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Sarah Steatham's Will
I Sarah Steatham of the Great Croft Street Darlaston in the County of Stafford Spinster hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions made by me declare this to be my last will.
1. I appoint Florence Farr of Granville Maney Hill Road Sutton Coldfield and Thomas Steatham of 212 Walsall Road Kings Hill Wednesbury Estate Agent ( hereafter referred to as "my trustees" ) to be EXECUTORS and also trustees of this my will And I declare that the expression "my trustees" wherever used throughout this my will shall where the context so admits mean and include the said Florence Farr and Thomas Steatham and the survivor of them or other trustees for the time being of this my will whether original or substituted.
2. I bequeath to my maid Sarah Ann Steatham if she shall be in my service at the time of my decease the sum of thirty pounds free of legacy or other duty.
3. I devise and bequeath the whole of my real estate and the residue of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my trustees Upon trust to sell call in and convert the same into money with power neverless in their absolute discretion to postpone the sale calling in and conversion in and conversion of the whole or any part thereof for such period as they shall think fit and to stand possessed of the proceeds of such sale calling in and conversion and of my ready money and of any property for the time being remaining unconverted Upon trust after payment thereout of my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and the legacy hereby bequeathed and the duty thereon for the said Florence Farr the said Thomas Steatham and Henry George Steatham of 15 Hadrian Street East Greenwich London SE10 in equal shares as tenants in common.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereto set my hand this twenty seventh day of March one thousand nine hundred and twenty five
SARAH STEATHAM - Signed by the said testatrix Sarah Steatham and acknowledged by her to be her last will in the joint presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the joint presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
Wm VANN & B F NICHOLLS Clerks with Messrs Slater & Co Solicitors, Darlaston.
Died 12-Jan-1928 Probate London Proved 21st March 1928 to Florence Farr Spinster & Thomas Steatham Estate Agent Effects £948 8s 7d
Note the mention of Sarah Ann Steatham (1862-1926), who died unmarried. She was 51 at the date of signing the will and was the daughter of Philemon Steatham (1842-1913), who was the son of Joseph Steatham (1806-1889) - the 2nd born of Roberts surviving children.
Sarah Ann had been left £30 in the will, which was huge sum in those days. Now Sarah was buried first with her brother Robert Steatham (1862-1928), it may well be that the gravestone was paid for by Sarah. It explains why Robert who was only a "Stamper in the Lock Trade" could afford a memorial headstone.
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