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Anne Browne was born 9th February 1794 in Hassingham, Norfolk, the oldest child of Alexander Browne and his wife Elizabeth. Family legend claims descent from the Brouns of Colstoun in Wiltshire.
At Cringleford on 21st September 1820 Anne married Charles Clarke of Hulver Hill in Henstead near Beccles in Suffolk.
Transcription by A. S. Clarke, grandson of Anne Browne:
This indenture of three parts made the 19th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty Between Charles Clarke the younger of Henstead in the County of Suffolk Batchelor of Arts Scholar of Gonville and Caius College in the University of Cambridge on the first part Anne Browne of Cringleford in the county of Norfolk spinster of the second part and William Unthank of Heigham in the County of the City of Norwich gentleman John Johnson Tuck of Witton in the said county of Norfolk gentleman Alfred Inigo Fox of Mettingham in the said County of Suffolk clerk and William Creasy Ewing of Cringleford in the said county of Norfolk gentleman of the third part whereas a Marriage is intended shortly to be solemnized between the said Charles Clarke and Anne Browne And whereas the said Anne Browne is possessed of Four Thousand Pounds part of the capital or joint stock of Navy 5 per centum annuities … and by virtue of a codicil to the last will and testament of Alexander Browne gentlemen her late father deceased bearing date 26th May 1818 she is entitled to the sum of £500 payable to her after the death of Elizabeth Browne widow her mother and which is thereby charged on the Rectory impropiate of Ilketshall St Andrew in the said County of Suffolk … the said Anne Browne is also possessed of other personal estate of the value of £1500 … and whereas by virtue of the last Will and Testament of Anne Neave bearing date 27th of June 1799 the said Charles Clarke is entitled to the sum of £900 … and to the sum of £500 both to become payable after the death of Anne Clarke his mother … also to £2100 by virtue of the last will and testament of Nathaniel Knights bearing date 12th of October 1794 and by virtue of a certain Indenture bearing date 24th of June 1803 between William Brown gentlemen of the first part Charles Clarke Shipmaster and Anne his wife of the second part and Richard Dreyer Clerk Thomas Baker Clerk and Samuel Clarke Gentleman of the third part … the above mentioned sums to form a trust fund or marriage settlement for Anne Clarke, wife of Charles Clarke the younger.
(In 1942 A.S. Clarke's transcription ended at this point after a Luftwaffe bomb fell on his automobile servicing premises. Indeed, this marked the end of his project to write a comprehensive account of the Clarke family history. It was never completed.)
Date of death: 25 Mar 1873 Where died: Bergh Apton, Norfolk Given name: Anne Surname: Clarke Age: 79 Address: Beccles, Suffolk Informant - Name: J. South Clarke Qualification: - Address: Eyke, Suffolk Cause: Anasarca, Hydrothorax Certificate - When Registered: Q1 1873 Where registered: Loddon Volume: 04b Page: 149
This is the last Will and Testament of me Anne Clarke late of Beccles in the County of Suffolk and now residing at Bergh Apton in the County of Norfolk, Widow. I appoint my sons James South Clarke William Welham Clarke and Richard John Clarke Executors of this my Will. Whereas under or by virtue of an Indenture dated the nineteenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and twenty and made between my late husband The Reverend Charles Clarke of the first part, myself by my then name of Anne Browne of the second part and William Unthank, John Johnson Tuck, Alfred Inigo Suckling and William Creasy Ewing of the third part (being the settlement made previously to my marriage with my said late husband) the Trust monies stocks funds and securities therein comprised are held by the Trustees thereof Upon Trust after my decease for the benefit of or to pay and divide the same unto the only or all or such one or more of the Children of my said late Husband and myself or unto all or such one or more of the lawful issue born in our lifetime or the lifetime of the survivor of us of our only child or of all or any of our Children or both unto such only or all or such one or more of our said Children and all and every or such one or more of the lawful issue born as aforesaid of our only Child or of all or any of our Children at such an age or ages time or times in such parts shares and proportions manner and form and with under and subject to such conditions charges instructions or limitations over (provided the same were to or in favor of some or one of the objects of the said power) as my late Husband and I by deed or as a survivor of us by any deed or by Will in writing or any other writing purporting to be or being in the nature of the Will of the survivor of us to be by such survivor signed and published in the presence of and to be attested by two or more credible witnesses shall direct or appoint And whereas on the marriage of my daughter Augusta Emily Barber I as the survivor of my said late Husband appointed to her the sum of one thousand pounds Sterling part of the said Trust monies stocks funds and securities comprised in the said Indenture of Settlement. Now I as the survivor as aforesaid of my said late Husband do by this my last Will and Testament and by virtue of the power or authority given to me as such survivor of my said late Husband by the said Indenture of Settlement and of every other power and authority enabling me in this behalf give and bequeath and also direct and appoint that the residue and reminder of the said Trust monies stocks funds and securities after payment and satisfaction thereout of the said sum of One thousand pounds Sterling so already appointed by me as aforesaid shall be paid divided and applied by the Trustees and Trustee for the time being of the said Settlement in manner following, that is to say, that the sum of Five hundred pounds Sterling part thereof to be paid on my death to my daughter Maria Louisa Gillett that the sum of One thousand pounds Sterling further part thereof be also on my death paid to my daughter Caroline Honor Clarke that One thousand pounds Sterling further part thereof be on my death retained and held by the said Trustees and Trustee of the said Indenture of Settlement Upon Trust to invest or continue the same invested on such stocks funds and securities as provided by the said Indenture of Settlement for the Investment of the said trust monies had thereunder and if and in case my said daughter Caroline Honor Clarke shall be living at my decease and shall then be single and a Spinster Upon Trust to pay the interest dividends and annual produce of the said last mentioned sum of One thousand pounds and of the Securities Stocks and funds on which the same shall be invested unto her my said daughter Caroline Honor Clarke during her