Henry Spackman of Corsham - his Will

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 02:04 PM GMT

Contributed by: Jerry Green

 Henry was my gggg uncle. I have not managed to find details of his daughters. He died in a fire.

The Western Flying Post, Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury - 27 January 1849 - Corsham - Destructive Fire and Loss of Life.
Between five and six o'clock on Wednesday morning, the house in occupation of Mr Spackman, grocer and draper, of Corsham, was discovered to be on fire, and within an hour or two the whole of the premises, together with the extensive stock in trade, account books, furniture &c was one heap of ruins, and Mr Spackman himself a corpse! so much of his body having been consumed by the fire that it was impossible to identify it! The accident, it is supposed, either originated in the back parlour, where there had been a fire on the previous evening, or in the stove leading from the shop into the chimney of the room. Mr Spackman's attention was first called to it by a suffocating smell; he immediately alarmed the family, who, with himself, effected their escape into the street, - the Misses Spackman, who slept at the back part of the house, getting through a trap-door into the adjoining premises. The drum ‎(the usual means of calling the inhabitants together)‎ quickly sounded the alarm, and assistance was soon procured. Within a few minutes the town engine was at work, and another engine was brought from Chippenham; every possible exertion, indeed, was used, but for a long time without effect. The flames spread to the adjoining house, occupied by Mrs T Hulbert, which was also destroyed, together with a large portion of Mrs Hulbert's furniture. Shortly after the engines began to play, there was a tremendous explosion from a quantity of gunpowder which was on the premises, but fortunately without injury to any one. From the combustible nature of the materials, the flames extended across the street, and did damage to the windows of the premises occupied by Miss Fowler and Dr Dyke; and it was only by extraordinary exertion that these premises were saved from destruction, large flakes of fire flying to a considerable distance. Naturally anxious to save some portion of his property, Mr Spackman unfortunately re-entered the house, after the fire had obtained considerable ascendancy, and proceeded to his bedroom, where some valuable papers were kept; but the flames quickly burst forth from the back parlour door, at the foot of the staircase, and prevented his descent. His nephew, at the time, was in the back bedroom, and hearing him apparntly gasping for breath, called upon him to follow him - the nephew at the moment leaping through the window into the garden below. It was to no purpose however. Mr S must have been instantly overpowered by suffocation, and his body was afterwards found immediately under the spot where the floor gave way. His arms were on his chest; but his feet were completely burnt from his legs; and in this state his remains were taken to the Market house, where an Inquest will be held. Mr Spackman was a widower, but has left a large family. His stock, which was valuable, was insured in the Sun Fire Office; but, nevertheless, the loss will be considerable. - The deceased was a zealous member of the Baptist denomination, and has left a family of three children, and a large circle of friends, who deeply mourn his loss. This very shocking affair has cast a gloom over the whole neighbourhood, and will not be soon forgotten by those who witnessed the calamity.

 This is the last Will and Testament
of me Henry Spackman of Corsham in the County of Wilts
shopkeeper which I make for the disposal of my worldly estate and
effects in manner following (that is to say) I give and bequeath unto
Mr Henry Webly Baptist Minister the sum of nineteen pounds
and nineteen shillings I give and bequeath unto my dear child Henry
Dunsdon Spackman the oil paintings or pictures of myself my dear
deceased wife and of my deceased infant child and that of himself
my said son to and for his own use absolutely and to each of my
daughters the oil painting of herself for her own use absolutely I
give and devise unto my brother Joseph Spackman of Compton
BassettBassett in the County of Wilts yeoman and my friend William
Little of Pickwick in the said parish of Corsham Tea Dealer all and
every my messuages lands and hereditaments and all other my real
estates whatsoever and wheresoever of or to I or any other
person in trust for me am is or are seized or entitled for an estate of
freehold and inheritance or freehold only or of [] or customary
[] in possession reversion or expectancy or of which I have
power to dispose or appoint by this my Will with their rights []
[] and appurtanences To hold the same unto and to the use of my
said trustees their heirs and assigns according to the nature thereof
respectively upon and for the trusts intents and purposes and under and
subject to the powers provisoes and declarations hereinafter declared
concerning the same and I give and bequeath all and every my goods
chattels capital and stock in trade money and securities for money mort
gages debts out on bill or note or otherwise and other my personal
Estate and Effects of what kind soever of in or to which at or any per
son or persons In Trust for me shall be entitled at the time of my
decease subject as hereinbefore mentioned unto my said trustees
their executors administrators and assigns according to the nature
thereof respectively which said real and personal Estate hereby
devised and bequeathed respectively I do hereby declare []
devised and bequeathed upon the trusts intents and purposes and
subject to the powers provisoes and declarations hereinafter contained
that is to say Upon Trust that they my said trustees or the survivor
of them and the heirs executors administrators and assigns respec
tively shall and do in their or his instruction call in and convert
into money my said personal estate or such part thereof as shall
not consist of money and do and shall absolutely sell and []
dispose of and when they or he shall deem it expedient and for
the benefit of my said children so to do of my said freehold copy
hold and real estates either [] or in parcels by public auction
or private contract to any person or persons willing to become
the purchaser or purchasers thereof respectively for such price or
prices or sum or sums of money as to my said trustees or the sur-
vivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns
shall seem reasonable and for facilitating such [] or said son
and shall enter into make and execute all such contracts convey-
ances surrenders and assurances arts and deeds in the [ ]
which to my said trustees or trustee his heirs executors or all my

