Derbyshire Wills

Abstracts of Derbyshire Probate Records

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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:-

 

1580

ALLORSON
EYRE
PURSGLOVE
WYLLKERSON
PURSGLOVE, Robert - Bishoppe of Hull, 31 Mar 1580.
to be buryed in Tideswall church "if I happen to dycease to within 23 myles thereof" otherwise in the church "where it shall please god to calle me";   my loveing and trustie friends Gervase EYRE of Keeton co. York and Rowlande EYRE of Hassope co. Darbie Esqs to have £40 to distribute to the poor and for my funeral as per an indenture of 11th March last for which trouble I give each of them a qusshion [cushion] of blewe tissewe;   to Thomas EYRE of Dunstone gent. 1 standinge cuppe of silver gilte with cover weighing 39oz, 3 gobletts of sylver gilted with 1 cover weighing 60oz, 12 sylver spoones having pictures on the endes gilted, weighing 23oz, 1 large fyne peece of fyne Arras havinge Imagery uppon yt and the Glorie of Christes passion, my beste ffetherbed with bolster, matress, 2 blancketts, a white happinge and a large beade [bed] coveringe having the picture of a Bishoppe uppon yt(!) and lyned with canvas, all wch beddinge nowe or lately in the chamber over the dyninge parlor of the sayd Thomas, he also to have use & occup'n of the premises and after his decease to his eldest son Edwarde EYRE likewise and his heirs &c. and if none to his 2nd son Vincente EYRE and if none such as by righte by law to have the premises;   to Roberte EYRE brother to the saide Thomas EYRE 1 bason of sylver withe an Ewer gilted, weighing 64oz, 1 flatte standinge cuppe of sylver withe a cover gilted weighing 34oz, 1 salte of sylver gilted wth a cover weighing 17oz, 3 candlestickes of sylver, weighing 25oz and 1 single counter wth its contents;   I give until Marye EYRE Ellenor EYRE & Ffrances EYRE daughters of said Thomas EYRE all my half yeares pension due to me at the ffeaste of Thannunciacion of our blessed layde the Virgyne last past oute of the "possessyons of the late Monasterye of Gisborne dissolved", saving £20 to give my exec for suche travayles as he take for obtayning it.
Executor: beforesaid Thoms EYRE.
Witnesses: Gervys EYRE, Rowlande EYRE, George ALLORSON the wryter, Thomas WYLLKERSON.
Probate London 22 Aug 1580 […] jurat Thome EYRE.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1626-29

ALLESTREY
BERRY
BOSTOCK
KIRBY
PHIPPS
WATSON
PHIPPS, Henry - citizen and merchantaylor (f328)
dtr Rebecca PHIPPS;   2 chldr of bro Wlm PHIPPS of Weston [on Trent] co. Derby;   wife Kath*.
Overseers: Mr Zouch WATSON &   bro in law Thos BERRY.
Witnesses: Geo ALLESTREY svt to Chas BOSTOCK &   Wm KIRBY.
Proved in the Commissary Court of London Jan 1625/6-Dec 1629: Vol 25, f328.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1639

BRELFORD
MARTIN
PARRIS
WANDALL
PARRIS, Edward - St Dunstan in the West, citizen and merchantaylor.
parents Jeffrey & Margaret PARRIS;   brother Henry PARRIS;   sisters Alice & Elizabeth PARRIS.
Executor: wife Jane.
Overseers: uncle John MARTIN &   John BRELFORD draper.
Witness: Thomas WANDALL.
Proved in the Commissary Court of London, London Division  c1639: Vol 28, f60.
Note: The testator was apprenticed 1626 from Sawley co. Derby.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1660-67

POLE
RUGBY
SHARP
POLE, German - of St Martin le Grand, London, apothecary.
Executor: wife Ann.
Witnesses: Edwd RUGBY & Nathaniel SHARP.
Proved in the Royal Peculiar Court of the Dean & Chapter of Westminster  1660-1667; f38.
Note: German was apprenticed 1647/8, son of Henry POLE of Radbourne co. Derby esq.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1686

PYM
PYM, Jervase - of Long Eaton, 1686. (N)
Nuncupative Will leaves everything to wife.
Inventory: Value £9-03-06, includes a loom.

