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:-

 

1588

DRAKE
HEATHCOTT
ROTHERAM
STEPHENSON
TRETON
WUDDESWORTHE
TRETON, John - of Eckington, Derbyshire, yeoman, 6th Aug 1586.
Beneficiaries: daughters Jane TRETON*, Ellin TRETON;   Dorothie TRETON and Agnes TRETON;   younger sons Richard TRETON and John TRETON;   eldest son Henry TRETON;   god children (unnamed);   wife Alice TRETON.
Supervisors: Edmond STEPHENSON, gent. and Thomas HEATHCOTT.
Witnesses: Edward DRAKE,   John ROTHERAM,   and Henry WUDDESWORTHE.
Probate granted 14 May 1588.

Contact: Russell Smith

 

1625

ALBRIGHT
ALKINTON
COOK
HYNDE
SAY
TAYLOR
TAYLOR, William - St Botolph Bishopsgate, London, citizen and pewterer.
Peter ALBRIGHT citizen and girdler;   brother Ancker TAYLOR of Blackfriars tailor;   poor of Ilkeston co. Derby.
Executors: sister Mary wife of John COOK tailor and uncle Francis HYNDE gent.
Witnesses: John & William SAY & Robert ALKINTON.
Proved 1625, Archdeaconry Court of London; Vol 6, f193.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1631

BARKHOUSE
BILSTON
DAKIN
FFRITH
FFURNIS
GODDARD
HALL
HATLEY
HAWKSWORTH
HEALE
REDFEARNE
TALBOT
TALBOTT
WILSON
TALBOT, Robt - of Eyam countie Darbie, Parson, 13 Aug 1630 [6 Chas I]
to Richard TALBOT "my Cosen nowe dwelling in house with me" - tenn pounds;   to my neece Brigett TALBOTT - tenn pounds on the day of her marriage;   to my naturall brother Thomas TALBOT - fortie shillings in 1 year;   to my naturall brother Richard TALBOT of London - fortie shillings;   to William BILSTON - two shillings sixe pence;   fortie shillings towards the releefe and mayntenance of the poore of Eyam at the discrecon of the Parson or Minister and Churchwardens;   my will and minde is that Brigett TALBOTT my nowe wife shall have all R&R saving (she shall give) Mris HATLEY her naturall mother five pounds;   also to Brigett TALBOT my said wife 3 closes or pcells of (?)incholed ground called Silleday acres in the parish and living of Hucloe and ffooloe and after her death to my brother Thomas TALBOTT and heires for ever.
Joynt Executors: my wife Bridgett TALBOTT and my brother Tho: TALBOTT.
Overseers: my foresaid cosen Richard TALBOT and John WILSON son of Anth. WILSON.
Witnesses: Tho DAKIN, Richard TALBOT.
I Robt TALBOT now Parson of Eyam doe by these psents believe that I have mannie things owinge untome wch I have noe assurance of neither bill nor bond: Imprimis ffrancis FFRITH of Grindleforth brige ~ 5£-0s-0d / Ite: John WILSON of Anth: and Tho BARKHOUSE ~ of ffolow Ilent them to pay an officer ~ 1-2-0 / Ite Edward HALL of ffoolow for a close ~ 1-2-0 / Ite Stephen GODDARD ~ 1-0-0 / Ite Martin FFURNIS ~ 0-1-0 / Ite Adam HAWKSWORTH of Hasleford ~ 2-10-0 / Ite Anthonie REDFEARNE of nether Padley ~ 0-10-0 / Ite Nich HEALE of Grindleford ~ 0-15-0.
Proved London (PCC) 27 Jan 1631. PRO Ref: 11/#159.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1631