administrators shall seem proper and reasonable and I declare
that the receipt and receipts of my said trustees or trustee for
the time being for any money payable under this my Will
shall effectually discharge the person or persons paying the same
from being answerable or accountable for the misapplication or
nonapplication thereof or of any part thereof or to enquire into the
necessity of any sale or sales under this my Will And I declare
that my said vtrustees or trustee for the time being his executors
and administrators do and shall stand and be possessed of the
monies to arise by any such sale or sales as aforesaid or by or
from my said personal estate and the rents interests dividends
and annual produce of the same respectively in the mean
time Upon Trust in the first place to pay satisfy and discharge
all my just debts my funeral and testamentary expences and []
the costs of the proof and execution of this my Will and the
several legacies by me given and after full payment and satis-
faction thereof then Upon Trust to lay out and invest the
residue of the monies which shall remain after answering the
trusts and purposes aforesaid in their or his name or names []
in the parliamentary stocks or public funds of Great Britain or
at interest or Government or real securities and from time to
time to alter vary and transpose the same trust monies so to be
laid out for into or upon other stocks funds and securities of the
like nature at their or his discretion and I direct that my
said trustees or trustee for the time being shall stand and be
possessed of and interested in the said trust monies and the stocks
funds and securities on which the same may be invested and the
interest dividends and annual produce thereof upon and for the
trusts intents and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared
concerning the same Upon Trust to pay to my son Henry
Dunsdon Spackman the sum of five hundred pounds if and
when he shall attain his age of twenty one years and as to
the residue of the said trust monies after payment of the said
sum of five hundred pounds Upon Trust to pay and divide the
same unto and amongst my three children the said Henry
Dunsdon Spackman and my two daughters equally to my
said son if and when he shall attain his age of twenty one years
and to my said daughters if and when they shall attain their
respective ages of twenty one years or respectively marry they or
either of them marrying with the conconsent and approbation
of her or their Guardian or Guardians and in case any or
other of my said three children shall die without acquiring
a vested interest in his her or their portion or portions then and
in such case the share or shares of him her or them so dying
shall go and be paid to the survivors or survivor of them
And I declare that until the vesting or payment of the por-
tions hereby provided for my said children respectively as afore-
said my said trustees or trustee for the time being shall and
may out of the dividends or annual produce of the said trust
monies raise and pay such sum or sums of money as they or
he shall think fit for and towards the maintenance and
education of my said children respectively Nevertheless my
will is and I do hereby expressly direct that in case my said
daughters or either of them shall marry under the age of
twenty one years my said trustees or trustee for the time
being shall by Indenture of Settlement or by such other

