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Part of a PCC Will of a Matlock resident

Information below is organised by:
SURNAME, Christian Name(s), Date of Probate, Abode
Surnames A
ABBOT Thomas of Matlock husbandman 1670 Oct 4 (Lich)
Written 9 Jan 1668.
Mentions Elizabeth loving wife; Dorothy Abot and Frances Abot; Edward and Samuel Abott; William Abott; John Abott.
Adm affidavit - Jane Adams, widow and John Tomkinson of Snitterton.
Exec wife Elizabeth. William Martin Overseer.
Wits Elizabeth Martin, William Martin
1670 burial
ADAM or ADAMS George, Yeoman of Matlock 1652 17 Jan (PCC - 17 January 1652)
1651 burial (as ADAM)
ADAMS George of Matlock, yeoman 1679/80 Jan 6 (Lich)
Inv viewed and prized 23 Jan 1679 by Will Cokaine, Anth Bowne, Henry Bowne, Edward Haslam, John Tomkinson.
Administration granted to Jane Adams widow.
1680 burial
ADIN William Matlock Victualler 1837 13 May (Lich)
Written 22 Sep 1836.
Mentions beloved wife Ruth Adin.
Execs: friend and relation William Hill of Alfreton Road Surveyor and wife Ruth.
Wits: Rickards Ince, Robert Clayton, George Bowmer.
Testator died 20th March last.
ALLSOP Dennis Bowwood p. Matlock 1690 May 16 (Lich)
Inv. Praised by James Hall, Thomas Pole, Willm Shawe, Mard [Marmaduke] Abell
Adm to Anna Allsopp p. Matlock
1690 burial
ALSOP Ann of Matlock Bath Spinster 1848 27 Apr (Lich)
Written 3 Nov 1847
Mentions: nieces Catherine Wasse and Sarah the wife of Charles Lucas, two of the children of sister Mary Wasse household effects, linen etc; nephew Joseph Wass and nieces Mary Morley and Ann the wife of Eward Lucas three other children of sister Mary Wass £100 each - legacies to be paid to husbands; trustees £400 to place the same out at interest and pay annual income to sister Catherine Stone for life, then to husband William Stone for life and then divide it between William, Joseph, Luke and Septimus their four sons; £600 upon trust and invested with annual income to Hannah Alsop widow of brother John for life; after her decease unto Mary John, Ann, Eliza, Hannah, Catherine and Alfred the six children of late brother John; to each of four children living of late brother Luke Alsop £100 each; sister Lydia wife of John Allen £200; rest and residue of money to nieces Catherine Wass, Sarah Lucas and Mary Ann Stone but Mary Ann Stone's share put out at interest to pay annual income to sister Catherine and her husband William (then to Mary Ann).
Wits: Edward Young M.D., George Britland
Trustees and Executors: John Allen Gentleman of Matlock and Joseph Wass of Lea, p. Ashover Lead Merchant
ALSOP Berseba of Matlock Widow Adm 1725 5 Oct (Lich)
Died intestate. Oath sworn by Maria Nevil daughter. Another oath states that Mary was the wife of John Nevil
ALSOP Dennis of Matlock 1628 (Lich)
ALSOP John High Leas p. Matlock Yeoman 1803 5 Mar (Lich)
Mentions property at Heage; tenant right of farm under Peter Nightingale Esq; loving wife Ann; sons John and Charles; daurs Hannah, Ann, Mary, Dorothy; wife's father Charles Young of Holloway.
Execs wife and son Charles.
Wits John Else, William Young, Jno Snibson [?]
ALSOPP Grace of High Leis [Lees] Matlock 1675 27 Nov (Lich)
Adm to Dionisius Alsopp brother
Inv John Wooddis, Anthony Wigley, William Cooper
1675 burial
ALSOPPE Isaac of High Leas Husbandman Matlock 1716 17 Oct (Lich)
Mentions son Dennis Allsoppe; Elizabeth Allsoppe my loving wife; unnamed children.
