Will of Esther Durrans who died 3rd December 1870 and was born 2nd August 1811, daughter of Charles Vandersteen and Mary née Emery.

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This is the last Will and Testament of me Esther Durrans of Rose Cottage, Old Ford in the County of Middlesex Widow I desire that my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses may be first paid and satisfied

I desire that my body may be interred in my family grave at Ilford in the County of Essex and that Mr Henry John Bliss of Church Street Bethnal Green undertaker may have the conduct of my funeral and who shall be entitled to all usual and proper costs and charges in respect of the same and I desire that in the event of Mr Charles Durrans and my son in law Benjamin Freelove Johnson surviving me and their executors respectively permitting it their bodies may be interred in my said family grave at Ilford aforesaid

I give and bequeath unto Samuel Francis Procter of Dalgleish Street Commercial Road in the County of Middlesex Victualler the said Henry John Bliss and his son Henry Bliss my executors herein after named each the sum of nineteen pounds nineteen shillings, unto my nephew Charles Vandersteen the sum of fifty pounds, unto Eleanor Titler of No. 5 Gate Street upper North Street Poplar the sum of fifty pounds unto Selina McKonlay(?) nineteen pounds nineteen shillings

unto my niece Esther Butler the following articles Number 1 Parlor eight horse hair chairs one easy leather ditto cellerett and glasses looking glass and ornaments fender and fire irons two round tables Turkey carpet and rug and floor cloth piano and music stool two oil paintings Mr Samuel Durrans and Mrs Durrans stout jar family Bible and tea tray two sets of muslin curtains and pole two sets of crimson curtains flap on window copper coal scuttle seven Venetian blinds five large ??? in fire place and glass fittings with four burnors - The Hall - Slab five matts floor cloth and weather glass The left hand bedroom Four poster bedstead mahogany paliasse One horsehair mattrass one feather bed one bolster and two pillows one set of white furniture one wardrobe one chest of mahogany drawers one washing stand and fittings one mahogany dressing table one dressing glass three cane chairs in bedroom side carpets to bedroom and fender one black coal scuttle one horse in bed room one umbrella stand and bed steps

unto my said niece Elizabeth Butler the following article and things namely Number 2 Parlor - One chimney glass and ornaments one oil painting six cane bottom chairs two easy chairs one horsehair one chintz horsehair sofa pad and two pillows squaw feathered pillar (?) covered with chintz dining table and cover side table near the clock and ornaments one eight day clock drugget carpet to fit the worn hearthrug fender and fire irons music box workbox music stool black and guilt coal scuttle - The bedroom over Number 1 parlor - the right hand - one Arabian bedstead two feather beds and one cocoanut mattrass one bolster and one pillow and chest of drawers mahogany one fire guard one easy chair painted wash stand and bedroom carpet and fittings and dressing glass and chimney glass painted wardrobe and oak chest

unto my niece Harriet Vandersteen Back room over kitchen - French bedstead ?? mattrass ditto horsehair and feather bed bolster and one pillow painted table one dressing glass washing stand painted one carpet drugget two cane bottom chairs one chest of drawers painted

unto Mrs Johnson the portrait of her late uncle Mr George Fatmoor(?) Durrans unto Miss Harriet Johnson a photograph of the late Mrs Johnson unto the said Richard Freelove Johnson the oil painting of his late wife with a child and unto the said Harry Bliss Junior my oil painting of Boy and Rabbit unto my servant Sarah Symond the sum of fifty pounds which legacies I direct shall be paid to them free of legacy duty

And I direct that my wearing apparel jewellery plate and also the china contained in the cupboard of Number 2 Parlor and also all the sheets blankets and counterpanes and kitchen utensils contained in the house in which I may reside at the time of my decease may be equally divided between my two nieces the said Esther Butler and Elizabeth Butler

