This page is for any details I find on Wills written by any Slade family. The main source for this kind of information is the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941. Obviously only probate records for this time span are available.
The Will of Samuel Slade b.1827
Here is the last will and testament of Samuel Slade [1827 – 1913] I will add a partial transcription of the will below the image, I won’t transcribe the “This is the last will…of…etc because, as wills go, this one is pretty easy to read.
“I hereby give and bequeath unto my son Charles the Weather Glass & Antique Jug. Unto my son Vincent the Case of Stuffed Birds. Unto my daughter Louisa the Dresser & Easy Chair. Unto my daughter Elizabeth the Oak Cupboard & Work Table. Unto my son William the old Oak Sideboard Table. Unto my Grandson Alfred the Feather Bed. Unto my Granddaughter the Cruet [edit: I’m not 100% sure this says cruet, if anyone has other suggestions,please email me] & Silver Jug. And all the remainder of the furniture and household contents to be divided or disposed of as they can agree”
Signed Samuel Slade – Hatch Beauchamp
I was a little surprised that he didn’t bequeath anything to Walter, his other Grandson. Especially in view of the fact that Alfred & Gertrude [Walter’s only surviving siblings at that time] were both mentioned. We can only speculate as to the reasons why Walter was omitted. It could be that neither Samuel, Alfred or Gertrude were aware of Walter’s whereabouts back then. It’s interesting to note that at Walter’s wedding to Elizabeth Margaretta Richards, Pontypridd, South Wales in 1909 [the year before the will was written] only has Richards family members as witnesses – no Slades. It could be that Walter only made contact with his brother Alfred and sister Gertrude at some point in the future. It’s also worth mentioning that on the passenger list that shows Alfred’s passage to Canada in 1912 – he states his next of kin as Gertrude Chidzey, not Walter. Could this be further proof that the 3 siblings weren’t in contact around that time?
The Will of Thomas Slade b.1803
Here we have the last will and testament of Thomas Slade [1803-1892] the younger brother of William Slade [1800-1888] Thomas, like William, was also born in North Curry, where he married Mary Tucker on June 21st 1825. In 1843 Thomas & Mary plus their 4 young children immigrated to the USA. By the time of the 1850 USA census only one child is listed with Thomas & Mary, their son Charles, who was 18 at the time of that census. Charles and his first wife Elizabeth [nee Lyddon] raised 7 children – they are the 7 grandchildren Thomas refers to in his will.