Herefordshire Wills

Abstracts of Herefordshire 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 Herefordshire, this is the Hereford Record Office. Wills which were proved in the Archdeaconry of Brecon may be found at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. 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:-

 

1521

CANOP
CASWALL
KYRWOD
KYRWOD, John - of Eardisland, 1521.
wife Alson, son John, daus Elizabeth and Marget;   ghostly father Thomas CASWALL.
Beneficiary: the son of Harry KYRWOD.
Executors: Alson and John KYRWOD.
Overseer: William CANOP.

Contact: Marion B Wilkinson

 

1521

A'CANOP
CASWALL
KYRWOD
KYRWOD, John - of Eresland [Eardisland], 16 Oct 1521. (#)
to be buried Eardisland;   to Thomas CASWALL my ghostly father;   to Alson* my wife;   to John* my son;   to my unmarried daughters Elizabeth & Marget;   to the son of Harry KYRWOD.
Overseer: William A CANOP.
Will dated 16 Oct 1521. Proved at Hereford.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1561

BAKER
BRYDD
KYNNERSLEY
KYRREWOOD
LEWIS
PASSYE
KYNNERSLEY, Margery - widow, of Eardisland, 1561.
sons John, William, Roger, Richard*;   dau in law Alis wife of son Roger, Margery wife of son William;   granddaughters Margery daughter of son Roger,   daughters of son John unnamed,   Johan and Margaret daughters of son William.
Beneficiary: Johane PASSYE.
Witnesses: John BAKER of Hynton, William BAKER,   John KYRREWOOD [deleted],   {John} LEWIS,   John BRYDD.

Contact: Marion B Wilkinson

 

1561

KYNGTON
LEWCAR
LUGGAR
SMYTH
VARSAN
WYNFORD
KYNGTON, John - of Kingsland, 1561.
wife Margery;   sons Thomas and John;   daus Alys, Jane WYNFORD and Isabell.
Mentioned: John SMYTH and Johan SMYTH his wife.
Witnesses: John VARSAN clerk,   Thomas LUGGAR,   John LEWCAR.

Contact: Marion B Wilkinson

 

1561

KYNGTON
LEWCAR
LUGGAR
SMYTH
VARSAN
WYNFORD
KYNGTON, John - of Kyngeslane [Kingsland], 26 Aug 1561.
to be buried Kingsland;   to Thomas my son;   to Margery my wife;   to John my son a tenement at Luston when John SMYTH & Johan SMYTH his wife die;   to Alys my daughter when she marries;   to Jane WYNFORD & Isabell my daughters.
Witnesses: John VARSAN clerk &   Thomas LUGGAR &   John LEWCAR.
Will dated 26 Aug 1561. Proved at Hereford?.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1571

BRACE
BRIDGEWATERS
KIRODDE
KIRODDE, John {of Pembridge} 1571
sons Walter, John and William;   daus Elizabeth, Margaret and Alles.
Witnesses: Harry BRACE gent,   John BRIDGEWATERS of Mars{t}on,   William KIRODDE of Mars{t}on.

Contact: Marion B Wilkinson

 

1571

BRACE
BRIDGEWATERS
KIRODDE
KIRODDE, John (?) 1571. (#)
to be buried Pembridge;   to my son Walter;   to my son William;   to my son Jhon;   to my daughter Elizabeth;   to Margaret;   to my daughter Alles.
Witnesses: Harry BRACE gent. &   John BRIDGEWATERS of Marson [Marston] &   William KIRODDE of Marson.
Will dated 1571. Proved at Hereford.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1587

EVAN
HARMON
KINARSLEY
KINNERSLEY
WELINTON
KINNERSLEY, Myles - yeoman, of the Held Pembridge, 1587.
wife Joan KINARSLEY;   son Phelip*;   brother in law Richard ap EVAN.
Overseer: brother in law Richard ap EVAN.
Witnesses: Thomas ap EVAN, Richard ap EVAN,   Walter, WELINTON,   John HARMON.

