Gloucestershire Wills

Abstracts of Gloucestershire 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 Gloucestershire, this is the Gloucestershire Archives. Wills which were proved at Bristol Episcopal Consistory Court may be found at the Bristol 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:-

 

1542

OSBORN
OSBORN, Walter - of Estington.
Probate Gloucester 1542. Researched from LDS Film #0091371.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Gloucester 1541-1545]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1551

OKELEY
UNDERWODE
OKELEY, Mary - of Wickwar, widow.
late husb Robert OKELEY of Nettleton, Wilts;   dtr Alice;   son in law Rich UNDERWODE.
Probate 1551. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Cromhall, &c. 1544-1567]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1555

OSWALD
OSWALD, William - of Berkeley.
sist;   sons Edward & Walter execs.
Probate 1555. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Berkeley 1541-1571]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1559

BOCHER
BYRTE
ORGAYNE
PARTERIGE
ORGAYNE, Richard - of Bradstone, Berkeley.
childr Jn & Mary;   dtr of Ellen BYRTE;   son Rich exec.
Overseers: Wlm PARTERIGE,   & Wlm BOCHER.
Probate 1559. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Berkeley 1541-1571]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1567

FOWLER
OLDFORD
OLIVERE
PATCHE
OLIVERE alias OLDFORD, William - of Morton, Thornbury.
wife Joan OLIVERE exec.
Overseers: Jn FOWLER of Wolford Mill,   & Jn PATCHE of Wilford.
Probate 1567. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Thornbury 1541-1567]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1572

HEARINGE
LEWES
MORTIMER
ORCHARD
PRUTINGE
STINCHCOMBE
ORCHARD, William - of Falfield, Thornbury, husb.
son Rich;   dtrs Margt PRUTINGE, & Elnr HEARINGE;   Welthian STINCHCOMBE;   wife Joan exec.
Overseers: Rich ORCHARD,   Jn MORTIMER,   & Hugh LEWES.
Probate 1572. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Thornbury 1568-1576]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1581

ORCHARD
ORCHARD, Thomas - of Littleton.
Proved at Canterbury (PCC) 1581. See also DocumentsOnline.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Olveston 1540-1619]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1596

HERDEN
MALLYN
OLEY
OLEY, John - of Thornbury, yeo.
bur at Rockhampton;   cousin Eliz HERDEN;   Margt dtr of Wlm OLEY;   cousin Wlm OLEY;   wife Margt exec.
Overseers: bro Jn OLEY,   & Thos MALLYN.
Probate 1596. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Thornbury 1577-1599]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1618

BEARD
HALL
ORCHARD
ORCHARD, John - of Oldbury, husb.
childr Wlm & Alice;   Rich son of Thos BEARD;   wife Alice exec.
Overseer: Wlm HALL.
Probate 1618. Researched from LDS Film #0091319.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Thornbury 1615-1624]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1619

BENFORD
NYCOLLES
OWEN
PENBURY
OWEN, Richard - of Moreton in the Marsh.
sons Rich, Anth, Jn & Nich;   bro Wlm;   wife exec.
Overseers: Rich PENBURY,   Anth NYCOLLES,   & Simon BENFORD.
Probate Gloucester 1619. Researched from LDS Film #0091396.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Gloucester 1619]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1621-25

BARRETT
BURCH
JOHNSON
LEMAN
LONG
ORANGE
PAINTER
SLADE
SMITH
SUFFEILD
WEDMOUR
ORANGE, Henry - in the James Royal, masters mate.
Henry SMITH purser;   Jn LEMAN master;   Jms SLADE &   N WEDMOUR masters mates;   Jn LONG surgeon;   Eliz BARRETT linen weavers dtr in St Augustine, Bristol [co. Gloucester];   Thos BURCH gunners mate;   Jacob JOHNSON sailor;   Arthur PAINTER swabber;   Rob SMITH* late purser of Little James.
Witness: Arthur SUFFEILD.
Proved in the Commissary Court of London Jul 1621-Dec 1625: Vol 24, f70.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1629

OLIVER
OLIVER, James - of merchant in East India, at the factory of Mocho.
Probate 1629. Researched from LDS Film #0091321.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1999: Bristol Strays]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1631

HEDG
HEDGE
LARNER
ORGAN
ORGAN, Walter - of Westerleigh, Gloucs, yeoman, 12 Apr 1631.
Bequests: to my wife Elizabeth, my daughters Joane ORGAN and Marie ORGAN;   my son-in-law John LARNER (?).
Executrix: my wife Elizabeth.
Overseers: Thomas HEDGE and John ORGAN.   Signed by Walter ORGAN.
Witnesses: John ORGAN,   Thomas HEDG.
Proved at Chipping Sodbury 1631. GRO Ref: 1631/228.

