This is the last Will and Testament of me John Urmson of Bidston Hill in the County of Chester Gentleman. I give and bequeath to my housekeeper Ellen Wharton all my watch silver spoons furniture chattels utensils and effects and also all live stock which shall be in and about the house in which I live at the time of my death. I give to Ellen Wharton aforesaid the sum of sixty pounds. I give to Phoebe and Lily the two daughters of William and Elizabeth Hesketh the sum of five pounds each. I give to Alice the wife of William Willand of Brixton Road London the sum of ten pounds. I give to my niece Elizabeth Urmson the wife of Walter Cupper the sum of ten pounds. I give to my servant Samuel Mason the sum of ten pounds to be paid to him weekly at the rate of one shilling and sixpence per week. All the residue of my real and personal estate I give devise and bequeath to the aforesaid Ellen Wharton. I direct that the said Ellen Wharton be at liberty to reside in the house which I now occupy until the end of the yearly tenancy on which I hold the same free of all rent rates taxes or other charges. I appoint Joseph DIckie of the Office of the County Court Birkenhead and William Nicholls of Cleveland Street Birkenhead the Executors of this my Will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of December one thousand eight hundred and eighty one.
Signe by the said John Urmson on and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses.
John E. Hughes Lt. Keeper Bidston
George Harding Joiner Bidston
Proved at Chester the 29th day of May 1883 by the oath of Joseph Dickie the surviving Executor to whom administration was granted.
The Testator John Urmson was late of Bidston Hill in the County of Chester Gentleman and died on the 12th day of May 1883 at Bidston Hill aforesaid.
Gross amount £293,,0,,2 No Leaseholds.
J Lumb Solicitor Birkenhead
Charles J W Parry District Registrar