Canford Magna

Index of Wills

My thanks to John Rogan for sending me a great deal of information taken from the 1983 edition of Genealogy for Librarians, which I have taken an extract and paraphrased as follows:

This index contains an extracted list of persons 'of Canford Magna' who left wills, letters of administration or inventories to be found with the Probate Registry at Blandford Dorset, Archdeaconry Court of Dorset up to 1793 and Canford Magna Peculiar.

The names are extracted from indexes found in publications at the Dorset Record Office and elsewhere. Copies of these documents should be available from the Dorset Record Office. Please note that this index is not complete. Also included are some names of persons with wills proven in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, this comes from the National Archives website where the wills can be downloaded for 3.00 each. To date there are more than 800,000 wills on the site and the years from 1700-1858 are complete. There are weekly uploads to finish the years 1650-1699

A Will originally was a document disposing of real property ie, land and buildings ( which only became possible with the passing of [Statute of Wills 1540], and a Testament , where disposing of personal property, ie goods, cash etc. The distinction gradually disappearred, and the terms came to be interchangeable and modern will use the phrase “Last Will and Testament...” Letters of Administration are granted in cases where the deceased leaves no will and in certain others where, for example, no executors have been appointed.

In the Middle Ages a highly complex system for granting probate and administration based upon a hierarchy of ecclesiastical courts was developed. Which court had jurisdiction in a particular case depended upon where the deceased held “bone notabiia”, ie, goods or property amounting to Five Pounds or more. If in a single Archdeaconry, the Archdeacon's Court had jurisdication. If in two or more Archdeanconries within one Diocese, the will would be proved in the Bishop's Consistory Court. In two or more Dioceses in a Province, the Archbishop's Prerogative Court would apply. If in both Provinces, the Will would be proven by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). A number of factors would affect and complicate this very simplistic illustration of how wills were proven, for example, episcopal visitations would suspend business in the lower courts and perhaps pass to one of the higher courts.

A number of ecclesiastical peculiars existed (of which Canford is one) who claimed their own jurisdictions and some secular courts also claimed jurisdiction such as those of boroughs over the estates of freemen, and those of some manors over the estates of teneants. Additionally, some testators may have made more than one will, or the same will (or part of) may have been proved or enrolled in the records of more than one court!

 

26 Jun 1637

 

Surname

First Name

Occupation/Condition/Rank

Date Proven

Reg. No.

Court

ADEY

William

Merchant and Ship Owner

16 Oct 1812

PROB 11/1537

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

ALLEN

James

Master Mariner

14 Nov 1825

PROB 11/1705

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

ARROWSMITH

Charles

 

19 Oct 1779

PROB 11/1057

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

AWBREY

William

 

11 Nov 1549

PROB 11/32

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BAILY

Jane

Spinster

5 Mar 1828

PROB 11/1737

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BAILY

John

Yeoman

24 Mar 1809

PROB 11/1494

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BANKS

William

Miller

15 Nov 1825

PROB 11/1705

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BARNES

Lawrence

Yeoman

1 Dec 1584

PROB 11/676

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BARNES

Robert

 

19 Mar 1596

PROB 11/87

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BARTLETT

William Oldfield (Revd.)

Clerk

7 Nov 1842

PROB 11/1970

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BARTLETT

William Oldfield (Revd.)

Clerk

7 Nov 1842

PROB 11/1970

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BARTLETT

John

Yeoman

13 May 1714

PROB 11/540

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BEAMONT

William

Clerk

8 May 1676

PROB 11/350

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BENNETT

William

 

11 mary 1846

PROB 11/2035

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BEVERLEY

Edward

 

28 Nov 1558

PROB 11/42A

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BRAFFETT OR BRASSETT

John

Gentleman

6 Jul 1832

PROB 11/1802

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BROWN

John

Gentleman

13 Dec 1737

PROB 11/686

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BUDDEN

Richarde

Husbandman

2 Dec 1596

PROB 11/88

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BURGESS

James Govier

Malster

24 Nov 1826

PROB 11/1718

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

BURT

Jane

Widow

18 Mar 1662

PROB 11/307

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

CLOAD

Thomas

Gentleman

8 Jun 1758

PROB 11/838

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

COBB

William

Mariner

29 Aug 1785

PROB 11/1132

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

COLLIAR OR COLLIER

John

Husbandman

2 Jun 1592

PROB 11/71

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

COMBE

Anne

Widow

20 Jul 1641

PROB 11/186

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

COORSINE

John

Husbandman

26 Jun 1633

PROB 11/163

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

CORBEN

John

Yeoman

27 Mar 1810

PROB 11/1509

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

CORBEN

Alice

Spinster

5 Feb 1669

PROB 11/329

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

CORBIN

John

 

12 Aug 1904

 

Little Canford Administration

CRUMPLER

Thomas

Farmer

18 Feb 1840

PROB 11/1922

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

CUTLER

William

 

25 Sep 1904

 

Canford

DARBY

George

 

24 Jul 1724

PROB 11/598

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

DARLY

Richard

 