ADAMS
COLLIER
DAKYN
DIDSBURIE
GODDARD
GREAVES
HALL
HILL
HOWBROOKE
MARSHALL
MOSLIE
SHELDON
STOPPARD
TOWNEND
WALLINGTON
WHITE
WRIGHT
TOWNEND, Philip - of ffooloe i/t/p Eyam, 9 Jul 1631.
Copy attested by Edward HILL "martis Baccalaur" and Tho: DAKYN.
my loveing wife Ellin TOWNEND - 22£ (and) "the beddinge wch she brought with her at our marriage", the best bedstockes (and) "alsoe a sadle and furniture thereto belongeinge";   my brother Joh{n} TOWNEND - my best suite of apparell;   my nephew Willm TOWNEND (son of my brother John) - "my hould cowe";   my wives brother Thomas DIDSBURIE - my second suite of apparell;   my brother Thomas TOWNEND - my third suite of apparell.
Other bequests: Edward HALL - one ewe of the midle Ranke;   Elizabeth HOWBROOKE - another ewe;   my grandchild Thomas GODDARD - three ewes;   my sister Margret - "the barley growinge upon a land in the old field";   to Thomas STOPPARD - 8s. or thereabouts which he is indebted to me;   my grandchild Michael GODDARD - the rest.
Joint Executors: my sister Margrett TOWNEND and my grandchild Michael GODDARD.
Overseers: Clement MARSHALL of Abney &   Robt COLLIER of Newton i/t/p Mottram co. Chester.
Witnesses: Rob: COLLIER;   [S] ADAMS Rect of Eyam;   Joh DIDSBURIE;   Clement MARSHALL.
Inventory by: Clement MARSHALL,   Thomas WHITE,   Thomas MOSLIE,   John SHELDON, 30 Jul 1631. Total: £59-7-4. Philip described as husbandman.
Accompt of Margaret TOWNEND of debts oweinge & legacies given: he owed the sd executrix / 0-4-6;   in funall expenses / 1-13-6;   his mortuarie & lay stall{?} / 0-13-4;   to Mr GREAVES for a harriott / £2-0-0;   a Servants wages / 0-17-0;   in Rent to the Lord / 0-10-0;   to Mr WRIGHT in Rent / 2-6-8;   in debts he owed money, to Will WHITE & others / 0-3-4.
Probate sworn before Matt WALLINGTON Deput.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1660

FRITH
GARDINER
MACHON
PENNINGTON
SHOOTER
TREETON
WHITE
TREETON, Christopher - of Eckington co. Derby, yeoman, 30 Jun 1658.
Beneficiaries and others: William TREETON my brother;   Anne TREETON and Easter TREETON daughters of my brother William TREETON;   Timothy TREETON son of my brother John TREETON;   Elizabeth TREETON daughter of my brother John TREETON;   John FRITH youngest son of Richard FRITH* of Warsopp in the co. of Nottingham;   Elizabeth TREETON and Mary TREETON daughters of Henry TREETON of Sheffield;   my nephew Jonathan TREETON*;   Ann FRITH, Katherine FRITH and Elizabeth FRITH daughters of the aforesaid Richard FRITH.
Land and property: "house and a croft wherein one John WHITE now inhabits in Eckington aforesaid and one close of land meadow or pasture commonly called … Plats Meadow;   "close of land meadow or pasture commonly called …   Meadow on Whynney Close lying in Eckington … at a place called Foxbank";   three acres of meadow … "lying in a close called South Meadow in Eckington…   as appeareth in the … Court Rolls" (of Eckington)".
Supervisor: Mr Samuel GARDINER the Rector of Eckington.
Witnesses: John PENNINGTON,   Richard FRITH,   William MACHON,   Dorothy SHOOTER(x)
Probate granted 27 Apr 1660.

Contact: Russell Smith

 

1665

TAYLER
TAYLOR
WHERRICK
TAYLER, Jarvis - of London, tailor.
bro Thos TAYLER of Dronfield co. Derby blacksmith;   Jms TAYLOR of Newark [on Trent co. Nottingham] locksmith.
Executor: cousin Henry WHERRICK tailor.
Proved in the Commissary Court of London 1665: Vol 32, f128.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1665

BROADHURST
CHAPMAN
HANCOCK
RAWORTH
THORPE
WILSON
THORPE, William, of Eyam co. Darby, yeoman, 3 Oct 1665. Buried 7 Oct 1665.
grandchildren Thomas THORPE and Alice THORPE,   [son and daughter of son Thomas THORPE late deceased;   both under 21];   Robert THORPE, eldest son of sayd son Thomas THORPE and William THORPE, another son of son Thomas;   wellbeloved cousin Abraham BROADHURST,   son of George BROADHURST of Upper Haddon.
Executors: John WILSON of (?)Church-Style and the sayd Abraham BROADHURST (also Guardians for Alice and Thomas).
Witnesses: John HANCOCK,   John CHAPMAN(X),   Anthony RAWORTH.
NB: None of these THORPEs survived.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1666

