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Will of James Montgomrey, 1841

Abstract of will

I James MONTGOMREY, of Brentford, timber merchant

... I give & bequeath all my books, articles of plate & plated goods to be equally divided amongst my children

... I give & bequeath my leasehold dwelling house & timber yard in Brentford & all the stock in trade ... my brother in law Edward MARTIN of Edgbaston Warwickshire & Thomas Berry ROWE of Brentford, soap manufacturer & Charles FIELD of Nottingham Place, Marylebone, merchant

... the said trustees ... shall ... absolutely sell and dispose of ... said leasehold house & timber yard and trade or business ... in trust for my 5 sons
  • James MONTGOMERY
  • Ronald MONTGOMERY
  • Francis MONTGOMERY
  • Hugh MONTGOMERY
  • Malcolm MONTGOMERY
and my 4 daughters
  • Jane MONTGOMERY
  • Susanna MONTGOMERY
  • Gertrude MONTGOMERY
  • Elizabeth MONTGOMERY

... during the minority of my said sons

... my sons James MONTGOMERY and Francis MONTGOMERY who are at present employed in the same [ ie timber yard business ] ... both sons under 21

... I give & bequeath my land, wharf & tenement part freehold and part copyhold with ... appurtenances in Old and New Brentford (and near adjoining my said leasehold timber yard) partly in my occupation and partly now or late in the tenure or occupation of Francis ROGERS and ( - ?) (H / L?)ARKHALL ? and also my freehold cottage and garden ... in Chertsey Surrey ... unto and to the use of the said Edward MARTIN

... Thomas Berry ROWE and Charles FIELD shall dispose of my said freehold and copyhold hereditaments & real estate

... Edward MARTIN, Thomas Berry ROWE and Charles FIELD executors .... each 100

... to my valued clerk William BRADLEY 100 in token of my (-?) of his long and zealous service and integrity

... dated 25 January 1836

... Witnessed by Geo. DEBENHAM, Sam. TYSSEN YELLOBY, Wm DAVIS clerks to Messrs HALL, THOMPSON & SEWELL, Salters Hall, London

Codicil: ... since 25 January 1836 ... I have admitted my eldest son James into partnership ... reference to document dated 19 November last ... said partnership shall be for the term of 14 years from 31 December instant

... James MONTGOMERY senior entitled to 3/4 profit in first 5 years; 2/3 next 5 years; 1/2 in last 4 years

... James MONTGOMERY junior entitled to 1/4 profit in first 5 years; 1/3 next 5 years; 1/2 in last 4 years

... at liberty to introduce into said business 3rd son Francis or youngest son Malcolm when at the age of 21

... dated 5 December 1836

... Witnessed by Edwd THOMPSON, Salters Hall, London, Walter SEWELL, Wm DAVIS clerks to HALL, THOMPSON & SEWELL, Salters Hall, London

... Sworn 24 May 1841 by Edward MARTIN; Proved at London 26 May 1841 by oaths of Edward MARTIN, Thomas Berry ROWE and Charles FIELD

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The testator

James Montgomrey was born in 1775. Details of the Montgomrey family are included in the dynasty section, details of where his family lived are in the property section covering numbers 70 - 78 High Street.

The executors

Edward Martin: Pallot's marriage index includes a marriage between Edward Martin and Susanna Montgomrey in Ealing parish, 1805. In 1851 Edward & Susanna Martin were living in Edgbaston, he was a retired farmer. See the Montgomrey tree for more details.

Thomas Berry Rowe: son of Laurence Rowe who ran the Thames Soapworks (later 'Messrs T B Rowe'). Thomas Berry Rowe was one of two bachelor brothers and 'there is a tradition that Charles Dickens based the brothers Cherryble in Nicholas Nickleby on them' (Q113).

Charles Field: there was a Charles Field esquire living at 5 Nottingham Place, London in the Court section of the 1846 Post Office London directory. In 1851 he is recorded at this address: a widowed, retired Russia merchant, aged 71 born Wandsworth Surrey. His sister Maria was living with him.

The legatees

William Bradley: the 1841 census includes a William Bradley, clerk, living at no. 218 High Street. A William Bradley is also recorded in the tithe enumeration as an occupier of one of 4 houses and gardens owned by Mrs Anne Beck, numbers approx. 46 - 49. Perhaps he moved after receiving his bequest?

How to see this will in full

The full will is 11 pages long. A copy of the original will can be downloaded from The National Archives Documents Online service, or it can be viewed free of charge by visiting TNA at Kew.

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