Contact: Crandall Family Association

 

1631

HARNCE
HARRANS
ORGAN
RUDG
RUDGE
ORGAN, Walter - of Westerleigh, Gloucs, yeoman, 12 Apr 1631.
to my wife Elizabeth and daughter Joane ORGAN - a chattel lease of tenement &c. and 1/2 acre of pasture and 2 other closes (of) about 2 acres, all i/t/p Westerleigh, indenture dated 14 Jul [ ] Jas I;   (then) after the decease of my wife Elizabeth to daughter Joane ORGAN during her life, and the life of John HARRANS nominated in the said indenture;   if Joane is possessed of the lease my daughter Marie ORGAN receive an annuity of 30s … Joane and Marie also to have other household items;   to my son-in-law John HARNCE - 10s.
Full Executrix: my wife Elizabeth - she to have the rest.
Overseers: Thomas RUDGE & James ORGAN.   Testator signs.
Witnesses: John ORGAN,   Thomas RUDG.
Proved at Chipping Sodbury [2 Aug crossed out].

Contact: Crandall Family Association

 

1638

OWENS
OWENS, Hugh - of Virginia, cowper. (Ad)
Probate 1638. Researched from LDS Film #0091323.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1999: Bristol Strays]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1641

CROFTE
HACKE
LUFFINGHAM
ORGAN
TAYLOR
ORGAN, William - of Fretherne, Gloucs, 12 Apr 1640.
Bequests: to my godson Thomas ORGAN;   my son Thomas ORGAN;   my daughter Elizabeth HACKE.
Executrix: my daughter Marie.
Overseers: Richard LUFFINGHAM clerk, and friends.   Testator signs William (X) ORGAN.
Witnesses: Richard LUFFINGHAM,   James (X) CROFTE,   Elizabeth (X) TAYLOR.
Proved 1641. GRO Ref: 1641/#150.

Contact: Crandall Family Association

 

1642

OCKFORD
STEPHENS
WYTHER
OCKFORD, William, senr - of Thornbury, husb.
childr Wlm & Mary;   present wife Mary exec.
Overseers: Jn STEPHENS of Littleton,   & Rich WYTHER of Northwicke.
Probate 1642. Researched from LDS Film #0091324.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Thornbury 1636-1650]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1695

BYRTONCLORFE
DREW
OLDHAM
STRINGER
OLDHAM, Thomas - of Didmarton, signed 1 Jan 1695.
Beneficiaries: sister Temperance STRINGER;   the children of my sisters and brothers;   wife Anne OLDHAM (executrix)
Witnesses: Thos BYRTONCLORFE(?),   Richard DREW.
Proved at Gloucester 1 Jul 1695. GRO Ref: 1695/#132.

Contact: Michael Poole

 

1717

DICKIE
EURET
FISHER
OULDHAM
PLUMER
WOODWARD
OULDHAM, John - of Shipton Moyne, minister of the gospel of christ, signed 6 May 1716.
Beneficiaries: daughter Anne, wife of John FISHER, minister of the gospel, Westport;   son Daniel (executor and residuary);   daughter Elizabeth, wife of John WOODWARD of Shipton;   daughter Abigail OULDHAM.
Witnesses: John DICKIE,   Philip PLUMER,   Mary EURET.
Proved at Gloucester 7 May 1717. GRO Ref: 1717/#105.

Contact: Michael Poole

 

1732

EXTON
HILLIER
MARKS
OLDHAM
WOODWARD
OLDHAM, Daniel senr - of Shipton Moyne, yeoman, 17 Oct 1729.
to son John OLDHAM - £20 when he attains 25 years of age;   to son Thomas OLDHAM - £20 to be laid out on apparel for him during his Apprenticeship;   to son Daniel OLDHAM - £40 at 21;   to daughter Ann EXTON - one guinea;   to daughter Rebecca OLDHAM - £10;   to daughters Mary, Abigail, Elizabeth and Christian - £20 apiece;   to daughter Hester - £30 at 21.
Sole Executrix: my loving wife Mary + R&R.   Signed Daniel OLDHAM Senr.
Witnesses: John WOODWARD,   Abigail HILLIER,   Wm. MARKS.
Hestera OLDHAM appointed? sworn? as Executrix 20 Jul 1732.  GRO Ref: 1732/#176.
Note: Fiat in Latin, not easy to read - wife Mary was still living in 1732 - she d. 1768.

