Derbyshire Wills

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Unless otherwise stated, original copies of Wills dated prior to 1858 are usually found in the appropriate Diocesan Record Office for the court where the Will was proved - for Derbyshire, this is the Lichfield Record Office. Copies of Wills for which Probate was granted at the PCC (Prerogative Court of Canterbury) may be obtained via the National Archives Wills website.

Searches for, and Copies of Wills and Probate 1858-1996 may be obtained through via the Find a Will service, at local Registries, and sometimes on microfilm at County Record Offices. Further information on post-1858 Wills, may be found on the Government's Wills, Probate and Inheritance pages.

Abbreviations which may be used on this page are:-

(Ad) "Admon", or Letters of Administration.
(I) Inventory (a list of the deceased's goods, and their value)
(N) A Nuncupative Will is one declared by a legal representative, as being indicative
of the deceased's wishes, and will often refer to the Testator in the third person.
(#) Indicates the Will is a 'duplicate' - that is, more than one person has submitted an
abstract from the same original Will.
 * An asterisk against a surname indicates the Executor(s) of the Will, or, in the case
of Administration (Ad), the Administrator(s)
i/t/p "in the parish (of)".
CELF Chapel en le Frith (Derbyshire)
ECC Episcopal Consistory Court (Lichfield)
HCC Hereford Consistory Court
n.p. Notary Public
R&R Rest and Residue (a common expression in Wills)
The following may also be of use in the study of Wills generally:-

 

1568

ARMETAGE
BAMFORDE
EYRE
FOXE
HADFELDE
HOLLENWORTHE
HOW
MAYLEN
WARDE
WEBSTER
YELLOTE
EYRE, John, of Hope, gentleman, 26 Dec 1567.
father Edward EYRE (deceased),   brother Fraunces EYRE,   tenant John WEBSTER;   two sisters 'land now in the holding of George EYRE of Kyngshay',   William HOW and Hary EYRE;   meadow in the holding of Robert HADFELDE,   John FOXE,   John HADFELDE and John BAMFORDE;   uncle John HOLLENWORTHE* and cousin Robert EYRE* of Edalle.
Witnesses: John ARMETAGE,   Nycholas MAYLEN,   William YELLOTE and Rawfe WARDE.
Proved at London 14 Apr 1568.
[PROB 11/50, q.8]

Contact: Derbyshire Wills proved in the PCC 1393-1578

 

1571

BLACKEWALL
BLACKWALL
CHOLSON
COCKE
EYRE
FELTHOUSE
FILDESEND
FILDESENDE
KYDD
LONGESTONE
MARSHALL
MARTIN
PARKER
PURSGLOVE
SHEMELTE
SMYTH
TORE
VERNON
WATTES
EYRE, Thomas, Tiddeswall, gentleman, 11 Sep 1570.
mentions farm in Wheston, farm called Gresse Dale;   wife Grace EYRE*;   daughter Margaret MARSHALL,   cousin Thomas LONGESTONE;   cousin Roland EYRE of Hassoppe;   sister Elizabeth BLACKWALL and Robert BLACKWALL her son;   cousin Judith LONGESTONE and cousin Anne Longestone her sister;   tenant Lawrence TORE 'my land and farm in Wheston which he now holds of me';   brother Henry EYRE of London 'shall have his farm of Bradfilde...'   cousin Anne PARKER;   niece Johane (brother Raphe EYRE's daughter);   Johane FELTHOUSE '10 stone of wool';   servant Raphe MARTIN;   (servant?) Henry WATTES;   cousin John EYRE of Lychefeld 'a gold ring';   cousin Fraunces BLACKEWALL;   cousin Anne SHEMELTE (brother Edmond EYRE's daughter);   cousin William PARKER;   cousin Thomas EYRE 'my taffeta doublet and my best pair of black hose'   John SMYTH 'my frieze coat and brown pair of hose'   Richard CHOLSON 'my frieze jerkin';   William FILDESEND vicar of Tiddiswall;  
Supervisors: brother[-in-law] George BLACKWALL,   cousin Roland EYRE of Hassoppe and William FILDESENDE vicar of Tyddiswall,  
Witnesses: Robert PURSGLOVE priest,   William FILDESENDE vicar of Tyddeswall,   George BLACKWALL,   George VERNON and John COCKE.
Debts owing: Raphe MARTIN.
Proved at London 28 May 1571 by Justin KYDD, notary public.
[PROB 11/53, q. 23]

