Will of Thomas Cayley (1786-1857)
Source: the National Archives PROB 11/2251/135
Transcribed by Michael Cayley and released by him into the public domain
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Cayley at present residing at Whitby in the County of York Esquire made the tenth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty six I direct that my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be next after my decease I appoint William Barker of Whitby aforesaid Gentleman his brother Joseph Barker of the same place Gentleman and Thomas Peirson of Anlaby of the parish of Whitby aforesaid Gentleman Executors of this my will and I give to each of them my said Executors the sum of one hundred pounds as an acknowledgment for the trouble they may have in carrying into effect of this my will I give unto my eldest nephew the Reverend Edward Cayley the younger of Pilkinton Clerk all my printed books in foreign languages mathematical instruments telescopes artificial horizons and sextants I bequeath to each of my nephews viz: the said Edward Cayley Henry Cayley Richard Cayley William Cayley and Arthur Cayley (five of the children of my brother Edward Cayley) the legacy or sum of six hundred pounds Jessy de Wend Anne Peirson Charlotte Fenton and Mary Fenton and to Emily Gossip daughter of Kay niece Sarah Gossip the sum of one hundred pounds and to Jane Ripley the wife of Richard Ripley of Whitby aforesaid surgeon and to Bell Cayley Barker of Whitby aforesaid widow and Anne Barker of the same place spinster the legacy or sum of fifty pounds each I bequeath unto Alfred Legalle[?] of Isaure in the Empire of France the legacy of two hundred pounds when and in case only he shall attain the age of twenty one years and I direct that my executors shall during the minority of the said Alfred Legalle retain and apply out of my estate any sum or sums of money not not exceeding altogether the sum of four hundred pounds independent of the said legacy of two hundred pounds for and towards the maintenance and education or otherwise for the advancement and benefit of the said Alfred Legalle during his minority And in case upon his attaining the age of twenty one years or dying under that age any part of the said sum of four hundred pounds shall remain unapplied then I direct that the part so unapplied shall fall into and form part of my residuary personal estate I give all my personal estate not herein otherwise disposed of to my said nephew Edward Cayley the younger absolutely I devise all the real estate vested in me as trustee or mortgagee to the said William Barker Joseph Barker and Thomas Peirson their heirs and assigns subject to the conditions[?] affecting the same respectively and I declare that my trustees shall not be answerable for each others acts or receipts nor for losses happening except their own respective wilful default and shall be at liberty to retain and allow to each other all the expenses incident to the execution of the trusts and powers of this my will In witness whereof I have signed my name at the foot or end of this my will the day and year first before weittien in the presence of the two subscribing witness.
12 May 1857 Thomas's goods chattels and credits were granted to the Reverend Edward Cayley, nephew of Thomas, as residuary legatee, administration only having previously been granted to the executors who had renounced full executorship. Thomas is described as being of Stamford, Lincolnshire at his death.