2 Mar 1663

PROB 11/310

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

DEAN

Elizabeth

Spinster

6 Feb 1847

PROB 11/2050

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

DEAN OR DEANE

William

 

7 Oct 1706

PROB 11/490

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

DEANE

Richard

Yeoman

8 Dec 1609

PROB 11/114

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

DEANE

Robert

Yeoman

7 Mar 1635

PROB 11/167

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

EDEMAN OR EDMAN

William

Yeoman

2 May 1592

PROB 11/79

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

FISHER

Anne

Widow

12 Feb 1695

PROB 11/424

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

FITZHENRY

Frances

Widow

28 Mar 1775

PROB 11/1006

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

FOARD

William

Mariner

18 Dec 1673

PROB 11/343

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

FORD

Willyam

 

17 Jun 1608

PROB 11/112

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

GARE OR GEEAR

Thomas

Mariner

18 Nov 1740

PROB 11/705

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

GARLAND

Francis Penton

 

30 Jan 1850

PROB 11/2106

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

GILLINGHAM

John

Yeoman

4 Jul 1688

PROB 11/392

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

GILLINGHAM

Jenny

Widow

25 Jun 1808

PROB 11/1481

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

GILLINGHAM

Thomas

Gentleman

5 Jul 1650

PROB 11/213

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

GRAHAM

Christopher

Gentleman

2 Aug 1810

PROB 11/1514

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

GUEST

Josiah John (Sir)

 

6 Jan 1853

PROB 11/2165

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HANHAM

Joseph

Yeoman

11 Jan 1839

PROB 11/1905

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HART

Marmaduke

Yeoman

8 Feb 1672

PROB 11/338

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HAYES

William Richard

Gentleman

11 Mar 1820

PROB 11/1626

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HENNING

Robert (Revd)

Clerk

25 May 1799

PROB 11/1324

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HILEY

William

Gentleman

30 Oct 1753

PROB 11/804

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HILEY

Charles

 

8 Feb 1790

PROB 11/1188

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HILGRONE OR HILLGRONE

Edith

Widow

26 Feb 1618

PROB 11/131

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HILL

Mary

Widow

4 Apr 1821

PROB 11/142

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HILL

Christopher

Yeoman

19 sep 1804

PROB 11/1414

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HOLLAND

Thomas

Yeoman

10 Jul 1852

PROB 11/2156

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HOLMES

James

 

7 Jun 1834

PROB 11/1832

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HUMFREY

John

Gentleman

30 Mar 1736

PROB 11/676

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

HUMFREY

Elizabeth

 

27 Jul 1904

34

Little Canford Administration

HUMFREY

Elizabeth

 

27 Jul 1904

27

Little Canford Administration

HUMFREY

William

 

12 Sep 1904

24

Little Canford Administration

HUMFREY

Thomas

Gentleman

25 Oct 1703

PROB 11/472

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

JOHNSTON

George William

Gentleman

24 Jul 1826

PROB 11/1714

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

JUBBER

Vincente

Husbandman

28 Jan 1602

PROB 11/99

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

JUBBER

Richard

Husbandman

30 May 1633

PROB 11/163

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

KING

Dorothy

 

6 Aug 1904

2

Canford

KING

Christopher

Gentleman

23 Dec 1734

PROB 11/668

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

KING

Richard jun.

 

28 Jul 1904

31

Little Canford Administration

LAMB

John

Gentleman

10 Dec 1799

PROB 11/1334

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LAMB

Mary

Widow

5 Mar 1808

PROB 11/1485

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LAMB

John

Gentleman

2 Mar 1663

PROB 11/1334

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LAMBERT

Elizabeth

Spinster

31 Aug 1842

PROB 11/1967

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LAMBERT

Mary

Widow

29 Aug 1814

PROB 11/1559

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LATELY

John

Seaman

10 Mar 1656

PROB 11/253

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LEIGH

Frances

 

29 Aug 1904

23

Little Canford Administration

LOCKER

Henry

 

PROB 11/174

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LOCKER

George

 

26 Jul 1774

PROB 11/999

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LOCKYER

George

Yeoman

26 Jul 1774

PROB 11/999

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LOCKYER

Richard

Yeoman

14 Jul 1655

PROB 11/244

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

LOCKYER

Jane

Widow

11 Jan 1679

PROB 11/359

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

MACKRELL

William

 

28 Jul 1774

PROB 11/999

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

MEABY

James

 

1 Jul 1848

PROB 11/2078

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

MINTEY

Moses

 