Contact: Patrick Huss

 

1728

JOHNSON
NEWTON
PLATT
WOOLLEY
PLATT, Margeret, of Newton, Mottram, Widow, 3 Oct 1726.
sons John & Joshua PLATT,   grandchildren Mary & Robert PLATT (children of John),   son Robert PLATT*.
Witnesses: John NEWTON,   William WOOLLEY,   John JOHNSON.
Probate granted 8 Feb 1728.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1733

BARRONE
GARTSIDE
PLATT
ROBERTS
PLATT, John, of Newton, Mottram, Yeoman; (also described as late of Hollingworth). (Ad)
uncle Joshua PLATT*, Tutor and Curator of the intestate's children,   of Hollingworth in the parish of Mottram, Yeoman &   William GARTSIDE* of Hollingworth in the parish of Mottram, Yeoman.
Witnesses: Will ROBERTS &   John BARRONE.
children John PLATT, 20; Joshua PLATT, 18; Ann PLATT, 15; Mary PLATT, 12; Robert PLATT, 9 & Betty PLATT, 4.
Admin. granted 12 Oct 1733.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1755

HADFIELD
HEGINBOTHOM
HOLLINWORTH
LEE
PLATT
PLATT, James, of Mottram, Labourer, 19 Sep 1754.
wife Alice PLATT;   sons James, John & Thomas PLATT;   daughter Elizabeth HADFIELD.
Trustees: brothers Francis PLATT* and John PLATT*.
Witnesses: Thomas HEGINBOTHOM,   Thomas LEE,   Alex HOLLINWORTH.
Probate granted 25 Oct 1755.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1770

BARBER
BOOTH
CLAYTON
GARLICK
PLATT
SHEPPARD
PLATT, Joshua, of Mouselow, Dinting, Clothier, 22 Feb 1770.
daughter Sarah CLAYTON,   wife Sarah PLATT,   sons John PLATT* & James PLATT*.
Witnesses: James PLATT,   William BARBER,   George BOOTH.
Appraisers of Inventory: Thomas GARLICK,   Robert SHEPPARD.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1775

BOOTH
BUCKLEY
CHADWICK
HARRISON
KNOTT
LOWTON
PLATT
SHEPLEY
SHEPPARD
WALKDEN
PLATT, James, of Shaw, Clothier, 23 Mar 1775.
sons Joshua PLATT* & James PLATT*,   son John PLATT of Holehouse;   daughters Sarah wife of Aaron SHEPLEY,   Dorothy CHADWICK,   Mary BUCKLEY of London &   Ann wife of John SHEPPARD;   son in law Rev Henry WALKDEN,   grandson James PLATT of Manchester;   housekeeper Martha LOWTON.
Witnesses: Joseph KNOTT,   George BOOTH,   William HARRISON.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1793

PLATT
WAGSTAFF
PLATT, James, of Mottram, Cotton Spinner. (Ad)
widow PLATT* of Mottram,   with other administrators John WAGSTAFF* of Mottram, shopkeeper &   John PLATT* of Mottram, cotton spinner.
Admin. granted 3 May 1793  Estate valued at £2-4-4.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1813

BEARD
HADFIELD
PLATT
PLATT, James, of Padfield, Clothier, 12 Mar 1813.
sons Joshua PLATT, James PLATT of Lowerfold, Daniel PLATT;   daughter Ann wife of Thomas HADFIELD,   son John PLATT* of Lowerfold;   executor William BEARD* of Marple Bridge, Corn dealer.
Witnesses: William BEARD,   Thomas HADFIELD,   George HADFIELD
Probate granted 3 Jun 1813.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1819

CARRINGTON
EYRE
HIBBERSON
LOMAS
MELLOR
MIDDLETON
NALL
PEARSON
POTTER
POTTS
RIGHTON
SHALLCROSS
TAYLOR
POTTER, George - of Woodside, Chapel en le Frith, Carrier. Died 2 Oct 1819.
Mentions: wife Sarah POTTER;   John TAYLOR of Barmoor;   George WHYATT(?);   grandsons George PEARSON and John PEARSON (sons of deceased daughter Sarah);   Anthony SHALLCROSS;   Thomas POTTS;   Joshua NALL;   William MIDDLETON;   Nancy MELLOR;   John EYRE;   daughter Elizabeth SHALLCROSS;   son in law Anthony SHALLCROSS of Chapel en le Frith;   brother Jonathan POTTER of Chesterfield, Innkeeper;   Jacob LOMAS of Cockyard, Chapel en le Frith, Farmer.
Witnesses: Robert HIBBERSON;   Job RIGHTON;   Joseph CARRINGTON.
Probate granted 16 Dec 1819 Lichfield.