Contact: Marion B Wilkinson

 

1587

ALYD
GRYMELEY
KYNERSLE
KYRWOD
MYNTON
NAISSE
PEMBER
PRYSE
SAWYERE
STEADE
TYLER
YEVE
KYNERSLE, Rafe - of Burge Pembridge, 1587.
mother Alice KYNERSLE;   brother Harry KYNERSLE*;   nephew John son of Harry KYNERSLE,   niece Alice daughter of Harry KYNERSLE.
Beneficiaries: Elizabeth daughter of Thomas TYLER,   Johan STEADE,   Johan SAWYERE,   Johan GRYMELEY,   Johan PEMBER,   Richard NAISSE,   Edward MYNTON,   Walter KYRWOD.
Mentioned: John PRYSE yeoman of Flanihangle Nantmellane,   Walter PRYSE of Michelchurch Radnorshire.
Debtor: John YEVE.
Creditor: Walter ALYD.
Witnessses: Phillip STEADE, Thomas STEADE, Johan STEADE.

Contact: Marion B Wilkinson

 

1587

EVAN
HARMON
KINARSLEY
KINNERSLEY
WELINGTON
KINNERSLEY, Myles - of the Held in Pembridge, yeoman, 28 Jun 1587. (#)
to be buried Pembridge church;   to Joan KINARSLEY my wife my lands for life in the township of Street;   to Phelip* my son.
Overseer: Richard ap EVAN my brother in law.
Witnesses: Thomas ap EVAN & Richard ap EVAN & Walter WELINGTON & John HARMON.
Will dated 28 Jun 1587. Proved at Hereford.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1588

ALYD
APPRYSE
GRYMELEY
KINERSLE
KYNERSLE
KYRWOD
MYNTON
NAISSE
PEMBER
SAWYERE
STEADE
TYLER
YEVE
KYNERSLE, Rafe - of Burge in Pembridge, 23 Jan 1587/8. (#)
to be buried Pembridge;   to my mother Alice KYNERSLE & John KYNERSLE son of Harrye KINERSLE money in hands of John APPRYSE of Flanihangle Nantmellane [Llanfihangel Nantmelan] yeoman;   to my brother Harrye KYNERSLE* money in hands of my Dame;   to Elizabeth TYLER daughter of Thomas TYLER;   to Alice daughter of Harry KYNERSLE sheep in keeping of Walter APPRYSE of Michaelchurch, Radnorshire;   to Johan STEADE;   to Johan SAWYERE;   to Johan GRYMELEY;   to Johan PEMBER;   to Richard NAISSE;   to Edward MYNTON;   to Walter KYRWOD.
Debtor: John YEVE.
Creditor: Walter ALYD.
Witnesses: Phillip STEADE & Thomas STEADE & Johan STEADE.
Will dated 23 Jan 1587/8. Proved at Hereford.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1594

BEAVAN
GREGORY
KYNNERSLEYE
SHERMAN
KYNNERSLEYE, Johan - widow, of Pembridge, 1594.
sons Robert and Phillip*;   brothers Thomas BEAVAN and Walter;   nephew Robert BEAVAN son of Thomas;   nieces? Ales, Joan and Susanna daughters of Thomas BEAVAN.
Beneficiaries: Joan daughter of John BEAVAN,   Joan, Ellenor and Amye daughters of Ales SHERMAN,   Robert GREGORY clerk,   Jane BEAVAN.
Overseers: brothers Thomas, Walter.

