Nottingham Park, Nottingham
Edward Staveley, architect, of Nottingham Park was born in Melton Mowbray (1767), the son of Christopher Staveley, architect, and Sarah HILL. The following is Edward's last will and testament published May 31, 1834.
This is the last will and testament of Edward Staveley of Nottingham Park architect. First my debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid out of my personal estate not hereinafter specifically bequeathed as soon as may be after my decease and whereas I have by deed dated the twentieth day of January One thousand eight hundred and thirty entered into partnership with my nephew John Staveley of Nottingham Bookseller in the business of Booksellers and Stationers in Nottingham now I give and bequeath unto my said nephew John Staveley absolutely so much of the stock in trade of the said partnership as was placed to my credit at the sum of one thousand four hundred pounds upon forming the said partnership I also empower my trustee and executor Henry Moses Wood to sell the said John Staveley at a valuation to be made by two indifferent powers to be by the said Henry Moses Wood and John Staveley respectively appointed or their Empire all or part of the remainder of the stock in trade of the said business and of the profits thereof/all which belong to me/and I empower my said trustee Henry Moses Wood to ? ? time to the said John Staveley for the payment thereof on his own personal security as the said Henry Moses Wood shall think fit without being personally responsible for so giving credit. I also forgive to my said nephew John the sum of three hundred and thirty pounds which I lent him to furnish his house. I give to my sister Mrs. Elizabeth Hickson of Melton Mowbray in the County of Leicester a legacy or sum of three hundred pounds. I give to my housekeeper Mrs. Richards, wife of Joseph Richards, a legacy or sum of one hundred pounds over and above whatever may be due to ? to the said Joseph Richards and his wife at my decease and I direct that the said sums of three hundred pounds and one hundred pounds shall be each exonerated from the legacy duties which it is my will shall be paid out of my other personal estate. I direct and declare it to be my will that the said Joseph Richards and Charlotte his wife if both do so long live or that she in ? of his death shall and may occupy rent free my dwelling house in Nottingham Park with all the furniture and other effects therein undisturbed for six calendar months next after my decease she the said Charlotte Richards working out and achieving to my executors named directly after my death a particular inventory of such furniture and other effects signed by her husband and herself as responsible for the ? delivering up of the same on quitting the said premises and subject as her ? ? aforesaid. I do give devise and bequeath all and singular my real estates with their appurtenances and this messuage land and premises in Nottingham Park wherein I now reside under lease from the Duke of Newcastle and all the residue and remainder of my personal estate of every nature and find not hereinbefore specifically bequeathed and every part thereof unto the said Henry Moses Wood of Nottingham architect and my said nephew John Staveley their heirs executors admons and assigns upon the trusts following that is to say upon trust to sell and reinvest the ? into money and to lay out and invest the profits thereof in their or his names or name in the parliamentary stocks or public funds of Great Britain or at interest on real security or securities and from fund to time at their or his direction to alter vary or transfer the same or to continue any mortgage or mortgages which I may have at the time of my decease and upon further trust to pay the interest dividends and annual proceeds of my said estates and effects unto or permit the value to be received and taken by my sister in law Ruth Staveley of Loughborough in the said County of Leicester widow of my deceased brother Christopher Staveley or her assigns during her life for her and their own absolute use and benefit and subject thereto in trust for my nephew Edward Staveley late of the borough of Leicester Surveyor but now in America and my nieces Lucy Wife of Gabriel Riddle of ? now in the City of London Stationer and Ann Staveley, Sarah Staveley, and Mary Staveley of Loughborough aforesaid spinsters equally share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and their respective executors admons and assigns and I do hereby declare and direct that the person or persons who shall become the purchaser or purchasers of my said real and leasehold estates or any part thereof shall not after payment of his her to their purchase money or purchase monies to the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will be obliged or requested to ascertain or enquire whether my said real or leasehold estates or any pert thereof shall have become saleable under the trusts for that purpose hereinbefore contained nor be ? or required to see to application nor be answerable or accountable for the misapplication or non-application of the money to be paid by him or them respectively as the consideration of such purchase or purchases and that every receipt which shall be given by the said trustees or trustee for the time being for such purchase money or any part thereof shall be an effectual acquittance and discharge for the money which therein or thereby shall be acknowledged or expressed to be ? I do give and devise unto and the use of the said Henry Moses Wood and John Staveley their heirs and assigns all and singular messuages tenements or dwelling houses lands hereditaments and premises which are now vested in me as trustee or mortgages or heir at law to hold the same upon the several trusts and subject to the equity or equities of redemption which at the time of my decease shall be subsisting or capable of taking effect in the same