When sorting out my parents effects, I came across a letter from a bank acting as executors and addressed to my father on 2nd April 1957. It reads:
Dear Sir Miss M R C Voss, deceased We are now in a position to give effect to the specific legacies and have today dispatched under separate cover the miniature of Captain Voss and the daguerreotype of Claude and Tertius Voss and the Voss signet ring. The portrait of the deceased’s Great Uncle Pascal, the crayon drawing of H. M. S. Vernon and the portraits of the Raja of Parla Kimedi are being sent by our agents, Messrs, H. E. Hall & Sons. When all the articles have been safely received will you please acknowledge receipt by signing and returning the enclosed form. We regret that the Executors were unable to trace the portrait of Tertius Voss, and the Voss crest brooch which was bequeathed to your wife, and we can only presume that the late Miss Voss must have disposed of these during her lifetime. Yours faithfully
I found the miniature, the daguerreotype and the crayon drawing.
Who on earth was Miss M R C Voss, clearly known to my parents, and who were Claude, Tertius and Great Uncle Pascal? Thus began a search in which I have learnt a great deal about Capt. Edward VOSS. I now know her to have been Margaret Rosa Cecil VOSS, granddaughter of Capt. Edward Voss through his son Claudius William VOSS, a Political Advisor in India.
(Since this was originally written here, a lot has been clarified about Daisy, and this posting has been updated in places, with additions in orange.)
The name Rosa clearly comes from her aunt Rosa Somers VOSS, and Cecil from her maternal family connection with the CECIL family and Lord Robert CECIL, Third Marquis of Salisbury and British Prime Minister, who was her 2C2R
I am yet to discover who her Great Uncle Pascal was, and I do not know whether he was on her paternal VOSS or maternal WOODHOUSE side. (Alison Smith posits that he was a step-brother of her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Ann SUMMERS.) I never found the portrait bequeathed to my father, nor that of the Raja of Parla Kimedi.
Margaret R C Voss’ will makes an extraordinary read. A copy is included below. She had clearly spent much time in India, judging from the artifacts she bequeathed. She was careful to explain the provenance of the items, but did not indicated her relationship to the beneficiaries. Some, no doubt, were friends, as suggested by addresses in or near Wokingham where she lived her last years.
Bequests to my own family of VOSS artifacts imply a connection between my forebears and her own. It is interesting that she chose my family to receive them, rather than those closer to her own. She must have had numerous closer cousins through her aunt Elizabeth’s 14 children. But there was no surviving male line from Capt. VOSS and she may have wanted to acknowledge the Voss connection.
And the remainder of the beneficiaries? There is no mention of her aunt’s FERRIER line. One or two beneficiaries include the name Woodhouse in their forenames, suggesting they may be related to her own maternal line of WOODHOUSE,
but none have been identified to date. (See identifications in notes to the will.)
I am yet to discover how Capt. Edward VOSS is related to my own VOSS line. My first guess was that he and George VOSS (d) were brothers, but that is not looking likely. Perhaps cousins? (I am now sure they were brothers.) It looks like Margaret and my father and his sister were no closer than third or fourth cousins, perhaps once removed. Margaret’s Aunt Elizabeth Collins FERRIER (née VOSS) had 14 children and there must surely have been closer relatives, but not, it seems, bearing the VOSS name. In her will Margaret identifies clearly the relationship of the persons she had inherited items from, but does not identify her relationship to the beneficiaries. So perhaps some of the other beneficiaries are relatives. None have the name FERRIER.
Will of Margaret Rosa Cecil VOSS with notes referenced in brackets [ ] by Tony Voss.
