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1890 Elizabeth White

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Date: 8 Nov 1890 to 8 Nov 1890
Location: Guildford, Surrey, Englandmap
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White Wills

Transcript of the Will of Elizabeth WHITE

(1825 - 1900)

THIS IS THE LAST WILL and TESTAMENT - of me ELIZABETH WHITE of No. 1 Wellington Place Guildford in the County of Surrey Widow

I appoint my sons Thomas Blanco WHITE and Gilbert Henry WHITE to be EXECUTORS and TRUSTEES of this my Will

I give to my said son Thomas Blanco WHITE the silver service of presentation plate presented to my late husband George WHITE deceased

I give to my said son Gilbert Henry WHITE my printed books forming and being "Manning and Brays History of Surrey"

I give devise and bequeath all my real estate and the residue of my personal estate to the said Thomas Blanco White and Gilbert Henry White (who and the survivor of them and other the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will are hereinafter called "my Trustees")

Upon trust as to so much thereof as shall consist of furniture pictures plate plated articles linen china glass books prints and other household effects and shall in the discretion of my Trustees be required for furnishing and equipping the house and premises hereinafter directed to be provided for the residence of my daughters and son hereinafter mentioned to set apart the same during such period as shall elapse before the decease of my son Alfred Rupert WHITE and the decease or marriage of all my daughters Georgina Jessie Payler WHITE Constance Maud Alexandra WHITE Gertrude Cobden WHITE and Adeline Elizabeth WHITE and during the said period (hereinafter called "the trust period") to apply the same in such manner as in the discretion of my Trustees may be proper for furnishing and equipping the said house and premises and as to so much thereof as shall consist of money in the hands of the said Thomas Blanco WHITE to allow the same to remain during the life of the said Thomas Blanco WHITE or for such shorter period as he may desire in his hands upon such promissory note or notes or upon such security and generally on such terms and subject to such conditions as the same may be held upon or subject to at my death

And (subject to the trusts aforosaid) to sell call in and convert into money as soon as my Trustees conveniently can do so all my real estate and residuary estate or so much thereof as shall not consist of ready money and to invest the proceeds of such sale calling in and conversion and my ready money (after paying thereout my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses) in such manner as Trustees may from time to time be by law authorized to invest trust funds with power for my Trustees from time to time to vary or change any of such investments for others of a like or similar nature and to stand possessed of the said proceeds (after making such payments thereout as aforesaid) and the investments from time to time representing the same (hereinafter called "the residuary trust funds") in trust out of the income thereof and during the trust period to provide a suitable residence for such of my said daughters as shall not from time to time be or have been married and for my said son Alfred Rupert WHITE and to keep up an establishment there upon the same scale and in the same manner as far as may be as my establishment shall have been ordinarily kept up previously to my death and for that purpose to take on lease either from year to year or for any term of years or for the residue of any unexpired term a proper and convenient dwelling house with or without gardens pleasure grounds and other appurtenances and to pay all rent taxes rates assessments costs of repairs and insurance and other outgoings payable in respect of the dwelling house and premises for the time being so taken and also all expenses of keeping up such establishment as aforesaid. and during the trust period to apply the residue of the said income in such manner for the benefit of all or any one or more of my said daughters (who from time to time shall not have married and the said Alfred Rupert WHITE if living as my Trustees may from time to time in their absolute discretion think proper and upon the expiration of the trust period

In trust to divide the residuary trust funds among such of them my sons Thomas Blanco WHITE Gilbert Henry WHITE Alfred Rupert WHITE and George Knight WHITE and my said daughters Georgina Jessie Payler WHITE Constance Maud Alexandra WHITE Gertrude Cobden WHITE and Adeline Elizabeth WHITE as shall be then living and the issue then living of such of them as shall be then dead in equal shares if more than one but so that the issue of any such deceased child of mine shall take amongst them (equally if more than one) only such share as such deceased child would if living and (being a daughter) married have taken and I declare that the said furniture and household and other effects so directed to be set apart as aforesaid and any leasehold or other interest in any dwelling house so taken by my Trustees as aforesaid shall upon the expiration of the trust period be sold and the proceeds shall be treated as part of my residuary personal estate

And I further declare that all moneys so left as aforesaid in the hands of my son Thomas Blanco WHITE shall (subject to my desire and the above provisions that the same shall remain in his hands for such time upon such terms and in such manner as aforesaid and subject to any agreement or arrangement which may be existing at my death between myself and the said Thomas Blanco WHITE) be treated as far as may be as though the same formed part of the residuary trust funds

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand the twenty eighth day of November one thousand eight hundred and ninety - ELIZABETH WHITE - SIGNED by the said Elizabeth WHITE the testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other both present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses -

S. MACASKIE 1 Garden Court Temple E.C.
SHIRLEY COTES 16 St Margarets Rd Oxford.

ON the 21st day of June 1901 Probate of this Will was granted to Thomas Blanco WHITE and Gilbert Henry WHITE the Executors.


DEATH ON OR AFTER 1ST JANUARY 1898 BE IT KNOWN that Elizabeth White of 16 Farnham Road Guildford in the County of Surrey Widow (formerly of 1 Wellington Place Guildford aforesaid)died on the 11th day of November 1900 at 16 Farnham Road aforesaid AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament of the said deceased was proved and registered in the Principal Probate Registry of His Majesty's High Court of Justice, and that administration of all the estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to Thomas Blanco White of 59 and 60 Chancery Lane in the County of Middlesex Solicitor and Gilbert Henry White of Guildford aforesaid Solicitor the Sons the Executors named in the said Will

Dated the 21st day of June 1901

Gross value of Estate £ 934 - 3 - 1

Net value of Personal Estate £ 329 - 15 - 1


1. This Elizabeth White was the widow of George White the solicitor, registrar and high bailiff and councillor of Guildford town and county court. She was born Elizabeth FOLWELL and was the sister of Thomas Folwell, landlord & owner of the Railway Hotel in Haslemere.

2. Her son Alfred Rupert seems to have been somewhat handicapped, the tone of the Will seems to suggest he had not long to live and was in any event very unlikely to marry.

3. It is curious that although George Knight White was the eldest son and a solicitor, he was not appointed as an Executor.

4. Clearly at the time the Will was written in 1890, none of her daughters, eldest 37 and youngest 23, were married.

5. She gives to Gilbert Henry her set of Manning & Bray's History of Surrey, which is recognized as the definitive history of Surrey and which was written and revised between 1800 and 1850, then as now probably considered a work of some value.

6. At the funeral of Elizabeth’s son Gilbert a Dr G. C. Williamson noted that the history of the old town of Guildford was a keen source of interest to him and he apparently did a lot of work for the museum. No doubt the Manning & Bray inspired him.

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