respectively but the money secured to me by or upon any such mortgages shall be considered and taken as part of my residuary personal estate provided also and I do hereby further declare that they my said trustees and each of them and their heirs executors admons and assigns of them and each of them shall be charged and chargeable respectively for such monies only as they respectively shall actually receive by virtue of the trusts hereby in them reposed not-withstanding their or either of their giving or signing or joining in giving or signing any receipt or receipts for the sake of conformity and out of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the other of them nor for involuntary losses and also that it shall and may be lawful for them with and out of the monies which shall come to their respective hands by virtue of the trusts aforesaid to retain to and reimburse themselves respectively all costs charges damages and expenses which they or either of them shall or may suffer sustain expend or disburse be at or be put unto in or about the execution of the aforesaid trusts and powers or any of them or in relation thereto and lastly I appoint the said Henry Moses Wood and John Staveley EXECUTORS of this my will and in witness whereof I the said testator Edward Staveley have set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament this thirty first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four -- Edd Staveley -- Signed sealed and published and declared by the said testator Edward Staveley as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses H. Enfield -- J. Moore -- R. B. Spencer
I Edward Staveley of Nottingham Park architect do make this codicil to my will dated the thirty first day of May 1834 as follows. I revoke the appointment in my said will of Henry Moses Wood as out of my Trustees and Executors and the devises and bequests of my real and personal estates to him as therein mentioned in conjunction with my nephew John Staveley and instead thereof I hereby give devise and bequeath my said real leasehold and personal estates unto my said nephew John Staveley and to Thomas Wakefield of Nottingham Cotton Spinner and Thomas Hawksley of Nottingham architect their heirs executors admons and assigns upon the same trusts and for the same purposes as the same are by my said will respectively ? devoid and bequeathed to the said John Staveley and Henry Moses Wood except as ? by this Codicil I expressly empower the said Thomas Wakefield and Thomas Hawksley to sell my nephew John Staveley all or part of the remaining stock in have of the partnership business between him and me/after deducting the fourteen hundred pounds worth thereof given to him by my will/at a valuation in the same manner and upon the same terms as to giving time for payment and with the same responsibility as by my said will I empowered Henry Moses Wood my trustee therein named to sell the said stock to him I direct my executors to collect and reinvest into money all the residue of the stock and debts of the said trust/the whole whereof belong to me/to pay and discharge all the debts owing by the said trust I further direct that my said nephew shall be allowed by my executors the sum of two hundred and forty pounds a year from the commencement of our partnership to its termination for his yearly maintenance exclusive of the sixty pounds a year agreed upon between us for his management of the said trust I appoint the said Thomas Wakefield and Thomas Hawksley trustees of my said will and codicil in the stead of the said Henry Moses Wood and with the same powers and privileges in all respects as by my said will were given to him and I devise to the said Thomas Wakefield and Thomas Hawksley and my said nephew John Staveley their heirs and assigns all such real estates as are invested in me as mortgagee trustee or heir at law upon the trusts and with the powers upon and with which I hold the same but the money but on such mortgage or mortgages to form part of my residuary personal estate I give and bequeath to my said trustees now appointed fifty pounds in trust to hold the same and apply the same both principal and interest for the benefit of ? Bull son of James Bull now living with me in such manner and at such time or times as Charlotte Richards named in my will shall desire or direct and in case of her death then as my said trustees shall see best. I revoke the legacy of three hundred pounds given in my will to my sister Elizabeth Hickson and in her I give to her one hundred pounds free of legacy duty. I revoke my legacy of fifty pounds to Charlotte Richards and in her I give her one hundred pounds free of legacy duty. I give to Joseph Richards named in my will fifty pounds free of legacy duty. I give to my other sisters Sarah Draper and Bridget Adcock one hundred pounds each free of legacy duty. I appoint the aforesaid John Staveley, Thomas Wakefield and Thomas Hawksley EXECUTORS of my said will and of this codicil and I ratify and confirm my said will in all respects in which the same is not revoked or altered by this codicil. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirty first day of March one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven -- Edd Staveley -- Signed sealed and published and declared by the said testator Edward Staveley as a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names Hannah Green -- William Ellis -- H. Enfield
PROVED at London with a codicil 29th August 1837 before the Judge by the oaths of John Staveley the nephew and Thomas Wakefield and Thomas Hawksley the executors named in the codicil to whom admon was granted being first sworn by common duly to administer.
Note: Edward wrote his original will a year after his nephew Edward Staveley, surveyor of Melton Mowbray, had fled to America (and later to Quebec, Canada). Edward also did not alter his will in regards to his nephew Edward when he wrote this codicil to his will.