Gloucestershire 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 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

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

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1543

VYNAR
VYNAR, William - of Chusdon.
Probate Gloucester 1543. Researched from LDS Film #0091371.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Gloucester 1541-1545]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1545

VIDLAR
VIDLAR, Thomas - of Cromhall, turner 1545.
childr Wlm, Rob, Ellen, & Eliz, all unmarried;   wife Alice exec.
Probate 1545. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Cromhall, &c. 1544-1567]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1552

RUSSELL
VAUGHAN
WILCOKE
VAUGHAN, Thomas - of Odyn, Berkeley, husb.
wie Agn exec.
Overseers: Ralph WILCOKE, clerk,   & Rob RUSSELL.
Probate 1552. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Berkeley 1541-1571]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1553

COKE
VOWLE
VOWLE, John - of Wickwar, yeo.
land in Chipping Sodbury to dtr Joan, & her husb Jn COKE;   Jn COKE exec.
Probate 1553. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Cromhall, &c. 1544-1567]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1554

VIDLAR
VIDLAR, William - of Cromhall, taylor.
childr Agn, Isab, & Edward;   wife Agn exec.
Probate 1554. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Cromhall, &c. 1544-1567]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1558

GYBBS
VIDLAR
VIDLAR, John - of (Hildemar?), Berkeley.
father Wlm VIDLAR;   uncle Jn GYBBS exec.
Probate 1558. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Berkeley 1541-1571]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1582

PATCH
VOWLER
WOOD
VOWLER, John - of Thornbury.
childr Agn, Margt, & Thos;   wife Margt exec.
Overseers: Edmund PATCH,   & Thos WOOD.
Probate 1582. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Thornbury 1577-1599]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1584

HERYNGE
VEDLER
VOWLER
WOODE
VOWLER, John - of Cowhill, Oldbury.
childr Jn & Agn;   Jn, Wlm, & Agn childr of son in law Rich VEDLER execs.
Overseers: Rich WOODE,   & Thos HERYNGE.
Probate 1584. Researched from LDS Film #0091316.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Thornbury 1577-1599]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1599

CAMPE
CREWE
DYER
HAYNES
HOLLESTER
LARDGE
PERREY
PERRY
PHILPOTT
PLAYER
SERLE
SMETHE
SWIFTE
VEELE
WEBBE
VEELE, William - of Iron Acton, Gloucs, gentleman, 8 Apr 1595 [37 Eliz I]
to the poor of Iron Acton and the poor of Almondsbury - each 40s.;   to my boy William CAMPE - 40s., and to his brother Thomas CAMPE - 40s., when they are 21;   to Thomas WEBBE (son of George WEBBE) - £10, at 21;   to my godson William CREWE - 10s.;   to my daughter Dorothie PLAYER (wife of Arthur PLAYER) - my bowle of silver, double gilt, which was sometimes Nicholas PHILPOTT's;   to my godson William SMETHE (son of my cousin Charitye HAYNES) - one heifer of the age of two years;   to my godson William PLAYER (son of Arthur PLAYER and Dorothie my daughter) - my sorrel trotting colt that is at Compton;   to my godson William DYER - one other heifer of two years;   to my daughter Mary VEELE - £150 and lease estate in a parcel of ground called "The Lea", containing about 15 acres and a pasture now in the occupation of Thomas HOLLESTER of Tockington, at 21 or marriage;   to my daughter Margaret - £150, one jug covered with silver and double-gilted andron bed, the furniture to be paid at 21 or marriage.
If my wife shall die, I will and devise unto Margaret one yearlie annuity of £6,13s.,4d. out of my 3 tenements in Compton Greenfeild, and Henbury, and assured to Mathew CREWE of Alderly and Thomas PERREY of Wootton-under-Edge, clothiers for jointure during her life;   to my wife Hellen - one silver bowl partially gilt, half a dozen silver spoones that were Anthony WEBBEs, one salt with his cover (double gilt) and one other little trencher salt of silver with his cover (double gilt), one jug of stone covered with silver and double gilt, with the one half of all my household moveables and one half of my ploughstuff, also 20 kyne &c.
Executor: my cousin Nicholas VEELE and devise unto him all the rest &c.
Overseers: John LARDGE of Stoke Gifford;   my son-in-law Arthur PLAYER of Westerleigh, gentleman;   my cousin Mathew CREWE of Alderley, clothier;   and my cousin Thomas PERRY of Wootton-under-Edge, clothier. Testator signs.
Witnesses: Wi: SWIFTE, Anthony SWIFTE,   William DYER,   William CAMPE.
Proved 20 Aug 1599 at London (PCC) by Alexander SERLE, n.p.  PRO Ref: PROB 11/86.