Contact: Derbyshire Wills proved in the PCC 1393-1578

 

1571

BAGSHAWE
BARBOR
BELLINGEHAM
CLYFFORDE
DUTTON
EIRE
EYRE
LONGESDON
LOWE
WILSON
EYRE, Edmond, of Hassop, gentleman, 20 Dec 1567.
held demise and grant of Sir Ingram CLYFFORDE of Cawthorpe,   co. Yorke knight, and Lady Anne his wife... the manor and seat of Hassop... nephew Thomas EIRE second son of brother Stephen EIRE deceased;   (niece) Katheryn EYRE sister to the same Thomas;   nephew Rowland EYRE eldest son of brother Stephen;   putative or bastard daughter Anne BARBOR*,   late wife to Thomas BARBOR the younger deceased;   brother Henry EIRE of London,   sister Anne wife to Anthony LONGESDON;   Margaret LOWE and Alice LOWE,   servants to Adam WILSON of Hassoppe;   Thurstone LOWE brother to Alice and Margaret;  
Overseers: my worshipful friend Thomas DUTTON of Overhaddon esquire and my cousins Nicholas BAGSHAWE of [Farewell] co. Stafforde and Robert BAGSHAWE his brother gentleman. to Thomas DUTTON '4 angel nobles of gold';   cousin Mistress DUTTON wife to the said Mr DUTTON '2 angel nobles of gold'. Signed and sealed. [No witnesses].
Proved at the court of Thomas Yale 10 Jul 1571 by Edward BELLINGEHAM,  notary public, proctor for Anne BARBOR.
[PROB 11/53, q. 33]

Contact: Derbyshire Wills proved in the PCC 1393-1578

 

1585

ALSOPE
ASHMOUR
ASSHMOUR
BOUTH
BOUXTONN
EATON
EATONN
ROBOTHOME
EATON, Ralph - of Carsington, yeoman 1585.
Beneficiaries: his wife Agnes EATON;   son William EATON;   daughters Agnes and Elizabeth "who have offended God and me";   daughters Marie EATON, Dorothie EATON, Cicelye EATON;   last begotten son Richard EATON;   daughter Jone ROBOTHOME;   Anthony EATON and Margarett EATON (children of Ralph's landlord Rowland EATON).
Executors: wife Agnes EATON and son William EATON.
Witnesses: William ASSHMOUR and John BOUTH.
Appraisers: Roland EATONN,   Lorannc ALSOPE,   Richard BOUXTONN,   and William ASHMOUR. Value £38.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1622

BARKER
EATON
OWFEILD
OWFEILDE
ROBBINSON
TAYLOR
WOODWIIS
EATON, Anthony - of Ashborne, tanner, 4 Mar 1622.
Beneficiaries: brother Francis EATON left tanyard and goods therein;   sister Margrett OWFEILDE;   sister Elnor EATON.
Executors: Loving father Phillippe EATON and brother Francis EATON.
Witnesses: John BARKER,   Roger OWFEILD,   Thomas ROBBINSON,   and Richard WOODWIIS.
Appraisers: William ? and William TAYLOR, 18 Mar 1622. Value £2 10s.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1628

BRUSHEILD
BRUSHFEILD
EASTWOOD
HAGE
STADEN
STAFFORD
EASTWOOD, Anne - late of Corber. (Ad)
Admin: to James EASTWOOD of Baslow husbandman,   Francis BRUSHEILD of Corbar husbandman and Godfey HAGE of Baslow husbandman. Letter identifies Anne EASTWOOD and mother of James EASTWOOD and mother in law of Francis BRUSHFEILD.
Appraisers: James EASTWOOD,   Francis BRUSHFEILD,   Raphe STADEN,   Robert STAFFORD,   Inventory is of widow EASTWOOD of Baslow,   30 Jan 1627/8. Value £24 17s 0d.
Admin. granted 22 Feb 1627/8.