Wits Josiah Allsopp, Anne Gregory, Henry Flint
Execs loving wife Elizabeth Allsoppe and Joshua Debanks
Bond names Isaac Joseph Hannah and Josiah natural and lawful children of deceased
Inv appraised by Josiah Allsoppe, William Allsoppe, Henry Flint
ANNABLE Edward Baker of Matlock Adm 1802 20 Nov (Lich/DDR)
Exec Elizth, wife of Samuel Skidmore, daughter
ASHTON William of Matlock Yeoman Adm 1669 May 9 (Lich)
Inv Ralph Bowne, Thomas Stone?, John Spencer
Adm to Ellinore Ashron relict and widow
1669 burial
ASPINALL Thomas Matlock 1598 Sep 28 (Lich)
Inv 28 Jul 1598 praysed by Emund Walker, Edmund Flnynte, Richarde barone? and Thomas Walker
Mentions children's children; wife Agnes; Henry Aspinall second son; Edmund Aspinall eldest son; George Aspinall; Agness Kyllar; Isabell Henstocke; Joane the daughter of Henry Aspinall
Wife agnes sole executrx
Edmunde Flyntte overseer
Probate signed by J Sheleston? deput
Surnames B
BADSLEY John of Matlock Yeoman 1670/1 13 Feb (Lich)
Written 3rd [Dec] 23 Charles II (i.e. 1672) [this is an error, see below]
Mentions daughter Sara Badsley; John Hind; son Stephen Badsley; daughter Rebecca, John Hind's wife; Godfrey Webster; daughter Elizabeth, Godfrey Webster's wife; several peeces of gold; Rebecca's children; son Stephen's children; Thomas Beardsley in Ireland?
Loveing neighbours John Corkny and Ralph Bowne supervisors
Sole exec son Stephen
Wits John Ball, Adam Wolley
Inv taken and prized 21 Jan 1670.
A footnote in a more modern hand declares that the inventory was wrongly dated as the Will also states that it was taken 23 Charles II, i.e. 1671.
Comment by web mistress. Whoever added the footnote to this will had not checked the date he was buried, which would have been a few days after he had written the Will. If they had checked, they would have discovered they were alleging that John Badsley had made his Will from the grave! The "mistake" was in the year written at the beginning of the Will, and not the date of the inventory.
1670 burial
BADSLEY Stephen Matlock Yeoman 1723 4 Apr (Lich)
Written 25 Sept 1717.
Mentions loving wife [not named], loving daughter Elizabeth - the New Close alias Parkin Close, the two Barrcrofte?, Smithy Croft and all other freehold land in Matlock; daughter in law Mary Badsley of Nottingham widdow, grandson Mordecai Badsley.
Wits J H Birds, Joseph Lowe?, John Birds jun.
Exec daur Elizabeth.
Inv viewed prized and praised 7 Jan 1722/3 by Gorge Sowter and John Wolley who also signed the copy.
BAGSHAW Thomas Matlock Mil[l]wright 1835 15 Oct (Lich)
Mentions freehold property; eldest son John; daur Mary Ann Haynes; daur Lydia Cook; daur Sarah Flamson; son Adam; son Noah; pocket watch.
Wits Samuell Smith, George Hawley, Henry Barlow.
Execs friend Adam Bunting, hairdresser of Nottingham, George Nuttall of Matlock gentleman.
BALLINGTON Thomas of Matlock 1815 (Lich). DDR: Exec Thomas Ballington of Matlock
BALLINGTON Thos of Matlock 1828 (Lich). DDR: Exec Ann Ballington
BANKES Edward Matlock 1649 Apr 3 (lich)
Written 20 Jan 1648/9
To be decently buried in Matlock churchyard
Mentions Cozen Thomas Banks of Cromford; Cozen Eliza wife of Edmund Higton; kinsman Henery Banks of Matlock; Mary wife of John Lees; Ellen Banks my loveinge and kinde wife
Sole executrix wife Ellen
Wits Thomas Shelmerdine Minister de Matlock, Arthur Simpson, Anne Bowne
1649 burial
BARKER Hannah of Matlock widow 1822 4 Apr (Lich)
Mentions daur Lavinia Whittingham; seven children George, Hannah, Ellen John, Elizabeth, William and Ann Barker.
Wits James Milnes, Joshua Charles Crowther, John Brown
Exec Edward Radford of Tansley esquire
BARKER Henry of Matlock milner 1701 2 Oct (Lich)
Mentions Jo Cotton of Matlock husbandman [later yeoman].
