August 1908

Know all man by presents that whereas I, Isaac Arthur Fox of the Town of Dunnville in the county of Haldimand and Province of Ontario

Am a son of Rebecca Fox (whose maiden name was Bradwell) and John Fox of Bradwell, Derbyshire, England and a nephew of Horatio Bradwell of 14 Park Street, Broomfield Sheffield, England, retired Merchant & brother of my said mother Rebecca (Bradwell) Fox.

And Whereas my uncle the said Horatio Bradwell died about twenty one years ago, having first made his last will whereby he bequeathed inter the sum of £1000 to be divided amongst the Children of his sister Rebecca (Bradwell) Fox, my Mother, aforesaid to be paid after the death of his wife Ann Bradwell who received the income thereof during her life.

And Whereas the said Ann Bradwell died on or about the 17th of November last and the amount of the said legacy is now payable.

And whereas I desire to appoint my Brother-in-law Jabez [?] Birley Somerset of 44 Besmore road, Meersbrook, Sheffield, England, Cashier my attorney for me and in my name to receive my share and portion of the said legacy from the Executors of the estate of the said Horatio Bradwell and to give the necessary release or releases and discharge or discharges therefore

And whereas I am also entitled to a further share of the [illegible] bequest under the will of the said Ann Bradwell, widow of the said Horatio Bradwell and it is my desire that my said attorney shall also receive the same for me and in my behalf from the Executors of the estate of the said Ann Bradwell in the same manner.

Now know ye that I the said Isaac Arthur Fox do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the said Jabez Birley Somerset to be my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name and in my [illegible] and stead to receive from the Executors of the estate of the said Horatio Bradwell and from the Executors of the estate of the Said Ann Bradwell the share or legacy payable to me under the last will and testament of the said Horatio Bradwell and the share of the [usiduary?] bequest payable to me under the last will and testament of the said Ann Bradwell or desirable as payable from or out of the said estates or either of them in any way whatsoever and to give all necessary receipts, releases and discharges therefore and to act in all respects with reference to the winding up of the said estates so far as I am concerned in my behalf in the same manner as I might do if personally present. I hereby agreeing to satisfy and consign whatsoever my said attorney shall do my virtue of these presents.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the Town of Dunnville in the county of Haldimand and province of Ontario.

Signed, sealed and executed (in triplicate) in presence of: [blank]

1. That I was personally present and did see the within instrument thereof duly signed, sealed and executed by Isaac Arthur Fox one of the parties thereto
2. That the said instrument and duplicates were executed in the Town of Dunnville
3. That I know the said party
4. That I am subscribing witness to the said Instrument and duplicates.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of [blank]

Memorandum
Scarlet’s [?] Plans, Toronto Junction
Dec 6th, 1907

Aunt Horatio’ Will:
£25 For John Ford as Executor
£300 Mary Ann free of Duty her servants
£100 Children’s Hospital
£100 Victoria Memorial Hall in Sheffield
£100 Chapel Trustees Crookes
£100 to the Weslyan Mission
£250 to Mrs. Wardle (Aunt’s Niece)
£250 Mr. Edmund Lee, nephew
£250 to another Mr. Lee, nephew
£250 to Mrs. Hadfield, niece
£250 to Mrs _____ Lister [illegible] the one above
£600 to provide a nurse for poor people in Braddon, to be called the Ann Fox [? Probably a typo – Ann Bradwell] Nursing Home
£20 to Constance Herberts
£10 to Annie Bradwell, Charlie Bradwell’s daughter
£10 to Elizabeth Buttons
£10 to Hannah Marie Langden
£250 to Joseph’s Hospital for Women
£250 to the Royal Hospital
£250 to Hanna Maria Needham

[total disbursements: £3385, which, depending on the measure, is valued at between £1,300,000 and £2,300.000 in 2007 currency]

if there is anything left after selling all & paying the above out it has to be divided between the nephews & nieces of her late husband’s share alike.