Contact: Marion B Wilkinson

 

1594

ABEAVAN
BEAVAN
GREGORY
KYNNERSLEYE
SHERMAN
KYNNERSLEYE, Johan - of Pembridge, widow, 10 Jun 1594. (#)
to be buried Pembridge;   to my son Robert when of age;   to my son Phillip;   to Robert BEAVAN my brother Thomas's son;   to Ales ABEAVAN;   to Joan BEAVAN;   to Susanna his [sic] daughter;   to Joan BEAVAN daughter of John ABEAVAN;   to Ales SHERMAN's daughters: Joan, Ellenor Amye (all minors);   to Thomas BEAVAN my brother;   to Walter my brother;   to Robert GREGORY clerk;   to Jane ABEAVAN;   to Joan ABEAVAN daughter of Thomas ABEAVAN;   rest to my son Phillip*.
Overseers: my brothers Thomas & Walter.
Proved at Hereford 13 Jul 1594.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1609

BRACE
EVISHAM
EYSHAM
HULETTS
KIRKBY
PLOTT
ROBERTS
RUSSELL
YONGE
KIRKBY, George - of the City of Hereford, 7 Apr 1609.
"being crasey yet of perfect memory";   to be buried as near my former wives as may be by the paternoster;   to my uncle Mr Gregory YONGE - 40s., but if he be dead then to Mrs Lucy for his carpett;   to my sister Alice £4 & I remit her husband's debts;   to my brother Christopher & Lucy his wife 20s. & to his children 10s. each;   rest to my daughter Mary* if 18 years old or married (and) if not then my friends William PLOTT* gent & Roger EYSHAM*, baker, to be executors;   whereas my wife Barbara hath taken from me without my leave and consent part of my goods etc I give the same to my daughter Mary, and Barbara shall have no part whatsoever;   to each of my godchildren half-crown each;   to poor prisoners £20 at discretion of Hugh RUSSELL the younger.
Witnesses: Evan BRACE &   Luke HULETTS &   George ROBERTS &   Robert (X) EVISHAM.
Proved (PCC) 22 Jul 1609 by William PLOTT, Roger EYSHAM renouncing; power  reserved to Mary his daughter till of full age. TNA Ref: PROB 11/114 f77.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1615

BENET
BENNET
HOLDER
HOSKYNS
JEFFRIES
KEMP
KEMPE
OXENBRIDGE
PRICE
PYE
SMITH
TURNER
KEMPE, Edward - of Whitborne co. Hereford Gent, 8 Feb 1613 (by my own hand) but signed 24 Apr 1614)
Legacies to the poor of the parishes of Almeley, Estnor [Eastnor],   Middleton (where my Tithes are) co. Hereford and of Bewley co. Hants.
my children Margaret, Robert and Anne (various complicated arrangements if any/all die under age);   wife Elizabeth (Executrix);   my parsonage at Almeley;   my manor of Eastnor;   my tithes and parsonage of Middleton;   my aunt BENET [wife of Robert BENET or BENNET, Bishop of Hereford] - £15 p.a. annum for 5 years;   brother Robert KEMPE, very good brothers Thomas KEMPE and Francis KEMPE;   servants William TURNER, Mawdlyn (a maid) and Peter HOLDER;   son-in-law John SMITH and my godson (son of the said John SMITH);   'If I happen to die before I have perfected and settled my purchase of Chenson [Chanstone in Vowchurch] and Waterstone [a 'lost' settlement in the same parish], then my wife Elizabeth is to continue and settle the lands on Robert my son at 21'.
Overseers: my brothers Thomas KEMPE and Francis KEMPE;   my friend Mr PYE;   Sir Richard OXENBRIDGE Kt of co. Hants;   £5 to poor of Vowchurch.   No Witnesses.
Codicil: 29 Oct 1614 - additional legacies to my Aunt BENET.
2nd Codicil: 22 Apr 1615. Testator says that he is indebted to his Aunt BENET for the cost of his journey to London in Apr 1615 (£117/10/-) and a note asking his wife to pay his daughter Anne (now Mrs William JEFFRIES of Holme Castell)'s marriage portion.
3rd Codicil: [spoken] 8 Aug 1615 when Testator requested Robert BENET Bishop of Hereford to re-grant the lease of the lands at Almeley in the name of Robert KEMPE in lieu of the Testator's. Spoken in the presence of John HOSKYNS, Doctor of Laws, Philip PRICE MA and others.
Proved PCC 16 Sep 1615 in London before John BENET by the oath of  Elizabeth KEMPE, the Relict.
Note: Testator was the Edward KEMP of Chanston who appears in the Visitation of Herefordshire, 1634.

