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The Will of Henry Long of Youghal

Henry Long of Youghal died at 5.10 p.m. 6 Feb 1911. He was an important person who owned much property. He had 3 sons and two daughters. This is his will.

The will lists a number of persons, not related to Henry. These are the persons mentioned herein.

Richard William Long
of New York, America (Son)
Alicia (B) Holmes
of Youghal (daughter)
Samuel Long
of Milwaukee Wis. America (son)
Jeremiah Henry Long
of Youghal (son)
John M. Torrens
of Youghal (Grand Son)
Eileen Long
of Milwaukee America (Grand daughter)
Lizzy Torrens
of Youghal (Grand daughter)
May Torrens
of Youghal (Grand daughter)
Gordon Torrens
(Grand Son)
Hugh Torrens
(Grand Son)
Other relatives
Alice Jane Long
Samuel J Merrick
of Longville Terrace, Knockaverry
Mary Quinlan
tenant of Knockaverry House, Youghal
Miss Dowling
of Youghal
William Fortune
of Youghal
John Power
Draper, of Youghal
Timothy McSweeney
Contractor, of Youghal
Longville Terrace, Knockaverry
Longville Terrace is not shown on a map dated 1865. Knockaverry is the townland to the south of Youghal Town
Williamstown end
Willamstown is a townland south of Knockaverry.
Gibraltar Terrace
Friar Street
Friar Street is the continuation south of South Main Street.
Devonshire Square
Devonshire Place is on the seafront to the very south of the town.

The Will

20 December 1906

In the name of God and under His guidance, I Henry Long of Youghal, Being sound in mind and clear in memory and in good will to all, make this my last will and testament, revoking and cancelling all former wills.

The mortgage to Samuel J Merrick of Longville Terrace Knockaverry and other property under the trust for my children now being paid off, I herein name them viz:-
I will and bequeath the the five houses on Longville Terrace and ground in the following manner: namely
No 1 house Williamstown end and the furniture therein to my son Richard William Long now of New York America.
No 2 house to my daughter Alicia (B) Holmes with the furniture therein for her life use and interest, and after her death to my son Samuel Long now of Milwaukee Wis. America his heirs or assigns.
No 3 house now occupied by my son as yearly tenant with any furniture, mine therein, I will and bequeath to him Jeremiah Henry Long and to his children after him as he may dispose of will or otherwise.
No 4 & 5 the smaller houses with furniture therein, I will and bequeath to my son Samuel Long now of Milwaukee Wisconsin America,
Knockaverry House now occupied by occupied by Mary Quinlan as yearly tenant, I will and bequeath to my son Samuel Long aforesaid, with the furniture therein.
The cottage at rear of house now occupied by Miss Dowling and the cross cottage occupied by William Fortune both as yearly tenants with ny furniture therein I will and bequeath to my granddaughter Eileen Long now of Milwaukee America.
I will and bequeath to the present owners the ground rent of the semi-detached cottages, belonging to my daughter A.B.Holmes and granddaughters Lizzy and May Torrens, all the owners to have equal rights over grounds, roads, passages, rights-of-way as fully as possessed by me etc.
The four houses known as Gibraltar Terrace, I dispose of in the following manner namely:-
No. 4 let to my daughter to Alicia (B) Holmes as yearly tenant, I will and bequeath to her the life use and interest in same, free of rent, and after her death, to my son Richard William Long or his heirs if any, if not, to the children of his brothers.
No. 2 house I will and bequeath to my granddaughter Lizzie Torrens with furniture therein.
And No. 3 house and furniture therein to my granddaughter May Torrens both under trust of my executors, for their absolute use and ownership.
No. 1 house Gibraltar Terrace and any interest in the three houses in Friar Street not disposed of, by this my will I will and bequeath to my grandsons Gordon & Hugh Torrens, jointly for their use and benefit, all the four houses Nos. 1-2-3-and 4 Gibraltar Terrace, are to be subject to 2 yearly ground rent (Mrs Holmes free for her life) the rent of those houses go to make up 8 yearly, the leasehold rent of Knockaverry. The 5 ground or head rent of house and premises Devonshire Square I will and bequeath jointly to the present owners viz:-
Alicia (B) Holmes my daughter and to my granddaughters Lilly and May Torrens and to the last survivor of them I will that any other property of what ever nature of kind I may be possessed of at the time of my death together with any debts due to me, shall be realised and all lawful debts due by me together with funeral and other expenses be paid. And I will and bequeath 10 to my sister Alice and 5 to my niece Alice Jane Long. The house occupied by my sister and her subject to 5 ground rent should they survive me and to my nephew John M. Torrens 10 and inasmuch as ar present there remains a mortgage or debt of 700 on the property so willed and bequeathed I further will the profit rents on all of the property (except No. 4 Gibraltar Terrace Mrs. Holmes which is to be free to her) shall be applied to the paying off of all debts due on the property, and when clear of debt the several bequests shall become the owners, entirely free of debts and not until then, and for the carrying out of this my will, I appoint and name my three sons and daughters viz:- Samuel Long of Milwaukee Wis. America, Jeremiah Henry Long of Youghal, Richard Wm. Long of New York, America, and Alicia (B) Holmes of Youghal as my executors and the executrix of this my last will and testament, and I will should any differences or trouble arise respecting the management of the property at any time, the decision of the majority of my children shall in all cases be final and settle any difference of trouble etc.

Signed, sealed and delivered, as my last will and testament, this 20th day of December 1906 in the presence of two subscribing witnesses and in the presence of each other etc.

Henry Long

Witnesses to the above signature, written in our presence, and in the presence of each other,

John Power,
Draper, Youghal

Timothy McSweeney
Contractor, Youghal

The above will is quite complicated. Also it seems, it contains several errors, perhaps the most obvious is to my nephew John M. Torrens - J M T is Henry's grandson!
After Henry's death and as a result of the wills's complexity and error content, there was bitter argument between the sons, daughters and grandchildren about the will. This bickering went on until 1925 when an agreement was drawn up between the parties still living. However - this very complication gives the will interest to local historians and genealogists.

The following is a copy of what is written on a half sheet of note paper and found in the fold of testator's will:-

Dick got out of PO. 500
Harry got
 Grocery concern, College and Agricultural exper. 500

Jane and Bee got 
  Devonshire sq. House and Weeting House Lane     500                     
                 2 cottages                       200                     
Saml. got nothing
  To get 2 Houses Longville                       500
         1 cottage Knockaverry                    300
         Interest in Friar St.                    100
         Succession No 1. Longville               200
The succession of No. 4 Gibraltar Terrace and No 1
to Gordon and Hugh as joint owners. Nos 2 and 3 to Lizzy and May

Dick No 1 Longville                               400
     Bal. over                                    500

Bee No. W Life use                                100
    4 Gibraltar                                   100
    Bal. over                                     700

Harry and son No. 3 Longville                     400
              Kennedy's House                     300
              Bal over                            500


The will cause an argument which was eventually (14 years later) settled. A copy of the Memorandum of Agreement is present.

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