 

1630

EYRE
HUDSON
HURT
MORTON
EYRE, George - Bradfield, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire gent.
daughters Gertrude, Jane and Mary.
Executor: wife Mary.
Overseers: brothers Adam EYRE of Bradwell co. Derby gent & Thomas EYRE of the Ridge co. Derby yeo.
Witnesses: Thomas MORTON,   Walter HURT,   & Edward HUDSON.
Proved 1630 - PCC; 19 Scroope.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1631

ALLSOPP
CHEDOCKE
EATON
HATFIELD
NOTON
NUTTALL
PYNDER
ROWLANDSON
EATON, Thomas - of Bakewell, 1631. (Ad)
Beneficiaries: Lucy EATON (relict of Thomas EATON),   and Thomas NOTON of Bakewell, myner.
Witnesses: William ALLSOPP,   Nicholas CHEDOCKE,   and Reginald PYNDER.
Appraisers: William HATFIELD and John NUTTALL, 19 May 1631. Value £4 4s 0d.
Made at Bakewell 11 May 1631 by John ROWLANDSON.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1633

BADGER
BOMAN
CASTLE
EYRES
HARE
ILBURYE
RAVENSCROFT
EYRES, Martin - of Westminster, gent.
Mary dtr of bro Jn EYRES;   son in law Chas ILBURYE;   Paul EYRES;   land in West Haddon, Bakewell, co Derby;   Stephen BOMAN of Over Haddon;   wife Alice EYRES*.
Witnesses: Geo HARE,   Jn CASTLE,   Geo RAVENSCROFT &   Wlm BADGER.
Proved in the Royal Peculiar Court of the Dean & Chapter of Westminster  1633; Camden, f205.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1634

ALLEN
BARKER
EYTON
FOWKE
HEALDE
HILL
ILEY
OWFEILD
SHEEPIR
SORE
WATTSON
WEBSTER
EYTON, Francis - of Ashburne, yeoman 16 Nov 1633.
Beneficiaries: Wife Alice EYTON;   Roger OWFEILD of Ashburne, butcher;   and Thomas HILL of Mathfield (Staffs), yeoman left messuage and land occupied by John BARKER and Roger SHEEPIR;   daughter Ann EYTON and son Anthonie EYTON.
Witnesses: Robert WEBSTER,   John HILL,   Henry HEALDE,   and Richard FOWKE.
Appraisers: Robert WEBSTER,   John ALLEN,   Francis WATTSON,   and John HILL, 25 Nov 1633. Value over £138.
Debts owed: to John BARKER,   Sidney SORE,   and Christopher ILEY.
Proved Jan 1634.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1637

BRUSHFEILD
BRUSHFEILDE
BRUSHFELDE
EASTWOOD
EASTWOODE
HODKIN
MARPLE
MARPOUE
MOWER
ROWLANDE
SYKES
EASTWOODE, James - of Baslow, husbandman, 12 Feb 1636/7. Buried 17 Feb 1636/7 at Baslow.
Beneficiaries: wife Joane EASTWOODE,   son John EASTWOODE, children (unnamed).
Executor: John EASTWOODE.
Supervisors: Francis BRUSHFELDE of Corbar,   brother in law Robert SYKES.
Witnesses: Robert MOWER(sg),   Francis BRUSHFEILDE(X).
Admin: to Joan EASTWOOD of Baslow widow,   Robert MARPLE of Baslow millstone maker,   Francis BRUSHFEILD of Corbar husbandman. Letter names James EASTWOOD's children as Anne,   Alice, Margaret, Ellen, William and James.
Appraisers: Richard HODKIN,   Houmfrey ROWLANDE,   Francis BRUSHFEILDE,   James MARPOUE [MARPLE], 24 Feb 1636/7. Value £42 1s 8d.
Probate Bakewell 12 Apr 1637.

 

1647

BAMFORD
CHRICHLOW
CRICHLOW
EATON
FFANSTER
NORMAN
ROWLANDSON
WOMBELL
EATON, Richard - of Bakewell, myner, 1645.
Beneficiaries: his mother Luce EATON left a cottage house and garden;   brother Thomas EATON left a cottage house and garden;   sister Ann EATON left a cottage house and garden currently occupied by John WOMBELL;   brother Charles EATON left a cottage house and garden currently occupied by Richard CHRICHLOW and his wife Elizabeth.
Executor: his mother Luce EATON.
Witnesses: Richard CRICHLOW and Edward FFANSTER.
Appraisers: Robert NORMAN and John BAMFORD. Value £0 16s 8d.
Proved at Bakewell 18 Feb 1647 by John ROWLANDSON, a cousin.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1687

