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This is the last Will of me John Harris of number 2 Wesley Villas Studley Trowbridge Wilts Retired police superintendent

I appoint my friend Fred Milsom Garlick of Trowbridge aforesaid Butcher sole Executor hereof and I bequeath unto him ten guineas (duty free) for trouble.

I devise all that freehold piece of land situate in the Tything of Studley in the Parish of Trowbridge aforesaid being part of a close of ground called Lower Pilewell and all that dwellinghouse and outbuildings on the said piece of land or on some part therefore known as number 2 Wesley Villas formerly in the occupation of George Andrews but now in my own and all other my real estate (if any) unto my natural son John Wheeler otherwise Harris of Bradford Wilts Blacksmith. To hold the same hereditaments unto him the said John Wheeler otherwise Harris his heirs and assigns forever.

I give as follows (that is to say)

To my brother Henry Tilsed Harris* living in the Bay of Islands Saint John's Newfoundland North America five hundred and forty pounds (duty free). But should the said Henry Tilsed Harris die in my lifetime then such legacy of five hundred and forty pounds (duty free) to all his children then living equally.

To my sister Susan Rumble* of 68 Ossery Road, Old Kent Road, Surrey London Widow five hundred and forty pounds (duty free) but should she die in my lifetime then such sum (duty free) to all her children then living equally.

To John Rumble a son of the said Susan Rumble my gold watch and appendages.

To my sister Louisa Beckett* now living with me my linen china books pictures furniture and other household effects in and about my house wherein I reside and five hundred pounds (all duty free). But should the said Louisa Beckett die in my lifetime then such pecuniary legacy of five hundred pounds (duty free) to all her children living at her death equally.

To my nephew Harvey Harris one hundred and fifty pounds (duty free) but should he die in my lifetime then such legacy (duty free) to my nephew Walter Pavey Harris.

To the said Walter Pavey Harris one hundred and fifty pounds (duty free) but should he die in my lifetime then such legacy (duty free) to the said Harvey Harris which said Harvey Harris and Walter Pavey Harris are the two sons of my brother Joseph Harris supposed dead

All the rest and residue of my money and personal Estate of whatever description (including my clothes and wearing apparel) I give to my natural son the said John Wheeler otherwise Harris.

But subject to the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expences I direct that the said John Wheeler otherwise Harris shall suffer the said Louisa Beckett to occupy the said house and premises number 2 Wesley Villas aforesaid for a period of six calendar months after my decease without any charge for rent or otherwise In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty seventh day of June one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight.

John Harris

Signed and acknowledged by the said John Harris the testator as and for his last and only will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

Jacob Taylor Trowbridge Gentleman.

John William Culverhouse, Photographer, 7a The Parade Trowbridge.

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BE IT KNOWN, that at the date hereunder written, the last Will and Testament of John Harris, late of No 2 Wesley Villas Studley Trowbridge in the County of Wilts Retired Police Superintendent deceased, who died on the 8th day of June 1890 at No 2 Wesley Villas aforesaid was proved and registered in the Principal Probate Registry of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice, and that administration of the personal estate of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to Fred Milsom Garlick of Trowbridge aforesaid Butcher the sole Executor named in the said Will, he having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.

Probate dated the 1st day of August 1890. Gross value of Personal Estate £2418 7s 0d

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*Susan Harris married Henry Sayer Rumble 8th December 1839 in Newington, London. Her brother Anthony Tilsed Harris was one of the witnesses.

* Louisa Harris married Erastus Beckett 19th August 1855 at St Pancras, Liverpool Street, London. In 1877 Erastus abandoned her and went to the USA, where he settled in Connecticut and died in 1916.

*Henry Tilsed Harris, born 1825 in Christchurch, Hampshire, England, seems a good fit for Henry T Harris born England, died Newfoundland 3rd March 1910 aged 86. (Research Ron Feniak, information from ngb.chebucto.org) He married Olivia Noel 16th Nov 1854 and their known children are George Apsey Harris b1855, Elizabeth Agnes Harris b1856, Louisa Harris b1858, William Tree Harris b1860, Eliza Harris b1871 and Priscilla Harris b1875. It seems likely that the Henry T Tilsed (born about 1864) who married Caroline Whalen 9th January 1888 is also theirs, as he fits into the ten-year gap between William and Eliza.

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