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The Will, Codicils & Letter of Administration of Mrs Martha Leigh (nee Badnall) of Leek, Staffordshire  1844 -1887


This is the last will and testament of me Martha Leigh, wife of George Leigh of Leek in the County of Stafford, surgeon, in pursuance the power reserved to me in and by the settlement made previous to my marriage to the said George Leigh. I give and bequeath the Trust monies comprised in the said indenture of settlement  and all other my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever unto my said dear Husband his executors, administrators and assigns to and for his and their own absolute use and benefit. And I appoint him my sole executor hereof.  In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 27th day of August in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four.  Martha Leigh.

Signed by the said Martha Leigh and published and declared by her as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us both present at the same time and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Sarah Badnall              Harriet Hopkins Badnall.


This is a codicil to my last will and testament bearing date May 1st  1860. I give and bequeath my share in the landed property at Leek to my dear Husband George Leigh -if it be sold during his life I give it entirely to him but if not sold I give to him the rents of it, and at his death I leave it to my half sister Sarah Henrietta Badnall instead of the shares she lost by her brother's death, if she survive the said George Leigh. if sold during her life, it will be hers entirely, if not I leave it to my niece Harriet Martha Badnall on the same conditions. Martha Leigh

Signed by the said Martha Leigh in the presence of us both present at the same time 

Louisa Bunney 

Mary Emilie Leigh.


This is a codicil to my last will and testament bearing date 30th August 1872. I 

have this day heard that Miss Ann Badnall of Leek left by her will her property after Miss Clowes death should she die without issue to my Father's children.  I therefore bequeath my share to my dear Husband George Leigh whenever it becomes due or to whomsoever he wills it.  Martha Leigh. 

Signed by the said Martha Leigh in the presence of us both present at the same time   

Sarah Henrietta Badnall

Elizabeth Brocksome.


In Her Majesty's High Court of Justice.   The District Registry at Nottingham.

Be it known. that Martha Leigh (wife of George Leigh) formerly of Leek in the County of Stafford but late of Arnold in the County of Nottingham deceased who died on the 1st day of September 1879 at Arnold aforesaid and who at the time of her death had a fixed place of abode at Arnold within the District of the County of Nottingham made and duly executed her last will and testament with two codicils thereto and did therein name her husband the said George Leigh her sole executor and residuary legatee  who survived the said Testatrix but died without having taken upon himself the probate and execution of the last will and codicils. And be it further known, that at the date hereunder written Letters of administration with the will and codicils thereto (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) of the personal estate of the said Martha Leigh deceased were granted by Her Majesty's High Court  of Justice at the District Registry attached to the Probate Division thereof at Nottingham to the Reverend Hugh Bryan, clerk, sole executor  of the will of the said George Leigh deceased he having first been sworn well and faithfully to administer the same. And it is hereby certified that an affidavit in verification of the account of the said estate has been delivered duly stamped wherein it  is shown that the gross value of the said estate amounts to 230 :6s : 0d and no more

Dated the 12th  of September 1887.

Wm Gambier Middleton -District Registrar.

Extracted by Burton & Eking, solicitors, Nottingham.


Examined with an [     ] copy of the will and codicils and grant. 

Clement J. Gwynne, solicitor       

Colin Robinson

Leek 15 November 1887.     Cl........ to Messrs Challinor

Note states: The Affidavit bears a stamp of 5.


Source:   Challinor & Shaw Copy Will Books. Vol.? Pages  728-729, now in the Barn Collection, Gawsworth.

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