Picked up your message to Geoffrey Cranenburgh and thought that it would be nice to update a relative in relation to the status of family fortunes/misfortunes.
Geoffrey went off-line when his carrier went into receivership. Like you we had our messages returned.
We are Charmaine Evelyn Cranenburgh and Vernon Edwin Cranenburgh and Geoffrey is a first cousin of ours.
Having dispensed with the introductions, here goes:
I cannot,categorically, state that I remember the name of Eva, but Hayes does ring a bell - I will know for certain when I sight a copy of the will.
In brief, Delmerick Edwin Cranenburgh, our common ancestor, was married twice and was survived by his second wife. Geoffrey is the grandson of Benjamin Cranenburgh and we are the grandchildren of Edwin Lawrence Cranenburgh - Edwin and Benjamin, like Eva, being the the children of Delmerick Edwin Cranenburgh.The will of Delmerick, though registered for probate in 1901, has still to be settled. The executor, the Administrator General of Bengal, has made a monumental mess of it all and is trying to crawl out from under.The family are now in the throes of litigation relating to the will as it should have been settled thirty years ago.
There are stories about the Globe theatre, Stephen House, Delmerick's Home and Delmerick's printing press - only the latter two appear in the will.If I have been advised correctly, Delmerick, being the Government Pleader for West Bengal (and a Barrister, writer and publisher to boot) had a propensity to lease properties out. In other words, at the end of the lease period, the land and all that is attached to it, vests in the estate. The only way this can be discovered is by research at the Titles office in Calcutta - something Dudley (Geoffrey's Dad), Charmaine and Vernon hope to initiate this weekend. Family cooperation would be greatly appreciated so that a concerted attack, much like a class action, can be mounted against the AG.
Whilst surfing the net this very afternoon, we discovered that the Craneburgh Law-Printing Press had been operating as recently as 1925 and no royalties or other earnings had reverted to the estate - nor was the realisation of sale of the press accrued to the estate.Furthermore, in the aggregation of the estate assets, no mention was made either of the realisation of, or the existence of, the Delmerick Cranenburgh home in the current assets of the estate.
We have no knowledge of the "confiscation" of the Globe Theatre and would be interested in the source of this piece of information.
Will keep you posted and look forward to your response.