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Elizabeth Steatham's Will

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Elizabeth Steatham of The Croft no 6 Great Croft Street [this is the house where Henry George Steatham died] Darlaston in the County of Stafford Spinster.

I devise my three dwellinghouses and premises nos 10 11 and 12 in no 2 Court High Street ( formally called Cock street ) Darlaston aforesaid which were left to me by my Father and my dwellinghouse and premises no 6 Great Croft Street Darlaston aforesaid in which myself and my sister Sarah Steatham reside to my said Sister Sarah Steatham for her life she keeping the same in repair and insured against loss or damage by fire.

Subject to the life interest aforesaid in my said before mentioned four dwellinghousess. I give all property whatsoever and wheresoever unto Henry George Steatham now residing at no 33 Bellott Street East Greenwich Kent absolutely and I appoint him sole Executor of this my Will.

In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand this fourth day of June one thousand nine hundred and thirteen.

Signed by the said Elizabeth Steatham the Testatrix as and for her cast Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the time who at her request in her presence and in the each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses the word "four" having been interlined between the twelfth and thirtieth lines of this my Will.

Jos W. Hughes. William Thomas Strutt? Clerks to Thursfield Messiter? & Shirlaw? Solicitors Wednesbury.

On the twenty third day of July 1913 Probate of this Will was granted at Lichfield to Henry George Steatham the Sole Executor. Effects 5594 1s 9d.

1) Notice the mention of Henry George Steatham.

2) Note the will was signed the day before she died, we can presume that Elizabeth must have known that a Will would be essential to ensure Henry could get his inheritance, without having to have an investigation into his parentage.    All Rights Reserved.