28 May 1847 Will of Josiah John Pike of Paddington, Middlesex (proved 6 August 1850)

The original will can be obtained online from The National Archives.

Source: TNA, PROB 11/2118

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I Josiah John Pike of Upper Seymour
Street West in the Parish of Paddington and County of Middlesex Clerk
declare this to be my last Will and Testament I direct that my body shall
be interred either at the Kensal Green Cemetery or at Paddington New
Church I bequeath to my Granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Bennett the
piano and harp in my house in Upper Seymour Street West aforesaid
which belonged to my Daughter Sarah Maria Bennett deceased the Mother
of the said Elizabeth Ann Bennett I bequeath to my Wife Sarah Pike
the piano in my house in Upper Seymour Street West aforesaid which
belonged to my Sister Elizabeth Ann Pike deceased together with all my
furniture not hereinbefore specifically bequeathed and all my pictures
prints books plate linen china wines liquors provisions household goods
chattels and effects (other than money or securities for money) which 
shall at my death be in or about my said dwelling house or the out-
buildings thereof I bequeath to my said Wife the sum of one thousand
pounds Three pounds five shillings per Cent Bank Annuities absolute-
ly I devise and bequeath all my Estate Real and Personal (except
what I otherwise bequeath by this my Will and except Estates vested
in me upon mortgage) unto my said Wife Sarah Pike George Swettenham
Richardson of 41 Upper Seymour Street Portman Square in the County
of Middlesex Esquire and Richard Fisher of Queen Square Bloomsbury
in the same County Esquire their heirs executors and administrators respec-
tively according to the nature and tenure thereof Upon Trust that the
said Sarah Pike George Swettenham Richardson and Richard Fisher
the survivors and survivor of them the heirs executors and administrators
							    respectively



respectively of such survivor shall ??????? time or times as they he or she shall
???? expedient sell my said Real Estate either together or in parcels and either
by public auction or private contract with full power to buy in and to rescind
any contract for sale and to resell without being responsible for any loss
occasioned thereby and to do and execute all such acts and assurances for
???tuating any such sale as they he or she shall think fit and shall as
soon as conveniently may be call in sell and convert into money such parts
or my Personal Estate hereinbefore bequeathed to them as shall not consist
of money And shall by and out of the monies to arise by such sale calling
in and convertion respectively and the money of which I shall be
possessed at my death pay my funeral and testamentary expences and
debts and any pecuniary legacies bequeathed by this my Will or any Codicil
thereto And shall invest the residue of the said monies in the names or
name of the said Sarah Pike George Swettenham Richardson and Richard
Fisher or the survivors or survivor of them or the executors or adminis-
tratros of such survivor (hereinafter called the Trustees or Trustee) in 
any of the public Stocks or Funds of Great Britain or Upon Government
or real securities in England and Wales (but not in Ireland or upon the
securities of any Company incorporated by Act of Parliament and thereby
authorized to raise money on such securities or in or upon the Stocks or
shares of any Company paying a dividend and incorporated by Act of
Parliament under the provisions whereof the liabilities of each individ-
ual sharehold are limited to the amount of capital actually subscribed
for by him or her with power for the said Trustees or Trustee to vary the said
Stocks Funds or Securities at their or his discretion I declare it to be my
wish that my house in Upper Seymour Street West in which I reside
may not be sold but this expression of my wish is not to be taken to 
restrain my said Trustees or Trustee from selling the same at any time
when it shall appear to them him or her in their his or her discretion
expedient so to do And I declare that my said Trustees or Trustee shall
hold the said trust funds and the annual income thereof respectively
Upon Trust to pay the annual income of the said trust funds to my said
Wife Sarah Pike for her life And after the decease of my said Wife I
declare that my said Trustees or Trustee shall hold all the shares in
the Grand Junction Water Works Company and also all the shares in
the West Middlesex Water Works Company of which I shall die pos-
sessed or the proceeds of any sale of the said shares or any of them after
my decease and the Stocks Funds and Securities in or upon which the same
shall be invested In Trust for my Grandson Alexander Sykes Bennett
to vest in him on his attaining the age of twenty one years And I
exonerate the said shares from the payment of my funeral and tesamenta-
ry expences debts and legacies And I declare that my said Trustees and
Trustee shall after the decease of my said Wife hold all the residue of
the said trust funds in trust for my Granddaughter Elizabeth Ann
Bennett to vest in her on her attaining the age of twenty one or
marrying under that age And if either of them the said Alexander
Sykes Bennett and Elizabeth Ann Bennett shall die without having acquired
a vested interest under the provisions of this my Will in any part of
the said trust funds then I declare that my said Trustees or Trustee shall
hold the share of him or her so dying In Trust for the survivor to vest
in him or her at such time as his or her original share is herein-
before directed to vest And in case neither of them the said Alexander
Sykes Bennett and Elizabeth Ann Bennett shall live to acquire a vested
interest in the said trust funds then I declare that from and after the
decease of the survivor of my said Grandchildren my said Trustees or
Trustee shall hold all the said trust funds In Trust for the said George
Swettenham Richardson his heirs executors administratos and assigns



