Reginald Morris’s unclaimed estate was recorded on the Treasury’s Bona Vacantia list so the pressure was on for the Finders team to locate Reginald’s heirs before any other probate genealogy firms found them.
Reginald’s neighbour Andy was able to provide some of the necessary background detail. Reginald had lived in the suburbs of Loughborough for many years with his wife Audrey, who had predeceased him by 11 years. The couple had not had children, so case manager Amy Moyes and her team looked at Reginald’s parents to find potential heirs to the £100,000 estate.
Reginald had been an only child, so the the investigation turned to his aunts and uncles and their descendants. The paternal side of the family was easy enough to find, but the maternal side proved tricky until Amy realised that the name she had for his mother – Grace B Porter, was incorrect and his mother’s real middle name had been Eliza, a one-time framework knitter in one of the East Midlands’ few remaining framework knitting factories.
With all of the team working against the clock to find the relatives, Amy struck lucky when she contacted one of Reginald’s first cousins, once removed, who was able to fill in the details of the family tree. A total of 23 heirs to the estate were found – 17 on the maternal side and four on the father’s side.
First cousin once removed Carol Morris was astonished to discover she had lived only 10 minutes away from Reginald – and had not known of him. She was anxious to find out more about her mystery benefactor and, thanks to Andy, she was able to visit Reginald’s home and meet up with some of his friends and neighbours who shared their memories of him with her.