life if she shall so long continue unmarried and at the decease or marriage which shall first happen of my said daughter Caroline Honor Clarke or if she shall not be living at my decease or shall not then be single and a Spinster then on my decease Upon Trust to pay and divide the said last mention some of One thousand pounds and the Stocks funds and securities in which the same shall be invested unto the Child or Children of my late son Alexander Browne Clarke who shall be living at my death and who shall then have attained or shall afterwards attain the age of twenty one years to be equally divided between them if more than one and as to the remainder of the said trust monies stocks funds and securities comprised in the said Indenture of Settlement including the said last mentioned sum of One thousand pounds and the Stocks funds and securities in which the same shall be invested in case there shall not be any child of my said late son Alexander Browne Clarke living at my death or none who shall then have attained or shall afterwards attain the age of twenty one years (but subject and without prejudice to the prior interest therein) I direct and appoint that the same shall on my decease be paid and divided in equal shares and proportions unto between and amongst my Children said James South Clarke, Mary Anne Smyth, the said Caroline Honor Clarke, Augusta Emily Barber, Maria Louisa Gillett, and William Welham Clarke, Edward Knights Clarke and the said Richard John Clarke I give and bequeath to my said daughter Caroline Honor Clarke if and in case she shall be unmarried and a Spinster at my death a sum of One hundred and fifty pounds and I give and bequeath to my said sons James South Clarke William Welham Clarke and Richard John Clarke the sum of One thousand and and five hundred pounds And I direct the said said several Legacies or such of them as shall become payable to be paid within six calendar months after my decease And I declare that the said James South Clarke William Welham Clarke and Richard John Clarke shall stand and be possessed of the said sum of One thousand and and five hundred pounds hereinbefore bequeathed to them Upon Trust that they or the survivors or survivor of them his executors or administrators do pay the same unto all and every the child and Children of my late deceased son Charles Francis Clarke who shall be living at my decease and who shall then have attained or shall afterwards attain the age of twenty one years to be equally divided between them if more than one and if but one then unto that one child absolutely. And in case all or any of the said Children of my said late son Charles Francis Clarke shall be under the said age at my death then Upon Trust that they are said James South Clarke William William Clarke and Richard John Clarke and the survivors and survivor of them his executors and administrators do lay out and invest in their or his names or name of the said sum of One thousand and and five hundred pounds or the share or shares thereof to which such minor Child or Children respectively shall be presumptively entitled in any of the Stocks or funds of this Kingdom to be from time to time transferred for others of like nature as occasion may require and do until such child or Children so under age as aforesaid shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years or previously die receive the dividends and annual produce of the said stocks and funds and invest the same dividends and annual produce in such stocks or funds as the aforesaid and repeat such receipts and investments as aforesaid so that such dividends and annual produce and resulting dividends and annual produce may accumulate in the nature of compound interest and I declare that such dividends and annual produce and resulting dividends and annual produce and all accumulations of the same and the Stocks and funds in which the same shall be invested shall go along and be payable and transferable with the Capital or share or accruing share from which the same shall arise to the person or persons who under or by virtue of the Trusts aforesaid shall become entitled to such capital or share All the remainder of my personal Estate after payment of my debts my funeral and testamentary expenses and the pecuniary legacies hereinbefore bequeathed or such of them as shall become payable including the said Trust Legacy of One thousand and five hundred pounds and the stocks and funds in which the same shall be invested and the dividends and income and resulting dividends and income thereof at all accumulations of the same and of the stocks and funds in which the same shall be invested in case none of the Children of my said late son Charles Francis Clarke shall at my death have obtained or shall afterwards obtain the age of twenty one years I give and bequeath unto and equally to be divided between my said Children James South Clarke, Mary Anne Smyth, Caroline Honor Clarke, Augusta Emily Barber, Maria Louisa Gillett, William Welham Clarke, Edward Knights Clarke and Richard John Clarke and I do hereby expressly declare that all advances made by me to or for any of my said Children or of my late Children and for which I shall not have taken and at my death hold any of the note of hand or other security were intended by me and shall be considered as having been gifts and I direct that no claim be made by my said executors or any other person or persons in respect of the same. I give and devise all real Estates in which I have any beneficial interest unto my said son James South Clarke his heirs and assigns And I give and devise to my said Son James South Clarke all estates if any vested in me as a Trustee or Mortgagee to hold the same to my said Son his heirs and assigns upon the Trusts and for the purposes for which the same were held by me In witness whereof I the said Anne Clarke the Testatrix have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand this twenty fifth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy. Signed by the said Anne Clarke the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time together with her who in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness hereto. J. M. Robberds Solicitor Norwich R. J. Wilkins his Clerk Proved at Norwich, the eighteenth day of April 1873, by the oath of James South Clarke, the son, one of the Executors, to whom administration was granted. Power reserved of making the like grant to William Welham Clarke and Richard John Clarke the sons also, the other executors. The Testatrix Anne Clarke Clarke was late of Bergh Apton in the County of Norfolk Widow and died on the twenty fifth day of March 1873 at Bergh Apton aforesaid. Under £6000. No leaseholds. Messrs Fosters Burroughs & Robberds, Solicitors Norwich. Certified to be a correct copy Double probate at Norwich August 1874.
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Last modified: 2011 April 23rd.