WILLS PROVED IN THE PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY
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.
I. Wills proven in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury can be downloaded from the PRO site Documents On Line for a small fee.
NAME DESCRIPTION DATE REFERENCE ALLEN Will of Abner Allen, Landlord or Innholder of the White Hart Inn near the Foreplace, Household Servant of Cheddington, Dorset 05 February 1844 PROB 11/1992 BELLAMY Will of Edward Bellamy of Cheddington, Dorset 19 October 1791 PROB 11/1209 BISHOPP Will of Thomas Bishopp of Cheddington, Dorset 29 March 1777 PROB 11/1029 BROWNSEY Will of Susan Brownsey, Lacemaker of Cheddington, Dorset 01 August 1657 PROB 11/267 CHAMPION Will of John Champion, Yeoman of Chedington, Dorset 28 March 1640 PROB 11/182 COX Will of Reverend John Cox, Clerk of Cheddington, Dorset 22 April 1846 PROB 11/2034 FOWLER Will of John Fowler of Cheddington, Dorset 28 November 1598 PROB 11/92 GUPPIE Will of Barnaby Guppie of Cheddington, Dorset 16 May 1610 PROB 11/115 GUPPY Will of John Guppy, Gentleman of Cheddington, Dorset 22 May 1635 PROB 11/168 HALLETT Will of Robert Hallett of Cheddington, Dorset 15 August 1573 PROB 11/55 HALLETT Will of Joan Hallett, Widow of Cheddington, Dorset 16 April 1591 PROB 11/77 HALLET or HALLETT Will of George Hallet or Hallett of Cheddington, Dorset 04 March 1648 PROB 11/203 HODY Will of William Hody of Cheddington, Dorset 04 April 1780 PROB 11/1063 HOYTE or HOIT Will of Nicholas Hoyte or Hoit, Serge Maker of Cheddington, Dorset 12 May 1713 PROB 11/533 HUNTE or HUNT Will of William Hunte or Hunt of Cheddington, Dorset 10 February 1593 PROB 11/81 HUNT Will of Joane Hunt, Widow of Chedington, Dorset 06 February 1623 PROB 11/142 HUNT Will of Christopher Hunt, Yeoman of Cheddington, Dorset 02 July 1628 PROB 11/154 IRELAND Will of William Ireland, Gentleman of Cheddington, Dorset 29 January 1807 PROB 11/1454 KEATE Will of Thomas Keate, Yeoman of Cheddington, Dorset 26 June 1646 PROB 11/196 MACKRELL Will of John Mackrell, Gentleman of Cheddington, Dorset 17 May 1764 PROB 11/898 MYNTERN Will of Christofer Myntern, Clerk of Chedington, Dorset 06 June 1614 PROB 11/123 RAYNOLDE Will of Mathias Raynolde of Cheddington, Dorset 14 November 1598 PROB 11/92 SAUNDERS Will of William Saunders of Cheddington, Dorset 07 December 1615 PROB 11/12 SAUNDERS Will of George Saunders, Husbandman of Cheddington, Dorset 07 May 1636 PROB 11/171 SINCKLER Will of Christopher Sinckler, Husbandman of Cheddington, Dorset 10 February 1634 PROB 11/165 SYMES Will of John Symes, Yeoman of Cheddington, Dorset 01 December 1856 PROB 11/2243 WAREN or WARREN Will of John Waren or Warren, Yeoman of Cheddington, Dorset 08 November 1592 PROB 11/80 WARREN Will of Thomas Warren, Yeoman of Cheddington, Dorset 16 February 1652 PROB 11/220 WARREN Will of William Warren, Serge maker of Cheddington, Dorset 27 April 1674 PROB 11/344 WARREN Will of Agnes Warren, Widow of Cheddington, Dorset 16 July 1674 PROB 11/345 WARREN Will of John Warren, Gentleman of London of Chedington, Dorset 06 July 1689 PROB 11/396
II. A NON-EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF WILLS PROVED IN SELECTED OTHER COURTS 1568-1792a) Consistory Court of the late Diocese of Bristol 1681 - 1792BRAINE, Sarah Chedington Inv. 1692 DAW, William Cheddington 1740 HALLET, Samuel Cheddington A. 1696 MINTERNE, Henry Cheddington 1723 MINTERN, Henry Cheddington A. and W. 1739 ROGERS, John Chedington A. 1699b) Archdeaconry Court of the late Diocese of Bristol 1568 - 1792DAW, William Chedington 14 1768 FARNHAM, William Chedington 22 1741 HALLET, Alice Cheddington 14 1698 KIDGER, Robert Chedington 13 1673 MARSH, Frances Cheddington 10 1713 NOSSITER, Thomas Cheddington 16 1765 NOSSITER, Thomas Cheddington 11 1671 POOKE, William Cheddington 12 1672c) Archdeaconry Court of the late Diocese of Bristol 1660 – 1792ELLIS, Richard Cheddington 11 1764 HALLETT, Samuel Cheddington 12 1686 HALLETT, Samuel Cheddington 19 1692 POOK, William Cheddington 24 1672