I MARGARET ROSA CECIL VOSS of “Purlah” Denton Road Wokingham in the County of Berks Spinster hereby revoke all former Wills and Codicils made by me and declare that this is my last Will
1. I APPOINT Westminster Bank Limited (hereinafter called “the Bank”) and Lilian Gwendoline Youde  of 41 Leacroft Staines in the County of Middlesex the Wife of Gerald Sanford Youde  (hereinafter together called “my Trustees”) to be the Executors and Trustees of this my will and I declare that the Bank may act as such executor and trustee on the Bank’s published terms and conditions now in force (including those governing the incidence of the Bank’s remuneration) as if such published terms and conditions ware herein declared
2. I DESIRE that my body may be cremated and my ashes scattered and that a short service be conducted in All Saints Church Wokingham aforesaid prior to cremation
3. I BEQUEATH the following specific legacies:-
(1) To the Poor Clergy Relief Corporation of Number 38 Tavistock Place London W.C.1, the Friends of the Poor of 38 Ebury Street London S.W.1. and the Greater World Shelter for Homeless Women of Number 13 China Walk London S.E.11 all my clothes except my furs and fur coats and house linen in equal shares
(2) To the Church of Spiritual Unity of London Road Reading in the said County of Berks all my spiritualist books and literature with the exception of the book entitled “Beyond Life’s Sunset”
(3) To Mrs Lillian Phillips formerly the wife of Edgar Spottiswoode Humphreys of 36 Onslow Street South Perth West Australia my old paste coronet brooch my small plated teapot my fluted hot water jug
(4) To Penelope Ann Humphreys  the daughter of the said Edgar Spottiswoode Humphreys my carved coral necklace my pearl necklace with the smaller pearls my pearl and marcasite earrings vy snail diamond initial ring end my Indian silver ball necklace
(5) To Virginia Charlotte Wood  my ball-coral necklace which belonged to my grandmother Charlotte Woodhouse  and carved coral Neopolitan ring (circe 1750) my coral safety pin brooch and earrings my ruby and diamond Gipsy ring my “Merry thought” brooch and my carved coral antique ring
(6) To John Edward Franklin Voss  the son of the late Edward Voss  c/o Lloyds Bank Berkhampstead Herts the portrait of my great uncle Pascal  the portrait of Tertius Voss  the crayon drawing of Captain Edward Voss’s flagship H.M.S. “Vernon”  the portrait of the Raja of Paria Kimiedi  the miniature (in a case) of Captain Voss  and the daguerreotype of Claude and Tertius Voss  and my Voss signet ring 
(7) To Margaret Voss Wife of the said John Edward Franklin Voss my “Voss” crest brooch 
(8) To Mona Willingham Voss  of Cranbourne Chestnut Lane Amersham Bucks the Widow of the said Edward Voss a moonstone brooch (formerly the property of my Aunt Rosie Voss ) and a single set claw set diamond ring
(9) To Elizabeth Willingham Hunt  of Blackwood Bois Iane Chesham Bois Bucks the daughter of the said Edward Voss a Trichinopoly gold chain and locket (with a painting therein on ivory of the golden temple at Amritsar) an oval gold brooch (with an ivory miniature thereon of the Emperor Akhbar) a small oval goldstone brooch (formerly .the property of my great-aunt Eliza Voss ) and my Chinese ivory-handled umbrella my gold stud and small gold pocket pencil my black marble Voss family clock 
(10) To Phyllis Nock of 56 Priory Road Kenilworth the daughter of Amy Nock and Guy Nock the two ivory miniatures (in oases) of my maternal grand-parents Major and Mrs Woodhouse  a small silver cream jug a silver tea caddy a filigree plated sugar basket a large engraved plated teapot a gold filigree maltese cross brooch (formerly the property of my Mother) a gold ring set with small rubies and four pearls (formerly the property of my grandmother Mrs Woodhouse) and my photographs of Colonel Sir Swinton S.Jacob and Lady Jacob my oil portrait of my ancestress Margaret Fraser Baroness Saltoun  a black-opal and pearl ring a gold cable necklet chain and a pink peridot pendant
(11) To the said Guy Nock a gold chased pencil (formerly the property of my father) my photograph of the late Raja of Paria Kimedi and of his son the present Raja and any one piece of my teak furniture that he may select
(12) To Colonel Frank Derek Ironside Wood  of Copton Hall Rattlesdon near Bury St Edmunds in the County of Suffolk my two large prints by Cousens one of Queen Victoria in her coronation robes and the other of the Abercorn children and my gold brooch with hair inset and inscription on the back
