Edward Desborough Man was born on 20 May 1814 at 18 Chester Place, Kennington, Lambeth, Surrey, the eldest son of Edward and Georgiana (Desborough) Man, and was baptized 2 September 1814 at St. Mary-at-Lambeth, Lambeth, Surrey.
He married Louisa Mary Harris on 29 January 1849 in Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common North Side, Surrey.
Edward died on 9 August 1893 at 42 Marina, St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex and was buried on 12 August at Hastings Borough Cemetery, The Ridge, Hastings, Sussex. He left a will (see below).
Louisa Mary Harris was born on 29 January 1824 in Clapham, Surrey and she was baptized on 27 February at Holy Trinity, Clapham Common North Side, Clapham, Surrey. She died on 19 July 1874 at Thames Cottage, Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire and was buried on 22 July 1874 at All Saints, Great Marlow. She left a will (see below).
Edward and Louisa Mary belong to Man Generation Eight; their children belong to Man Generation Nine and are:
[References: His birth and baptism – FHL Film # 0254605; his marriage – FHL Film # 0307719; his death – copy of death certificate; his burial – copy of grave register; Louisa’s birth and baptism – FHL Film # 0307717; her death – copy of death certificate; her burial – provided by E-mail from Bucks Record Office.]
Edward has been found on the 1841 census residing at Kingswood Place, South Lambeth in Surrey, along with his sisters Georgiana and Julia and brothers Frederick and James:
A search of the 1851 census has so far failed to turn up Edward and his family. Edward has been found on the 1861 census residing at Streatham /Upper Tooting in Surrey with wife Louisa Mary, son James Henry, daughter Mary Louisa and unmarried sister Georgiana (see below).
Below the 1871 census:
Below the 1881 census:
On the 1891 census Edward is shown as a lodger at No. 72 Marina with his daughter, Mary L(ouisa), who will marry Rev. Vere Awdry in October of that year. His niece, (Louisa) Jane H(ingston) Kirkness, is a visitor. Edward D. Man died in 1893 at which time he was living at No. 42 Marina. Mary A. Desborough, his cousin, was in attendance. She was probably the daughter of Capt. Lawrence & Maria Aletta Cameron Desborough, born in India in 1837. EDM’s grave at Hastings cemetery no longer exists.
The company E. D. and F. Man bears his initials and those of his brother Frederick. A summary of the history of the MAN group founded by Edward Desborough and his brother can be found on the Man Group web site HERE. An article describing the Man Group appeared in a hedge fund magazine in February 2011 and can be read HERE. A two page history of ED and F Man was written in 2000 for the journal West Africa and can be accessed HERE (<— two pages PDF). Below the company’s logo today.
Below Thames Cottage in Great Marlow, Bucks, now called Thames House, the home of Edward Desborough Man.
It is not certain that this picture below is of the wife of Edward Desborough Man, but the original is inscribed ‘Louisa Man’ which may also refer to EDM’s sister Louisa Emma Man. However it is more than likely that this is Louisa Mary Man.
The view up river from Thames House, showing All Saints where Louisa Mary (Harris) Man is buried.
Will of Edward Desborough Man (1814 – 1893)
This is the Last Will and Testament of me Edward Desborough Man of 7 Mincing Lane in the City of London, Colonial Broker, now residing at 72 Marina, Saint Leonards on Sea in the County of Sussex. I revoke all other Wills or testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last Will and testament. I appoint Ernest George Hill and my nephew John Kirkness, both of 7 Mincing Lane, aforesaid Colonial Brokers, Executors and trustees of this my Will. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Louisa Awdry, wife of Vere Awdry, free of legacy duty, all plate, linen, clothes, watches, jewellery, books, pictures and other household effects belonging to me at my decease to be either retained by her for her own use and benefit or to be sold or divided between herself and others as she may think fit. I also give and bequeath the following pecuniary legacies, namely: to my said daughter One hundred pounds; to my daughter-in-law Sarah Fanny Man, the widow of my late son James Henry Man, one hundred and fifty pounds; and to each of my Executors who shall prove my Will twenty five pounds; all the said legacies to be respectively free of duty. I give, devise and bequeath unto and to the use of the said Ernest George Hill and John Kirkness, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all the real estate and the residue of the personal estate of whatsoever kind and wheresoever situate which may belong to me at the time of my decease or over which I shall have a power of appointment by Will. Upon trust as soon as conveniently may be after my decease to sell and dispose of such parts thereof as shall not consist of money at such time and in such manner as my trustees or trustee for the time being shall in their discretion think fit. But with regard to such part of my estate as shall at the time of my decease be invested in the partnership business carried on by the Firm of E.D. and F. Man of No. 7 Mincing Lane, aforesaid, (in which I am now a partner) or due to me from any continuing member or members of such firm – I direct and empower my acting executors or executor or trustees or trustee to wind up my own interest in such partnership and to ascertain and agree the extent of such interest and the amount of the monies due to me from the partnership if and so far as the same shall be undefined or disputed and to enter into any arrangement or agreement with reference thereto either with any continuing member or members of the firm or otherwise and either in continuation of or substitution for any arrangement or agreement subsisting at my decease or otherwise and from time to time to vary any such arrangement or agreement and generally (in addition to the powers by law given to Executors) to adjust and settle at their or his uncontrolled discretion with the continuing members of the firm all questions relative to my rights and liabilities in respect of the partnership business upon such terms in every respect as my acting executors or executor may think expedient and so that they or he shall not be liable for any loss occasioned thereby. And in case such continuing members or member of my said firm shall desire temporarily to retain the balance (after payment of so much thereof as next hereinafter mentioned) of the principal money due to me at my decease I direct that the acting executors or executor and trustees or trustee of this my Will shall be empowered to permit such balance to be retained at interest on the personal security of such continuing members or member at the rate of five pounds per cent per annum on the terms and for the period following, that is to say, First my brother and partner, Frederick Man, shall forthwith on the application of my acting Executors or Executor (and which application I direct