ways or means as may be effectual settle and assure one full
and equal moiety of her or their portion or portions in such
way and manner as that the same may not be in any case
subject to the debts control or engagements of any husband or
husbands with whom they or either of them may intermarry
provided always Nevertheless and my will is that in case all
my said children shall depart this life without attaining a vested
interest or vested interests in the portion or portions hereby inten-
ded for them then my said trustees or trustee for the time being shall
stand possessed of and interested in one equal moiety of my said
trust monies stocks funds and securities Upon Trust for my nephews
and nieces to be divided between them in equal shares and as to
the other moiety thereof Upon Trust; after retaining thereout
the sum of fifty pounds sterling to give and distribute the same
uppon and for such religious and charitable purposes as to them my
said trustees or trustee for the time being shall think most proper and as
to the said sum of fifty pounds sterling Upon Trust to pay annually
the sum of five pounds to my succeeding Deacon or Deacons of the
Baptist Church in Stumps Lane in the parish of Corsham
aforesaidfor the use and benefit of the Minister there for the time
aforesaid and the support and furtherance of Divine Service at the
said Church And Whereas I now carry on the trade and business
of a Linen Draper and Shopkeeper and I may at the time of my
decease continue to do so Now Therefore I do hereby authorise
and enpower my said trustees or trustee for the time being to
carry on and conduct the said trade or business or wholly to
continue the same at their or his dicretion or as to them or him
shall seem most prudent in order that my said son if he should
be minded and desirous so to do when he attains the age of twen-
ty one years might carry on and conduct the same for his own
benefit and I declare that my said trustees or trustee for the time
being shall if they or he shall be of opinion it will be most benefic-
ial so to do conduct manage and carry on the said trade or business
in any manner they shall seem most advantageous and I
expressly declare that all profits arising thereby shall fall into my said
residuary estate and form part thereof and all losses charges and ex-
pences incurred in carrying out the same shall be borne and paid
by my said trustees or trustee out of the monies that may come to
their hands under this my Will provided always and I further
declare that my said trustees or trustee for the time being their heirs
executors administrators and assigns shall be charged and charge-
able respectively with such monies only as they respectively actually
receive not withstanding their or his giving or receiving or joining
in giving or signing any script or receipts for the sake of formality
or conformity nor shall they or either of them be answerable for
any involuntary loss and also it shall be lawful for them and
each of them out of the monies which shall come to their hands
by virtue of the trusts aforesaid to retain and reimburse themselves
and himself all costs charges & expences which they or he may
suffer sustain pay or be put to in or about the execution of the
trusts hereby reposed in them I make nominate and appoint the
said Joseph Spackman and William Little joint Executors of
this my will and request them to retain the sum of twenty
pounds a piece as an acknowledgement for the trouble they
will have in the execution of the trusts hereby in them reposed
And I appoint them jointly with Mr Thomas Gay and Mrs
Sarah Gay Guardians of my children during their respective

minorities In witness whereof I the said Testator Henry Spackman
have to this my last Will and Testament written on five sheets of
paper to the first four sheets thereof set my hand to this fifth and
last sheet my hand and seal this twenty first day of February one
thousand eight hundred and thirty seven = Henry Spackman
(HS)= Signed sealed published and declared by the said Henry
Spackman the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament
in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in
the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our Hand as
witnesses = John Latham = George Spackman = F. H.
Shorter.-

This is a Codicil to the last Will and
Testament of me Henry Spackman of Corsham in the
County of Wilts Shopkeeper which Will bears date the twenty first
day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven
whereas by my said Will I have given devised and bequeathed
subject to certain specific legacies therein mentioned all my real
and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my brother
Joseph Spackman and my friend William Little Upon Trust to
call in and converrt into money my said personal State and to
make sale and dispose of my said real estate as therein mentioned
And upon further trust to pay thereout amongst other things to
my son Henry Dunsdon Spackman the sum of five hundred
pounds if and when he shall attain his age of twenty one
years and as to the residue of the said trust monies after payment
of the said sum of five hundred pounds Upon Trust to pay and
divide the same unto and amongst my three children the said
Henry Dunsdon Spackman and my two daughters equally at the
respective ages and times therein mentioned And Whereas I am a
nxious to avoid having any preference or partiality amongst my said
children who are all equally dear to me Now I do therefore revoke
the said legacy or bequest of the said sum of five hundred pounds
to my said son and the direction to the trustees of my said Will
for payment of the same and do declare and direct that the same
shall [] form part of the residue of my said estate and that the
same residue shall be divisible equally between my said children in
the same manner and at the same times and with the like bene
fit of [] and survivorship in al respects as in my said Will
is contained and as if the said legacy of five hundred pounds
had not been made given or directed to be paid and in all other
respects I confirm my said Will In witness whereof I have here-
unto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of July in
the year of our Lord o9ne thousand eight hundred and forty ---
Henry Spackman (HS) = Signed sealed published and declar
ed by the said Testator as and for as Codicil to this last Will and
Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at
at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other
have subscribed our names as witnesses - [] Goldney
Chippenham Wilts = Thos Alexander

Proved at London with a Codicil 6th Feby 1849 before the
Judge by the oaths of Joseph Spackman the brother and
William Little the Executors to whom Admon was granted hav-
ing been first sworn by duly to administer.

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