 

1630

DIGBY
FARWELL
KENWEN
PHILLIPS
SOLME
TULLY
WHITEHAIR
WRIGHT
KENWEN, William - of [Great] Totham, Essex.
lease in Withington co Hereford;   children William, Nathaniel, George & Judith KENWEN;   daughter Joyce.
Executrix: wife Maudlin.
Overseers: William PHILLIPS &   Robert WHITEHAIR of Hereford,   Thomas FARWELL of Windsor [Berkshire] &   Arthur TULLY of Withington.
Witnesses: Euseby WRIGHT,   Geo DIGBY,   & Geo SOLME.
Proved 1630 - PCC (1; Scroope)

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1631

ABRAHALL
ADDERLEY
BOURNE
GREGORIE
GWILLIME
HALL
HARRY
JEFFREIES
JEFFRIES
KEMPE
RODD
SMYTHE
STUBBES
WILIAMS
KEMPE, Elizabeth - of Shenstone[1], widow, 9 Feb 1628.
Opens with c.30 lines of self-abasement for sins etc etc.
to my daughter Margaret BOURNE - my lease of the Rectory+Tithes of Middleton held of the Bishop of Hereford;   and to my daughter Ann JEFFRIES (wife of William JEFFRIES, Gent) - my lease of the Rectory+Tithes of Docklow also held from the Bishop;   to Edward SMYTHE my nephew and grandchild - various pieces of bedding;   to my son Robert KEMPE - bedding, cattle;   to the 3 ch'n of my son Edmund SMYTHE - £10 each;   servants Joan RODD,   Elinor ABRAHALL,   Catherine WILIAMS,   John WILLIAMS,   Hugh HARRY,   Henry HALL;   legacy to James ADDERLEY (perhaps another servant)
Sole Executor: William JEFFRIES, the wardship{2] of Robert KEMPE to pass to him;   he also residuary legatee.
Witnesses: Justinia STUBBES,   Harbard JEFFREIES [sic],   Susanna GWILLIME,   Elinor ABRAHALL,   Phil GREGORIE n.p.
Proved PCC London 31 Dec 1631 by William JEFFRIES (Exor.)
Notes: [1] Residence left blank in the Will, but of Shenston (ie Chanstone i/t/p Vowchurch, co. Hereford), in the Probate Index.
[2] After the death of her husband Edward KEMPE of Whitborne [qv his Will 16 Sep 1615] the Testatrix's son Robert KEMPE became a Ward of Court under the auspices of the Court of Wards and Liveries and Elizabeth stood surety with William JEFFRIES to the arrangements.
[3] The KEMPE family is noticed in the Visitation of Herefordshire 1634; the maiden name of the Testatrix is unknown but she appears to have been married firstly to a SMYTHE and then to Edward KEMPE.

 

1645-6

BOLTON
BUTLER
FRITH
KNIGHT
SEARCH
SETTON
TAYLOR
KNIGHT, Simon - of London, apothecary; voyage to Barbados.
mother Eliz TAYLOR;   bros Jn, Wlm & Peter KNIGHT;   sis Margt wife of Anthony SEARCH mercer;   sis Eliz KNIGHT.
Executor: master Wlm BUTLER citizen & apothecary.
Witnesses: Theo BOLTON,   Henry SETTON,   Ralph FRITH.
Proved in the Commissary Court of London, London Division  1645-1646: Vol 29, f115.
Note: Simon was aprnt. 1635, son of Walter KNIGHT of Titley, co. Hereford, yeo.

