Monday, 16 April 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Will of John Pickup (1836-1909)

John Pickup is my Great Great Great Grandfather on my dad's side. His daughter Harriet married John Elders, son of the Matthew listed in this post


This is the last Will and Testament of me John Pickup of Rose Cottage Sherburn in Elmet in the County of York 18th day of January in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and nine, thereby revoke all Wills and Codicils herebefore made by me.
The will was written 4 months to the day before his death.

I appoint Joseph Thomas Jackson of South Milford and James Beckett Jackson of South Milford in the County of _ and _ of _ in the County of York to be the Executors to this my Will.
As far as I can tell these two are unrelated to John Pickup. Perhaps just family friends? I'll probably do more research when I get chance.

I direct that all my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

I give, devise and bequeath unto my wife Mary Pickup all my property, namely the money in the Yorkshire Penny Bank, the Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society and all the furniture during her life.
Had money dotted everywhere!

After her decease the furniture to be sold and proceeds divided amongst all my seven children, and the money in the Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society to be divided between my daughters Harriet Elders and Edith Pickup, owing to the latter stopping at home with her parents.
Harriet Elders is my great great grandmother, and she had been a widow for nearly five years at this point, with three children to take care of. Edith was the youngest of the seven and is in the 1911 census living with her mother Mary. It appears she was basically paid to care for her mother!

After my wife’s decease what amount is left in the Yorkshire Penny Bank is to be equally divided amongst my seven children absolutely.
So Harriet and Edith got first dibs, but all the children get something.

The testimonial service which I received on leaving the North Eastern Railway is to be divided as follows, namely my son Fred to have the hay, my daughter Edith the teapot and the other articles of the service the others of my children must divide them amongst themselves.
John worked as a station master at Gascoigne Wood Junction and Milford Junction. Fred gets the hay, which I may have mis transcripted. And that must have been an awesome teapot!

Signed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his East Wile (nonsense!) and Testament in presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subsided our names as witnesses.
Joseph Thomas Jackson.
James Beckett Jackson

On the 15th day of July 1909 Probate of this Will was granted at Wakefield to Joseph Thomas Jackson and James Beckett Jackson the Executors.


The value of this will was £55, £45 after the debts were paid.

Next Amanuensis Monday I'll transcribe Mary's will.