(13) To Mrs Olga Wood wife of the said Colonel Frank Derek Ironside Wood a gold ball necklet a carriage clock six stainless tea knives two original portraits of my grandparents Major and Mrs Woodhouse  and a “Plymer” crayon portrait of Mrs Woodhouse marked “Margaret Charlotte aged 16” one amethyst and gold antique ring and my amethyst spray brooch
(14) To Mrs Rex Curtis  a diamond and sapphire ring a lapis lazuli and gold Indian filigree brooch and two Indian silver Cutoh-ware snake vases and single stone square set diamond ring
(15) To Patricia Wood  elder niece of the said Mrs Rex Curtis a round gold filigree and crystal brooch with small diamond spray containing the hair of the four Misses Russell
(16) To Mrs Fred Phillips of Bewyn Fort St Mary in the Isle of Man  a small silver salver and a carved silver card case my Sinai crystal chain with Jaipur enamel pendant and my pearl “bee” brooch
(17) To Patricia Kathleen Woodhouse Huddleston  of 30 Westwood Road Beverley East Riding in the County of Yorks the daughter of the said Captain Frederick Phillips a ruby ring and a pearl and crystal bar brooch
(18) To the said Lilian Gwendoline Youde  my Turner picture my Taj pictures the small gold ring that I always wear a reputed Dresden china lidded cup and saucer and (except as otherwise speoifioally disposed of) the trifles usually kept in my cabinet also my six silver photo frames my coral and gold spray brooch my gold ring with “Table-cut” 4 Java Garnets and a brass pilgrim’s bowl and a model of a well and bucket
(19) To Gerald Sanford Youde  of The Shrubbery 41 Leacroft Staines aforesaid three small Irish prints and three volumes of “Arabian Nights” and two black Indian small armchairs
(20) To William John Crawshay Youde the son of the said Gerald Sanford Youde a set of carved Red and White Canton ivory chessmen (dated 1799) and their lacquered box the chessmen being usually kept on a certain shelf in my said cabinet and my Indian papier mache “nest” boxes and the said cabinet
(21) To Gertrude Drodie  c/o Lloyds Bank Limited 30-32 Westbourne Grove London W.2. Spinster a pearl and ruby bee safety pin broooh and an old paste and amethyst oval brooch
(22) To Mrs Gerald Allingham  of The Nook York Hill Loughton in the County of Essex a pearl and turquoise bar brooch a turquoise blue bird brooch and an amethyst and enamel drop brooch
(23) To Louise Durbridge  of Stanford-in-the-Vale Faringdon in the said County of Berks a Cashmere engraved silver atta of roses holder a Jaipur brass tray table and stand and my small Jaipur brass tumbler trays
(24) To Florence Sutcliffe  a garnet brooch and necklace a gold wrist watch and a garnet cluster ring and my Persian Shah portrait brooch
(25) To Beryl McDonald  of “Achmonie” Westfield Lane Baldstow St Leonards-on-Sea in the County of Sussex a Pashmina (Camel’s hair) cashmere shawl
(26) To Eva C Trimnell of The Redoubt Nursing Home 73-75 Royal Parade Eastbourne my single sapphire bar brooch
4. I BEQUEATH the following pecuniary legacies:-
(a) To the said Lilian Gwendoline Youde  the sum of Fifty Pounds if she shall prove my Will and act in the trusts thereof
(b) To the said Gertrude Brodie  the sum of One hundred and Fifty Pounds
(c) To the said Mrs Gerald Allingham the sum of One hundred and fifty Pounds
(d) To the British Sailors Society of Number 680 Commercial Road London E.14 and to the Trustees of the Church of Spiritual Unity aforesaid the sum of Twenty five Pounds each (o) To Mrs W Frederick Lindsay  of Number 102 Peach Street Wokingham aforesaid the sum of Twenty five Pounds
5. I DECLARE that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of any of the institutions or bodies hereinbefore mentioned shall be a complete discharge to my Trustees for any legacies hereby given to such institution or body
6. I DEVISE my freehold lands and hereditaments situate at Denton Road Wokingham aforesaid together with the messuage or tenement erected thereon or on part thereof and known as “Purlah” to the said Gerald Sanford Youde  absolutely and if he dies in my lifetime I devise the same to William John Crawshay Youde the son of the said Gerald Sanford Youde absolutely
7. I DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the residue of my real and personal estate including all entailed property of which I have power to dispose by Will and property over which I shall then have a general testamentary power of appointment unto my Trustees upon trust to sell call in and convert the same into money with power in their discretion to postpone such sale calling in and conversion and after payment thereout of my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and all legacies or annuities bequeathed by this my Will or any Codicil hereto to hold the same in this my Will referred to as “my residuary estate” IN TRUST for such of the following persons as are living at my death and attain the age of twenty one years in equal shares namely the said Penelope Ann Humphreys  the said Virginia Charlotte Wood  and the said Florence Sutcliffe AND I DECLARE that in case any such residuary legatee shall be an infant at the time of my death my Trustees shall not exercise any statutory or other powers of maintenance or advancement but shall accumulate the income of the share of such residuary legatee as an accretion to her share until she reaches the age of twenty one
