New Jersey Wills - 1899 - William H. Durnell

Wm. H. Durnellís Will

His Estate Estimated To Be Worth $40,000

Liberal Provision Made for His Wife-A Sister-in-Law Gets $500 - The Rest of His Estate Goes to His Children

The will of William H. Durnell of Oceanport, who died suddenly in New York about a month age as the result of an attack of heart disease, was probated this week. Mr. Durnellís estate was valued at $40,000, according to Monroe V. Poole of West Long Branch and Joseph W. Johnston of Eatontown, who were appointed to take the inventory of the estate. Esek Wolcott of Eatontown was made executor of the will. After the usual provisions for the payment of the debts of the estate Mr. Durnell left to his wife, Edwinia Durnell, the house and lot where Mr. Durnell lived and $3,000 in cash. Mrs. Durnell is also to get one-third of all the rest of the estate. This is to be her absolute property. Mr. Durnellís sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Roop, is to get $500, and after the bequests to Mrs. Durnell and Mrs. Roop are paid Mr. Durnellís son, John Franklin Durnell, is to get one-half of all the rest of the estate. The bequest to Mr. Durnellís son will thus be a little less than one-third of the entire estate. After this bequest to Mr. Durnellís son is paid two-thirds of what is left is to go to Mr. Durnellís daughter, Miss Lizzie Durnell. The rest of the estate, which will be about eight percent of the entire estate left by Mr. Durnell, is to be invested and the income is to be paid to Mrs. May Tabor, wife of William Tabor of Long Branch. This income is estimated at about $150 per year. At Mrs. Taborís death the principal is to go to her children, and if she leaves no children, then it is to go to her brother and sister, Frank and Lizzie.

Frank Durnell will continue the piano business of his father, and has agreed to buy the entire stock of pianos, organ and musical merchandise left by his father at the inventory price. He is to collect all the money due to his fatherís estate from the piano business and is to receive ten per cent for collecting it. The will was made October 30th, 1897, with Joel H. Burchell and James H. Johnson as witnesses.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, March 1, 1899