BLACKWELL
BRAMHALL
FYDLER
HEILD
HUNSTONE
MOMPESSON
SLINNE
TALBOT
TALBOTT
TORRE
TALBOT, Richard, of Ryley, co. Derby Yeoman, Jul 1666. Buried 25 Jul 1666.
wife Catherine TALBOT,   to eldest son Robert TALBOTT a heifer called Buxton heifer;   to son George TALBOTT the smithy shop;   if George dye then the smithy shop to go to third son Jonathan;   if all dye then estate to be divided between Jonathan HUNSTONE of Ashton under Lyne, co. Lancs and Joseph BRAMHALL of Ryley aforesaid.
Executor: William MOMPESSON, Rector of Eyam.
Witnesses: Rob: FYDLER(R),   Fran: BLACKWELL(F);   Rich: TALBOTT(T), his marke.
Appraisers of Inventory: Godfrey TORRE(X),   Robert SLINNE(X),   Robert HEILD, 22 Jul 1666;   Total £126 7s. included three spinning-wheels. One item - a silver spoon-was valued at five shillings.
NB: son Robert buried the day before his father; Jonathan on 30 Jul 1666. George survived and is mentioned on the Hearth Tax roll of 1670.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1667

BRUSHFIELD
COOPE
HODGKINSON
STANLEY
TORR
TORRE
TORR, William - of Eyam, 12 Oct 1665 (N)
Nuncupative Will written by Thomas STANLEY;   leaves everything to his wife Amy and infant son, Humphrey, or if they didn't survive, to his father Humphrey, with a smaller bequest to Amy's father, Thomas [Ed: Richard?] BRUSHFIELD.
Probate: Chesterfield 29 Apr 1667 to ffrancis TORRE "consanguino" (i.e. cousin or relative), yeoman de Eyam, and to ffrancis HODGKINSON apud Bakewell, farmer by John COOPE Deput.
Inventory: £60-16-0 … "lately deceased of Eyam, 1665", no exact date given.
Note: William was buried 13 Oct 1665, and within days his father Humphrey, wife Amy, and son Humphrey (just under 1 year old) also died of the Plague. William's mother Scythe TORRE predeceased him by a few days.

 

1668

AGARD
BALES
BATES
BLACKWALL
BRADSHAW
CREES
CUES
FEILDE
HEMAS
HEMUS
LOWE
OLDFIELD
PORTER
SHELMADINE
SHUTTLEWORTH
TOPHAM
WIGLEY
TOPHAM, Elizabeth (née WIGLEY) - of Wirksworth, 3 Sep 1668.
Executor: Mr. John WIGLEY (brother of the Testator)
Beneficiaries: John TOPHAM (brother-in-law of the Testator);   (cousin) Daniel SHELMADINE and his son Daniel;   (cousin) Elizabeth SHELMADINE;   (cousin) John WIGLEY of London and his brother Thomas;   (cousin) Elizabeth SHUTTLEWORTH;   (cousin) Henry WIGLEY of Wigwall and his wife Mary;   "sister SHELMADINE" and her sons: Thomas, Joseph, ?Chilipas, and Samuel;   (cousin) Elizabeth AGARD;   Robert PORTER, late minister of Pentheridge (?Pentrich);   John O(ld)FEILDE[1], late minister of Carsington;   William ?CUES[2] and Sarah his wife;   (cousin) Mary BLACKWALL;   (cousin) Ann BRADSHAW;   Mary BALES[3];   "sister TOPHAM" of Thorpe and her daughter (unnamed);   Jane LOWE;   (cousin) Mr. Henry WIGLEY of Cromford, his wife Millicent and his daughter Millicent;   sister Elizabeth WIGLEY;   Testator signs.
Witnesses: William HEMUS[4] (his mark), Elizabeth HEMUS (signed).
Probate granted 1668.
Notes: [1] John O(LD)FIELD - one-time vicar of Carsington. According to Alumni Cantabrigienses he was the son of Sir Samuel OLDFIELD.
[2] This surname is believed to be 'CREES', a family name which has been observed frequently in researches into the lead mining industry.
[3] Probably 'BATES', written with an uncrossed letter 'T'.
[4] The Witnesses also sign the Inventory, where their surname appears more clearly to be 'HEMAS'.

