A cricket club founded in 1787 could be up to £50,000 better off, after the settlement of a High Court case.
Sudbury Cricket Club in Suffolk stands to gain a share of the £300,000 fund set up by a group of five cricket fans in 1935, the last of whom died in 1986.
Miles Radcliffe's death sparked a dispute on whether the money should go to Sudbury, Hockley Cricket Club in Essex, or surviving relatives.
Before the High Court case was heard on Thursday, a settlement was agreed.
The dispute goes back to 1935 when cricket fans, Miles Radcliffe, Emily Radcliffe, Haliburton Mortimer, Arthur Sutcliffe and Eric Claydon drew up a legal "settlement" outlining where the money would go.
Mr Radcliffe was a keen follower of the game and the MC Radcliffe Trophy for Clubman of the Year is still awarded annually at Sudbury CC.
His death triggered a legal debate over whether Sudbury CC and Hockley CC should be in line for any of the now £300,000 fund - or if it should be split between surviving relatives of the five.
But on Thursday, just before the case was to be heard at London's High Court, an agreement was reached so that the cricket clubs can now split £100,000 between them.
The relatives will share the remaining £200,000 but barrister, Henry Legge, told Mr Justice Lawrence Collins many of them have yet to be traced and a "massive genealogical exercise" was now in prospect.
He told the judge 17 family trees dating back to 1850 would have to be investigated and a team of experts had already been instructed.
Mr Legge added that between £20,000 and £30,000 has been earmarked for the genealogical project, while a similar amount has already been spent on legal costs bills.
Following the hearing, Sudbury CC's chairman, Roger Troughton, said: "It's a great benefit for the club to receive such a large sum of money.
"We have many plans to expand our operations and improve our facilities and this money will certainly help."