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Continuation of the Rebow name
Mary Hester Slater Rebow was the wife of Francis Slater Rebow, original name Francis Slater. He took the additional name of Rebow, which was a requirement stated in Sir Isaac Rebows which was the only way he would have control or ownership of the Rebow estates and fortunes.
If he did not do so he would forfeit the estate which would then pass to the next in line.
If that was a daughter, her husband in turn was required to take the Rebow name.
Will of Mary Hester Slater Rebow
This is the last Will and testament of me Mary Hester Slater Rebow the wife of Francis Slater Rebow of Wivenhoe Park in the County of Essex Esquire a Lieutenant General in His Majestys Service whereas by virtue of or under an Indenture of appointment and Settlement bearing date on or about the nineteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and twenty four and made or expressed to be made between my said husband Francis Slater Rebow and myself of the first part my daughter Dame Mary Martin Slater Rebow spinster of the second part the said Sir Thomas Ormsby of the third part John Round Esquire and James Luff Esquire of the fourth part Sir Thomas Dyer Baronet and Samuel Browne Esquire of the fifth part William Jones Esquire and the Venerable Thomas Kingsbury of the sixth part and the said Sir Thomas dyed and Samuel Browne of the seventh part I am empowered not withstanding my coverture by deed to be executed and attested as therein is mentioned or by my last Will and Testament in writing or any Codicil or Codicils thereto or any writing or writings purporting to be or in the nature of a Will or Codicil to be by me signed and published in the presence of and to be attested by three and more credible witnesses to charge and make chargeable all or any part or parts of the undivided parts or shares and hereditaments thereby appointed or expressed and intended so to be with the payment of any sum or sums of money not exceeding in the whole the principal sum of ten thousand pounds with interest for the same after the rate of five pounds for every one hundred pounds by the year or any other less rate of interest so that by such charge or charges the same undivided parts or shares and hereditaments be not made liable to any accumulation of interest which may incur during the lives of my said husband or the life of the survivor of us so as to express the said principal sum of ten thousand pounds by more than one years interest and to limit any term or terms of years to any person or persons by way of mortgage or otherwise for better securing the same Now I the said Mary Hester Slater Rebow in pursuance and exercise of the power or authority given or reserved to me by the said Indenture of appointment and settlement as hereinbefore is mentioned and of every or any other power or authority in anywise enabling me in this behalf do by this my last Will and Testement or writing in the nature of and purport ing to be my Will by me signes and published in the presence of and attested by three credible witnesses charge and make chargeable all and singular the undivided parts or shares and hereditaments comprized in and appoints by the Indenture of appointment and Settlement with the payment to my Son in Law Sir Thomas Ormsby Baronet and Robert Birknell of Bloomsbury Square in Middlesex Gentleman their Executors Administrators or Assigns of the sum of Ten Thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain with interest for the same after the rate of five pounds for every One hundred pounds by the year to be computed from my decease nevertheless so that the same undivided parts
or shares and lands shall not by virtue of the charge hereinbefore made as aforesaid be liable to any accumulation of interest which may incur during the life of my said husband so as to exceed the said principal sum of Ten thousand pounds by more than one years interest And I declare that the said Sir Thomas Ormsby and Robert Birknell their Executors Administrators and Assigns shall stand possessed of the said sum of Ten Thousand pounds and interest upon the Trusts following that is to say upon trust by and out of the same to pay the sums of money hereinafter mentioned or referred to that is to say To my Cousin Mrs Leslie the sum of one hundred pounds And to such person or persons if any as I shall by any Codicil or Codicils to this my Will to be signed and published by me in the presence of and attested by three or more credible witnesses give or bequeath any Legacy the amount of such Legacy or Legacies respectively And do and shall stand possessed of all the surplus or residue of the said sum of Ten thousand pounds and the interest thereof in trust for my said husband Francis Slater Rebow his Executors Administrators and Assigns for his and their own use and benefit and for the better securing the payment of the said sum of ten thousand pounds and interest I do hereby limit and appoint all and singular the said undivided moieties shares and other hereditaments with their appurtenances to the use of the said Sir Thomas Ormsby and Rorbert Birknell their Executors Administrators and Assigns for the term of five hundred years to commence from my decease upon Trust by with and out of the rents and profits of the said undivided moieties shares hereditaments or by mortgage thereof or of any part thereof for all or any part of the said term or by such other ways or means as to them shall seem meet to raise any levy the said sum of ten thousand pounds and interest and I declare that the receipt or receipts of the said Sir Thomas Ormsby and Robert Birknell or the survivor of them or the Executors Administrators or Assigns of such survivor shall be a sufficient discharge or sufficient discharges for the money so to be raised provided always and I declare my will to be that the said Trustees hereby appointed and each of them and their respective Executors Administrators and Assigns shall be charged and chargeable respectively only for such monies as they