Devon Contents & Search
In 1942 the Exeter Probate Registry was bombed and all the Devon wills were destroyed.
Before the war Sir Oswyn Murray had made abstracts of a number of wills for families in which he had an interest. The abstracts are in a number of volumes in the Westcountry Studies Library and provide a source of information for some lucky family historians, a source which the LDS has microfilmed in its entirety.
The table below lists the Oswyn Murray LDS films, indicating the names each film covers, and providing accesses to the indexes that have created to date.
The wills are arranged in alphabetical order by surname so no index is required if you visit the library. Rather, these indexes are being created for those of us who can't visit the library, but who instead are using the LDS films of these volumes.
Many of the wills were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). These wills are available on-line from The National Archives. Also the wills & admons are available on film from the LDS. Most admons contain no more family information than the abstract and before 1733 admons were usually in Latin.
PCC and Nuncupative wills are noted. The latter were made orally and written down later by the witnesses.
|1||Abbot-Belworthy||FHL BRITISH Film 917257|
|2||Bence-Bywater||FHL BRITISH Film 917258|
|3||Cabell-Clay||FHL BRITISH Film 916897|
|4||Clegg-Cutting||FHL BRITISH Film 916898|
|5||Dabernon-Dyer||FHL BRITISH Film 916899|
|6||Eales-Futts||FHL BRITISH Film 916900|
|7||Gallard-Gyst||FHL BRITISH Film 916901|
|8||Hacche-Hazill||FHL BRITISH Film 916902|
|9||Heaman-Holmore||FHL BRITISH Film 916903|
|10||Holway-Kymmyng||FHL BRITISH Film 916904|
|11||Lackyngton-Lynne||FHL BRITISH Film 916905|
|12||Mabanke-Mysand||FHL BRITISH Film 916906|
|13||Nanscawen-Persey||FHL BRITISH Film 916907|
|14||Peter-Prust||FHL BRITISH Film 916908|
|15||Puddicombe-Ryse||FHL BRITISH Film 916909|
|16||Saffin-Smith||FHL BRITISH Film 916910|
|17||Snell-Symons||FHL BRITISH Film 916911|
|18||Tack-Vye||FHL BRITISH Film 916912|
|19||Waad-Young||FHL BRITISH Film 916913|
|20||2nd and 3rd series A-Z||FHL BRITISH Film 916914|
Last updated: 2 Dec 2008 - Brian Randell
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