Wits Adam Taylor, William Love, Adam Wolley
Inv includes list of names of those who owe him money: Timothy Carline, Anne Newton, Ant Woodward, Jo. Cooley; Matt Woodward, Ad. Wolley, Richard Wilcockson, T Bradley, Jo Oxley, Wm Turner, Francis Bidwell, Tho Pidcock, Wm Pidcock Baker, Ri Viny, Alis Waker, Jo Bunting, Ant Flint, Jo Hallam, Kath--- Chadwick, John Renolds, Francis Farmery, Ro Cock, Ri Bunting, Henry Gregory de Dethick
BARTON Barnard of Riber p. Matlock Miner 1849 13 Oct (Lich)
Ready money and after sale of Donkey and Donkey Cart; present wife Sarah Barton; youngest child Alice Barton; real estate, copyhold and freehold, Land messuages dwelling houses and Tenements and Appurtenances; nine children - Geo Barton, Thos Barton, Hannah Nuttal, Fanny Potter, Matthew Barton, Martha Barton, Ann Barnish, Mary Barton, Sarah Ellen, Alice Barton.
Wits George Allen, Peter Gregory.
Execs son Thomas, late of Riber miner and son George miner.
BARTON Thomas of Matlock Farmer 1822 25 Apr (Lich)
Mentions g daur Hannah Webster; present wife Mary; son John; daur Sarah the wife of John Webster of Riber miner; Mary wife of James Carline of Matlock hatter.
Wits John Brount, James Marriot, Rachel Marriot
Execs son John and son-in-law James Carline
BEARDESLEY Nicholas of Ryber, parish of Matlock 1583 Nov 26 (Lich)
Dated 12 June 1583.
Mentions Emate Beardesley my wife; children William, Alexander, Edmonde, Elyn, ---.
Exec Emate Beardsley.
Wits Tomas Columbell, Henri Colvin?, Edward Grensmith?
Inv 20 June 1583. Praised by Thomas Columbell gentleman, Addam Wolleye, George Walker, Willm Woode.
BEAUMONT Edward of Matlock Bath 1849 21 April (PCC - PROB 11/2091/9). DDR: Exec John Hall, Knaresboro
BIERDESLEY John Matlock 1694 11 Sep Adm (Lich)
1694 burial
BLOXHAM Robert, Gentleman of Matlock 1812 03 Nov (PCC - PROB 11/1538/197)
BODEN Abel, Miner of Matlock Adm 1808 20 Oct (Lich/DDR) Under 200L.
Exec Thos Boden otpo Glossop miner (son) on the Renunciation of Sarah Boden the Widow Relict
BODEN Abel of Matlock 1831 (Lich). DDR: Exec H Boden of Matlock (Lich)
BODEN Ann Upper Wood, Matlock [Bath] Spinster 1814 21 Feb (Lich).
Written 13 Jan 1814.
Mentions Job Boden - house etc at Upper Wood at age 30; if dies before and no issue to Anthony Bown Petrifaction Turner and Joseph Boden Petrifaction Turner; nephews and nieces sons and daughters of my later brothers and sisters George, John, Catherine, Lydia, Job all deceased when they attain 21; nieces Catherine and Hannah; niece Elizabeth Burton; niece Jane Elliott; niece Dorothy Knowles; George son of nephew Joseph; niece Ann Slack.
Wits Hannah Boden, Chas. Wilde.
Execs Anthony Bown of Matlock Bath Petrifaction Turner, Joseph Boden Matlock Bath Petrifaction Turner.
Testator died 30 Jan 1814.
BODEN Anne of Matlock 1827 (Lich). DDR: Exec Geo Boden of Matlock
BODEN Anthony of Matlock Bath, p. of Matlock Baker 1847 28 Apr (Lich).
Mentions dwelling house in Matlock Town, purchased from George Cawood and others where eldest son Thomas is living; Bakehouse, stable etc - the Stone House p. Matlock, occupied by self, son Abel and Henry Dunn and two other dwelling houses belonging in Upper Wood occupied by John Allsop and William Pickering; the Beet near Upper Wood occupied by son Abel
Wits William Green, James Colledge, Clerks to Messrs. Miln and Newbold
Execs friend Joseph Britland of Matlock Bath and son Abel Boden Baker of Matlock Bath
BODEN Anthony of Matlock 1850 (Lich). DDR: Exec Sml? Stone of Matlock
BODEN Hannah Upper Wood, Matlock widow 1816 17 Oct (Lich).
