Last Will and Testament, George Paulin, 1894
I George Paulin of New Street Henley Upon Thames in the county of Oxford, Gentleman, hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions and declare this to be my last will and testament. I appoint my dear wife Sarah Paulin, my son in law George Bennett of no. 19 North Parade Derby in the County of Derby, Ironmonger, and John Page of Henley-upon-Thames, aforesaid actuary to the Savings Bank there (who and the survivors and survivor of them hereinafter called my trustees) to be the EXECUTRIX and EXECUTORS and trustees of this my will.
I bequeath the sum of fifty pounds free from legacy duty to the said John Page in case he shall prove my will. I bequeath all my household furniture, plate, linen, china, watches, and trinkets and articles of household and domestic use unto my trustees in trust, to permit my said wife to have the use and enjoyment thereof during her life, she keeping the same properly insured against fire and after her death upon trust, for my daughter Sarah Bennett, the wife of the said George Bennett for her separate use. And I declare that it shall not be necessary to take an inventory thereof and that my said trustees shall not be concerned during the lifetime of my said wife, to see to the insurance preservation of the said effects or any of them, or be liable for any loss or damage that my happen thereto from any cause whatsoever, I devise and bequeath all my real estate of every tenure, and all my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever not otherwise disposed of by this my will or any codicil hereto subject to, and after payment out of my personal estate or in case of deficiency thereof out of my real estate of my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and legacies unto and to the use of my trustees upon trust to permit my said wife to receive the rents, profits and annual income of the same during her life and from and after her decease upon trust that my trustees shall sell, call in and convert into money, the said real and personal estate and premises at such time or times, and in such manner as they shall think fit, and so that they shall have the fullest power and discretion to postpone the sale calling in, or conversion of the whole or any part or parts of the said real and personal estate and premises (hereinafter called my said residuary trust estate) during such period as they shall think proper without their being responsible for loss.
And shall divide the net proceeds of such sale calling in and conversion into two equal parts or shares and shall pay one of such equal parts or shares to my said daughter Sarah Bennett, her Executors, administrators, or assigns, and shall at the discretion of my trustees invest the remaining equal part or share of the said net proceeds in the names or under the legal control of my trustees in or upon any funds, stocks or securities, hereinafter authorized as investments, and shall stand and be possessed of the last mentioned part or share, and the investments for the time being representing the same upon trust, that if at the time of this present trust taking effect in possession, my son Frederick Paulin would not by reason of antecedent bankruptcy, insolvency, or alienation or charge, or attempted alienation or charge, or the happening of any other event, whether before or after my decease be wholly or partially prevented from personally enjoying the life interest hereby given to him in the said trust premises, if the same were given to him absolutely, then my trustees shall pay the rents, profits and annual income of such trust premises unto the said Frederick Paulin during his life, or until he shall become bankrupt, or shall alienate or charge, or affect to alienate or charge the said rents, profits, and annual income, or some part thereof, or until some other event shall happen whereby, if the said rents profits, and annual income, or any part thereof belonged to him absolutely he would be wholly or partially deprived of the personal enjoyment thereof. And in the event of the failure or determination during the life of the said Frederick Paulin, of the trust lastly hereinbefore declared in his favor, shall during the remainder of his life pay or apply all or any part of the said rent profits and the annual income unto or for the personal support or benefit of the said Frederick Paulin and Mary his present wife and issue (if any) for the time being in existence or any of such respective objects of the present discretionary trust to the exclusion of others, or other of them in such shares and manner as my trustees shall, from time to time, in their absolute discretion think proper, and from and after the decease of the said Frederick Paulin, shall pay the said rents, profits and annual income to the said present wife of the said Frederick Paulin during her life and after her decease shall stand and be possessed of the last mentioned trust, premises and the rents, profits and annual income thereof in trust for all or any the children or child of my said Frederick Paulin who shall be living at my decease or born at any time afterwards during the life of the said Frederick Paulin or after his decease and 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.
Provided always, and I declare that it shall be lawful for my trustees to make any sale, investment, or transposition of investment of the whole or any part or parts of my said residuary trust estate at the request and by the direction of my said wife at any time or times after my decease, but the rents, profits and annual income thereof and of the investments from time to time, representing the same shall nevertheless be paid to my said wife during her life, I authorize my trustees to invest any moneys forming part of my said residuary trust estate which may at any time be in their hands and requiring investment in their names or under their legal control, and at their discretion in or upon any stocks, funds, or securities of or guaranteed by the government of the United Kingdom, or of any British Colony or Dependency (including the stocks or securities of any Railway or other company in India or elsewhere having a fixed rate of interest thereon guaranteed as aforesaid) or in stock of the Bank of England, or the debentures or debenture stock, or guaranteed or preference stock or shares of any Railway or other company in Great Britain, incorporated by Act of Parliament or Royal Charter, and paying a dividend on its ordinary stock or shares, or upon real or leasehold securities in England or Wales, but not elsewhere, and at such discretion as aforesaid to vary such investments.