to be made as soon as conveniently may be after my decease) either at the discretion of my Executors or Executor hand over to such Executors or Executor the policy of assurance effected upon the joint lives of myself and my said brother Frederick Man for the sum of Five thousand pounds in the London Life Association, dated the twenty first day of September, One thousand eight hundred and sixty six, and numbered 9916, and at his own expense himself do and execute (and if necessary procure any other person or persons to do and execute) all such assurances and things as shall be requisite for enabling my Executors or Executor to obtain payment of the whole monies secured by such policy when and as soon as the same shall become payable or shall (if requested by my executors or executor so to do) himself forthwith receive from the Association and hand to my Executors or Eexecutor the whole of such monies. And I direct and declare that notwithstanding any right or claim which I may have to a moiety or other part of such policy monies by reason of part payments of premiums the whole of the monies received from such policy by my executors or executive shall be treated as paid by the continuing partners or partner of my said firm and shall be taken in part discharge of the monies due to me from my said firm. Secondly, such continuing partners or partner shall on the application of my executors or executor to be made from time to time as occasion shall arise provide my said executors or executor with such monies as shall be required and applied for by them or him for the purpose of paying my just debts other than debts due in respect of my partnership business, my funeral and testamentary expenses (including the costs and charges incurred by my Executors), and the several pecuniary legacies herein before mentioned but so that the debts required to be provided for shall not include any mortgage debts due from me if any such there be. And I direct and declare that the monies so provided shall at the option of my said firm either be repaid by my said Executors with interest at five pounds per cent per annum out of any funds coming to their hands available for that purpose or be taken by my said Executors in part discharge of the first or other instalments of the monies due to me from such continuing partners or partner. Thirdly, as soon as the ultimate balance of the monies due to my estate from the continuing members or member of my said firm shall have been ascertained by deduction from the original amount of the particulars hereinbefore provided (and which balance I direct to be ascertained as conveniently may be a joins and several bond in such form as my acting Executors or Executor shall approve) shall be executed by the continuing members of the said firm and handed to my executors or executor or trustees or trustee securing the payments of my said executors or trustees of such ultimate balance as aforesaid by four equal annual instalments the first of such instalments to be payable one year after my decease together with interest payable half yearly thereon or on so much thereon as shall from time to time remain unpaid at the rate of five pounds per cent per annum. And after payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the legacies herein before mentioned and subject to the limited power of retainer of such portion of my estate as aforesaid by the continuing members of my partnership firm as I have hereby directed to be exercisable by them, I direct my trustees or trustee to divide the residue of my estate into two equal parts and to lay out and invest one of such parts in their or his names or name in or upon any stocks, funds or securities of or guaranteed by the Government of the United Kingdom or upon real security in England or Wales but not in Ireland. And to pay the income thereof to my daughter for her life and subject thereto to pay or transfer the capital and the stocks, funds or securities upon which the same shall then be invested to such persons and in such proportions as my said daughter shall by Will appoint and in default of appointment upon trust to pay the income thereof to her husband Vere Awdry for life and after his decease to pay or transfer the said capital unto the child if only one or all the children equally if more than one of my said daughter who being sons or a son shall attain the age of 21 years or being a daughter or daughters shall attain that age or previously marry. And with power for my trustees or trustee (at the request of my said daughter during her life) to pay or apply any part not exceeding together one half of the capital of the share to which any child shall be presumptively or otherwise entitled for the advancement in life or benefit of such child of my said daughter at such time or times and in such manner and proportions as my said daughter shall think fit. And if my said daughter shall not leave any child her surviving who shall live to attain a vested interest in the said trust premises then (subject to the power of appointment hereinbefore mentioned & to the life interest of the said Vere Awdry) I direct that the said moiety of the residue of my estate shall be held by my trustees upon the trusts hereinafter declared concerning the other moiety thereof. And I direct my trustees or trustee to lay out and invest in manner aforesaid the other moiety of the residue of my estate. And to pay the income thereof to the said Sarah Fanny Man for her life and subject thereto to pay or transfer the capital and the stocks, funds and securities upon which the same shall then be invested. Upon the like trusts in favour of the children of my said late son as are herein before declared in favour of the children of my said daughter in case of her death without having excercised the power of appointment by Will herein before given to her except that any advancements made to any children of my said late son shall be at such times and in such manner and proportions as my said trustees or trustee shall think fit. And if no child of my late said son shall survive me who shall live to attain in the vested trust premises then subject to the life estate of the said Sarah Fanny Man therein I direct that the said last mentioned moiety shall be held by my trustees. Upon the trusts herein- before declared concerning the moiety hereinbefore bequeathed to or in favour of my said daughter and her children. In witness whereof I have to this and the four preceding sheets of paper set my hand this eighth day of December One thousand eight hundred and ninety one. __ Edward D. Man __ Signed and declared by the said Edward Desborough Man the testator as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other (all being present at the same time) have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. __ Mary A. Desborough, Spinster, 72 Marina, St. Leonards on Sea Edgar Duke, 59 Sevensey Road, St. Leonards on Sea , Surgeon. On the 13th day of October 1893 Probate of this Will was granted to Ernst George Hill and John Kirkness the executors.
