Weymouth & Melcombe Regis

Will of Joseph Summers Christopher of Rodwell Weymouth

Transcribed by Michael Russell April 2005

Dated 6 August 1902: Proved 9 January 1917

This is the Last Will and Testament of Joseph Summers CHRISTOPHER of Exmouth House Rodwell Weymouth in the County of Dorset Florist & Furniture After payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my Real and Personal Estate of what nature and kind so ever and wherever situate and whether in possession or reversion remainder or expectancy unto my dear wife Priscilla CHRISTOPHER for her own use and benefit I appoint the said Priscilla CHRISTOPHER and William R HAMDEN of Weymouth manager of the Weymouth Soda Water Works Executrix and Executor of this my Will In witness thereof I have to this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills and Testamentary dispositions heretofore or at any time made by me set my hand this six day of August One Thousand Nine Hundred and Two


Joseph Summers CHRISTOPHER

Signed and acknowledged by the Testator Joseph Summers CHRISTOPHER as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us both present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
William PEARCE
Frederick G MEECH

On 9th January 1917 Probate of this Will was granted at Blandford to Priscilla CHRISOTPHER Widow and William Richard HAMDEN the Exec.

Genealogical Notes:-
1. Joseph Summers CHRISTOPHER was baptised 22 Apr 1865 in Upwey Dorset the third child of Joseph CHRISTOPHER and Judith Bewley SUMMERS. He worked on his fathers nursery in Elwell St before marrying 16 Jan 1889 in Westbury Wiltshire to Priscilla [Prissie] MEAD [She was born Dec Qtr 1862 Westbury Wiltshire the youngest daughter of Richard and Prudence Mead a fruit and potato merchant] When his father died suddenly in 1893 he was elected and took over the roll of churchwarden of St Lawrence Church in Upwey. He moved however in 1894 and became a florist living at 6 St Edmund Street Melcombe Regis so his brother Enoch took over the role of Churchwarden. He established the Weymouth Soda Water Works at Lower Bond Street Weymouth and died on 13 Dec 1916 being buried in Melcombe Regis.


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