This is the last Will and Testament of me George GANDER of West Street in the Parish of Hellingly in the County of Sussex Farmer First I order and direct that all such Debts as I shall owe at the time of my decease my Funeral and Testamentary Expenses be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named from and out of my estate and touching the disposal of such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God in his Goodness to bestow upon me I give and bequeath in manner and form as follows my Will is that my Executors dispose of the Business now carried on by me as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and then convert all such part or parts of my Estate not consisting of money into money and the net produce of such sale or sales together with all my other monies I give upon Trust to Henry HOLMAN of East Hoathly surgeon for [ .......... ] purposes hereinafter mentioned. In the first place I hereby order and direct my Trustee to put or place out upon Interest all my said First monies on the best security that he in his discretion shall judge most proper and upon further Trust that he my Trustee shall pay by two regular half yearly payments the Interest arising from such Trust Money to my Wife Ruth GANDER for her support and maintenance during the Term of her natural life And I hereby authorise my said Trustee if at any time hereafter he shall deem it necessary for any sum or sums of money to be advanced for the benefit of my Wife the said Ruth GANDER over and above the interest arising from such trust money, then he my Trustee shall have the power to draw from the principle sum so invested as he may deem most proper. And I also wish my wife to have so much of my household furniture as she may consider necessary for her own use And at the decease of my wife I hereby order my Trustee upon further [ ............ ] to pay and distribute the First Money or the remainder thereof in three equal shares that is to say that my Daughter Mary GANDER one third part thereof my Daughter Orpha GANDER one third part thereof and the two children of my late son Thomas GANDER the remaining third part equally between them And in case either of them should die before their share or shares shall become payable and leave lawful issue then I give such issue the share or shares to which his or her parent or parents would have been entitled if living and I hereby constitute and appoint the said Henry HOLMAN, William RUSSELL and Mark FUNNELL of Hellingly Joint Executors of this my will And I do declare that they my Trustee and Executors nor neither of them shall be answerable or accountable for any more of my Estate and Monies than they and each of them shall actually receive nor for the Acts Deeds and Defaults of Each other but for his or their own willful neglect and default only And I do further declare that it shall be lawful for them my Trustee and Executors from and out of my Estate and Monies to retain all such sums as they and each shall pay or expend and also all reasonable Expenses as may be incurred in the Execution of this my last will or in any wise concerning the same And I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made declaring this and this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said George GANDER have to this my will contained in two sheets of paper signed each sheet thereof this Ninth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three. George GANDER
Signed by the said George GANDER the Testator as his last Will and Testament
in the presence of us present at the same time in his presence and in the
presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as attesting witnesses:
The will of George GANDER late of Hellingly within the Archdeaconry of Lewes Farmer deceased was proved the twenty ninth day of April in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four before the Reverend Edward LONGDALE Clerk Surrogate and so forth upon the oaths of Henry HOLMAN, William RUSSELL and Mark FUNNELL the Executors in the said will named to whom was committed the Administration of the Goods etc they being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and so forth also that the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased did not amount in value unto six hundred pounds.
Made: 9 November 1853
Proved: 29 April 1854.