Location: Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Transcript of the Will of Thomas SHERWIN
(1826 - 1866)
This is the last Will and Testament Of me Thomas Sherwin of No 1 Myddleton Square in the County of Middlesex, Gentleman
I give devise and bequeath unto my dear wife all my household goods plate linen china wearing apparel and ornaments of the person for her own sole and absolute use and benefit and as to all monies owing to me or which may become payable by virtue of the several Policies effected on my life
I direct my Executors hereinafter named to collect get in and receive the same as soon as possible after my decease and thereout to pay all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the costs of proving this my Will and after payment thereof to invest the monies arising therefrom on any security they may think fit and for the best interest they can procure for the same
And I hereby direct my said Executors to pay the interest from time to time unto my said wife during her life for the support of herself and my children by my said wife And as to all my Leaseholds Messuages Tenements and Premises And as to all other my real and personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever which I may be possessed of at the time of my decease or over which I may have any power of appointment
I give devise and bequeath the same unto my said Executors to hold to them their heirs executors administrators and assigns according to the respective natures and qualities thereof Upon the trusts and to and for the deeds intents and purposes hereinafter named that is to say Upon trust at such time as they may think fit to sell and dispose of the same either by public auction or private contract and under such conditions and stipulations as to title or otherwise and to receive the purchase monies for the same and his or her receipt shall be a sufficient discharge or discharges to the purchaser for the purchase monies expressed by such receipt or receipts to have been received by them and upon receipt of the purchase monies to invest the same on such security as they may think desirable and to pay the interest or dividends to be from time to time received therefrom to my said wife during her life for the support of herself and my said children and until the sale or sales thereof to receive the rents thereof from time to time and to pay the same in like manner to my said wife for the support of herself and my said children
And in case my said wife should require any sum of money for the purpose of purchasing a business of any kind which my said Executors may consider fair and reasonable I hereby direct and empower them to raise such money by sale or mortgage of my said Leasehold premises and his or her receipt given for the money so to be borrowed shall be binding on my said estate to all intents and purposes whatsoever and if at the time of the decease of my said wife any one or more of my said children shall not have attained his or her or their age or respective ages of twenty one years
I direct my said Executors to apply so much of the income arising from my said Estate as they may think reasonable in the maintenance education and advancement in life of such one or more of them And I also empower my said Executors shall they think fit to do so from time to time to raise any sum or sums of money by sale or Mortgage of my Estate or any part thereof for the purpose of placing my children in the world
And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects of every kind which may remain at the death of my wife I direct that the same shall go to and amongst my said children then living in such proportions and in such manner as my said wife may by Will or Deed in writing direct or appoint and in default of any such direction I direct my said Executor to pay the same equally amongst all my said children living at the decease of my said wife
And I do hereby appoint John Beattie of the Temple Bar Branch of the Union Bank of London and Katherine Sherwin 1 Myddleton Square Executors and Trustees of this my Will
And I do hereby revoke all Will and Wills heretofore at any time made by me and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty six
- Thomas Sherwin
Signed and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our hands as witnesses
- William Lush, 4 Compton Street, Brunswick Square, London
- William Sumpter Brooking, 16 Sheldon Street, Paddington, London -
Proved at London 19th November 1866 by the oath of Katherine Sherwin Widow the Relict one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted Power reserved of making the like grant to John Beattie the other Executor.
ON the 19th day of November 1866 the Will of
Thomas Sherwin late of No 1 Myddleton Square Clerkenwell in the county of Middlesex Gentleman deceased, who died on the 20th September 1866 at No 1 Myddleton Square aforesaid was proved in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty's Court of Probate, by the oath of Katherine Sherwin of No 1 Myddleton Square aforesaid Widow the Relict one of the Executors named in the said Will she having been first sworn duly to administer, power being reserved of granting Probate of the said Will to John Beattie the other Executor named in the said Will.
Effects under £4,000
1. Thomas SHERWIN married Katherine WHITE the sixth child of Thomas WHITE and Mary KNIGHT at Farncombe on the 11th September 1851. In the fifteen years of their marriage, they had six children, but at the time of Thomas' death in 1866 the eldest, Alfred Thomas, was still only 14 and the youngest Charles Logan was only 3.
2. Thomas, unusually for the time, made no stipulations about Katherine not remarrying, in fact he left everything to her absolutely and even gave her discretion as to the division of his estate after her death. He even allowed for the fact that she may want to start her own business.
3. In the event she did remarry a George Budd in 1873 but was widowed again by 1881, we do not yet know anything about George Budd.
4. Thomas was a legal clerk, working his way up eventually to becoming a Judge's Chief Clerk, probably a situation of some worth. He seems to have been a very careful man, taking out various life insurance policies at a time when they must have been a great novelty, this must have made life a lot easier for Katherine.
5. William Sumpter Brooking was Thomas Sherwin's brother-in-law, being married to Katherine's sister Elizabeth, he was listed as a grocer living in Frimley in Thomas WHITE's Will of 1864, but his eldest daugher Florence was born in Paddington. By 1881 William Sumpter Brooking has returned to Guildford and has become a beer retailer.