Dear Brother & Sister

Just a few lines hoping you are all in good health. We have just received letter from Hannah & hasten to let you have the news we are sending on your address to Hannah she did now know yours & she promised to get them for the Executors so that they can correspond with you after if Necessary. The above is a copy of Aunt Horatio’s will as I have had it sent to me. Hoping to hear from you soon as you have not answered my last letter.

I remain Your Loving Sister,
E.J. Jeffery

Across the top of the letter, in pencil:
I forgot to say this is only Aunt’s will. We shall still have the money Uncle left us in one years from Aunt’s Death

Dear Arthur and Family,

We have often wondered how you are all going on. No doubt you all have altered very much as we have done here. I am sorry to say that Father died last December & was buried at the Wesleyan Chapel, Bradwell. It is 24 or 28 years since since mother died & the grave had never been opened.

My wife died last May after 6 weeks’ illness. We buried her at St. Lukes. She left me with 2 lads, 2 years 10 months & 6 months, the youngest a perfect model of his mother, called Arthur Harold. I sent him to be nursed at Bradwell & he grew wonderful. At 7 months old he was bigger than plenty children at twice his age but he died at 11 months old (convulsed inwardly).

The other lad John Reginald will be 4 next July. Not over-strong but exceptionally quiet with a grand retentive memory. My mother-in-law is house keeping for me. We have servant-maid, man, horse & turnout, Engine (steam) boiler, enameled steam [illegible] mincers & appliances all on the very latest principles.

Emma Jane lives at Bradwell & has 5 bonnie children. Jemima is not married yet. Hannah Rebecca is married & has one child. Delia is married & lives at Bradwell. Her husband, Charles Bancroft, Job Middleton’s grandson, bought my father’s house, buildings & etc. some 12 months ago for £400.00.

He (father) had gangrene set in the left foot & it killed him. I used to go and see him once a week. I made his will & he left mother the interest of his worth while she lives. I & Hannah Rebecca are the executors to father’s will, he has left us power to sell all or part or anything, so we are having a sale to pay his just debts & testamentory expenses on March 28th.

He left Emma Jane, Jemima, George, Hannah Rebecca & Delia share & share alike. He left you out. I tried my level best for him to leave you like the rest, but he said he would not. If I would not follow his instructions, he should let some old will stand. I wanted a new will because in that old will he had left me everything he had – land, homestead, furniture, down to a match box.

After father’s funeral & before the will was read, no one knew how things was. So I said to all concerned, “Mr. Z. Walster, before this will is read, there are some of the family who will be minus of a share. Are you all agreeable, no matter who it is that is left out, to share with them a portion to make us all alike?” Each & all answered yes, so you, old chappie, shall have as share equal to mine at mothers’ death. You must not build your hopes of having much money out of father’s estate. There are 3 fields left & but he has had some horrendous law reverses, one cost £100.

I should be very pleased to hear from you any time. There was a [illegible] report of your being on your way home again, but signs cannot be so bad with you as they are here. Everybody complaining about bad trade & short work.

With a hearty, hearty wish that 1896 will be the best year you have had is the earnest desire of your affectionate brother,

George Fox

523 Cheetham Hill Road
Manchester

P.S: Remember all my family to yours, Mrs. Fox as well as the rest.

Arthur Fox
North Barton
Hamilton, On
Canada

October 29th, 1893

Dear Arthur,

In regards to the first part of your letter, the least I say upon that subject the better, I think. I was glad to here from you, though it is the first epistle I have received from you since leaving England, which I suppose will be about seven years. I am happy to say we are all very well in health also much pleased to hear that you are well satisfied with your Change.

Emma Jane lives at Bradwell, has two Girls and one Boy. Hannah lives Sheffield, one Girl, Elizabeth, lives at Bradwell, one Girl Jemima, not married, living near Cheedle in Cheshire. I am very pleased to here of you doing well. I can only say of my self that it is the reverse of that, though now I hope and think there will be some improvement. It is no new experience to either of us where we have Cattle for them to be ailing in some way or other, therefore this is the terms upon which we have any kind of live stock, but I have no Cattle of any kind as I am badly qualified to look after them. I have my own land and two fields of Eccles belonging to the [Uniterians ?], four acres I grow Potatoes and Corn for meal, which we sell in the shop.