And I hereby declare that until the said shares hereinbefore bequeathed
in trust for the said Alexander Sykes Bennett in the event of his attain-
ing twenty one shall vest absolutely in some person or persons ?????? this
my Will my said Trustees or Trustee shall pay the ????????? thereof
orof the Stocks Funds and Securities ??????? which the ?????? any sale
thereof shall be invested unto the Reverend Alexander Morden Bennett the
Father of the said Alexander Sykes Bennett for his own use And shall
until the residue of the said trust funds shall vest absolutely in some
person or persons under this my Will accumulate the annual income
thereof in the way of compound interest by investing the same and the
resulting income thereof from time to time in or upon any such Stocks
Funds Shares or Securities as are hereinbefore mentioned for the bene-
fit of the person or persons who under the trusts herein contained shall
become entitled to the said residue And I hereby declare that it shall
be lawful for the said Trustees or Trustee in case my said house in
Upper Seymour Street West shall be retained by them as aforesaid at
any time or times until the same shall be sold to demise or let the
same either from year to year or for any term of years not exceeding
twenty one years to take effect in possession at the best yearly rent that
can be obtained for the same And I further declare that until all my
said Real and Personal Estate shall be sold and converted into money
the said Trustees or Trustee shall apply the income of such part thereof
as shall for the time being remain unsold or unconverted after pay-
ment thereout of all rates taxes expences of repairs insurance and other
outgoings to the person or persons for the purposes and in the manner
to whom and for and in which the annual income of the Stocks Funds
Shares or Securities aforesaid would be payable and applicable if such
rent and Personal Estate had then been sold and the net surplus 
monies arising from such sale had been invested as aforesaid And I
hereby declare that no person intitled in remainder or expectancy to any
share or interest of or in the said trust funds shall be entitled to have
my leasehold estate or any part thereof converted during the lifetime of
my said Wife Sarah Pike without her wish and consent I appoint my
said Wife and the said George Swettenham Richardson and Richard
Fisher Executors and Administrators of this my Will And I hereby
declare that the receipts or receipt in writing of the Trustees or Trustee for
the time being in the execution of any of the trusts hereof for the
purchase money of premises sold or for any monies funds shares or secu-
rities which may be paid or transferred to them or him in pursuance
hereof or of any of the trusts hereof shall effectually discharge the purcha-
ser or purchasers or other the person or persons paying or transferring the
same therefrom and from being concerned to see to the application or being
answerable for the misapplication or nonapplication thereof And I here-
by declare that if the said Trustees hereby appointed or any of them or
any Trustee or Trustees to be appointed as hereinafter is provided shall die
or be desirous of being discharged or refuse or become incapable to act
then and so often the said Trustees or Trustee (and for this purpose any retiring
Trustee shall be considered a Trustee) may appoint any other person or
persons to be a Trustee or Trustees in the place of the Trustee or Trustees
so dying or desiring to be discharged or refusing or becoming incapable
to act And upon every such appointment the said trust premises shall be
so transferred that the same may become vested in the new Trustee or
Trustees jointly with the surviving or continuing Trustee or Trustees or
solely as the case may require and every such new Trustee shall both
before and after the said trust premises shall have become so vested have
the same powers authorities and discretions as if he had been hereby
originally appointed a Trustee And I declare that the Trustees or Trustee



for the time being of this my Will shall be chargeable only with such 
monies as ?????????? respectively shall actually receive and shall not
be answerable ????????for the other of them nor for any Banker Broker
or other person in whose hands any of the trust monies shall be placed
nor for the insufficiency or sufficiency of any Stocks Funds Shares or Securities
nor otherwise ????????????? losses And that the said Trustees or Trustee
for the time being may reimburse themselves or himself out of the monies
which shall come to their or his hands under the trusts aforesaid all 
expences to be incurred in or about the execution of the aforesaid trusts and
pay and allow to every Trustee who is or shall be an Attorney Solicitor or
Conveyancer and his executors and administrators such reasonable
compensation for his time and trouble in carrying into execution the trusts
of this my Will and for any business which shall be done by him as an
Attorney Solicitor or Conveyancer relating to the said trust premises as he
would have been entitled to for the same in case he had not been a Trus-
tee and had been professionally employed and engaged in doing the same
for the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will And I here-
by revoke all former Wills made by me In witness whereof I the said
Josiah John Pike the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament
contained in five sheets of paper subscribed my name this twenty eighth
day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
forty seven  Josiah John Pike  Signed and declared by the
above named Josiah John Pike as and for his last Will and Testament
in the presence of us present at he same time who in his presence at his
request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as
witnesses hereto  Fred Keays  Robert Wood Mackean  } Clerks
to Mr Richard Fisher 35 Queen Square Bloomsbury