Contact: George Hewitt FBA

 

1703

COLTON
HELLOBY
LEE
LEY
MYATT
TOPHAM
TOPHAM, Joseph - of Mathfield (Vicar of Mathfield), 18 Feb 1702.
Executors: Catherine TOPHAM (wife) and John TOPHAM (brother)
Overseer: George LEY, Gent of Middle Mathfield.
Beneficiaries: wife Catherine TOPHAM, son Benjamin TOPHAM, daughters Mary, Elizabeth and Catherine TOPHAM;   'cosin [sic] Joseph HELLOBY may have the perusing and surveying of all my books,   writings and papers, with my wives [sic] consent'.
Witnesses: John LEE,   Joseph MYATT,   Dorothy COLTON [all personally signed]
Probate granted 7 Apr 1703.
Note: According to Alumni Cantabrigienses, Joseph was admitted to St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1668. It also states that he was probably Vicar of Crich, c1672, hence the Derbyshire connection.

Contact: George Hewitt FBA

 

1731

BOURNE
CALTON
HEATHCOTE
HUDSON
THORNHILL
TWIGG
WARRINGTON
THORNHILL, John - of Stanton co. Derby Esq, 13 Oct 1729.
my son Bache THORNHILL - "my Mynes in Wales... All and every my Mynes or Grooves whether the same be Lead Mynes or other Mynes lying and being in any County of Britain or elsewhere";   wife Anne THORNHILL - dwelling house situate in Stanton with all Orchards Gardens Outhouses and also "all those severall Closes or ffish ponds at Stanton aforesaid called by the seveall names of the Callcroft, the Backsides, the two Hillocks and Will Middings;   my sons Nicholas and Thomas THORNHILL;   my daughters Anne THORNHILL, Margaret THORNHILL, Dorothy THORNHILL and Katherine THORNHILL - £1200 each. Thomas, Dorothy and Katherine are under 18.
I have already given my son Henry THORNHILL £1200 "to be Imployed by him in Trade and Business" now I hereby fully conform the Gift;   bequests also to daughter Hannah (wife of Mr Samuel HEATHCOTE of Derby);   son in law Mr George WARRINGTON and my daughter Elizabeth (his wife);   my nephew Mr Nicholas TWIGG of Stanton;   to Mr Richard CALTON of Chesterfield "ffive Guineas to buy a Mourning Ring". Signed and Sealed by the said Testator John THORNHILL with:
Witnesses: Henry BOURNE,   Joseph HUDSON,   Rich: CALTON Junr.
Probate London 7 Apr 1731. PRO Ref: PROB 11/644.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1760

ALLEN
BAXTER
BLACKWELL
FOX
KNOWLES
TALBOTT
WHEELER
WRIGHT
TALBOTT, Richard - of Eyam, Innholder and Parish Clerk, 5 Jan 1760.
to sister Catherine TALBOTT 2 pounds 10 shillings;   son George TALBOTT 2 dwelling houses and their appurtenances at the west end of churchyard in Eyam now in the possession of Sarah FOX and George KNOWLES, also stable at North end of named houses adjoining houses belonging to George WRIGHT esq. in the possession of William BAXTER, schoolmaster;   within one month of death George is to lease the property to my son William TALBOTT for a yearly rent of 20 shillings for term of 999 years;   if George does not execute lease then to become property of William;   also to son George TALBOTT 192nd share of grove or lead mine called Gorsty dale in liberty of Bonsall in Wapentake of Wirksworth;   residue of property both real and personal & all mines & shares of mines & mineral interests to son William TALBOTT: he also sole executor.
Witnesses: James BLACKWELL,   Samuel WHEELER,   John ALLEN - his mark.
Proved 14 Mar 1760.

Contact: Jenny Stocker

 

1776

ALEHEAD
HILL
PICKFORD
POTT
POTTS
TURNER
WYLE
TURNER, Mary - of Kettleshulme. Buried 29 Jul 1776.
Mentions: daughter Ann TURNER;   daughter Elizabeth POTTS;   son in law William POTTS;   son Samuel TURNER;   son Peter TURNER;   son Edward TURNER;   son George TURNER;   daughter Martha ALEHEAD;   son in law Peter ALEHEAD;   daughter Mary HILL;   son in law Samuel HILL;   daughter Hellen WYLE (deceased), granddaughter Hannah WYLE, grandson Abel WYLE, granddaughter Hellen WYLE.
Witnesses: John POTT;   Ann POTT;   John PICKFORD.
Probate granted 4 Sep 1776 [Cheshire Will].

