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Will of George Goss
This is the last will and testament of me George Goss of No. 3 East India Avenue Leadenhall Street in the City of London Esquire I give and bequeath to my nephew Walter Weston Goss of Stockwell in the County of Surrey and Alan Maclean of the General Post Office in the City of London Gentleman their executors administrators and assigns the sum of six thousand pounds sterling upon trust to invest the same in their joint names in the parliamentary stocks or public funds of Great Britain or at interest upon Government or real securities in England or in or upon the bonds mortgages or debentures or debenture stock or preference or guaranteed shares or stock of any Railway or other Company in any part of Great Britain incorporated by Act of Parliament or Charter and paying a dividend on the ordinary stock or shares of the Company or of any railway Company in India the payment or dividend or interest upon the ordinary stock or shares of which shall be guaranteed by the Council or Government of India for the time being or by the secretary of State for India in Council with power from time to time to alter vary and transpose such stocks funds and securities and upon trust to pay and divide the income arising therefrom as the same shall from time to time become payable unto and equally between my three sisters Charlotte Goss Catherine Anne Taylor and Mary Goss for and during their respective lives and the lives and life of the survivors and survivor of them for their and her own use and benefit And upon trust after the death of the survivor of my said three sisters to stand possessed of the said sum of six thousand pounds and the securities for the same and the future income arising therefrom as part of my residuary estate
I give and bequeath the following legacies that is to say To Elizabeth Goss the widow of my late brother John Goss the sum of one thousand pounds sterling To each of them my three nieces Charlotte Mary Goss Cecilia Goss and Louisa Fanny Goss three of the daughters of my said late brother John Goss the sum of one thousand pounds sterling To my nephew the said Walter Weston Goss son of my said late brother John Goss the sum of five hundred pounds sterling To my niece Isabella Norton wife of the Reverend David Norton and a daughter of my said late brother John the sum of five hundred pounds sterling To my nephew and godson George William Goss the youngest son of my late brother Henry Goss the sum of one thousand pounds sterling and also my watch and chain and all my jewelry To my nephew Charles Frederick Goss another of the sons of my said late brother Henry Goss the sum of five hundred pounds sterling To each of them my two nephews James Weston Goss and Walter Miller Goss other sons of my said late brother Henry Goss the sum of three hundred pounds sterling And to each of them my three nieces Clarissa Matilda Maclean the wife of the said Alan Maclean and Catherine Mary Goss and Julia Goss the three daughters of my said late brother Henry Goss the sum of five hundred pounds sterling
And I give and bequeath any wine I may have at my death unto and equally between my two executors for their own use And I declare that the said sum of six thousand pounds and all the legacies or sums of money hereinbefore by me given shall be invested and paid free of legacy duty which I direct to be paid out of my residuary estate And I direct that in case at the time of my death any of the legatees shall be under the age of twenty one years their his or her legacy shall be invested in the joint names of the Trustees for the time being under this my will in any of the securities hereinbefore authorised or prescribed for the investment of the said sum of six thousand pounds with the like power of varying such investments and with power for the said trustees either to apply the income arising from each such legacy so invested for the benefit of the legatee presumptively entitled thereto during the minority of such legatee or to accumulate such income in augmentation of the capital as they may in their free and unfettered discretion think fit with liberty subsequently to apply such accumulations of income for the benefit of the infant legatee and with liberty also to advance the whole or any part or parts of the capital for the preferment in life or advancement in the world of such infant legatee Provided nevertheless and I hereby declare that is any of the legatees should die under the age of twenty one years the legacy by this my will given to each of such legatees so dying or such part thereof as may not have been advanced under the liberty for that purpose hereinbefore given together with the accumulations if any of the income that may have arisen therefrom shall sink into and form part of my residuary estate
And as to the residue save and except the said sum of six thousand pounds of my worldly estate subject to the payment of my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto and equally between and among such of my said six nieces the said Charlotte Mary Goss Cecilia Goss Louisa Fanny Goss Clarissa Matilda Maclean Catherine Mary Goss and Julia Goss as shall be living at the time of my death and the child or children then living of any of my said six nieces who may have predeceased me such child or children taking only nevertheless and if two or more equally between them the share to which his her or their parent would if living have been entitled
And as to the said sum of six thousand pounds subject to the life interests therein of my said three sisters I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto and equally between and among such of my said six nieces as shall be living at the death of the survivor of my said three sisters and the child or children then living of any of my said six nieces who may have predeceased the survivor of my said three sisters such child or children taking only nevertheless and if two or more equally between them the share to which his her or their parent would if living have been entitled
Provided always and I hereby declare that in case my worldly estate should after payment of my debts and funeral expenses and the appropriation of the said sum of six thousand pounds prove insufficient to meet all the before mentioned legacies all such legacies respectively other than that of one thousand pounds to my nephew and godson the said George William Goss shall abate in proportion to the respective amounts thereof And I hereby declare that save as is hereby otherwise provided for the provisions as far as the same may be applicable which are contained in the Statute passed in the Session held in the twenty third and twenty fourth years of the reign of her present Majesty intituled “An Act for giving to Trustees mortgagees and others certain powers now commonly inserted in Settlements Mortgages and Wills” shall be available for all the purposes of this my will of which I appoint the said Walter Weston Goss and Alan Maclean executors And revoking all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made I hereby declare this to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I hereto subscribe my name this fourteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy one-
George Goss- Signed published and declared by the said George Goss as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other hereto subscribe our names as witnesses the additions between the sixteenth and seventeenth and twenty sixth and twenty seventh lines on the second side having been first inserted as well as the substitution of five for three on the fourteenth line of the same side- George Carew 45 Bloomsbury Square Solicitor- William Wareham his clerk.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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