Date:March 01, 2016

1900 – Richard Shellaker of Billesdon Lodge

Richard Shellaker was born the village of Tugby in Leicestershire on 25th April 1830. He married Mary Ann Grocock of Hallaton in Tugby church on 12th March 1861. This Will was signed on 17th March 1900 when he was 70 years old. Richard died on 20th July 1904 aged 74 years and was buried in Billesdon Cemetery.  … ………


The Last Will & Testament of Richard Shellaker of Billesdon – 1900

I, RICHARD SHELLAKER of Billesdon Lodge in the County of Leicester, Farmer, hereby revokes all former Wills and testamentary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament.

No. Item
1 I appoint my two sons WILLIAM SHELLAKER and JOHN SHELLAKER  (hereafter called my trustees) to be Executors and Trustees of this my Will


I give all my wines, liquors and consumable stores and the use and enjoyment of my plates and plates articles, linen, china, glass, books, pictures, prints, musical instruments, watches, jewellery, ornaments of the person and other tickets, furniture and other household Effects in or about or belonging to my dwelling house the outbuildings thereof unto my Wife, MARY ANN SHELLAKER during her life and after her death I direct that the said Effects shall fall into and constitute part of my residuary personal Estate.


I direct that my Trustees shall permit my said Wife to carry on for her own benefit during her life the farming business in which I may be engaged in at my death and for such purposes to take use and dispose of all such live and dead stock in trade and all other effects which may at my death be used in such business or to secure that the value of the farming effects used in the said business and passing to my Estate at my death of my Wife shall be equal to her value of the farming effects at my death.


I devise and bequeath all my real estate and personal Estate not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my  Trustees upon trust to sell and covert into money the same and out of monies arising therefrom to pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and to invest the residue of the said money.


I direct that my Trustees shall stand possessed of the said residuary trust monies and the investments for the time being representing the same (hereafter called the residuary trust funds) in trust to pay the income thereof to my said Wife during her life.


From and after the decease of my said Wife I direct that my Trustees shall stand possessed of the Residuary Trust funds in trust for all of my children who shall attain the age of twenty-one years in equal shares absolutely but subject as to my daughter MARY JANE BROWN (POLLY) to the directions herein after container.


I hereby direct and declare that my Trustees shall hold the share of the Residuary Trust funds to which my daughter MARY JANE BROWN (POLLY) the wife of FRANCIS BROWN (FRANK) would be titled under my Will upon trust to invest the same and to pay the income thereof unto my said daughter during the life for her separate use and without power for her to anticipate the same and after the death of my said daughter I direct my Trustees to pay and divide the capital of such last mentioned share unto and equally against all the children of my said daughter who shall obtain the age of twenty-one years absolutely.


I declare that my Trustees may postponed the sale and conversation of any part of my real and personal estate for so long after my death as they shall think fit and I expressly direct that my Trustees shall not sell my real estate in Tugby in the county of Leicester during the life of my Wife without her consent in writing. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Seventeenth day of March One Thousand Nine Hundred.


Signed by the said RICHARD SHELLAKER the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses being both present at the time of such execution.

Wm Simpson – Solicitor Leicester
F.F.Carter – his Clerk

On the Seventeenth day of September 1904 Probate of this Will was granted at Leicester to William Shellaker and John Shellaker the sons, the Executors.

Taken from the Register of Wills. Year 1904: Page 502
Record Office For Leicestershire Leicester & Rutland, Long Street, Wigston, Leicestershire