And as to all my ready money, money in the stocks or funds debts securities for money and all other my Estate and Effects whatsoever both real and personal and not hereinbefore otherwise disposed of which I shall or may be interested in or entitled to at my decease I give devise and bequeath the same unto the said Samuel Francis Procter Henry John Bliss and Henry Bliss their heirs executors administrators and assigns But nevertheless upon the trust and to and for the several ends intents and purposes following that is to say

upon trust to permit and suffer or otherwise fully authorize and empower the said Esther Butler to receive and take the rents issues and profits of my freehold house known as No 2 Rose Cottages Old Ford aforesaid for and during the term of her natural life she the said Esther Butler keeping the same in a proper state of repair and condition and properly insured from loss by fire in the names of my Executors hereinafter mentioned And from and immediately after her decease upon trust to convey and assure the same unto all and every the children of the said Esther Butler who may be living at the time of her decease their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants as and when they may respectively attain the age of twenty one years

And upon further trust to receive and take the rents issues and profits of my freehold house situate in Allens Buildings High Street Stratford in the County of Essex now in the occupation of Mr Brooks a butcher and pay and apply the same for the support of my niece Mary Ann Morse during the term of her natural life But if such rents and profits should not amount to eighty pounds per annum then I direct that such sum as may from time to time be necessary for making up such annual sum of eighty pounds per annum shall be taken out of the rents and profits of my other freehold premises not specifically ??? and from and after her decease to pay the rents issues and profits of my freehold house in Allens Buildings occupied by Mr Brooks unto my two nieces Elizabeth Butler and Esther Butler in equal shares and proportions as tenants in common. But from and after the decease of my said nieces upon trust to convey and assure the same unto their children their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common it being my wish and intention that the children of each of them shall be only entitled to one moiety thereof

and upon further trust to permit and suffer or otherwise fully authorize and empower my said niece Elizabeth Butler to receive and take the rents issues and profits of my new freehold house in Allens Buildings aforesaid now in the occupation of Mr Turner a Hat Manufacturer for and during the term of her natural life she the said Elizabeth Butler keeping the same in a proper state of repair and condition and properly insured from loss from fire in the names of my Executors hereinafter mentioned And from and immediately after her decease upon trust to convey and assure the same unto all and every the children of the said Elizabeth Butler who may be living at the time of her decease their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants as and when they respectively attain the age of twenty one years

and upon further trust to permit and suffer or otherwise fully authorize and empower my nephew Charles Vandersteen to receive and take rents issues and profits of my freehold house situate in Allens Buildings aforesaid now in the occupation of Mr Love Tobacconist for and during the term of his natural life he the said Charles Vandersteen keeping the same in proper state of repair and condition and properly insured from loss by fire in the names of my Executors hereinafter mentioned And from and immediately after his decease upon trust to convey and assure the same unto all and every the children of the said Charles Vandersteen who may be living at the time of his decease their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants as and when they may respectively attain the age of twenty one years. But if the said Charles Vandersteen should depart this life without leaving lawful issue him surviving or none who should live to attain the age of twenty one years then I direct that the same shall fall into and form part of my residuary estate and effects

And upon further trust to permit and suffer or otherwise fully authorize and empower my niece Harriett Vandersteen to receive and take rents issues and profits of my freehold house situate in Allens Buildings aforesaid now in the occupation of Mr Hill Chemist for and during the term of her natural life she the said Harriett Vandersteen keeping the same in proper state of repair and condition and properly insured from loss by fire in the names of my Executors hereinafter mentioned And from and immediately after her decease upon trust to convey and assure the same unto all and every the children of the said Harriet Vandersteen who may be living at the time of her decease their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants as and when they may respectively attain the age of twenty one years