8. I DECLARE that my Trustees may invest any part of the trust moneys in or upon any of the investments or securities in which any part of my personal estate is invested at the date of my death AND I DESIRE that such part of my estate as is invested in African gold mines shall remain so invested whilst producing a better rate of interest than trustee investments AND I DECLARE that the power of appropriation conferred by the Administration of Estates Act 1925 shall be exercisable by my Trustees without any of the consents made requisite by that act
9. MY TRUSTEES may determine what articles pass under any specific bequest contained in this my Will or any codicil thereto but in choosing the clothing for the legatees named in clause 3(1) hereof the Bank shall abide by the decision of the said Lilian Gwendoline Youde and I desire that the Bank shall consult the said Lilian Gwendoline Youde in connection with all sales of my property and as far as possible allow her to effect all sales of my personal chattels at such time and in such manner as she thinks fit
10. I DECLARE that the income of ay residuary estate however invested including income accrued or accruing due at my death but actually received after my death shall form part of and be applied as if the same were the income of authorised investments thereof
11. AND I DECLARE that if legacy duty shall be payable at the date of my death that all legacies bequeathed by this my will or any codicil hereto shall be paid free of legacy duty immediately payable upon or by reason of my own death
IN WITNESS whereof I the said Margaret Rosa Cecil Voss have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of January One thousand nine hundred and fifty
SIGNED by the above named Margaret Rosa Cecil Voss as and for her last Will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:-
 Connection not established
 &  Youde connection not yet established. Gerald Sanford Youde was born ca. 1892 in Stains, Middlesex. He became a soldier: Company Quarter Master in the Royal Berkshire Regiment and eventually Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry. His son William John Crawshay YOUDE was borne in Wokingham about 1921, which fits with them being local friends.
 Margaret Charlotte Saltoun WOODHOUSE née SMITH
 John Edward Franklin VOSS
 Edward George VOSS was her 2nd cousin
 Great Uncle Pascal – tentatively identified as a step-brother of her maternal grandmother. Portrait apparently sent to John E F Voss but not to hand today.
 John Tertius Lloyd VOSS – uncle. Portrait never found by executors.
 This drawing was sent by the executors to John Voss and now in possession of Anthony Voss. It had originally been bequeathed to John by Rosa Somers Voss (Margaret’s aunt) but must have found its way to Margaret for her lifetime.
 Apparently sent to John E F Voss but not to hand today.
 Now in possession of Anthony Voss
 Not found by executors
 Mona Willingham VOSS, wife of Edward George VOSS 
 Rosa Somers VOSS – aunt
 Elizabeth Willingham HUNT née VOSS, daughter of Edward George VOSS 
 Eliza VOSS (c) – sister of her grandfather Capt. Edward VOSS
 Not identified in today’s possessions
 Lt.-Col. Joseph Robert WOODHOUSE & Margaret Charlotte Saltoun SMITH
 Margaret FRASER (b. ca. 1739), GG Grandmother. It is not clear how she was related to the Lords Saltoun of Abernethy, although the name Margaret FRASER crops up in their lines. Alison Smith posits she may have been Margaret SHARPE, wife of William FRASER, 12th Lord of Saltoun of Abernethy.
 Col. Frank Derek Ironside WOOD was son of Walter G WOOD=Mary C B WOODHOUSE. Mary was a cousin of Margaret’s through her maternal grandparents [according to Alison Smith’s tree]
 Mrs Rex Curtis was Eileen Mary WOOD, brother of Frank  and hence another cousin 1R
 Patricia Margaret Russell WOOD (b. 1926), daughter of Hilary Russell Woodhouse WOOD, a brother of Frank  and hence a cousin 2R
 Presumably a connection from her Isle of Man days and related through .
 Presumably a relative on her mother’s WOODHOUSE line – not identified.
 Virginia Charlotte WOOD – daughter of Frederick Derek Ironside WOOD =Olga M M BROWNE, and hence a cousin 2R