6. Probate

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The chapter on probate concentrates on Gloucestershire probate documents, both those found in Gloucestershire and those of Gloucestershire people found elsewhere. It includes:

  • Types of probate; e.g. wills, nuncupative wills, administrations and intestacy
  • Reasons for leaving a will
  • Women’s wills
  • Primogeniture, Gavelkind and Borough English
  • What you can expect to find in a will
  • Different probate courts – Prerogative Courts of Canterbury and York, Bishops’ Courts, Archdeacons’ Courts, Peculiar Courts
  • Wills before 1858 – PCC and PCY wills for Gloucestershire
  • Wills proved in Gloucester and Bristol, where and how to find them
  • Wills from Peculiars and disputed wills
  • Wills since 1858 – National Probate Calendars; how to get a copy
  • Administrations
  • Inventories

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Index to Chapter 6

Act Books 11
administration bonds 18
Administrations 18
admons 18
Aldsworth 15
Archdeaconry Courts 7
Badgeworth 9
BARBER 7
Barnsley 15
Bentham 7
Beverston 7
Bibury 15
Bichop’s Cleeve 15
Bishop 7
Bishop of Gloucester 7, 10
Bishop’s Cleeve 15
Boddington 15
bond 18
Borough English 5
borough records 22
Bristol 14, 23
Bristol Record Office 14
BROWN 7, 8
charity records 22
Cheltenham 6, 8, 17
codicil 3
Commonwealth 7
Consistory Court 10
Consistory Courts 7
copy will 16
Corse 15
cost of will 17
Court of Chancery 4
Court of Civil Commission 7
Court of Probate 7
Deerhurst 15
disputed wills 11
Dowdeswell 15
estate papers 22
family collections 22
FARADAY 10
Forest of Dean 22
Forthampton 15
FREEMAN 13
FRY 14
Gavelkind 5
GEORGE 14
Gloucester 11, 23
Gloucester Probate Registry 16
GOODMAN 7
Great Shurdington 12, 13
Gwinnett 12, 22
GWINNETT 8, 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20, 21
Hereford 10
Holborn 23
HUMPHREYS 11
incumbent 7
inventory 18, 20
Jamaica 8
JONES 11
KEMP 13
KING 22
LANG 14
Leigh 15
letters of administration 2, 4
Lidney 22
LONGDEN 13
LUCAS 13
Lydney 21
MAISEY 6
McGREGOR 14
National Probate Calendars 16
nuncupative will 2, 5
online database 10
order of precedence 18
outsize wills 10
Overseas wills 8
parish chest 22
PCC 8
PCY 8
Peculiar Courts 7
peculiar wills 15
Prerogative Court of Canterbury 8
Prerogative Court of York 8
Prerogative Courts 7
Primogeniture 4
Principal Probate Registry 16
Principal Registry of the Family Division 16
probate 2
probate accounts 18
Probate Act of 1857 16
probate clause 11, 16
registered will 16
ROGERS 7
Shurdington 9
SMITH 8
solicitors’ deposits 22
South Gloucestershire 14
spinsters 3
Staverton 15
Stoke Orchard 15
testator 3
THOMAS 9
Tirley 15
Uley 8
valuation 20
widows 3
will 2
WILLIAMS 7, 22
Winson 15
Withington 15
Worcester 10
York 23
York Probate Sub-Registry 17