This is a Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me
Josiah John Pike of Upper Seymour Street West Paddington in the
County of Middlesex Clerk (and which Will is dated the twenty eighth day
of May one thousand eight hundred and forty seven) Whereas in and by
my said Will I have (amongst other things) devised and bequeathed all
my Estate whether Real or Personal (except as therein mentioned) to my
Trustees therein named Upon Trust for sale and conversion thereof and
investment of the proceeds arising therefrom as in the said Will par-
ticularly mentioned and to pay the annual income of the said trust
funds (subject as therein mentioned) to my Wife Sarah Pike for life And
after her decease I declared that my said Trustees or Trustee should hold
all the shares in the Grand Junction Water Works Company and also all
the shares in the West Middlesex Water Works Company of which I
should die possessed or the proceeds of any sale of the said shares or any of
them after my decease and the Stocks Funds and Securities in or upon
which the same should be invested In Trust for my Grandson Alexander
Sykes Bennett to vest in him on his attaining the age of twenty one
years And I exonerated the said shares from the payment of my
funeral and testamentary expences debts and legacies and whereas since
the date and execution of my said Will I have purchased the fee simple
and inheritance of the house and premises No 24 B Crafton Street
Fitzroy Square in the County of Middlesex in which I had previously
to such purchase a leasehold interest only Now I hereby revoke the here-
inbefore recited gift or bequest made of and all and every trust created
by my said Will respecting my shares in the Grand Junction Water Works
Company and my shares in the West Middlesex Water Works Company
and the Stocks Funds and Securities in or upon which the same should
be invested in favor of my said Grandson Alexander Sykes Bennett And
also all the contingent remaidners of such last mentioned premises thereby



???? or ???????????????? and declare that all the said ???????????? Shares
and proceeds thereof shall ????????????????????? part of the residue of my
personal estate and be ???????? the ????????? for the person and persons
???? subjec to the same ??????????????????? as in my said Will are
particularly ??????????ed ?????????ed and declared respect???? the residue of
the said trust estate monies and ?????????? And ??????????? bequest of
the said leasehold interest ???????? at the time of making my said Will
I was possessed of or entitled to in thesaid house and premises No 24 B
Crafton Street aforesaid and all and every the trusts powers and declara-
tions concerning the same in my said Will particularly mentioned and
contained And in lieu thereof I give unto my said Trustees and Executors
and tot heir heirs All that my said freehold house messuage and premi-
ses together with the fixtures and fittings therein being No 24 B
Grafton Street aforesaid (subject to the lease thereof granted by me to Mr
Hussey) Upon Trust to receive the rents and profits thereof during the
life of my said Wife and after her decease during the minority of my
said Grandson and to pay the same to my said Wife during her life
for her own absolute use and benefit And from and after her decease
and during the minority of my said Grandson to pay the same rents
and profits as and when the same shall be received for my said Grand-
son notwithstanding his minority to his Father the Reverend Alexander
Morden Bennett to be applied by him as he may think fit towards the
maintenance education and advancement of my said Grandson during
his minority And I declare that the receipt of the said Alexander
Morden Bennett shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my said
Executors and Trustees in respect of such costs and profits who are not
to be liable to see to the application or be liable for the misapplication
thereof And from and after the decease of my said Wife and from and
after my said Grandson shall have attained the age of twenty one
years Upon Trust to convey and assure the said freehold house and prem-
ises and the fixtures and fittings therein unto my said Grandson his
heirs and assigns for ever And I empower my said Trustees and Executors
at their his or her discretion to demise the said last mentioned premises
and any other of my freehold leasehold or copyhold premises which
shall not have vested in some person or persons under my said Will
or any Codicil thereto for an absolute beneficial Estate either from year
to year or fror any term not exceeding twenty one years in possession
for the best yearly rent they can obtain for the same without taking
any fine or premium And in all other repsects I confirm my said Will
In witness whereof I the said Josiah John Pike have to this Codicil con-
tained on one sheet of paper set my hand this seventeenth day of April
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty
Josiah John Pike  Signed published and declared by the said
Testator Josiah John Pike as and for a Codicil to his last Will and
Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and
in the presence of each other at the same time subscribe our names as
witnesses hereto  Fredk Reay  Alfred Percy Bevett  } Clerks to
Mr R Fisher 35 Queen Square Bloomsbury

Proved at London with a Codicil the 6th Augt 1850 before the Worhship-
ful James Parker Deane Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oaths of George
Swetenham (in the Will written Swettenham) Richardson Esqr and 
Richard Fisher Esqr two of the Executors to whom Admon was granted
having been first sworn duly to administer Power reserved of making
the like grant to Sarah Pike Widow the Relict the other Executor when
she shall apply for the same


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