ABELL
BUCKLEY
EATON
FRASER
GRATTON
GREENSMITH
MASSEY
NEEDHAM
SWALLOWE
EATON, Thomas - of Bonsall, yeoman, 1686.
Beneficiaries: oldest son Thomas EATON left a house and garden;   daughter-in-law Martha EATON and her eldest son William EATON left a house and garden;   son John EATON left a house and garden;   son Anthony EATON left land adjoining land belonging to George NEEDHAM and Anthony GREENSMITH;   daughter Grace MASSEY (wife of William MASSEY) left money.
Executors: sons John and Anthony EATON.
Witnesses: George GRATTON,   David BUCKLEY,   and Marmaduke ABELL.
Appraisers: Marmaduke ABELL,   Henery SWALLOWE,   and Robert FRASER. Value £4 19s 4d.
Proved at Chesterfield 13 Apr 1687.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1695

ALLSOPP
BAGGULEY
BARKER
BINGHAM
BRIDGES
BRIGGS
BROMEHEADE
COLLIER
EASTWOOD
FRITH
GREAVES
HEATHCOTE
KNOWLES
MELLOR
POYNTON
ROWLAND
SPRAY
STANLEY
STEPHENSON
WHEELRIGHT
WHITE
EASTWOOD, James - of Baslow, yeoman, 17 Jan 1694/5. Buried 2 Jun 1695.
Beneficiaries: Joseph EASTWOOD [son of nephew John EASTWOOD];   nephew John EASTWOOD [son of William EASTWOOD];   sister Hellen BARKER of Langueth, Derbys. widow;   Joseph BRIDGES [BRIGGS] of Langueth [son of Hellen BARKER];   Hellen BARKER [half sister of Joseph BRIDGES [BRIGGS]];   Sarah, the sister of Joseph BRIDGES and wife of Francis SPRAY;   James BRIDGES [BRIGGS] [son of Hellen BARKER (the sister of James EASTWOOD)];   nephew William EASTWOOD;   sister Anne STEPHENSON;   niece Anne [the wife of Henry ALLSOPP] and Anne [the wife of Ralph MELLOR];   servant Katherine WHEELRIGHT;   John KNOWLES;   Mary, the wife of Edward HEATHCOTE of Longson and Margarett {COLLIER} [the daughters of John COLLIER];   friend Samson WHITE of Baslow;   brother William EASTWOOD;   nephew John EASTWOOD [son of brother John EASTWOOD, deceased].
Tenants of properties: Francis BINGHAM in Hathersage,   John POYNTON in Thornhill,   William GREAVES in Little Ashop,   John BAGGULEY in Corber,   Benjamin FRITH's widow in Carr Head in Hathersage.
Overseers: John COLLIER,   Samson WHITE.
Executors: brother William EASTWOOD,   nephew William EASTWOOD [son of William EASTWOOD].
Signed by: James EASTWOOD.
Witnesses: John COLLIER(sg),   Samson WHITE(sg),   John STANLEY(sg & scribe).
Appraisers: Robt BROMEHEADE(sg),   Robert ROWLAND(sg),   Samson WHITE(sg), 4 Jun 1695. Value £212 6s 8d.

 

1707

ALSOP
ALSOPPE
COCK
COCKE
DAMME
EASTWOOD
GREEN
HEATHCOTT
JOHNSON
MORTEN
RAGGE
SHARWIN
SHERWIN
SLATER
WHITE
WILSON
EASTWOOD, William - senior of Baslow, husbandman, 29 Apr 1707. Buried 9 May 1707 Baslow.
Beneficiaries: daughter Ann ALSOPPE;   grandson Nathan ALSOPPE;   granddaughters Sarah SLATER [née ALSOP] and Rachell ALSOPPE;   grandson Joseph EASTWOOD and Ann EASTWOOD sister of grandson Joseph;   son William EASTWOOD;   grandchildren Mary EASTWOOD, John EASTWOOD and Thomas EASTWOOD [children of son William EASTWOOD];   Samson WHITE of Baslow;   Edward HEATHCOTT of Bubnell;   servant Barbara SHARWIN [SHERWIN];   son John EASTWOOD*.
Debtors: William MORTEN of Eame;   William GREEN of Ashford.
Trustees: Samson WHITE,   Edward HEATHCOTT.
Witnesses: Godfrey COCKE(X),   William WILSON(sg),   John RAGGE(sg).
Appraisers: Alexander DAMME,   Thomas JOHNSON,   Godfry COCK(X), 16 Jun 1707. Value £71 9s 0d.

