Derbyshire Wills

Abstracts of Derbyshire Probate Records

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Abstracts on this page are listed by Date of Probate, and a list of SURNAMES in each abstract may be found on the left of the abstract. Use the 'Find' option in your browser to search for surnames you're interested in, or use the search box below to search all Wills in this collection.

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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:-

 

1667

BROMEHEAD
CANTRELL
CHAPMAN
GREGORIE
GREGORY
HAYWARD
HEAWARD
JACKSON
JACKSON, James - of Bubnell, husbandman, 30 Nov 1666.
Beneficiaries: sons Anthonie, Thomas, James and George (all under 21);   wife Jane {JACKSON};   daughters Marie and Jane, (under 24).
Executors: brother Francis JACKSON,   loving friend Robert GREGORY of Baslow and Godfrey HAYWARD of Bubnell.
Witnesses: John CANTRELL, curate of Baslow,   Godfrey HAYWARD(X).
Appraisers: Robte BROMEHEAD(sg),   Humfry CHAPMAN(sg),   Robert GREGORIE(sg),   Godfry HEAWARD(X), 27 Sep 1667. Value £211 16s 4d.

 

1671

CHAPMAN
EASTWOOD
JOHNSON
WHITE
WILLSON
JOHNSON, Thomas - of Baslow, husbandman, 5 Oct 1670.
Beneficiaries: son William JOHNSON, son Thomas JOHNSON, son Alexander JOHNSON;   grandson Joseph JOHNSON (son of Alexander JOHNSON, webster, of Baslow).
Executor: grandson Joseph JOHNSON.[1]
Witnesses: William WILLSON (mark) and Edmund WHITE (mark).
Appraisers of Inventory: Humphrey CHAPMAN,   James EASTWOOD. Value: £15-12s-2d.
Proved Bakewell 1670/1.
Note: [1] An Admon accompanies the Will, granted to Alexander JOHNSON, as Joseph his son was under age (b.1668) so could not execute it himself. Thomas left one shilling to each of his sons and all the residue to grandchild Joseph.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1701

BOWER
EYRE
JOHNSON
MATLEY
NICHOLS
STAFFORD
WHITE
JOHNSON, Alexander - of Baslow, webster, 30 May 1701.
Beneficiaries: son Thomas JOHNSON, son Joseph JOHNSON, son Richard JOHNSON, son Samson JOHNSON, son Samuel JOHNSON;   daughters Elizabeth, Mary and Frances - each 2/6d;   wife Sarah JOHNSON - possession of the farm at Baslow held under Rowland EYRE of Hassop 'notwithstanding that his Worship did sell the said farm to my son Thomas JOHNSON'. Sarah to get the residue.
Executor: wife Sarah JOHNSON. Signed Alexander JOHNSON, with:
Witnesses: Joseph NICHOLS,   John STAFFORD (mark), Robert STAFFORD.
Appraisers of Inventory: Joseph NICHOLS,   George BOWER,   Joseph MATLEY,   Joseph WHITE. Value: £26-1s.
Proved at Bakewell 29 Oct 1701.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1712

BARBER
BENNITT
COOLEY
HALL
JACKSON
KING
LEES
MORTON
MOWER
NORMAN
ROWLAND
JACKSON alias LEES, Edmund - of Baslow, husbandman, 5 Apr 1710/11.
Beneficiaries: sister Ann MORTON of Edensor,   Ann the wife of John HALL of Edensor,   Amey COOLEY of Edensor,   Arthur KING, Richard KING, Thomas KING, Paul KING and David KING (sons of Richard KING of Baslow),   kinsman William LEES, John LEES of New Butt brother to the above William LEES, Robert LEES of Bubnell, Mary LEES of Bakewell;   Anna BARBER,   Abigall NORMAN,   Job BARBER,   Ann KING,   Elizabeth LEES (sister of Robt LEES).
Executor: Henrey LEES of Bubnell. The mark and seal of Edmund JACKSON with:
Witnesses: John BENNITT (sg),   Richard KING (sg),   Thomas MOWER (sg),   Robert ROWLAND (sg)
Proved Jan 1711/2.

 

1840

ASHTON
HALE
JOULE
JULE
MIDDLETON
THORNHILL
JOULE, Stephen - of Stockport co. Chester, Gentlemen, 28 Oct 1839.
I direct all my just debts to be paid out of my personal estate, and if not sufficient I charge my real estate with payment thereof.
Bequests: to my nephews William THORNHILL and Jonathan THORNHILL all my real and personal estate &c. as tenants in common and not as joint tenants - they also to be executors.   Signed Stephen JULE [very shaky handwriting]
Witnesses: James ASHTON, M.D. Stockport,   J.W. HALE, solicitor Castleton, Derbyshire.
[Attached page] On 24 February 1840 William THORNHILL and Jonathan THORNHILL the executors … were sworn in common form and made oath that the personal estate & effects within the diocese of Chester and Lichfield were under the value of £3000:0.0 before me, Thomas ???DLETON [MIDDLETON? surrogate.
Testator died 30 Oct 1839. Probate 9 Mar 1840 Pd £50 pounds HM.

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