Wilmington June 21st 1855
This is the last Will and Testament
of one James Gumbrell Carpenter and Builder of Wilmington in the County of Kent
Firstly I desire that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named as soon as convenient after my decease
And secondly I give to my wife Sarah Gumbrell her life interest in all I possess or hold in expectancy except such as are hereinafter named and also desire that she may as soon as convenient after my decease receive in Cash Ten pounds to be paid from my savings and also receive and appropriate all the moneys arising from my Freehold Estate. That she shall have full power to use my Freehold Estate in any way to her advantage But not to encumber by Mortgage Lease Selling or do anything to depreciate the value of any part of the same Estate
Thirdly the good will of my business I give to my son William Gumbrell and he shall take all stock in trade and utensils at a valuation I also enjoin upon him that he look to and care for the interest of his Mother should she survive me. He shall also feel a concern for my Grandson Samuel James Cozens and give him my Bible Clothes Chest and Watch and Also apprentice him the said Samuel James Cozens to the aforesaid William Gumbrell as a Carpenter and Joiner upon his arriving at the age of fourteen years and without any charge or fee upon or from my Estate.
Fourthly I desire that at the death of my Wife the whole of my Property be sold and the proceeds after paying all and every debt which I have incurred upon the same together with all other moneys due to my Estate shall be equally divided between my five children namely Maria Best Mary Cozens William Gumbrell Jane Gumbrell Ruth Gumbrell.
Should however my two daughters Jane and Ruth remain alive and unmarried until their Mothers death all my household furniture shall be given to them
And lastly I desire that my Son William Gumbrell shall for reasons known to himself pay out of his own portion of my Estate to each of his four Sisters Eight pounds in Cash
And I hereby appoint my Son William Gumbrell and my Son in law Samuel Cozens to be my Executors and hereunto I set my hand this 23 day of June 1855
Signed by the testator James Gumbrell in the presence of us present at the same
time who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the
Testator and of each other
William Barton Richard Small.
Proved at London the 21st Sept 1855 before the worshipful John George Middleton Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oaths of William Gumbrell the Son and Samuel Cozens the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.
Will of James Gumbrell