On Sept the 10th we got the first load of Coal from the new Shahon [?] at the Laneside near Brough. To day Coal in Bradwell is £1.4.0 per ton. The mining industry has [illegible] the population has decreased to under one thousand from 1500 and last Saturday the drink shops had to close at 10 o’clock. We have a many visitors to Bradwell in this summer but of the poorer stamp.

I saw M. Wragg of Nesherwater [?] the other week, he asked me about you. They have had no tidings of you for a long time. They are all well, I believe, but their farming is a very lean business. Littleucklow [?] is nearly as deserted. More than one half of the homes are uninhabited and falling into ruin and a colony of Pot and Basket Hawkers has settled in the place. Bert Wragg of Quarters was compelled to leave his farm, Nesfield sold him up. He went to live with his sister at Chesterfield but died in a few days, heart broken. Abraham Rowath lives at the place.

Tom Torn [?] lives at the Hall farm, repaired the House, put a new slate roof upon it. Albert Fox lives at Joseph-place, not married, also he has John Hall farm, he is dead & wife.

The Weslans [Weslyans?] has repaired there Chapel at a cost of £1230.0.0, made it very nice with portico in front the Board School has been condemed, and the Board are, in every probability, will build a new one on the northside cost £600.0.0.

Charles Rivel died on Thursday, after a long illness, last of family. Julia Oldfield is dead, oldest daughter of Isaac Somerset. Also her sister, Mrs. Bradwell [illegible]
has married Abraham Needham of Newwall Nook, therefore the house your grandfather built at the cost of £600.0.0 is now lost to the family.

Isaac Eyre of Sheffield married Elizabeth Colleral [?], lived at Bradwell when the said Eyre was Policeman at Bradwell. He died very suddenly, he was Executor to M. E[illegible] Rache Bradwell’s Husband. Sister to Eyre, wife M. E[illegible] & daughter had £1000.0.0 left in the [illegible]. There is nothing left another daughter, are thrown into poverty as his [illegible] are £3000.0.0 or over. Some say he poisoned himself.

Some time since we received a photo of your self, wife and children. Elizabeth appears to be getting stout and the Children as you say are all grown and look wel. We had George here two weeks back, his wife being at Hathersage [?]. Wakes [?] we join love and best wishes to you all,

I remain yours, ever the same,

Your Father,

John Fox

Bradwell, October 29th, 1893

January 8th, 1893

Dear Brother and Sister,

It is so long ago since I wrote to you that I scarce know how to begin, but I am very sorry to say that we have no very good news to send. I must say that we received the photos all right and think they are very good. I am sure you may be very proud of all your sons. They look quite creditable.

I am sorry to say that our Family only consists of the same as when I wrote to you last 5 years ago. But we have had one little girl more born on the 29th of December 1890, so that had she been living, she would have been 2 years old now. She was 1 year and 9 months old when she died. She had been very delicate for a long time, had not walked, but went rather sudden at last. She was only ill 9 days. She has congestion of the lungs. It has been quite a great grief to us all, but you will know all about that with losing one your own self. You will see that we had called her after you by the card I enclose.

I think there is no news worth sending in this country. There is nothing but poverty on all sides. Nearly all of the inhabitants have left. I must say that we hope this will find you all well as it leaves us all better.

Just now I suffer much from [illegible – rhumatics?]. I have done all my own work for over two years now. Please give our best love to all your young family and accept the same yourself. Please write soon and send all news of yourselves and say what age your two youngest children are. I think you have named a baby right… [missing pages]

Dear Brother, I hope you will answer this as we should be very glad to keep up correspondence with you for the time to come. The Children often talk about you and their cousins over the Sea. I should much like to see you but there is the deep blue Pitch between us. The last time I heard from Aunt Margarets she was suffering from rhumatic and Clara had been under the Doctor again [oh, dear!] but I do not know if it was her old Complaint or not.

