There is some confusion as to whether James actually married Mary Ash, we can find no record of their marriage, and the fact that he refers to her as Mary Ash in his will would leave us to believe they never married. We are trying to solve this mystery, and are wondering if perhaps he was married previously and never got divorced.
James Wild of No9 Maldon Road, Kentish Town
This is the Last Will and Testament of me, James Wild, of No9 Maldon Road, Kentish Town in the County of Middlesex, Builder, I give devise and bequeath all my estate and effects of whatsoever mature or kind, the same may consist unto and to the use of Mary Ash now residing with me and all my dear natural children by her living at the time of my decease or born in due time afterwards to be equally divided between them share and share alike, and I appoint my friend Robert Stephens of Paddington Green, Middlesex, Wheel and Barrower and Manufacturer, sole Executor of this my Will in witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament hereunto set my hands and his fourteenth this day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight. James Wild signed and acknowledged by the said James Wild as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence of us who at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness Thos Bishop, 80 Coleman Street, London, E6 .Managing Clerk, A.E Bishop 22 Jeffeys Street, Camden town, NW
Proved at London 29 January 1880 by the oath of Robert Stephens the sole Executor to whom Admin was granted.
On the 29th day of January 1890 the Will of James Wild formerly of No 9 Maldon Road, Kentish Town but late of Belgrave Cottage, Pond Street, Hampstead and both in the County of Middlesex, Builder deceased, who died on the 23rd day of December 1879 at Belgrave cottage aforesaid was proved in the Principal Registry of the Probate Division of the high Court of Justice, by the Oath of Robert Stephens of No 18 Green Street, Paddington in the said County Ladder Maker the sole Executor named in the Will he having been first sworn duly to administer Personal Estate Under £1500.