Contact: Hazel Fleet-Barlow

 

1830

BEARD
FIELDING
HEGGINBOTTOM
PLATT
PLATT, James, of Glossop, 24 Sep 1830.
brother Joshua PLATT* of Hayfield, Gentleman,   grandson Thomas BEARD* of Glossop, Breadmaker.
Witnesses: Thomas HEGGINBOTTOM,   James HEGGINBOTTOM,   Joseph FIELDING.
Probate granted 13 Nov 1830.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1834

HOBSON
PLATT
PLATT, Joshua, of Hayfield, Clothier, Widower. (Ad)
son Joshua PLATT* of Hayfield, Farmer;   with other administrators John HOBSON* of Hayfield, Schoolmaster &   Edward HOBSON* of Hayfield, Labourer.
Admin. granted 26 Jun 1834.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1855

BLACKBURN
CHADWICK
DITCHFORTH
FERNALLY
HOBSON
LANCASHIRE
PLATT
ROBB
ROBINSON
SYKES
PLATT, Joseph, of Newton, Mottram, Shopkeeper/Grocer, 9 Mar 1851. Died 23 Jun 1855.
wife Hannah PLATT* (predeceased her husband);   sons George, Thomas & Joseph PLATT;   daughters Agnes, Sarah, Lydia & Martha PLATT;   Ann SYKES,   Elizabeth BLACKBURN,   Tamar PLATT,   Catharine FERNALLY,   Matilda ROBINSON,   tenant Mr CHADWICK,   sons in law John SYKES,   Joseph BLACKBURN,   John FERNALLY,   George ROBINSON.
Trustees: brother in law John HOBSON*,   of Oldfield near Honly, Yorkshire, Farmer;   brother David PLATT* of Steps near Honly,   Yorkshire, Woollen Manufacturer.
Witnesses: James ROBB(?), Schoolmaster, Newton (will & codicil);   John DITCHFORTH(?), Labourer, Newton (will);   James LANCASHIRE, Book Keeper, Newton (codicil).
Codicil: 15 Dec 1852.
Probate issued 3 Jul 1855  Estate under the value of £600.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1856

BLAKE
NORMAN
NOTT
PARSONS
POTTER
WHITEHEAD
POTTER, Samuel - of Ilkeston Park, Gentleman, 13 Jan 1854.
Beneficiaries: daughter Sarah BLAKE (wife of George Blake NORMAN);   sons Samuel POTTER and Philip POTTER farmers;   son Reverend Alfred POTTER.
Executors: Samuel POTTER;   Philip POTTER;   Samuel POTTER of Elmsley Lodge Nottingham.
Witnesses: Arthur PARSONS, Solicitor;   Job NOTT;   Ann POTTER;   Sarah WHITEHEAD.
Note: In the Codicil, dated 30 Nov 1854, Alfred POTTER is bequeathed the living of Keyworth in co. Nottingham.
Probate 22 May 1856 - PCC.

Contact: Ros Dunning

 

1857

OATES
PLATT
TOMLINSON
PLATT, Sarah, of Glossop, Spinster. (Ad)
brother Benjamin PLATT* of Dinting, Farmer;   with other administrators Joseph OATES* of High Street, Glossop, Auctioneer,   & William TOMLINSON* of Hall Street, Glossop, Gardener.
Admin. granted 10 Jul 1857.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1870

FOX
KELLETT
PORRITT
PURSGLOVE
SIMPSON
TURNER
PURSGLOVE, Thomas, of Hayfield, Derbyshire, Stonemason, 2 Oct 1869. Died Nov 1870. Lived on Fold St, Greater Hamlet, Hayfield.
Beneficiaries: son William PURSGLOVE, draper, of Seaforth, Liverpool;   daughter Ann TURNER of Hayfield, wife of butcher Thomas TURNER,   (later widowed, married William PORRITT of Hayfield);   and John KELLETT, weaver, of Hayfield.
Witnesses: George William FOX, Solicitor, of Manchester,   and John SIMPSON, brewer, of Chapel en le Frith. Solicitors: A & G W FOX, Manchester,   District Registrar John James SIMPSON.
Probate granted 28 Nov 1870 in the district registry of Derby.

