Belchalwell

WILLS PROVED IN THE PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY (PCC)

Transcribed and donated to the Dorset OPC Project by Kim Parker

Until 1858 all wills had to be proved (formally approved) by church and other courts. The Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), the most important of these courts, dealt with the relatively wealthy individuals living mainly in the south of England and most of Wales (what was originally the ecclesiastical province of Canterbury). Wills of less wealthy individuals MAY have been proved in a number of other ecclesiastical courts, including the Archdeaconry Court of Exeter (pre-1843); the Archdeaconry Court of Dorset (post-1843); The Consistory Court of the Bishop of Exeter (pre-1843); or the Royal Peculiar of Sarum. From 1858 all wills were indexed centrally and this index is widely available at Record Offices, Probate Registries and the LDS Church.

The lists below provide details of wills of Belchalwell residents, but may not be exhaustive.

TABLE I. WILLS PROVED IN THE PCC

The following wills proven in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury can be downloaded from the PRO site Documents On Line for a small fee.

NAMEDESCRIPTIONDATEREFERENCE
BAYNARD(E)Will of Thomas Baynard or Baynarde of Belchalwell, Dorset 30 October 1647PROB 11/202
DEVENISHWill of Richard Devenish, Gentleman of Belchalwell, Dorset 04 November 1678PROB 11/358
HAYNEWill of Edward Hayne of Belchalwell, Dorset 30 January 1591PROB 11/77
KEYNELLWill of John Keynell, Gentleman of Belchalwell, Dorset 24 August 1659PROB 11/294
KEYNELLWill of John Keynell, Chirurgion of Belchalwell, Dorset 01 May 1660PROB 11/298
ROSEWill of Benjamin Rose, Yeoman of Belchalwell, Dorset 30 October 1849PROB 11/2101
SHORTWill of Edward Short, Yeoman of Belchalwell, Dorset 19 April 1659PROB 11/290

 

TABLE II. WILLS PROVED IN BRISTOL DIOCESIAN COURTS 1568-1792 (now held at Blandford)

(A) Consistory Court of the late Diocese of Bristol 1681 – 1792

KIDDLE William, Belchalwell A. 1726

STRANGE Joseph, Belchalwell 1793

 

(B) Archdeaconry Court of the late Diocese of Bristol 1568 – 1792 (Wills)

DEVENISH Elizabeth, Belchalwell 2 1706

HAINE Thomas, Belchalwell 6 1764

HASKELL Sarah, Belchalwell 3 1763

MASTERS John, Belchalwell 1 1722

 

(C) Archdeaconry Court of the late Diocese of Bristol 1660 – 1792

CLOTHIER John, Belchalwell 3 1669

DANYES Frances. Belchalwell 3 1675

DAVIS Mary, Belchalwell 4 1671

DERBY Lawrence, Belchalwell 2 1662

JOHN Thomas, Belchalwell (Pendente, lite Will, 1791) 1 1791

KIDDLE Thomas, Belchalwell 5 1684

PITMAN Richard, Belchalwell 3 1666

SEYMER Robert. Belchalwell 3 1747

SHORT Joan, Belchalwell 35 1672

YETMAN John, Belchalwell 1 1752

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