Contact: Hazel Fleet-Barlow

 

1797

BRAMWELL
CHAPMAN
HAWKSWORTH
JOULE
STERNDALE
THORNHILL
THORNHILL, James, of Wardlow i/t/p Hope, Farmer, 6 Jul 1796.
Jonathan JOULE* senior and Stevin JOULE* junior both of Smalldale in Peak forest;   sons Joseph, William, Jonathan THORNHILL, wife Ann THORNHILL;   mother Mary THORNHILL, last Will of father Joseph THORNHILL.
Witnesses: J STERNDALE,   Thos. BRAMWELL,   Thomas HAWKSWORTH.
Proved Bakewell 28 Apr 1797; before Richard CHAPMAN Surrogate.
Will has a note to the effect that it was examined 4 Feb 1807.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1810

BAGSHAW
DOWNES
LOWE
MELLOR
NIXON
SMITH
TURNER
WILLOTT
TURNER, Samuel - of Rainow in the parish of Prestbury co. Chester, Yeoman. Died 24 Feb 1810.
Mentions: son in law Edward DOWNES of Kettleshulme, Yeoman;   James MELLOR of Kettleshume, Yeoman;   Joseph LOWE of Kettleshulme, Yeoman;   grandson Samuel LOWE of Kettleshulme (later of Roeside, Chapel en le Frith);   wife Martha TURNER;   granddaughter Ann LOWE;   grandson John DOWNES, granddaughter Racheal DOWNES, grandson Edward DOWNES;   daughter Keziah DOWNES;   grandson James MELLOR;   Joseph NIXON of Harrop within Rainow, Yeoman;   William WILLOTT of Harrop within Rainow, Yeoman.
Witnesses: John SMITH;   Robert BAGSHAW.
Probate issued 26 Feb 1810 [Cheshire Will].

Contact: Hazel Fleet-Barlow

 

1817

BARTON
BROWNSON
FOX
GOOSE
HIBBERD
HIBBERT
KNOWLES
MIDDLETON
NEWTON
SMITH
TALBOTT
TATTERSALL
WILD
WRIGHT
YOULE
TALBOTT, William - of Eyam, 26 Sep 1814.
to Joseph NEWTON of Eyam and his wife Elizabeth (Betty) - 3 freehold properties situated at the west end of the church yard and appurtenances (common right excepted), current occupants (tenants) William TALBOTT, George BARTON and William FOX;   to Joseph NEWTON and Elizabeth one half of a pew consisting of 4 seats in Eyam Church, currently shared by M M MIDDLETON;   to John NEWTON son of Joseph and Elizabeth NEWTON £10;   to Hannah, Margaret, Jane and Amy daughters of Joseph and Elizabeth NEWTON £5;   to Sarah wife of George SMITH £5;   to Dorothy wife of John BROWNSON £5;   to Mary YOULE £5;   to Barbara TATTERSALL £5;   all of the above are daughters of Joseph and Elizabeth NEWTON;   to Sarah wife of John GOOSE £5;   to Richard FOX and Elizabeth his wife £60 for bringing up family + household furniture, beds linen and clothes + to have 6 months to remain in house and dispose of the above + to continue in workshop and chambers for 7yrs paying yearly rent of 20s.;   residue including deeds, writings, notes of demand, leases, bonds and remaining personal property to the executors.
Executors: Thomas KNOWLES the older of Stockport son of the late George KNOWLES and Mary KNOWLES (deceased);   and William KNOWLES of Sheffield son of the late George KNOWLES and Sarah his wife.
Witnesses: Peter WRIGHT,   John HIBBERD,   and Robert WILD.
Codicil: 27 Mar 1817 - to William KNOWLES mortgage deed from father George KNOWLES dated 24 Jul 1786;   to Thomas KNOWLES of Stockport promissory note dated 27 Dec 1791.
Witnesses: John HIBBERT,   Robert WILD,   P WRIGHT.
Note: The executor Thomas KNOWLES was the submitter's g*4 grandfather. His parents George and Mary KNOWLES (née TALBOTT) are named on a TALBOTT Memorial in Eyam Churchyard [Eyam MIs, F#013]

Contact: Jenny Stocker

 