 

1786

BLORE
BRITTLEBANK
EATON
INCE
OSBORNE
EATON, John - of Tansley, farmer, 17 Apr 1781.
Beneficiaries: son William EATON left the messuage farm and sands at Tansley held of Mr William OSBORNE;   his wife Dorothy EATON.
Executors: Dorothy and William EATON.
Witnesses: T. INCE,   Wm BRITTLEBANK,   and Thos BLORE. No inventory.
Proved at Chesterfield 26 Apr 1786, personal estate sworn to be not  worth more than £200.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1821

BASSETT
EYRE
TUNNICLIFFE
WHISTON
EYRE, Francis of Asbourne, victualler, 15 Mar 1820.
wife Ellen EYRE,   grandchildren John & Ann EYRE children of late eldest son John EYRE,   daughter Sarah BASSETT,   daughter Ann WHISTON,   son George EYRE,   executor John TUNNICLIFFE* of Ashbourne, woolcomber.
Probate granted 12 Sep 1821.

 

1825

BROUNT
COTTERELE
EATON
FLETCHER
MATHER
MIHILS
POTTER
EATON, Edmund - of Snitterton, yeoman, 6 Apr 1820.
Beneficiaries: his wife Rose EATON and nephew Daniel EATON of Snitterton, miner, are left land including Goose Close in Matlock;   nephew John EATON of Tansley, farmer, and nephew Edmund EATON of City of London, tea dealer;   three nieces Catherine POTTER,   Mary FLETCHER,   and Anne EATON (daughters of his late brother Thomas EATON, the sisters of John and Edmund EATON);   Dorothy MATHER of Bonsall (his wife's niece).
Executors: John and Edmund EATON.
Witnesses: Roger COTTERELE,   John BROUNT junior,   and James MIHILS. No inventory.
Proved at Chesterfield 21 Apr 1825; personal estate sworn to be not  worth more than £450.

Contact: Christopher Eaton

 

1865

ELLIOTT
HALLAM
SMITH
ELLIOTT, Thomas - farmer, of Lane Side nr Hope, 18 Feb 1862.
Sole Executor: son Thomas ELLIOTT - farming stock, money, real estate,   household effects, furnitue etc.,   Maria ELLIOTT, wife of son Thomas ELLIOTT,   to benefit if she survives her husband, but only if she remains a widow;   grand-daughter Hannah HALLAM,   daughter of Elijah HALLAM of Pindale - £30 a year.
Witnesses: Wm SMITH and H ELLIOTT.
Proved at Derby 27 Jan 1865 by Thomas ELLIOTT, son  Effects under £450.
From the Bagshawe Collection at Sheffield City Library. Extracted by Sheila Rimmington, Jul 2001.

Contact: Sheila Rimmington

 

1882

CLEWS
COOPER
EYRE
EYRE, Henry Robert - of Mayfield Road, Ashborne, surveyor and sanitary inspector, 18 Jul 1882.
leaves everything to his "dear wife Eliza EYRE".
Joint Executors: "my said wife and my aunt Mary EYRE of Scarborough".
Witnesses: Richard COOPER and Ann COOPER, both of Respect House Ashborne.
Proved on 15 Sep 1882. Admin granted to both execs.
Note: The Testator died 20 Jul 1882. His wife Eliza was née CLEWS.

Contact: Carol Standish

 

1885

EDGE
NEWBOLD
SHAW
EDGE, John - of Littleover Field near Derby, farmer, 16 Dec 1881.
leaves all (including real estate, "policies of insurance", farming stock, household goods) to his two children William James EDGE and Elizabeth EDGE.
Witnesses: W. Farmer SHAW, Solr. Derby,   G. H. NEWBOLD, his clerk.
Proved on 12 Nov 1885 by William James EDGE and Elizabeth EDGE spinster.
Gross Value of Personal Estate £588-6-3.

Contact: Carol Standish

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