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Isaac left an estate of a little under £8,000 and in his will he made very generous provision for his four surviving children and his numerous grandchildren.
His sons William and Charles, two of his three executors, were appointed trustees of the sum of £5,400. Of this, £3,600 was owed to him by his son-in-law and third executor, Charles Hursthouse, on two promissory notes of £1,800 each.
Interest on the principal sum (£5,400) was to be paid in two half-yearly instalments to Mary Jecks, his widow.
On the death of Mary Jecks, their mother, William and Charles Jecks were instructed to pay the interest on £1,400, again in half-yearly instalments, to Susannah Newsham and, on her death, the capital amount was left outright to her assigns or, if she failed to leave a will, to her children, on trust if they were under 21 years of age.
The brothers and trustees were also instructed to cancel one of the £1,800 promissory notes and to divide the sum between Charles Hursthouse's children, or to invest it in a trust if they were under 24 years of age.
Another £1,400 was to be divided between the six children of Isaac Jecks's two deceased daughters, Ann and Eliza Hill.
£500 was to be given to the children of Thomas, Isaac Jecks's deceased eldest son and £300 was for Isaac's grandson, Thomas Coote of Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, the son of his deceased daughter Sarah.
Copy of an Agreement signed by children with their uncles W & C Jecks as to their Shares under Mr Isaac Jecks Will.
We the undersigned being parties respectively interested or who may become interested in a certain sum of Five Thousand four Hundred Pounds or some portion of the same under and by virtue of the last will and Testament of Isaac Jecks late of the City of Norwich Gentleman deceased do hereby respectively admit and acknowledge that the Divided or Composition of Nine Shillings in the Pound lately Paid or agreed be paid by Messieurs william and Charles Jecks upon and in full of such part of the said Trust fund as consists of two several sums of One Thousand and Eight Hundred Pounds each advanced and lent by the said Testator to his son in law Mr Charles Hursthouse was so paid or agreed to be paid at our requests and with our full concurrence, and we hereby express our perfect conviction that with reference to the Debts and Assets of the said Charles Hursthouse the said dividend or composition of Nine Shillings in the Pound was a full and fair Dividend and more than could have been paid had a Bankruptcy been resorted to or any other course adopted. And we hereby further respectively admit and acknowledge ourselves to be perfectly satisfied with the conduct of Messieurs William and Charles Jecks (as the Trustees of the said will) with regard to their allowing the said Charles Hursthouse to retain the said two several sums of One Thousand eight Hundred Pounds each in his hands without demanding payment thereof of the said sums and that we all together exonerate the said Messieurs william and Charles Jecks from any imputation or neglect or otherwise in not previously requiring the payment thereof And when the period shall arrive for dividing amongst us or otherwise apportioning the said Trust Monies we hereby respectively undertake or agree to adopt and take the aforesaid composition upon the said Two several sums of One Thousand eight Hundred Pounds and to release the said william and Charles Jecks from all claims and demands to respect to the same several sums over and above the aforesaid composition. Witness our hands this fifth day of December one Thousand eight hundred and forty four.
William Hursthouse Charles Jecks
This is the last will and Testament of me Mary Jecks of Wisbeach of St Peters in the Isle of Ely in the County of Cambridge widow.
First I will and direct that all my just debts and my funeral and testamentary expences be fully paid and discharged by my executors hereinafter named also I give and bequeath all my household Goods and furniture plate linen and china and all the household Goods and furniture plate linen and china which belong to my late husband Isaac Jecks and which I have power to dispose of by this my will unto my Daughter Susan Newsham for her own use and benefit
Also I give and bequeath unto my said Daughter Susan Newsham the legacy or sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be paid to her at the expiration of three Calendar months after my decease also I give and bequeath unto my Son Isaac Jecks the legacy or sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be paid to him at the expiration of three Calendar months after my decease if he shall be then living but if he shall have then departed this life I direct that the said legacy or sum of two hundred and fifty pounds shall fall into and become part of my residuary personal Estate
And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my monies and securities for money Goods Chattels rights Credits and personal Estate and effects of every kind as well such part thereof as was given and bequeathed to me for the term of my life by the will of my said late husband and over which I have a power of appointment by virtue of his said Will as also such part thereof as I am possessed of in my own right I give bequeath direct and appoint the same unto my son William Jecks to and for his own use and benefit
And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my said son William Jecks my Son Charles Jecks and my son in law Charles Hursthouse joint executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made IN WITNESS whereof I the said Mary Jecks have to this my last will and Testament set my hand this twenty seventh day of February in the Year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty five
The above will was signed by the testatrix Mary Jecks in the presence of us who in the presence at her request and in the presence of each other do hereby attest the same and sub- scribe our names as Witnesses thereto Chas Metcalfe, Jnr, Chas England.
This will was proved at Norwich on the twenty second day of February, 1851 before the Revd George Carter Clerk Surrogate duly appointed of the worshipful Charles Evans MA Official Principal of the Episcopal Consistorial Court of Norwich lawfully constituted and was approved & admon of all and singular the Goods of the within named Mary Jecks the Testator deceased was on the eighth day of March following duly granted to William Jecks her son one of the Executors within named he being duly sworn &c (Power being reserved for consulting the like admon to Charles Jecks her son and Charles Hursthouse her Son in law the other Executors within named when they shall pray the same saving &c Testatrix died 4th January 1851
The family were also beneficiaries under the wills of Mary Jecks's two sisters, Sarah Taylor (1755-1820) and Cordelia Bloomar (1769-1846). Sarah Taylor left to the children of Mary Jecks and Martha Rumley five shares in the Nottingham Canal Navigation Co; these were to pass to them on the death of Cordelia Bloomar - the first legatee - Mary Jecks also received as a first legatee the interest and dividends on a sum of £1,500, and on her death the capital was left to her surviving children. Cordelia Bloomar left legacies of £300 to the children of Isaac Jecks senior, Ann and Eliza Hill and Mary Hursthouse and the interest on £300 was left to Susannah Newsham and on her death to her children. The residue of Cordelia Bloomar's estate after payment of all her debts was divided between all the children of her two sisters Mary Jecks (1759- 1851) and Martha Rumley (1757-1840).