1820

BETTENEY
GREGORY
HADFIELD
HURST
MARPLE
MORTON
SHAW
THORNHILL
TISSINGTON
WARD
WRIGHT
THORNHILL, Robert - of Longstone, Yeoman, 24 Oct 1819.
wife Mary, sons John THORNHILL* farmer and William THORNHILL* of Liverpool, Sugar refiner;   daughter Jane [wife of Charles SHAW];   grandson John THORNHILL [son of late son Robert] / £220, the share in the Sheffield Fire Insurance office and his brown horse called Boxer;   late tenant William HADFIELD,   tenants James WARD,   Nicholas HURST and Richard BETTENEY;   pew purchased from Mr WRIGHT;   other tenants Joseph WARD,   Joseph MARPLE and William GREGORY.
Witnesses: James GREGORY,   Joseph MORTON and James TISSINGTON.
Proved 13 Oct 1820; Value under "1000.

Contact: Rosemary Lockie

 

1838

BRAILSFORD
TURNER
WHARTON
TURNER, James - of Alton i/t/p Ashover, Farmer. Died 23 Apr 1838. (Ad)
to son John TURNER - Farmer, Maltster,   Beerhouse Keeper of Alton i/t/p Ashover;   widow Sarah TURNER renounced her rights in favour of son John TURNER.
Witnesses: Paul BRAILSFORD - Farmer, Press i/t/p Ashover and John WHARTON - Farmer, Press i/t/p Ashover.
Admin. Lichfield 21 May 1838.

Contact: John Mather

 

1848

ALLASON
JAMES
LANGTON
SAVORY
THORNHILL
THORNHILL, John James - of No.144 (late 137) New Bond St., City of Westminster, cutler, 19 Aug 1826.
"Amidst all my temporal blessings I regard as the greatest, the choice the good providence of God led me to make of a companion for life to her kind attachment her excellent qualities her unwearied assiduity. I feel indebted for the large share of happiness I have enjoyed during a period of about 25 years, but most particularly would I gratefully acknowledge her unremitting attention to the welfare of our numerous and beloved children…" Sophia, Emma, Louisa, Walter, Sarah, Ellen, John, Mariah;   I hereby give and bequeath to my dear wife for her own proper use and benefit all the property of which I may die possessed whether lease of premises value of business stock in trade, household furniture plate goods or linen.
Executors: my beloved wife and her brother, Mr John LANGTON of Herne Hill this 11th of March 1826.   Signed 19 Aug 1826 - John James THORNHILL.
Witnesses: William ALLASON,   John SAVORY.
Note at end: 20 Jun 1848 - had made enquiries and no codicil.
Probate London 29 Jun 1848 to John Bicknell LANGTON of Herne Hill Surrey.
Note: "JJ" was the grandson of Joseph THORNHILL (-1779) of Wardlow, and his wife Mary JAMES, who married 14 Jan 1741/2 at Hope. He married Sophia LANGTON 16 Oct 1800 at Southwark, Surrey.

Contact: Sue Thomas

 

1855

TURNER
TURNER, Zacharius - Labourer. Died 10 Nov 1854 at North Wingfield. (Ad)
to brother John TURNER - Farmer i/t/p Ashover,   brother William TURNER - Innkeeper, Chesterfield and brother Paul TURNER - labourer, Brampton.
Admin. Lichfield 19 Apr 1855.

Contact: John Mather

 

1856

DUTTON
HOLMES
TURNER
TURNER, William - Innkeeper. Died 1 May 1856 at the King and Miller, Chesterfield.
to widow and relict Elizabeth TURNER.
Witnesses: Thomas HOLMES and Thomas DUTTON.
Probate Lichfield 16 Oct 1856.

Contact: John Mather

 

1857

BRADSHAW
CLAY
GREEN
PEACH
TRICKETT
TRICKETT, John - of Matlock co. Derby gentleman, 21 Oct 1853.
Trustees and Executors: my son John TRICKETT and my friend Francis CLAY of Matlock aforesaid shopkeeper.
Bequests: son John - my silver Tankard presented to me by the Farmers of Deeping Fen Lincolnshire. I devise unto my said Trustees all my real estate including land situate at Spalding co. Lincoln purchased from Mr James BRADSHAW, but conveyed to my late son Joseph TRICKETT for the purpose of giving him qualification to vote but on understanding he should be seized thereof in trust for myself and the four dwellinghouses and other buildings erected by me thereon.
My wife Ann TRICKETT to have the rents during her life or widowhood;   after her death, the Testator's estate in Matlock is to be held in trust for son John, and the estate in Spalding, Lincolnshire for the children of late son Joseph (who are under 21).
Witnesses: Joseph PEACH Matlock;   Wm. GREEN Matlock.
Proved at London 22 Aug 1857 by the oaths of John TRICKETT (the son)  and Francis CLAY.