shall respectively actually receive by virtue of the trusts hereby in them reposed notwith standing his or their or any of their giving or signing or forming or joining in giving or signing any receipt or receipts for the sake of conformity and any one or more of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the other or others of them or for the acts receipts neglects or defaults of the other or others of them but each and every of them only for his and their own acts receipts neglects or defaults respectively and that any one or more of them shall not be answerable or accountable for any Banker or other person with whom or in whose hands any part of the said trust monies shall or may be deposited or lodged for safe custody or otherwise in the execution of the trusts hereinbefore mentioned nor for any misfortune loss or damage which may happen in the execution of any of the aforesaid trusts or in relation thereto except the same shall happen by or through their own wilful default respectively And also that it shall and may be lawful to and for them the said Trustees or Trustee for the time being by and out of the monies which shall come to their respective hands by virtue of the Trusts aforesaid to reimburse themselves all costs charges damages and expenses in or about the execution of the aforesaid Trusts or in relation thereunto In Witness whereof I the said Mary Hester Slater Rebow the Testatise have to this my last Will and Testament contained in four sheets of paper set my hand and Seal in manner following that is to say to the three first sheets thereof set my hand and to this fourth and last sheet my hand and Seal this twenty fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven M H Rebow Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testatise Mary Hester Slater Rebow as and for her 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 Samuel Thomas Belting 9 King Street P Square Thomas Rawlins 31 King St Portman Square Thomas Drew Beavan 31 Marylebone Street Golden Square
This is a Codicil to be annexed to and taken as part of the last Will and Testament of me Mary Hester Slater Rebow which Will bears date the fifth day of June 1827 I give and bequeath to John Gurdon of Setton in Norfolk Esq and Robert Birknell in my Will named one annuity of forty pounds during the life of Mary Pybus / late Mary Trout / now in my service in case she shall be so at my decease upon Trust to apply the same to such person or persons and for such purposes as Mary Pybus shall from time to time whether single or married by any writing under her hand / but not to dispose of the same by anticipation direct or appoint and in default of appointment into her own hands for her separate use and I direct that the said Annuity shall be paid quarterly the first payment at the end of three months after my decease and a proportionate part to the day of her decease and that the same annuity shall be paid free from Legacy duty and I give and bequeath into the said John Gurdon & Robert Birknell one other annuity of twenty pounds during the life of my servant Sarah Boxley Spinster in case she shall be in my service at my decease upon trust to apply the same for the benefit of the said Sarah Boxley and as she shall appoint and to be payable in like manner and in every respect in the same way for the benefit of Sarah Boxley as I have hereinbefore directed with respect to the Annuity given to & in trust for Mary Pybus And I direct that it shall be lawful for my husband during his life by any writing under his hand and directed to my Trustees to determine or alter or diminish either or both the said annuities I give to the Trustees of the Colchester & Essex Hospitals the sum of two hundred pounds to be applied to the uses of that institution Witness whereof I have to this Codicil set my hand and Seal this 3 day of October 1833 and as part thereof I give to the said John Gurdon & Robert Birknell the sum of one hundred pounds each for their trouble M H Rebow Signed Sealed published & declared by the said Mary Hester Slater Rebow as and for a codicil to be annexed to her last Will & Testament and to be taken as part thereof in the presence of us who at her request in her presence & in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto Fredk Arnold Aft Curate of Cheltenham Thos Joslin Junr 371 High St Cheltenham George Husband Servant to Genl Rebow. Appeared Personally Robert Bicknell of Bloomsbury Square in the County of Middlesex Esquire and make oath that he is the Drawer and writer of the codicil to the last Will and Testament of Mary Hester Slater Rebow / wife of Francis Slater Rebow Esquire / late of Wivenhoe Park in the County of Essex deceased the said Will bearing date the twenty fifth day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven and the said Codicil the third day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty three And the Deponent referring to the said Codicil in which the said Will is recited as a bearing the date fifth day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven saith that the same was so recited by the Deponent by mistake the said Codicil being partly drawn up from a former Codicil in which the date also eroneously recited and the said deceased being then only temporarily resident at Cheltenham where the said first mentioned Codicil was drawn up the original Will was not referred to Robert Bicknell On the thirteenth day of January 1835 the said Robert Birknell was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit Before me. W C Curtis Surr Chas Dynely Norf Pubc On the 10 February 1835 Admon with the Will and Codicil annexed of the Goods Chattels and Credits of Mary Hester Slater Rebow / Wife of Francis Slater Rebow Esquire / late of Wivenhoe park in the County of Essex deceased was granted to Robert Birknell Esquire the surviving Legatee in trust named in the said Will having been first sworn duly to administer No Executor being named in the said Will and the said Francis Slater Rebow having first consented / as by Acts of Court appears