And upon further trust to permit and suffer or otherwise fully authorise and empower my said three nieces Elizabeth Butler, Esther Butler Harriett Vandersteen and my nephew Charles Vandersteen to receive and take the rents issues and profits of my freehold and leasehold estates (subject to the payment of such sum as may be necessary to make up the sum of eighty pounds per annum hereinbefore directed to be paid to my niece Mary Ann Morse for life) for and during their respective lives they thereout paying the ground rents and performing the covenants contained in the lease or leases under which I hold the leasehold part of the said premises and keeping such parts as are freehold a proper state of repair and condition and insured from loss or damage by fire in the names of my Executors hereinafter mentioned And from and after the decease of either of them upon trust to convey assign or otherwise assure one fourth part of the same premises unto the children of each of them their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns in equal shares and proportions as tenants in common and not as joint tenants And I hereby declare that if either of them my said nieces or nephew should depart this life without leaving issue them surviving the legacies or bequests hereinbefore made to or in trust for them shall be held in trust for the survivors of them during their respective lives and from and after their respective deaths to convey and assure the same unto the children of such survivors in equal shares and proportions as tenants in common and not as joint tenants as and when they may respectively attain the age of twenty one years but so nevertheless that the children of such survivors shall only be entitled to so much of my estate and effects as their respective parents are entitled to a life interest as aforesaid

And upon further trust to pay divide transfer and deliver the residue of my estate and effects unto my said three last mentioned nieces and nephew in equal shares and proportions to whom I give and bequeath the same accordingly

And I do hereby direct and desire that my said nieces Elizabeth Butler Esther Butler and Harriett Vandersteen shall out of the property bequeathed to or in trust for them keep the Tombs at the Ilford Cemetery The City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Bow and in the Churchyard of St Matthew Bethnal Green in proper order

And I do further declare and direct that if any of the children of my said nieces or nephew shall not at the time of the decease of their respective parents have attained the age of twenty one years it shall and may be lawful for my said Executors or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor to pay and apply the rents issues and profits of the share or shares of any such child or children until they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years or be married

And I do hereby direct that no sale or division of any part of my estate and effect shall be made until three months after my decease and that the said Sarah Symond (should she be living at the time of my decease) may have the care of the house and the property therein in which I may be residing at the time of my decease during such period And I direct my Executors to pay to her during that time similar wages that she may be receiving from me at my decease and also a reasonable sum for household expenses

And I do hereby declare and direct that it shall be lawful for my Executors hereinafter named or the survivor of them or the heirs executors administrators or assigns of such survivor to devise and lease all or any part of my estate for such terms and in such manner as they may from time to time think fit so as that the best rent is obtained for the same

And I do further declare and direct that the several bequests hereinbefore made or in trust for my said nieces and such other persons as are or may be females shall be received had held and enjoyed by each of them respectively free and independent of their present and any future husbands and that the same or any part thereof shall not be subject to the debts contracts or interference of any such husbands in anywise And that their receipt signed by them alone notwithstanding coverture shall be effectual discharges to my said Executors or other persons parting the same for so much money as shall in any such receipts be acknowledged to be received And that the same or any part thereof shall and may be settled to the separate use of them my said nieces and such other persons being female aforesaid in such manner in all respects as they may by any note in writing under their hands notwithstanding coverture direct or appoint

And I hereby make constitute and appoint the said Samuel Francis Procter Henry John Bliss and Harry Bliss Executors of this my will who I declare shall not be answerable the one for the other or others of them and by no means for involuntary losses And that they and each of them may pay and retain out of my said trust estate all expenses which they may respectively incur or expend in or about the execution of the trusts of this my Will

And I hereby appoint my said Executors to be Guardians of my said niece Mary Ann Morse And it is my wish and desire that the said Mary Ann Morse may be kept at the same Asylum where she is now resident

And I hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I the said Esther Durrans the Testatrix have hereunto set my hand this tenth day October one thousand eight hundred and seventy -

Esther Durrans

Signed and published by the said Esther Durrans as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us being both present at the same time and subscribed in the presence of the Testatrix and of each other

Edward Proctor Geo A Proctor 1 Princes Street Spitalfields

Proved at London 16th March 1871 by the Oaths of Samuel Francis Procter Henry John Bliss and Henry Bliss the Executors to whom admon. was granted