Adm to Dorothy Knowles wife of John Knowles Miner and natural and lawful daughter.
Intestate died 5 Dec 1814.
BODEN Joseph of Matlock Petrefaction Turner 1855 (Lich).
Writen 16 Mar 1850.
Mentions wife Sarah; six children Joseph, Hannah, George, Peter, John and Thomas.
Wits Wm. Green, Jas. Gell.
Execs brother in law Daniel Gell of Cromford publican and maltster, friend George Staley of Cromford draper.
Testator died 12 Jan 1855.
BODEN Mary of Matlock 1831 (Lich). DDR: Exec of Saml Boden (or) Higget of Matlock
BODEN Thos of Matlock 1812 (Lich). DDR: Exec Wm Stone of Matlock
BODEN Thomas of Matlock 1816 (Lich). DDR: Exec Anty Boden of Matlock
BODEN Thomas of Scarthin Nick p. Matlock Yeoman 1846 14 Oct (Lich)
Written 25 Dec 1843.
Mentions: daughter Elizabeth who lives with me household good, plate, linen, china; son William messuage or dwelling house where I now reside but to allow daughters Elizabeth and Sarah to live there without paying rent whilst unmarried, but if William and his family can't agree then the daughters to live in 2 rooms at the back, one on the ground floor and the other above; William his heirs and assigns to have the stable and share of the premises adjoining to be divided into two equal parts; son John dwelling house in Scarthin Nick where he resides with appurtenances and share of the ground in front on part of which is erected a stable adjoining property of Anthony Weston ...; dwellings or tenements and Whitesmith's shop with gardens etc in Scarthin Nick in occupations of John Boden (Miner), Mary Boden (daur of late daughter Lydia), Mark Britland, John Boden junior (tailor) and Samuel Boden; any remaining property to William and John upon trust to sell and dispose of; farming stock etc to daur Elizabeth. Rest divided into six parts shared between Elizabeth, Sarah, daughter Ellen wife of James Oates Cutler residing in Scotland, daur Jane wife of Mark Britland, daur Hannah wife of Isaac Macbeth baker of Wirksworth, remaining part between children of daughter late Lydia.
Execs William Boden of Crich miner, John Boden.
Wits: William Stone senr , Jos. Stone, both of Scarthin Nick.
BOWN Adam 1789 Matlock Miner 30 Apr (Lich)
Written 27 Nov 1787.
Mentions wife Mary (amongst items for Mary was one spinning wheel and reels); messuages and lands in the Parish of Matlock and Liberty of Tansley; son William now in North America; sons John Bown and Anthony Bown; two daughters Nanny Thompson and Catherine Hardwicke (legacies not subject to the debts or control of their respective husbands); three sons James, Isaac and Adam.
Wits Adam Wolley Senr, Willm Roose Senr, William Fletcher.
Execs three sons James, Isaac and Adam Bown.
BOWN Anthony of Matlock Bath Spar worker and gardener 1821 18 Oct (Lich). 2nd grant 23 Feb 1833.
Mentions beloved wife Elizabeth Bown; the four youngest children Ann John, William and James, under 21 years.
Wits Benjm Bryan, Josh Britland and Adam Walker.
Execs Edwin Bown of 16 Sutton Hill London spar worker and Peter Bown of Buxton spar worker.
BOWN James the elder Clockmaker of Matlock 1811 Feb 11 (Lich)
- Gukutils transcript -
BOWN James Matlock Clock and Watchmaker 1849 29 Apr (Lich)
Written 7 Oct 1747.
Mentions messuage occupied as a public house by George Gregory between the Turnpike Road and the River Derwent to nephew Ottawell Harrison; after his decease to Solomon Carding Colour Manufacturer and Mary his wife rents issues and profits; children of Solomon and Mary
Wits George Hawley, Wm. Green.
Execs Lindsay Hopkinson farmer and Leonard Wheatcroft Farmer, both of Matlock.
BOWN John Matlock 1821 (Lich)
Affidavit sworn by Anthony Bown of Matlock Blacksmith.
Adm: John Bown died upwards of 14 days ago a widower. Anthony natural and lawful son.