Contact: Crandall Family Association

 

1600

ALPASSE
CROOME
LAWRENCE
PECKE
PICKE
VENELL
VENERIE
VENERY
VENERY alias PECKE, John, senr - of Cromhall, weaver. (recorded as "VENELL" in index)
childr Thos, Alice, & Margt;   godson Jn VENERY alias PICKE son of Thos PICKE;   godson Jn CROOME;   Alice dtr of Rob CROOME;   kinsman Rich VENERIE alias PICKE;   Alice ALPASSE;   godson Jn ALPASSE;   dtr Joan CROOME;   sons Wlm & Rob execs.
Overseers: son Jn, & Guy LAWRENCE.
Probate 1600. Researched from LDS Film #0091317.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Cromhall, &c. 1600-1614]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1614

ALLEN
AUSTENS
BADDAM
BOSLEY
BOYFILD
BULLOCK
HASSARD
HIET
KNIGHT
PHILLIPS
ROWLES
VERRY
WOOLES
VERRY, William - of Dynny, Minsterworth, yeoman, 23 May 1614.
Beneficiaries: Poor of Minsterworth - six shillings and eight pence;   wife Johanne (house, fields etc - and a cow Burnett);   son John VERRY (and his children John, William, Thomas, Tacie, Alice, Elizabeth);   kinswoman Marjery BULLOCK;   sister's son William BADDAM;   godson William WOOLES;   god-daughter Margery ALLEN;   daughter in law Amy BOYFILD.
Mentions: Leases held from Thomas KNIGHT, tailor of Tibberton and John PHILLIPS, yeoman of Gloucester.
Debts: son-in-law John HIET for payment to John and Henry HIET and their sister Ann and George BADDAM.
Executors: wife Johanne and "my loving friend" Thomas AUSTENS.
Witnesses: Arthur HASSARD the writer,   Robert BOSLEY,   Thomas AUSTENS,   Ann BOYFILD.
Probate 16 Jul 1614. GRO Ref: 1614/#202.
Note: See also Will of Henry ROWLES, 1611.

Contact: Maggie & Adrian Verry

 

1619

ARNOLL
BREETHER
JENKINS
VENN
VENN, Thomas - of Minsterworth, yeo. (+)
mother Cath VENN;   bron Jn;   sis Rachel JENKINS;   wife Margt exec.
Overseers: Wlm ARNOLL,   & Rich BREETHER.
Probate Gloucester 1619. Researched from LDS Film #0091396.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Gloucester 1619]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1621

DIER
NEALE
PLAYER
SMITH
VEEL
WEBB
YEAMANS
VEEL, Nicholas - of Alveston, gent.
poor of Henbury, Thornbury, Iron Acton & Almondsbury;   wife Margt;   childr Margt, Mary, Nichls & Rich;   land in Oldbury, Morton, Kyneton, Cowhill & Thornbury to son Wlm;   land in Compton Greenfield & Henbury to sons Phil & Peter;   kinsmen Thos WEBB & Geo VEEL;   Dorothy DIER & her childr David & Margt;   kinswmn Eliz NEALE & her sis Margt;   son Thos exec.
Overseers: Thos SMITH,   & kinsman Wlm PLAYER gent.
Witness: Wlm YEAMANS notary.
Probate 1621. Researched from LDS Film #0091319.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1999: Olveston 1620-1660]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1626

BILY
COOK
DORNEY
STOCK
VOBES
VOBES, William - of Wickwar.
sis Alice BILY;   bro Rob VOBES;   cousin Eliz VOBES;   Margt COOK;   wife Elnr;   dtr Eliz exec.
Overseers: Alex DORNEY,   & Jn STOCK.
Probate 1626. Researched from LDS Film #0091321.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Cromhall, &c. 1625-1635]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1643

GREY
HOPE
HOULDER
KNIGHT
MATHEWS
VERRY
WINTLE
VERRY, John - of Minsterworth, yeoman, 20 Oct 1643.
Beneficiaries: wife Silvester, sons Robert, Thomas, Samuel (VERRY);   daughter Sylvester VERRY, daughter Johan VERRY;   daughter Elizabeth HOULDER;   daughter Alice KNIGHT.
Mentions: Leases held from Thomas KNIGHT, yeoman of Netherton, Westbury-on-Severn and Thomas KNIGHT his son, both deceased;   and Richard HOPE and Henry (GREY), Earl of Kent.
Witnesses: Not recorded (copy book will).
Overseers: Thomas WINTLE of Minsterworth,   William MATHEWS.
Probate: 23 Oct 1643. GRO Ref: 1643/#16.

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1649

ALIN
DYMRY
PARCLE
RUSSELL
SHEVER
VIEDLER
VIEDLER, William - of Cromhall, yeo.
bros Briss, Thos, & Rob;   Mary dtr of Rob VIEDLER;   Rich son of Thos SHEVER;   svt Sarah PARCLE;   Jane ALIN;   dtr Alice, & Rich RUSSELL of Wickwar execs.
Overseers: bro in law Thos DYMRY,   & Jn RUSSELL of Wickwar.
Probate 1649. Researched from LDS Film #0091325.
[Wills abstracted by Leslie Mahler in 1998: Cromhall, &c. 1636-1650]

Contact: Early Probate Records

 

1667

BAYSE
BINDLE
BOULTON
KNIGHT
PIKE
RUSSELL
VERRY
VERRY, Thomas - of Netherley, Westbury-on Severn, yeoman. (?) Feb 1667.
Beneficiaries: daughter Dorothy VERRY;   daughter Joane RUSSELL;   daughter Elizabeth BOULTON, son-in-law John BOULTON;   grandchild Elizabeth RUSSELL;   son-in-law John RUSSELL;   brother Robert VERRY, brother Samuel VERRY.
Mentions: Leases held from John KNIGHT of Longney, yeoman;   John BINDLE of Netherley, husbandman.
Overseers: brothers Robert and Samuel, son-in-law John BOULTON.
Executrix: daughter Dorothy VERRY.
Witnesses: Thomas BAYSE,   Robert PIKE.
Probate: 10 Mar 1667. GRO Ref: 1667/#148.