Contact: Graham King

 

1860

EDMUNDS
GOODIER
JACKSON
KENNERLEY
LOWE
NIGHTINGALE
ORME
THORNHILL
WORTHINGTON
WYCH
THORNHILL, Susannah - of Wilmslow co. Chester widow, 1 Feb 1860.
all my clothes & wearing apparel personal ornaments & trinkets to my relation Mary WYCH wife of my cousin William WYCH of Mobberley co. Chester farmer for herself & to distribute as she may think useful and proper to the daughters of my late cousins Susannah JACKSON and Harriett KENNERLEY;   £100 to the Trustees of the Morley Quakers monthly Meeting to invest paying the interest for support of the poor friends belonging to the Quakers Society;   to my cousin Jane LOWE wife of Alfred LOWE £250;   to each of my cousins John WYCH, the said William WYCH and Thomas WYCH £250;   to the children of my late cousin Susannah JACKSON deceased - £250 divided among them;   to the children of my late late cousin Harriett KENNERLEY - £250 between them (all apparently under 21 & unmarried);   my 3 copyhold cottages with land &c. in Rainow, co. Chester + Land in occup'n of Stephen ORME and undertenants + annual rent of £10 payable by Mr EDMUNDS for using the Water therein for power + my 2 cottages with gardens &c in Wilmslow now unoccupied + 2 freehold messuages in Wilmslow now in the possession of myself & Mrs. Ellen NIGHTINGALE lately purchased from the Earl of Stamford & Warrington with the yearly rent + all other my real estate "upon trust" to the use of my said cousins William WYCH and Thomas WYCH aforesaid together with my personal estate to sell and dispose, &c. and the monies arising to be shared in 6 parts - to John, William & Thomas WYCH, the children of Susannah JACKSON, and of Harriett KENNERLEY, the 6th part to invest paying the interest to my cousin Mary GOODIER (wife of William GOODIER) for her own use and after her decease for her children.
Trustees & Executors: William WYCH & Thomas WYCH.
Witnesses: Ellen NIGHTINGALE - Jno WORTHINGTON Solr. Cheadle.
Proved 16 Jun 1860 by the oaths of the Executors (as named)
Sub £6000; No Leaseholds; Testatrix died 13 Feb 1860.

Contact: Sue Thomas

 

1872

CARRINGTON
CHINN
THOMPSON
THOMPSON, Alexander - of Bakewell, Beer House Keeper and Farmer, 16 Jan 1869.
Died 28 Dec 1871 at Bakewell.
"I bequeath everything to dear wife Elizabeth THOMPSON* provided she remain my widow. If she re-marries, then my whole estate to be divided equally among my children (not named) still living and if my child/children dies, then to their issue".
Witnesses: Wm A CARRINGTON, Bakewell & John A CARRINGTON, Bakewell.
Proved at Derby 3 May 1872 by the oath of Elizabeth THOMPSON, widow,   the relict, the sole executrix to whom admin was granted. Effects under £200. Extracted by S & H S CHINN, Proctor, Derby.
Transcribed by Janet Kirk, January 2003 from Microfilm of Derby Diocesan Probate held at Matlock Record Office.

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1886

BRIDDON
FIDLER
HOLLAND
SWAIN
TAYLOR
THOMPSON
THOMPSON, Benjamin - of Matlock St., Bakewell, Butcher, 1 Apr 1885. Died 18 Oct 1885 at Bakewell.
Beneficiaries: my son Benjamin THOMPSON (and proviso after his decease for his three sons, Benjamin, John & George or their issue;   my grandson Benjamin THOMPSON* (son of my son John);   my daughter Elizabeth (wife of John HOLLAND of Over Haddon);   my son George THOMPSON;   my granddaughter Elizabeth THOMPSON (daughter of my late son Thomas);   my friend Joseph BRIDDON;   my son John THOMPSON* of Fox House, Hathersage - all the rest &c.
Witnesses: Thos FIDLER, Lumford Cottages &   Alfred SWAIN, Master Bakewell Union.
Proved at Derby 1 Feb 1886 by the oath of the John THOMPSON the son and Benjamin THOMPSON the grandson to whom admin was granted. Gross Value of personal estate £1401.10.0. Extracted by F & H TAYLOR, Solicitor, Bakewell.
Transcribed by Janet Kirk, January 2003 from Microfilm of Derby Diocesan Probate held at Matlock Record Office.