At the National Archives is a release of interest and claim by Edward Desborough Man of Mincing Lane, London, merchant to the estate at Binfield devised to him by the will of Anna Maria Man. The estate comprised 6 cottages, coppices and 2a. of newly enclosed land. D/EX 491/38 1886.
Will of Louisa Mary (Harris) Man (1824 – 1874)
Transcript of the Will of Louisa Mary Man, 1861 This is the last Will and Testament of me Louisa Mary Man the wife of Edward Desborough Man of Upper Tooting in the County of Surrey, Esquire. Whereas under the settlement made in contemplation of my marriage with my said husband by Indenture dated the twenty seventh day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty nine, I have a general power by my Will or any Codicil thereto of appointing certain monies stocks funds and securities thereby settled now in exercise of the said power given to me by the said settlement and of every other power hereunto enabling me. I first the said monies stocks funds and securities to be paid or transferred to my brothers-in-law James Lawrence Man and Frederick Man to be held by them upon the trusts and to and for the intents and purposes hereinafter declared concerning the same, that is to say upon trust for my daughter Mary Louisa Man to vest in her on her attaining the age of twenty one years or on her marriage and in case of my decease before the said Mary Louisa Man shall attain her age of twenty one years or shall marry, then upon trust either to permit the said trust funds to remain in their present state of investment or with the consent of my said husband during his life and after his decease in the discretion of the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will, to convert or sell the same or any part thereof and to invest the monies to arise from such conversion or sale in any of the public stocks or funds of Great Britain or upon government or real or leasehold securities in England, Wales or Ireland or in the stocks shares or securities of any company incorporated by Act of Parliament and paying a dividend or of any foreign government with power to vary the same or any part thereof for any other investment of the description aforesaid. And to apply the income to arise from such investments or any part thereof for or towards the maintenance or ….or otherwise for the benefit of the said Mary Louisa Man and during such suspense of absolute vesting accumulate the residue (if any) thereof in the way of compound interest by investing the same and the resulting income thereof in and upon such stocks funds shares or securities as are herein before mentioned for the benefit of the said Mary Louisa Man. And in case my said daughter shall not live to attain the age of twenty one years or marry then from and after her decease upon trust to pay the whole of the said trust fund and the accumulations if any made by virtue of the power lastly herein before contained to the said Edward Desborough Man for his absolute use and benefit. And I hereby declare that if the said trustees hereby appointed or either of them shall die in my lifetime or if they or either of them or any trustee or trustees to be appointed as herein after is provided shall after my death die or desire to be discharged or refuse or become incapable to act then and so after the said trustees or trustee may appoint a new trustee or new trustees in the place of the trustee or trustees so dying or desiring to be discharged or refusing or becoming incapable to act. And upon each such appointment the said trust premises shall be so transferred that the same may become vested in the new trustee or trustees jointly with the surviving or continuing trustee or solely as the case may require and every such new trustee shall (as well as before as after the said trust promises shall have become so vested) have the same powers authorities and discretions as if he had been appointed a trustee. And I declare that the trustees for the time being of this my Will shall respectively be chargeable only with such monies as they respectively shall actually receive and shall not be answerable for each other or for the any banker broker or any other person in whose hands any of the trust monies shall be placed nor for the insufficiency or deficiency of any stocks funds shares or securities nor otherwise for involuntary losses. And that the said trustees for the time being may respectively reimburse themselves out of the trust premises all expenses involved in or about the execution of the aforesaid trusts and powers. And I appoint the said James Lawrence Man and Frederick Man Executors and Trustees of this my Will. In witness whereof I the said Louisa Mary Man the testatrix have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand this seventeenth day of June in the year of out Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three — Louisa Mary Man — Signed and declared by the said Louisa Mary Man the testatrix as her last Will and Testament of us present at the same time who at her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses — Fred: Man of Mincing Lane, — William Rochell of Great Marlow. Proved at London 7th September 1874 by the oath of Frederick Man one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted limited to all such personal estate and effects as the deceased by virtue of a certain Indenture bearing date the 27th January 1849 and of all powers and authorities her enabling had a right to appoint or dispose of and has in and by her Will appointed or disposed of accordingly but no further or otherwise Power reserved of making the like grant to James Lawrence Man the other Executor.