BOWN John of Matlock Miller 1836 11 July (Lich)
Written 29 May 1832.
Mentions copyhold field (the Round Meadow) on Matlock Bank; wife Elizabeth; son John; grandson William son of son John; son James; daughters Betsey and Ann.
Wits John Adams, Thomas Bown, Hannah Bown.
Execs James Bobank of Tansley Tallow Chandler and George Nuttall of Matlock County Surveyor.
Administration to Elizabeth Bown widow. Also DDR: Exec E Bown. There was some dispute with Nuttall and James Bobank but Elizabeth Bown sworn as executrix providing she made an inventory.
Testator died 29 May 1832.
BOWN Peter Matlock Green Blacksmith 1816 17 Oct (Lich)
Written 22 Jul 1816.
Oath Peter Bown of Codnor Park Clerk at the Iron Works and John Bown of Matlock Butcher appeared and made oath.
Will mentions dear wife Mary; daughters Anne and Sarah.
Wits John Bown, Martha Bown, Elizabeth Bown.
Execs sons John and Peter Bown.
Testator died 22 Jul 1816.
BOWN Phebe of Common Wood in the parish of Matlock 1811 2nd May (Lich)
- Gukutils transcript -
BOWN Rachel of Matlock co. Derby, 16 Apr 1788 (Lich)
- Gukutils transcript -
BOWN Samuel of Matlock 1782 17 Apr (Lich)
Mentions wife Rachel; son Samuel; son James; building called Lotcoe? wherein Thomas Cottrel liveth; dau Grace wife of James Mather; daur Rachel; daur Rebeckah wife of Richard Keeling; son Joseph.
Wits George Musgrave, Thomas Leawwood, Jos Sowter. Probate to Rachel, widow, the surviving executor.
Execs son Joseph and wife Rachel.
BOWN Samuel the elder of Matlock Wood co. Derby, yeoman 1796 15 Nov (Lich)
- Gukutils transcript -
BOWN Sarah, Spinster of Matlock 1840 10 Dec. Exec Jas Bown (Lich)
- Gukutils transcript -
BOWN William of Matlock (83) 1556 15 Apr (Lich)
Dated 4 Mar 1555/6.
Mentions body to be buried next to Margery my wife; wife Alice & children; to Elene Henry, Agnes, Emott and Alice - daughters; Robt Pydcock and Rogge ffearne
Inv made and praysed by Antony Wooley, William Madder of Hasker, James Fflynte and George Burgon.
Exec Alice and son Henry.
Edmund Wild prieste and Curate of my psshe, Alice my wife, Henry my son and Elene my daughter.
BOWN William Matlock 1824 14 Oct Butcher (Lich)
Adm Affidavit: Amy Allen and William Allen Labourer, both of Matlock applied to administer.
Grant to Amy Allen, natural and lawful daughter.
Testator died Sept 1824.
BOWN William Matlock Publican 14 Oct 1841 (Lich)
Affidavit Mary Ann Bown of Matlock widow sole executrix.
Written 27 Nov 1840.
Mentions wife Mary Ann.
Wits Ann Goodwin, George Nuttall.
Exec Mary Ann Bown.
Testator died 28th Nov last [1840].
BOWNE Alice of the Lime Tree p. Matlock Widow Adm 1634 12 Sep (lich)
Inv prayed by Anthony Woodward, Henry Statham and Willm Bennet.
Adm granted to John? Bowne yeoman of Matlock and Willm Bennet yeoman of Matlock
BOWNE Ann of Matlock Singlewoman 1696 14 Oct (Lich)
Mentions kinswoman Sarah Tailer; kinswoman Mary Clarke; Mary Wheatcroft, kinsman Joseph Clarke; kinsman Joshua Fribehly[?]; kinsman John Walton's daughter Elizabeth; Mary Walker my maid servant; [testator] and kinsman John Walker stand bound to Mrs. Millicent Wigley, deceased... towards the paiment I have sold wood to Nathaniel Newton.
Execs Mr Samuel Hough and Stephen Badsley.
Wits Mary Walker, Anthoi Sowter, Willm Richards.
Inv praised by Anth Sowter, Henry Flint, George Wood.
1696 burial
BOWNE Anthony of the Lime Tree p. Matlock Yeoman 1619/20 14 Feb (Lich)
Written 1 Dec 1619.
