The Will of Thomas STRANGE,
Lieutenant in the Royal Navy
of Appleford, Berkshire
PROB 11/2176 20 July 1853, Berkshire
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Strange of Appleford in the County of Berks Lieutenant in the Royal Navy I give and devise unto my daughter Helen Augusta Strange her heirs and assigns for ever all that my freehold section of land situate near to [Adelaide in South Australia?] being order 1084 and innumbered 3309 and containing eighty acres or thereabouts. I give and devise unto my son Madison Orpin Strange his heirs and assigns for ever all such estate and interest of which I may die seized or possessed of and in [?] and premises situate and being at Pangbourne in the County of Berks. And as to all the rest and residue of my estate and effects of what nature .. as may be or consist and wheresoever the same may it situate (after payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expences I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my daughter Helen Augusta and John Box of Abingdon in the county of Berks Surgeon Upon trust to lay out and invest the said residue in their names in the Parliamentary stocks or public funds of Great Britain or at interest on Government or real securities and stand possessed of the same In trust to pay the annual income thereof unto my daughter Clara Cecilia Strange during her life but in case at any time or times my trustees for the time being shall consider that my said daughter do not require the annual income of the said trust fund for her support and maintenance then I direct that the same shall from time to time be invested and added to the aforesaid trust fund provided always and I so hereby authorize and empower my trustees for the time being if they shall think fit at any time or times during the life of my said daughter Clara Cecilia to apply not only the annual income but the whole or any part of the said trust fund with the accumulations for her support and in such way and manner as they may think proper and I further authorise and empower my Trustees for the time being at any time during the life of my said daughter Clara Cecilia if they shall think it more for her benefit to lay out and invest the whole of the said trust fund or such part thereof as they may think proper in the purchase of an annuity for the remainder of the life of my said daughter Clara Cecilia and in case at the time of the decease of my said daughter Clara Cecilia any part of the said trust monies shall remain in the hands of my said trustees for the trust being unapplied for her benefit then I direct that they shall [?] the same upon trust for such persons as my said daughter whether married or single shall by will duly execute appoint to receive the same I devise all the real estates which shall at my decease be vested in me as Mortgagee or Trustee to my said daughter Helen Augusta her heirs and assigns subject to the equities afecting the same respectively and I do hereby declare that if my said Trustees or either of them or any trustees or trustee to be appointed under this Clause shall die or be unwilling or incompetent to accept or execute the trusts of this my Will it shall be lawful for the competent accepting trustees or trustee if any whether retiring from the office of trustee or not or if none for the executors or administrators of the last deceased Trustee to substitute by any writing under their his or her hands or hand any person or persons in whom alone or as the case may be jointly with any surviving or continuing trustee my trust estate shall be vested and I exempt every trustee of my will from liability for losses occurring without his or her own [?] and I authorize him or her to retain and allow to his or her cotrustee any expences [?] to the Trusteeship and I declare that the powers and directions hereinbefore vested in the Trustees hereinbefore named shall be exercisable by the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will. Lastly I appoint my said daughter Helen Augusta Sole Executrix of this my will. In witness whereof I have to this my Will contained in two sheets of paper subscribed my name second day of October one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. Thomas Strange.
Signed by the said Thomas Strange the Testator in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses the erasure in the first sheet being previously made. J. B. Sedgefield. Anne Prittle.Proved at London 20th July 1853 before the Judge by the Oath of Helen Augusta Strange Spinster the daughter the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon. only to administer.