Location: Guildford, Surrey, England
Transcript of the Will of Mary Martin
(1819 - 1892)
This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Martin of number 7 Church Road, Guildford in the County of Surrey Widow.
I give my watch and chain to Mrs. Masters the second daughter of my deceased sister Mrs. Folwell free of duty and
I give and bequeath all my household furniture goods china pictures plate linen wearing apparel and jewelry to and amongst the daughters of my deceased sisters Mrs. Folwell, Mrs. Brooking and Mrs. Cranham in such manner as they shall mutually agree upon and in default of agreement I give and bequeath the same unto my Executors hereinafter named with power to sell the same by public auction or private contract at such price or prices as they shall think proper and to hold the proceeds after payment of any expenses of sale In Trust for the said daughters of my said deceased sisters in equal share free of duty.
I give and devise my four cottages situate at Park Street Guildford aforesaid near to the Plough Inn to my nephew Alfred Thomas Sherwin absolutely. I give devise and bequeath all the residue of the real and personal estate to which at my death I shall be beneficially entitled or of which I shall have power to dispose beneficially by Will for any purpose I may think proper unto my Trustees hereinafter named upon Trust to sell and convert into money my residuary real and personal estate and out of the monies to arise from the sale and conversion of my said residuary real and personal estate to pay my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and to stand possessed of the residue of the said moneys In Trust for my Brother Thomas White of Godalming and my Brother in law William Sumpter Brooking of Guildford aforesaid in equal shares as tenants in common.
I appoint the said Thomas White and William Sumpter Brooking to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will and they or the survivor of them or other the Trustees or Trustee for the time being hereof are hereinbefore called the Trustees.
In Witness whereof I the said Mary Martin the Testator have hereunto set my hand this twenty ninth day of March one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight
- Mary Martin
Signed by the above named Mary Martin the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses the words “free of duty” having been previously inserted in two places
- Susan Young
- Alfd. Kendall Clerk to Mr R. E. Mellersh Solr. Godalming
On the 10th February 1892 Probate of this Will was granted to Thomas White and William Sumpter Brooking the Executors.
Record of Probate
BE IT KNOWN, that at the date hereunder written, the last Will and Testament of
Mary Martin formerly of No. 7 Church Road Guildford in the County of Surrey but late of No. 23 Dapdune Road Guildford aforesaid Widow deceased, who died on the 14th day of January 1892 at No. 23 Dapdune Road, aforesaid was proved and registered in the Principal Probate Registry of her Majesty’s High Court of Justice, and that administration of the personal estate of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid court to Thomas White of Godalming in the said County Gentleman the Brother of the Deceased and William Sumpter Brooking of Guildford aforesaid Shopkeeper the Executors named in the said Will they having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.
Dated the 10th day of February 1892
Gross value of Personal Estate £ 137 - 4 - 5
1. In the 1891 census Mary was living with her nephew Alfred Thomas Sherwin in Wolesley Road, Guildford, presumably having given up her house at 7 Church Road. She died, however at 23 Dapdune Road, presumably the house of her brother in law William Sumpter Brooking.
2. She leaves the four cottages in Park Street, bequeathed to her by her father in 1864 to her nephew, Alfred Thomas Sherwin.
3. Mrs Masters is Elizabeth Payler Masters née Folwell, wife of Francis Charles Masters, they were married in Wellington, Somerset in the first quarter of 1883.
4. Elizabeth’s elder sister was Edith Catherine Mary Hawker née Folwell, who married Percy Digby Hawker at Shottermill near Haslemere on 5th February 1879. She also had a younger sister Norah Ellen Folwell born 1855, but I am not sure if she was still alive in 1892. There was also probably another daughter named Esther born in Deal in 1853.
5. Elizabeth Brooking’s daughters were Isabel Mary, Florence Ellen and Ethel Bessie.
6. As far as I know Ellen Cranham’s only surviving daughter was Margaret Helen.