Chilfrome

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 Chilfrome 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.

NAME

DESCRIPTION

DATE

REFERENCE

ELBYE Will of Hillarie Elbye, Yeoman of Chilfrome, Dorset 23 June 1651 PROB 11/217
ILLARIE Will of William Illarie, Parson of Chilfrome, Dorset 28 January 1577 PROB 11/59
JONES Will of Roberte Jones, Clerk of Chilfrome, Dorset 03 February 1599 PROB 11/93
NOAKE Will of Susanna otherwise Susana Noake, Spinster of Chilfrome, Dorset 26 August 1836 PROB 11/1866

 

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

BEEGON alias. JACOB, Nicholas, Chilfrome 1708

DOWN, Edith, Chilfrome 1721

GOOD, Robert, Chilfrome 1718

JACOB, Nicholas Chilfrome Inv. 1708

JACOB alias. BEEGON, Nicholas, Chilfrome 1708

STONE, Thomas, Chilfrome I. 1683

STONE, Elizabeth, Chilfrome A. 1711

 

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

BEST, Samuel, Chilfrome 16 1768

COLE, William, Chilfrome 15 1725

COOMB, Matthew, Chilfrome 22 1733

COZENS, Thomas, Chilfrome 6 1668

DOWN, Elizabeth, Chilfrome 22 1736

FLOWER, Richard, Chilfrome 20 1739

FLOWER, William, Chilfrome 9 1789

GENGE, William, Chilfrome 18 1754

HUNT, William, Chilfrome 22 1775

LOVELACE, Robert, Chilfroome 10 1662

LOVELACE, William, Chilfroome 9 1667

PORTER, Robert, Chilfrome 13 1792

 

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

BRYER, Margaret, Chilfrome 4 1667

CLEMENT, Thomas, Chilfrome 8 1759

DAW, William, Chilfrome 9 1783

LOVELACE, William, Chilfrome 9 1767

STONE, Thomas, Chilfrome 16 1693

 

 

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