|~~ Your FamilyChest Document ~~|
|Title:||Deed of Release|
|Date:||13 March 1883|
|Good consistent with age|
|Parchment : 8 sheets 25cm x 38cm Signed Sealed and Stamped (12 signatures)|
|Summary of contents:|
Thomas French of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, Brewer (deceased)
Elizabeth French of Banbury, Oxfordshire, Widow
George Douglas of Banbury, Oxfordshire, Retired Farmer
James Turney of Whitfield, Northamptonshire, Farmer and Hannah Turney, his wife.
Francis Dagley of Newbottle, Northamptonshire, Farmer and Elizabeth Dagley, his wife.
Henry French of Whitfield, Northamptonshire, Farmer
Edwin French of Birmingham, Warwickshire, Wine and Spirit merchant
James Bartlett of Whitfield, Northamptonshire, Farmer and Sarah Bartlett, his wife.
Joseph Timms of Syrvenham, Northamptonshire, Farmer and Louisa Timms, his wife.
John Eddy French of 510 Eddy Street, Providence, North America, Jeweller
Charles French of 83 Evelyn Street, Stanley Road, Liverpool, Lancashire
William Clarke of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.
George Clarke of Lillingstone Dayrell, Buckinghamshire, Carrier
Septimus Clarke of Chetwode, Buckinghamshire, Farmer
Josiah Octavius Clarke of Broughton, Buckinghamshire, Farmer
John Elias Clarke of Olney, Buckinghamshire. Butcher
William Burleigh Clarke of Bozeat, Northamptonshire
Steven Valentine Clarke of Maidsmorton, Buckinghamshire, Farmer
Mary Ann Clarke of Willaston, Oxfordshire, Spinster
Ellis Clarke of Lillingston Dayrell, Buckinghamshire, Farmer
There are a further dozen or so parties listed, but whose addresses are not known. About half of these are surnamed 'Clarke'.
John Jeffrey of Water Stratford, Buckinghamshire.
The document relates to the Will of Thomas French who died in 1873 having appointed his wife Eleanor Burleigh French as sole executrix. He gave all his property to his wife for her lifetime. After that half the property was to be divided equally between his brothers and sisters and the other half to be divided equally between his wife's brothers. If any predeceased his wife, then their share was to be divided between the children of the deceased.
Eleanor French died in 1880. At that time there were four surviving sisters of Thomas French, two surviving brothers and two deceased brothers. Eleanor French (nee Clarke) leaving five surviving brothers and two deceased brothers.
The remainder of the document details what share everyone should receive out of the total estate valued at £1041/4/1d with an account of how this figure was reached.,
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