And I hereby declare that the Executors and trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will may in their or his uncontrolled discretion instead of acting personally employ and pay a Solicitor or any other person to transact any business or do any act of whatever nature required to be done in the premises including the receipt and payment of many IN WITNESS whereof I the said George Paulin the testator have to this my last Will contained in this and the two preceding sheets of paper to each sheet thereof set my hand this eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four
Signed and acknowledged by the said George Paulin as his will in the presence of us both present at the same time and who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
JOHN COOPER, Solicitor, Henley-on-Thames
GEORGE EDWARD COBB, Clerk to Messrs Cooper & Son Solicitors, Henley-on-Thames
THIS IS A CODICIL to the will of me the above named George Paulin, whereas since the date and execution of my will at the request of my son Frederick Paulin and Mary his wife, and in order to induce the trustees of an indenture of settlement, dated the twelfth day of July one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine under which the said Mary Paulin, the wife of my said son, is beneficially interested to sell out, the sum of eight hundred and thirty nine pounds, five shillings, and eleven pence, reduced three pounds per cent annuities, being part of the trust funds thereby settled to enable my said son and his wife and children to proceed to and settle in Vancouver Island, I in or about the month of June one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight, transferred the sum of eight hundred and forty pounds, three pounds ten shillings per cent, Reading corporation stock standing in my name and being monies belonging to me, into the names of William Henry Cutler, myself, the said George Paulin, and Joseph Walter Fry, the present trustees of the said hereinbefore mentioned settlement, and it was by an indenture dated he twenty second day of June one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight, and made between myself of the first part the said William Henry Cutler, myself, and the said Joseph Walter Fry of the second part, the said Mary Paulin, wife of the said Frederick Paulin of the third part and the said Frederick Paulin of the fourth part, declared and agreed that the said William Henry Cutler, I the said George Paulin, and the said Joseph Walter Fry, should stand possessed of the said sum of eight hundred and forty pounds, three pounds ten shillings per cent Reading Corporation stocok upon trust after the decease of the survivor of myself and Sarah Paulin, my wife, as to the capital and income thereof upon such trusts as are declared by the said hereinbefore mentioned settlement concerning the the trust funds thereby settled in favor of the said Mary Paulin and her husband and children.
Now I hereby declare and direct that on the winding and distribution of my estate after the death of the survivor of myself and my said wife, the sum of eight hundred and forty pounds, three pounds ten shillings per cent Reading Corporation stock so transferred by me as hereinbefore mentioned shall be deemed to be an advance made by me to my said son on account of his share of my estate and shall be charged upon and paid out of my son’s share exclusively, and that the share of my daughter Sarah Bennett shall not be diminished or prejudiced in any way by reason of such advance having been made by me for the benefit of my said son and his wife and their family.
In all other respects I confirm my said will IN WITNESS whereof I the said George Paulin have to this codicil contained in this and the preceding sheet of paper set my hand this nineteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety.
GEORGE PAULIN- Signed
By the said testator as a codicil to his will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
JOHN COOPER, Solr Henley-on-Thames
ERNEST JAMES MACQUEEN, Clerk to Messrs Cooper & Son, Solicitors, Henley-on-Thames.
On the 27th day of April 1894, Probate of this will with a codicil was granted to George Bennett, one of the executors.
BE IT KNOW, that at the date hereunder written, the last will and testament with codicil
Of George Paulin of no. 5 Queen’s Villas, Queen Street, Henley Upon Thames in the County of Oxford, Gentleman (formerly of New Street, Henley aforesaid)
Deceased, who died on the 15th day of March 1894
At Henley aforesaid was proved and registered in the Principle Registry of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice, and that administration of the personal estate of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to George Bennett of no 13 North Parade, Derby, in the county of Derby, Ironmonger, one of his executors
Named in the said will he having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.
Power reserved of the making of the like grant to Sarah Paulin, widow, the relict of the said deceased and John Page the other executors named in the said will.
Dated the 27th day of April 1894
Gross Value of personal estate £ 5265 -0 -0