Wills and testamentary papers
Copy will of Richard Brain, Shipston-on-Stour, innkeeper and farmer. To wife Catherine: £50 and use of £100 furniture during widowhood. All real and personal estate to trustees John Gillett, Upper Brailes, gent., and William Eden, Admington, gent., On Trust to offer to son Richard Brain at valuation price. If declined then same offer to testator's son Thomas and successively to each son at 21. Then to sell real and personal estate to invest and pay :- Interest on £1500 to wife during widowhood (on £1000 if she remarries) £500 each to children at 21 (except son Richard who has had it). Residue equally between children (including Richard). Trustees empowered to spend interest of expectant legacy on maintenance of children and not more than ½ principal on their establishment in the world. Trustees to be executors. Wife to be guardian of children. Witnesses: Thomas Heydon, Charles Cooper, Timothy Grimmett. Codicil 9 December 1837 Reciting marriage of daughter Mary to William Hurlston, Ilmington Downs, farmer and that £300 given as dowry, which said £300 to be regarded as part of £500 legacy. Further codicil 1 June 1853 Has advanced £300 each to son Richard and daughter Anne, wife of Edward Peyton, Solihull, which to be deducted from legacies. It they dispute - nothing at all. Third codicil - 10 August 1855 £250 advanced to son Robert to be deducted from legacy. Testator died 12 July 1856. Probate in Prerogative Court of Canterbury 4 October 1856.