11 Nov 1904

15

Little Canford Administration

MULLENS

Roger

Gentleman

8 Jan 1669

PROB 11/329

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

NEAVE

Martin

Mealman

2 Mar 1814

PROB 11/1554

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PAINE

John

Gentleman

17 Jan 1823

PROB 11/1665

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PAINE OR PAIN

Anne

Wife

8 Oct 1772

PROB 11/982

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PAINTER

Thomas

Yeoman

25 Jun 1806

PROB 11/1445

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PAINTER

Ann

Widow

20 Mar 1810

PROB 11/1509

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PAINTER

Ann

Widow

20 Mar 1810

PROB 11/1509

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PARSETT

Richard

Gentleman

16 Nov 1661

PROB 11/306

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PAYNTER

Robert

Yeoman

12 Feb 1594

PROB 11/83

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PEARCE

John

Yeoman

10 Oct 1649

PROB 11/209

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PEARCE

Elizabeth

Widow

8 May 1638

PROB 11/177

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PELLY

Thomas

Yeoman

31 May 1786

PROB 11/1142

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PELLY

George

Yeoman

15 Aug 1782

PROB 11/1094

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PIKE

Mary

Widow

3 Jun 1833

PROB 11/1817

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PONSONBY

Barbara Rt. Hon

Baroness de Mauley

20 Feb 1845

PROB 11/2012

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PRIOR

Richard

 

15 Mar 1849

PROB 11/2090

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

PYMAR

James

 

17 Jan 1853

PROB 11/2165

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

ROE

Thomas

Master Mariner

3 May 1834

PROB 11/1831

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

ROOKE

Gyles

Yeoman

13 May 1682

PROB 11/370

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

ROSE

Peter

Gentleman

15 Nov 1837

PROB 11/1886

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

ROWSELL

Thomas

Yeoman

18 Dec 1839

PROB 11/1920

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

RUSSELL

Thomas Macnamara

Admiral of the Blue in His Majesty's Royal Navy

3 Sep 1824

PROB 11/1690

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

SANSOM

Thomas Wiltshire

Yeoman

8 Sep 1827

PROB 11/1731

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

SILBY

James

Gentleman

19 Oct 1846

PROB 11/2047

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

SMITH

Deborah

Spinster

25 Oct 1828

PROB 11/1747

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

SPURRIER

Betsey or Elizabeth

Spinster

3 Nov 1815

PROB 11/1574

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

SPURRIER

Christopher

Gentleman

3 Nov 1815

PROB 11/1574

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

STICKLAND

Mary

Widow

24 Oct 1722

PROB 11/587

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

STONE

Thomas

Gentleman

23 Aug 1820

PROB 11/1633

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

STRONG

Thomas

Gentleman

4 Mar 1835

PROB 11/1844

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

TALBOT

Ann

Widow

31 Dec 1796

PROB 11/1283

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

THURBORNE

Roger

Yeoman

30 Dec 1730

PROB 11/641

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

TILLEY

Thomas

Gentleman

26 Mar 1795

PROB 11/1258

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

TILLEY

George

Gentleman

8 Feb 1838

PROB 11/1891

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

TOOPE

Robert

Gentleman

28 Jun 1673

PROB 11/676

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

TORY

John

Yeoman

10 Jan 1809

PROB 11/1492

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

TURNER

George

Salt Officer

31 Dec 1818

PROB 11/1611

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

TWYNE

John

 

10 Aug 1904

23

Canford Parva

TYNES

Richard

Clerk

12 Jun 1627

PROB 11/152

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WAREHAM

James

Cordwainer

27 Oct 1836

PROB 11/1868

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WARLAND

Christopher

Gentleman

7 Apr 1849

PROB 11/2092

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WARLAND

Henry

Gentleman

17 Aug 1819

PROB 11/1619

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WARREN

William

Husbandman

23 Apr 1655

PROB 11/249

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WARREN

Dorothy

Widow

16 Feb 1684

PROB 11/375

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WASSE

Matthew (Revd)

Clerk

20 Apr 1776

PROB 11/1019

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WATERMAN

William

Yeoman

10 Feb 1759

PROB 11/844

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WATTS

Nicholas

 

4 Nov 1587

PROB 11/80

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WAYLAND

Richard

Husbandman

24 Oct 1597

PROB 11/90

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WAYLAND

Henry

 

15 Jun 1830

PROB 11/1395

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WAYLAND

John

 

26 May 1846

PROB 11/2036

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WEBB

John (Sir)

 

12 Nov 1700

PROB 11/458

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WEBB

Barbara Hon. Lady

Wife

13 Jun 1740

PROB 11/703

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WEBB

John (Sir)

 

23 Dec 1745

PROB 11/743

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WEBB

Thomas (Sir)

 

19 Jul 1763

PROB 11/890

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WEBB

John (Sir)

 

9 May 1797

PROB 11/1291

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WELCH

Anne

Widow

2 Jun 1777

PROB 11/1032

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WELCH

Ann

Widow

2 Jun 1777

PROB 11/1032

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WELSTEAD

John

Yeoman

20 Nov 1667

PROB 11/325

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WILLETT

Ralph

 

4 Feb 1795

PROB 11/1256

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WILLETT

John Willett

 

20 Dec 1815

PROB 11/1575

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

WRIGHT

Christopher (Revd)

Clerk

21 Oct 1799

PROB 11/1332

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

YOUNG

William Edward Waldron

Gentleman

12 Feb 1822

PROB 11/1654

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

 

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