Contact: Pam Hillier

 

1732

EXTON
FISHER
MARKS
OLDHAM
WOODWARD
OLDHAM, Daniel senr - of Shipton Moyne, yeoman, signed 17 Oct 1729.
Beneficiaries: sons John, Thomas and Daniel OLDHAM;   daughter Anne EXTON;   daughters Rebecca, Mary, Abigail, Elizabeth, Christian and Hester OLDHAM;   wife Mary (executrix and residuary)
Witnesses: John WOODWARD,   Abigail FISHER,   Wm MARKS.
Proved at Gloucester 20 Jul 1732. GRO Ref: 1732/#176.

Contact: Michael Poole

 

1768

AXTON
DAUNCEY
OLDHAM
SAVAGE
WARPER
OLDHAM, Mary, of Shipton Moyne, Gloucester, widow. 25 May 1758.
to daughters Rebecca OLDHAM and Esther OLDHAM and son Daniel OLDHAM - £400 apiece out of my personal estate;   to daughter Mary DAUNCEY widow of Maurice DAUNCEY deceased - £40;   to daughter Ann AXTON (EXTON) wife of Charles AXTON of Malmesbury malster - £30;   to granddaughter Mary DAUNCEY (daughter of said daughter Mary DAUNCEY) - £10 on reaching 21;   to son Thomas OLDHAM, daughters Rebecca OLDHAM and Esther OLDHAM, and son Daniel OLDHAM - all my money, securities chattels cattle credits and personal estate equally divided between them. All appointed joint executors.
Witnesses: Jno. SAVAGE - John Morse - John WARPER.
Proved at London 18 Mar 1768. TNA Ref: PROB 11/937.

Contact: Pam Hillier

 

1795

ADEY
ASBURY
EXTON
GRIFFIN
HANCOCK
HANDY
HILLIER
NEWTH
OLDHAM
SCALE
WHITE
WILLIAMS
OLDHAM, Rebecca - of Malmesbury, Wilts, spinster, 12 Aug 1793.
to nephew Thomas HANCOCK - messuages or tenements with the gardens and appurtenances at a place called the Green? in Tetbury, co. Gloucester;   to sister Esther OLDHAM - annuity of £2 annual rent charge for her natural life payable out of my undivided part... of certain Lands and Tenements situated at Lea and Cleverton, and subject to said annuity I give said undivided premises to nephew Thomas HANCOCK;   to John HANDY of Stowell co. Gloucester, yeoman and John ASBURY the younger of Milbourne i/t/p Malmesbury, yeoman - £150 in trust to invest and apply such interest towards the maintenance, education and brooding?[?] up of all the children of nephew Thomas EXTON deceased until 21 yrs then equally divide the principal between them;   to nieces Mary GRIFFIN and Ann NEWTH - £100 apiece;   to Ann EXTON widow of late nephew Thomas EXTON - £50;   to niece Mary HILLIER - £150;   to servant Sarah WILLIAMS if living with me at my decease - £10 and items "which are in the room she sleeps in" and other named household items;   remainder of household stuff (sic) and furniture equally between nieces and nephew Mary HILLIER, Ann NEWTH, Mary GRIFFIN and Thomas HANCOCK;   with wearing apparel between said nieces.
Sole Executor: nephew Thomas HANCOCK, and to have R&R.
Witnesses: John SCALE? - Wm. ADEY - Geo. WHITE.
Proved at London 1795. TNA Ref: PROB 11/1258.
Note: [1] I've read the expression elsewhere as 'breeding up'. Sounds like they're been fattened up for Christmas, eh? [Ed]

Contact: Pam Hillier

 