Contact: Leslie Mahler

 

1670

BRAYN
BRAYNE
BURY
HARLEY
JAMES
KIRLE
KYRLE
MARTIN
MARTYN
MATHEWS
SELWYN
STRATFORD
TOOKE
KIRLE, Robert - of Walford, esquire, 20 Sep 1669.
to be buried in Walford near my last wife;   to my wife Anne and my 2 daughters Mary & Elizabeth KIRLE & (unborn) child £1800 to be raised by my trustees: Sir Edward HARLEY of Brampton Bryan & William SELWYN of Gloucester, esquire & John BRAYN of Little Dean the elder & Thomas JAMES of Lincolns Inn & John KYRLE of Ross, gent & Thomas HARLEY of Downton, esquire, & Edward SELWYN of Matson & Robert STRATFORD of Walford;   to my son James KYRLE when 22   (reference to) bond for £4000 with Ursula TOOKE widow, my wife's sister, to make her a jointure;   my sisters Mrs Abigail & Mrs Katherine BRAYNE;   (reference to) my 10 year lease of the Duchess of Somerset.
Witnesses: John MARTIN &   Ben: MARTYN &   Tho: BURY junior &   Mary MATHEWS.
Proved (PCC) 8 Apr 1670 by Edward HARLEY. TNA Ref: PROB 11/332 f49.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1676

GOMEY
KNILL
LANGFORD
LYDE
PREES
STRINGHAM
WATKINS
KNILL, Jenkin - of Knill, tanner, 20 Apr 1675.
to John KNILL my 2nd son;   to Jenkin KNILL my youngest son;   to my daughter Margaret KNILL;   to my eldest son Francis KNILL when he is 21;   my wife Joane KNILL*.
Overseers: my friends Richard STRINGHAM &   John GOMEY.
Witnesses: Robert LYDE &   John LYDE &   Stephen WATKINS &   Rees PREES.
Debtor: Jeremiah LANGFORD.
Proved at Hereford 9 May 1676.

Contact: Michael Faraday

 

1702

HALL
KENDRICK
KENRICKE
LOGGAN
WOODDIAT
WOODDIATT
WOODYATT
KENRICKE, Richard - the elder of Alfricke, Suckley, fuller, 7 May 1677.
my grandson Richard KENRICKE son of my son William KENRICKE - 10£;   my grandchild Job KENRICKE son of my son Richard KENRICKE;   Richard son of my son in law Frauncis WOODDIATT and my daur Mary his wife.
Witnesses: John LOGGAN,   William HALL.
Also mentioned: Francis WOODYATT father and guardian of Richard WOODYATT of Suckley;   Richard KENDRICK of Alfrick, fuller and William KENDRICK of St. Martin, Worcs, dyer.
Later - Martha WOODYATT is executor. Martha is a sister to the Richard WOODYATT Admon 29 Aug 1702 who is the son of Frauncis WOODDIAT and Mary named in this will.
Proved 29 Aug 1702 - Worcs; Ref FHL#98204.

Contact: Steve Kelsey

 

1715

KENDRICK
WOOD
KENDRICK, John - of Alfrick, Suckley, cloathworker, 8 Apr 1713.
my nephew William WOOD and his brothers Richard WOOD, John WOOD, and Edmond WOOD;   my father (living);   my brother Edmond KENDRICK;   my sister Alice WOOD;   Daniel WOOD, father and guardian to William WOOD a minor.
Proved 10 Nov 1715 - Worcs; Ref FHL#98244.

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1716

HIGGINS
KENDRICK
STOCK
KENDRICK, William - of Suckley. (Ad)
Bond by Edmund KENDRICK of Alfrick (the son),   John STOCK of same,   and John HIGGINS of Suckley.
Admon 13 Oct 1716 - Worcs; Ref FHL#98248.

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1716

COOK
KENDRICK
MERRY
WOOD
KENDRICK als WOOD, Alice - of Alfrick. (Ad)
Daniel WOOD of Alfrick, dyer (the husband);   Thomas MERRY of St John Bedwardine, Worcs;   and Benjamin COOK of All Saints, Worcs, chandler.
Admon 18 Oct 1716 - Worcs; Ref FHL#98248.

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