Contact: Sheila Pursglove

 

1874

CHATTERTON
COOPER
ELLIOTT
KIRK
LOMAS
POTTER
WALTON
POTTER, John - of Woodside, Chapel en le Frith, Farmer. Died 19 Feb 1874 at Woodside.
Mentions: son John POTTER;   son George POTTER;   son Jonathan POTTER;   son James POTTER;   daughter Mary CHATTERTON;   son in law William CHATTERTON;   daughter Sarah LOMAS;   son in law James LOMAS;   daughter Elizabeth COOPER;   son in law Thomas COOPER;   daughter Olive WALTON;   son in law Thomas WALTON.
Witnesses: Peter KIRK;   Hannah ELLIOTT.
Will proved 4 Sep 1874 at Derby.

Contact: Hazel Fleet-Barlow

 

1877

FLETCHER
POTTER
REFERN
TOOGOOD
POTTER, John - of Turnditch, 19 Apr 1872.
Beneficiaries: Sarah POTTER (wife);   Joseph POTTER (son);   John William POTTER (grandson);   John POTTER (son);   Eliza Ann FLETCHER (dau)
Executors & Trustees: John POTTER (son);   William FLETCHER (son-in-law)
Witnesses: James TOOGOOD, Dealer, Turnditch;   Joseph REFERN, Coal Dealer, Turnditch;  
Testator died 13 May 1877 at Turnditch. Proved at Derby 11 Jun 1877.

Contact: Thelma Wigley

 

1888

BENNETT
BRAMWELL
BROUGH
DUKE
HALL
MARCHINGTON
POTTS
VERNON
POTTS, Elizabeth - of Dove Holes, spinster, 24 Sep 1880.
Beneficiaries: brother Samuel POTTS,   sister Mary Ann VERNON,   sister Sarah MARCHINGTON of Cross Cottages Dove Holes,   brother Lawrence POTTS,   niece Frances Hannah POTTS (daughter of brother Lawrence POTTS),   (brother) Henry POTTS,   nephew James Henry POTTS (son of brother Henry POTTS),   niece Frances BROUGH,   niece Hannah HALL.
Executors: Peter BRAMWELL, Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Clerk,   brother Lawrence POTTS,   & nephew James Henry POTTS.
Witnesses: Alice DUKE of Dove Holes,   & Levi BENNETT of Dove Holes.
Also mentioned: the Will of her father (known to be Henry POTTS, but his name is not specified in the will)
Testator died 23 Aug 1888. Probate 30 Oct 1888 at Derby.

Contact: John Powell

 

1888

ANDREW
BROADHURST
PLATT
PLATT, George, of 49 High Street West, Glossop, Butcher, 26 Oct 1887.
wife Grace PLATT,   son James Edwin PLATT*,   daughter Alice PLATT, spinster.
Witnesses: Walter ANDREW, Cashier, Glossop,   H. BROADHURST, Bank accountant, 51 Pikes Lane, Glossop.
Probate granted 31 Oct 1888.

Contact: Graham Hadfield

 

1903

CHALLAND
HODGKINSON
PARKER
TIMMS
PARKER, Richard - of Littleover co. Derby, farmer, 26 Apr 1886.
"All my Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever unto my dear wife Mary Ann Challand PARKER";   she also to be Executor. Testator signs.
Witnesses: John TIMMS, Littleover, Derby accountants clerk;   and William HODGKINSON, ???? Littleover, Derby - farmer.
Probate granted 31 Aug 1903 at Derby to Mary Ann Challand PARKER sole  executor.

Contact: Carol Standish

 

1904

ADAMS
CROMPTON
GOODWIN
OXLEY
PRINCE
PRINCE, Peter, of Stanton in the Peak, Stone Merchant, 30 Jul 1903.
wife Alice PRINCE*,   son Alfred PRINCE*,   Alfred Joseph ADAMS* of Bakewell Bank Manager;   daughter Maud OXLEY,   brothers James PRINCE & John PRINCE;   Robert OXLEY father of son in law Henry OXLEY,   CROMPTON and EVANS Bank Limited,   John PRINCE and Co. stone Merchants.
Witnesses: Herbert PRINCE;   Stanton,   F S GOODWIN, Solicitor Bakewell.
Probate of this Will was granted 28 Nov 1904 at Derby,  to Alice PRINCE Alfred PRINCE and Alfred Joseph ADAMS the Executors.

Contact: Cliff Prince

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