So I must conclude until you answer this from your hand.

J. H. Wragg

Netherwater, January 8th, 1893

Undated, likely late 1887

My Dear Brother and Sister,

I am sorry I could not answer your letter before now, but I have been busy and was glad to hear you had a safe journey over the sea and you had settled down in home again and have seen about the policies for you, and I could not make anything of them but it strikes me I must have been to the wrong place, so send me the address and I will do my best for you about them.

I have good news for you, my Uncle Horatio has died and left Arthur 160 Pounds and all of us the same and us three young ones the extra from my Grandfather’s share that was lost in the bank so I think after all his greed, he has died worth eleven thousand pound, and divided it share and share alike. The Bradwells he has left only 100 each as they was more of a family than us, so you see there is fuel for a the fire, yet Emma Jane and Hannah are come to live at Manchester and my father has been over today to tell me about the money and he asked for your address and he said he would get George to write to you with love.

I must close hoping this will find you all in good health as it leaves me at present. With love and kisses to my little niece and the boys and all,

Your loving sister,
Jemima Fox

Church Inn
Clayton, near Manchester

August 26th, 1888

Dear Brother & all:

I was very glad indeed to hear from you. I thought you had quite forgotten one. They say out of sight, out of mind, & I fancied it was true.

The weather here has been dreadfully wet all summer. Many acres of grass went, yet at Dronfield they would give anyone crops that would go & get them. The weather is so unsettled.

There have been lots of changes since you left. We have a bus running opposition from Hathersage 3 days a week, one from Castleton 4 days a week, M. Hall Bridge Inn, Bradwell 4 days a week.

John Cheetham is dead & they have had a sale of 5 horses, 3 heavy carts, dog trap, spring cart , [illegible, possibly:] 2 buggies & harness. I bought the best of the [buggies] for £8.15.0 & Michael Hall the other for £5.0.0

I am running to Sheffield 5 days a week now, we had some cussing for it on Saturday August 19th. I & the Castelton [illegible] was running from Sheffield & going down by Fox House. He could neither pull up his nor keep right, both of us having heavy loads on & I had 35 passengers he had 15. We both had 4 horses & in as first. He came pass me at full gallop, he runs his 2 & 2, you know, 4 in hand style. He nearly ran into me & when he got past I pulled up at Fox House but away he went until he came to the bend in the road just below & down he come with such a crash, both leaders running his wheelers straight over them. [illegible] one horse nearly killed and frightened everybody.

They picked one up for dead, but she is coming round all right; his [illegible] it is a smart one. They call it the Surprise. Large gilt letters & he advertises to run the journey in 2 hours & 50 minutes. He has 10 good horses to do the work. He drives in top white hat & yellow kid gloves, quite a proper swell.

I have got six of [the] best horses in the world, I can leave any of them anywhere. 3 5 year olds, 2 6 year olds & one aged the one we bred. They are the finest horses that ever was in Bradwell, not one failure. They all stand 16 hands high.

3 Bay Black Points
2 Blacks
1 Roan

The Bradwell people back me hand & heart. They all call M. Hall a rogue. We are pulled out-of-doors with work.

The new railway is coming, they have given the tenants notice for the land.

(Job) Charles Middleton has bought Top Cupalo & is going to build a fine house for himself.

Emma Jane has got married to T. Jeffrey of Smalldale this last weeks. They live at Leeds. There was 19 of us sat down to dinner. It was held at home. We had a proper time of it, I can tell you.

John Bradwell, Newburgh Arms, was taken ill & died very sudden & M. Hall has been at Hassop over taking it & everybody is crying shame over him. Father went & saw Taylor for himself & I am the next of list when Mrs. Bradwell leaves.

I think we are all very well in health, which I sincerely hope you are enjoying, give my kindest affections to your family, receiving the same yourself, [illegible] I remain,

Your true & sincere brother,
George Fox

Bradwell

PS: Tell Herbert & the lads to stick to their school & make men of themselves.

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