Location: Surbiton, Surrey, England
Transcript of the Will of Thomas WHITE
(1826 - 1905)
THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me THOMAS WHITE of number 30 Victoria Road, Surbiton in the county of Surrey, Gentleman.
I appoint my wife Emma Julia Annie White, my Daughter Clara Fanny Roberts and my nephew Alfred Thomas Sherwin EXECUTORS & Trustees of this my Will
I give and bequeath all my pictures prints books plate plated articles and china unto all my children to be divided equally between them as they shall agree and in the event of their not being able to agree among themselves then I direct my executors to distribute the same among my said children as they in their discretion shall think fit and their decision shall be final and conclusive.
I give and bequeath the following pecuniary and specific legacies that is to say:
To my said Wife the sum of two hundred pounds
To my son Thomas Brook White the sum of one hundred pounds
To my daughter the said Clara Fanny Roberts ten Ten Pound five percent preference shares in the Friary Holroyd and Healys Brewery Company Limited and one hundred pounds worth of ordinary shares in the same company if at the date of my death I am the holder of such shares but if I shall have sold the same then I give my said daughter the sum of two hundred pounds.
To my daughter Mabel Eliza Sherwin the wife of Cecil Whitaker Sherwin ten Ten Pound five percent preference shares in the said Brewery Compnay and One hundred pounds worth of my ordinary shares in the same company if at the date of my death I am the holder of such shares but if I shall have sold the same then I give the said Mabel Eliza Sherwin the sum of two hundred pounds.
To my nephew the said Alfred Thomas Sherwin the sum of one hundred pounds
To Mary Jupp White and Katherine White the step daughters of my said wife the sum of twenty pounds each.
I direct my Trustees to stand possessed of two hundred pounds worth of my ordinary shares in the said Brewery Company and two hundred pounds worth of my five percent preference shares in the said Brewery Compnay to be transferred to them in their joint names
Upon Trust to pay the annual income thereof to my daughter Josephine Mary Brown during her life and after the decease of the said Josephine Mary Brown then I give and bequeath the said shares to such of her children as may then be living share and share alike and should my said daughter die without issue then upon her death I give and bequeath the said shares unto and equally between all the children of my said daughter Mabel Eliza Sherwin as may be then living.
I direct my Trustees to stand possessed of another two hundred pounds worth of my ordinary shares in the said Brewery Company and two hundred pounds worth of my five percent preference shares in the said Brewery Company to be transferred to them in their joint names
Upon Trust to pay the annual income thereof to my daughter Edith Ellen Scott the wife of Harry Rushton (sic) Scott during her life and after her decease I give and bequeath the said shares to such of her children as shall be then living in equal shares absolutely. I give and bequeath my two leasehold houses Nos. 29 and 30 Victoria Road Surbiton aforesaid together with the household furniture belonging to me therein to my said wife during her life, she keeping the same in tenantable repair and insured against loss or damage by fire to the full value thereof and paying the ground rent of the said messuages and performing and observing the Lessees covenants contained in the Leases or Assignments thereof under which I hold them
And after the decease of my said wife I give and bequeath the said leasehold messuages and household furniture unto my son the said Thomas Brook White absolutely
And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Real and Personal Estate of whatsoever kind or nature and wheresoever situate I give devise and bequeath the same unto and to the use of my son Hubert Henry White for his own use absolutely nevertheless charged with the payment of my just debts and liabilities and my funeral and testamentary expenses and estate duties
Provided always and I hereby declare that if either (sic) of my said children shall die during my lifetime leaving issue such issue shall take the share which his her or their parent would have taken under this my Will if such parent had survived me
And I declare that the receipts in writing of my trustees and executors shall be sufficient discharges to the persons to whom the same may be given and that they shall not be responsible for involuntary losses or for depreciation in the value of the said Brewery shares which I have hereby authorised them to hold And that the one shall not be responsible for the acts deeds and defaults of the other of them.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and subscribed my name this seventeenth day of March one thousand nine hundred and four.
Signed by the above named Thomas White as his last Will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
- Thomas White
- R. W. Sherwin Solicitor Portsmouth
- Alexandra Donaldson 30 Victoria Road, Surbiton
THIS IS A CODICIL to the last Will of me THOMAS WHITE of number 30 Victoria Road, Surbiton in the county of Surrey Gentleman, Which Will bears date the seventeenth day of March one thousand nine hundred and four
Whereas by my said Will I have appointed my daughter Clara Fanny Roberts to be one of the Executors and Trustees thereof Now I hereby revoke the appointment of the said Clara Fanny Roberts as such Executor and Trustee And I appoint my son Hubert Henry White to be an EXECUTOR and Trustee of my said Will in the place of the said Clara Fanny Roberts And I declare that my said Will shall be construed and take effect as if the name of the said Hubert Henry White were inserted in my said Will throughout as Executor and Trustee instead of the name of the said Clara Fanny Roberts And in all other respects I confirm my said Will.
IN WITNESS whereof I have set my hand to this codicil to my Will the sixth day of January one thousand nine hundred and five.
Signed by the above named Thomas White as a Codicil to his last Will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
- Thomas White
- Ada Boughton
- Jane Donaldson
ON the 6th day of July 1905 Probate of this Will and Codicil was granted to Emma Julia Annie White, Alfred Thomas Sherwin and Hubert Henry White the Executors.
BE IT KNOWN THAT Thomas White of 30 Victoria Road, Surbiton in the County of Surrey died on the 28th day of May 1905 at 30 Victoria Road aforesaid AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament with one codicil thereto 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 Emma Julia Annie White Widow the Relict 30 Victoria Road aforesaid and Alfred Thomas Sherwin, Brewer, of 13 Wolsley Road, Godalming in the said county the nephew the executors named in the said Will and Hubert Henry White of Lydling Farm, Shackleford near Godalming aforesaid, farmer, the son of the deceased the executor named in the said Codicil
Dated the 6th day of July 1905
Gross Value of Estate £ 6,492 - 8 - 10
Net value of Personal Estate £ 3,697 - 6 - 0
1. Thomas had sold his Brewery in Bridge Street, Godalming in about 1891 to the Friary Holroyd & Healys Brewery, which later became the Friary Meux Brewery and much later became Allied Brewers.
2. In 1891 he married his cousin George White’s widow Emma Julia Annie White née Wright and she was George’s second wife and there were no children of this marriage. Mary Jupp White & her sister Katherine Jane White were the daughters of George’s first wife Katherine Elizabeth JUPP, whose own father Henry JUPP was the brother in law of Thomas’ father Thomas WHITE (1796 - 1864).
3. Edith Ellen continued to receive the dividends from her shares to the end of her life, which by then had probably become quite valuable shares. I assume her three sons eventually inherited their share of them, since they all outlived her.