in default of and subject to any such appointment To the use of the said Trustees their heirs and assigns accordingly) to the custom of the manors whereof the said hereditaments may be respectively holden and by and under the accustomed rents and services And I declare that the aforesaid power of appointment over and devise in default of my said Copyhold hereditaments are respectively given and made Upon trust and to the intent that the said trustees . . . shall sell my said Copyhold hereditaments and apply the moneys produced by such Sale in the same manner in all respects as if the same hereditaments had been included in the general devise and bequest hereinbefore contained of my real and personal estate  in trust for sale and conversion Lastly I revoke all other Wills. In Witness whereof I the said John Grace, the Testator have to this my Will  set my hand this Second day of April One thousand eight hundred and eighty five
Jno. Grace  [signature]

Signed and acknowledged  by the above named said John Grace as his Will  in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as Witnesses
Thos. Price Willis [signature] Solicitor, Winslow
Arthur S. Midgley [signature] His Clerk

Proved at Oxford, the Twenty fourth day of September1885, by Oaths of William Robert Curtis and William Samuel Neal, the Nephews, the Executors according to the tenor of the Will, to whom Administration was granted.
The Testator John Grace was late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Schoolmaster, and died on the Twenty third day of June 1865, at Winslow aforesaid
Personal Estate Gross  £782 : 5 : 7
       “             “        Net   £223 : 0 : 3

Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow
It is hereby certified the foregoing is a correct Copy. Dated this First day of October 1885.


John Grace (1820-85) was the son of Daniel Grace (d.1868). He ran the Winslow Classical and Commercial School (q.v. for more about John Grace). He married Sarah Neal of The Bell in 1849. The memorial window in Winslow parish church (photo above) was paid for by their sons who went to Australia. Sarah was living at 168 High Street in 1891. Their children were:

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