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1894

POTTER
TIPPER
TIPPER, John - of Marsh Lane, Belper, Railway Clerk, 28 Dec 1893.
Beneficiaries: Mary TIPPER (wife)
Witnesses: John POTTER, Rate Collector, Belper;   Joseph TIPPER, Stoker, Derby.
Probate granted 8 Feb 1894 at Derby.

Contact: Thelma Wigley

 

1898

ASKEW
CLARK
LITTLEWOOD
NEWTON
OWEN
SKELLAND
TURNER
TURNER, Sarah Grace - of Abercrombie Street, Chesterfield. Died 1898. Second wife of John TURNER* - Draper, Packers Row, Chesterfield.
Beneficiaries: nieces Maud Emma NEWTON,   Helen Grace ASKEW, Mabel Ann ASKEW,   Mary LITTLEWOOD and Clara LITTLEWOOD;   nephew (?) Harold Henry TURNER* (husband's son from 1st marriage) nieces (?) Anne Jane OWEN and Kate TURNER (husband's daus from 1st marriage).
Witnesses: Geo Harold CLARK, Solicitor,   E SKELLAND.
Probate granted Derby 26 Aug 1898.

Contact: John Mather

 

1913

ASKEW
BRETSFORD
CLARKE
LINGARD
LITTLEWOOD
NEWTON
OWEN
TURNER
TURNER, John - of East Bank, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield; Occ. Draper, Packers Row, Chesterfield.
Beneficiaries: dau Kate TURNER,   son Harold Henry TURNER*,   dau Annie Jane OWEN*;   grandsons Philip John OWEN and Geoffrey Haslehurst OWEN;   nieces Nellie ASKEW, Mabel Askew,   Mary LITTLEWOOD and Mary LINGARD;   great nieces Phyllis NEWTON and Margery NEWTON.
Witnesses: Geo. Harold CLARKE, Solicitor,   J J BRETSFORD, Clerk.
Probate granted Derby 20 Sep 1913.

Contact: John Mather

 

1918

BLACKWELL
CRESWICK
DODGSON
FIDLER
GREELEY
KELLY
NICHOLSON
PEACE
SIMS
TURNER
TURNER, Joseph - of the Priory House, Middlewood, i/t/c Bradfield,
West Riding, co. York, Quarry Owner, 18 Sep 1917.
Executors & Trustees: friends Arthur John NICHOLSON of Stafford Road,   City of Sheffield, Solicitors Managing Clerk;   Francis Nathanial CRESWICK of Sheffield, Solicitor;   Harold Henry PEACE, of the Old Park Silver Mills, Sheffield,   Company's Secretary, and grandson John Joseph TURNER of Withens Avenue,   Sheffield, Stone Quarry Manager.
Beneficiaries: daughter Alice Ann BLACKWELL - my piano;   wife - such horse and four-wheeled carriage as [she] shall select.
Bequests: son Tom TURNER,   son in law Ben PEACE,   grandsons John Joseph TURNER and George Arnold TURNER,   to jointly carry on the business of Quarry Owner and Stone Merchant at Crowden and Woodhead Quarries, and Middlewood. Investment Income to: daughters Mary PEACE,   Blanche GREELEY,   Winifred FIDLER and Dorothy TURNER;   2 children of deceased son George Arnold TURNER and 3 children of deceased daughter Elizabeth KELLY.
Witnesses: Samuel SIMS, lodge farm, Worrall, quarry man;   William DODGSON, Barnham Rd. Oughtibridge, Quarry man.
Probate Wakefield 15 May 1918.

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1940

BUTTERFIELD
DIXON
TURNER
WILSON
TURNER, Percy Joseph - of Edgemount, Grindleford, Quarrymaster, 10 Mar 1936. Died 16 Jan 1940.
all property to wife Lilian TURNER*.
Witnesses: J BUTTERFIELD,   Clerk to Messrs. YOUNGE WILSON & Co. Solicitors, Sheffield;   P H Willis DIXON,   Articled Clerk with Messrs. YOUNGE WILSON &c.
Probate Wakefield 15 Mar 1940.

Contact: John Mather

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