1798

ASBURY
BANCROFT
BROKENBOROUGH
EXTON
GRIFFIN
HANDY
HILLIER
NEWTH
OLDHAM
WHITE
OLDHAM, Esther, of Milbourne i/t/p Malmesbury, Wilts, spinster, 3 Jul 1797.
Trustees: John HANDY of Malmesbury, apothecary, and William BROKENBOROUGH of Lea, yeoman. Annuity or yearly rent of £6 for the lifetime of nephew Joseph BANCROFT payable out of… Lands Tenements and Premises situate at Lea paid to the hand of niece Mary HILLIER for her natural life if she shall continue to support said nephew Joseph BANCROFT or anyone else after her decease;   to niece Mary HILLIER (subject to the £6 annuity) I give my undivided part or portion of said Lands Tenements and Premises for her natural life, subject to impeachment for waste? and after her decease then to great nephew John HILLIER (son of said niece Mary HILLIER);   nieces Ann NEWTH, Esther HANDY, Ann EXTON (widow), Mary GRIFFIN, Mary HILLIER - £40 each;   all children of Mary HILLIER and Ann EXTON living at time of my decease, and great niece Esther GRIFFIN - £10 each at age 21;   niece Mary HILLIER - items of Silver and China, Mahogany Table, Swing Looking Glass and Drawers, Large Looking Glass;   niece Ann EXTON (nee ASBURY) - curtains velvet with the quilt bedstead matting cord &c.;   great nephews and nieces Thomas HANDY, John HILLIER, William HILLIER, Thomas HILLIER, Mary HILLIER, Rebecca HILLIER, Rebecca EXTON, Elizabeth HILLIER (daughter of niece Mary HILLIER) - silver spoons, cups, tankard.
Joint Executors: niece Mary HILLIER and Thomas HILLIER (her son) to have equally R&R of household goods, Shares, Securities for money, &c.
Witnesses: Elizabeth WHITE - Jno. ASBURY - Geo WHITE.
Proved at London 13 Mar 1798. TNA Ref: PROB 11/1304.

Contact: Pam Hillier

 

1801

BENJAMIN
FREEME
OSBORNE
WICKHAM
OSBORNE, Charles - Farmer of West Littleton, 18 Feb 1801.
wife Mary, brother in law William WICKHAM,   son William OSBORNE - still a minor. Will sets up a trust for him - but if William dies,   everything to be shared between wife & brothers & sisters then living.
Executors: wife Mary OSBORNE,   William WICKHAM &   brother William OSBORNE.
Witnesses: Robert BENJAMIN &   Isaac FREEME.
Proved 23 Jun 1801. GRO Ref: 1801/88.

 

1806

BEAVEN
BENNETT
OSBORNE
WATTS
OSBORNE, Nathaniel - of Shipscombe in parish of Painswick, clothier, now residing at Badmington, 24 Mar 1806.
brothers & sisters Ann OSBORNE - to have Silver spoons & bedstead;   Mary BEAVEN - to have Silver spoons;   William OSBORNE - to have Irish cloth & horse furniture;   & James OSBORNE - to have books & fine shirts, and all to have £200 each in 12 months;   father William Shipp OSBORNE* - to have lands. messuages in Painswick;   and everything else to father (who is to be executor).
Witnesses: John WATTS, James WATTS &   William BENNETT.
Proved 5 Jun 1806. GRO Ref: 1806/101.

 

1855

LITTLE
OSBORNE
WALKER
OSBORNE, William - of West Littleton, farmer (A)
to Eleanor Sarah OSBORNE of West Littleton, widow & relict,   Edward LITTLE of Chippenham, Wilts, gentleman &   Edward WALKER of the City of Gloucester.
Admin. 24 Mar 1855.

 

1875

BELL
DAVIS
HENNELL
INMAN
LOCH
MODLIN
ORTON
ROWLEY
SETON
ORTON, Barbara - of Cheltenham, widow, 1 Dec 1873. Died 24 Oct 1875 at Cheltenham.
Executors: daughters Emma, wife of Col. Bruce SETON &   Anna Inman, wife of Col. HENNELL;   mentions dwellinghouse at 3 Oxford Parade.
Trustee: Bruce SETON.
Beneficiaries: daughter Catherine LOCH,   grandson William Bowman SETON,   granddaughter Caroline Ann MODLIN,   daughter-in-law Mary Isabella ORTON.
Witnesses: J Penrice BELL, Solicitor, Cheltenham;   Elizabeth ROWLEY.
Codicil: 5 Oct 1875.
Witnesses: Charlotte Catherine INMAN, Meens Terrace, Sheffield;   Eliza DAVIS, Cheltenham.
Proved at Gloucester 2 Nov 1875, by executrixes named.

Contact: Nancy McLaughlin

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