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Will of John Beck, 1870

Angie BECK has provided transcripts of four BECK wills. This one was written in 1852, probate granted 1870.


This is the last Will and Testament of me John BECK of Downbarnes Manor Farm near Uxbridge in the County of Middlesex Farmer revoking all other Wills or Codicils at any time heretofore made by me

I direct all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses to be fully paid and satisfied and subject to such payment and satisfaction as aforesaid

I give and bequeath unto my son John Stone BECK the sum of fifty pounds and excepting as to my plate herein after mentioned and other wise disposed of I give devise and bequeath unto my two sons William BECK and Abraham BECK all my real and Personal Estate farming stock furniture money and effects of every nature and kind soever and wheresoever situate whether in possession reversion remainder over which I now have or at any time hereafter may have any power of disposition to hold the said real and personal estate farming stock furniture money and effects unto the said William BECK and Abraham BECK their and his heirs executors administrators and assigns to and for their and his sole use and benefit respectively absolutely and for and ever

and whereas I have by certain post obit bonds all dated the thirteenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty two and only executed by ??? secured payment at my death of the sum of three hundred and fifty pounds to each of my said sons William BECK and Abraham BECK and I have also secured payment in the same manner in all respects of the sum of two hundred pounds to my son Henry BECK, two hundred and fifty pounds to my daughter Emma BECK and the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to my daughter Ellen the wife of Reuben AMISS now I do declare my will and mind to be and I do direct so far as I lawfully may or can so do that in the event of my estate and effects at the time of my death not realising on sale or disposal thereof a sufficient sum to pay the amounts of all the said bonds in full that my said sons William and Abraham shall not by reason of their being appointed executors of this my will as hereafter mentioned retain or in any way cause themselves or either of them to be paid the amounts secured by the bonds granted to them in full to the exclusion of or in priority to the payment of the other bonds herein before referred to as having been executed by me in favor of my said other children Henry Ellen and Emma but that all shall equally abate in proportion to the amounts thereof respectively and I direct my executors with all dispatch after my death to divide equally among themselves and my said other children John Stone BECK Henry BECK Ellen AMISS and Emma BECK such plate not being plated ware of or to which I may die possessed of or entitled

and I appoint my said sons William BECK and Abraham BECK sole Executors of this my will In witness whereof I the said John BECK have hereunder subscribed my name this thirteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two -------- John BECK -------- signed and acknowledged by the testator as and for his last Will and Testament 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 attesting the same the words “and fifty” on the twenty fifth line of the preceding sheet being first erased and the words "and fifty" on the next line being first also erased and afterwards reinserted. --------- Charles H HODGSON Solr 5 New Inn Strand ------- Alfred BADDELEY his Clerk

Proved at London 22nd March 1870 by the oaths of William BECK and Abraham BECK the sons the Executors to whom Admon was granted


The testator

Key points from the will: John BECK the testator named six children: sons
  • William (executor)
  • Abraham (executor)
  • John Stone
  • Henry
and daughters
  • Ellen (wife of Reuben AMISS)
  • Emma

John wrote his will 18 years before it was proved. His children were in adulthood when the will was written in 1852. Sons are dealt with first.


The witnesses & executor


Published January 2011