Contact: Maggie & Adrian Verry

 

1706

SMYTH
SYMONDS
VENN
VENN, Elizabeth - of Kilcott, widow, signed with an X 18 Feb 1697.
Beneficiaries: son in law Mathew SYMONDS, and his daughter Barbara;   William VENN, son of son Arthur VENN.
Witnesses: Bridget SMYTH;   Elizabeth SMYTH.
Proved at Gloucester 6 Nov 1706. GRO Ref: 1706/#235.

Contact: Michael Poole

 

1715

COX
SHATFORD
VENN
VENN, Arthur - of Kilcott, parish of Hawkesbury, died intestate. (Ad)
Admon granted to Mary VENN, widow, renounced in favour of her son Arthur VENN 20 Jun 1715.
Witnesses: Mathew COX;   Richard VENN.
Bondsmen: William SHATFORD;   John SHATFORD.
Proved at Gloucester 25 Jun 1715 by Arthur VENN. GRO Ref: 1715/#135.

Contact: Michael Poole

 

1772

CURTIS
EDWARDS
NICCOLLS
VERNON
VERNON, Haward Giles - of the City of Gloucester, brazier, 4 Dec 1771.
Mentions: his late father Haward VERNON, and uncle William VERNON…   to my loving wife Sarah - all my estate right title and interest {in my} shares {from} the personal estate… of my late father Haward VERNON and estate and effects of my uncle William VERNON deceased. Rest &c. to wife Sarah;   she to be sole executrix. Signed Haward Giles VERNON with:
Witnesses: Elizabeth CURTIS,   William NICCOLLS.
Proved 27 Feb 1772. Sarah VERNON relict and sole  executrix; sworn before James EDWARDS Junr. GRO Ref: 1772/#31.
Notes: He was only 29 when he died, apparently with no issue, and leaving everything to his wife Sarah.

Contact: Joan Hunt

 

1795

COLLINS
RUDGE
SMITH
STAGG
STATTON
STRATTON
TAYLOR
VERNON
WILLIAMS
VERNON, John - of North Nibley, co. Gloucester, 23 Sep 1791.
Bequests: his daughter Sophia - a corner cupboard, china and glass;   his brother Stephen VERNON and friend John RUDGE of North Nibley - all stock, grain, horses and cattle;   they also to be his executors.
Overseers: his brother Stephen VERNON;   his friend John RUDGE, yeoman;   his friend Price WILLIAMS, baker of Woodmancote i/t/p Dursley;   and his friend Charles SMITH of Elbridge Court in the parish of Churchdown, co. Gloucester, yeoman - {they} to continue the dairy and farm for one year after his decease for his children, and his son in particular - his son John suffers from infirmaties {sic} so he cannot care for himself;   his daughters Harriett and Sophia are both under 21yrs.
Also mentions: Elizabeth STAGG and Sarah STAGG, daughters of his late wife's brother John STAGG;   Jane STATTON, daughter of his late wife's sister Sarah STRATTON.
Proved 2 Jan 1795, sworn to less than £2000. GRO Ref: 1792/#1.
Notes: John died at The Park, North Nibley 30 Oct 1791 and was buried 3 Nov 1791 at St Martin's, North Nibley. He was the son of Hayward VERNON and Elizabeth nee COLLINS who later married Daniel TAYLOR, when Hayward died in 1758.

Contact: Joan Hunt

 

1811

BURLEY
GABB
GILES
SIDNEY
TAILOR
TAYLOR
VERNON
VERNON, Abigail (nee BURLEY) - of Heathfield i/t/p Berkely, co. Gloucester, 25 Oct 1811.
daughters Rebecca, Louisa, Anna Maria and Finetta - the upper part of her present dwelling house, a bed each and a share of the household furniture;   to youngest son Hayward VERNON - half of the annual rent of the lands;   to daughter Elizabeth (Mrs John GABB of Wick) - one silver table spoon;   to son Stephen VERNON - one deal box formerly belonging to his grandmother Elizabeth TAILOR[1].
Trustees: Mr Robert GILES of Newport, innholder and Mr Edward SIDNEY of Newport, innholder. Signed with her mark, with:
Witnesses: Robert GILES and Thos. BURLEY (both sign).
Estate was under £100. GRO Ref: 1812/#153.
Note: [1] She had married Daniel TAYLOR when widowed.

Contact: Joan Hunt

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