Mentions Adam Woolley, grandchild, son of Anthonie Woolley; Elizabeth Wolley grandchild, daur of Anthonie Woolley; son Raph Bowne; beloved wife Ales.
Wits Henry Smith, Adam Wolley, John Bowne.
Execs well beloved wife Ales and youngest son Thomas Bowne.
Inv praysed by Willm Walker, Anthony Woodward, Henry Statham and Anthony W[olley?].
Also see Pedigree of Wolley of Allen Hill | Pedigree of Wolley of Riber | Biography of grandson
BOWNE Anthony Matlock Blacksmith 1767 6 May (Lich)
Written 26 May 1764.
Mentions eldest daughter Amy; daughter Elizabeth; sons William and Peter; son Peter to serve eldest son Anthony as an apprentice in ye trade of blacksmith; son William given the new built butchers shop that Anthony built for him and another building "I intend to build to adjoin the same for a Ham-house" but if Anthony dies first William to have the land; son John new built house and blacksmiths shop in Tansley; eldest son Anthony dwelling house, Blacksmiths Shop at Matlock Green; dear wife Anne to have use of all rooms and Brewhouse, Brewing Utensils, Barrels and the Brewing trade business to herself.
Wits William Godward, Ann Godward; J. Reynolds Sur.
Exec William Bunting of Lea, Innholder, brother in law.
BOWNE John of Matlock Adm 1626/7 29 Jan (Lich)
Praysed by Edmund Walker, Thomas Johns, Anthony Cotterell, Thomas Heathe, Jonnis Alysse[?], Robert Willoughby
BOWNE John Matlock Dyer 1731 21 Oct (Lich)
Written 4 Jul 1731.
Mentions my cozen Anthony Bowne Blacksmith - devised a pingle east of wheat goose and north of Netherfield; two sisters, Ann wife of Timothy Spencer and Marey wife of Tho White; share of Manner of Matlock; my now loving wife Easter Bowne; mother Anne Bowne; children of late brother Isaac Bowne - Anne, Sarah Mariah Mary and Hannah; groves, mines and shares of mines to loving brothers in law.
Wits William Toplis, George Sowter, John Wolley.
Execs Timothy Spencer, Thomas White.
[see BOWNE William late of Matlock as his inventory attached to John's Will. William was John's father.]
- Also see Woolley Manuscripts v.6694 ff.41-50 -
BOWNE Raphe of Matlock 1616 2 Jul (Lich)
Mentions wife; sons Anthony and Thomas Bowne; daur Grace Bowne; lease granted by Mr. Francis Babington (in keeping of George Statham).
Execs wife Elizabeth and daur Grace.
Inv praysed by Willm Walker, Anthony Bowne, James Rowson and Henry Statham.
BOWNE Ralph the elder of Matlock Yeoman 1674 20 May (Lich)
Mentions beloved wife Frances; son John and issue of his bodie - dwelling house and garden with croft adjoining where he liveth called Doblane Head, barne and croft, land by Fisher Croft Lane in his possession, parcel in Holme Meadow, four acres on the south side of Matlock Bridge known as Thomas Johns Jenkins Flattes; dwelling houses in the possession of Hugh Else and John Wragge; son Raphe Bowne; moiety called Poppe Carr and Clay Croft (held by lease from William Savill, gentleman); daur Frances Holmes; daur Hannah Marshall; daur Elizabeth Bunting, wife of Robert Bunting blacksmith.
Wits Spateman Jn, John Corkine, Peter Newtons.
Sole exec son Raph Bowne.
Inv vowed and praysed 18 Dec 1673 by Henry Bowne, Adam Wolley.
1673 burial
BOWNE Thomas Matlock 1754 30 Oct Miner (Lich)
Written 6 Feb 1754.
Mentions Loving wife Cathrine - dwelling house, one garding and a small croft ajoying, with one barne and cowhouse with appurtenance; Brother John if living six months after wife's decease; sister Ruth if living six months after wife's decease; nephew Adam Walker son of Daniel Walker; nephew Joseph Walker.
Wits Anthony Wooley, Mary Wolley, John Wolley.
Exec nephew Joseph Walker.
Inv 16 Oct 1754 prized and witnessed by Thomas Roose, John Wolley. Declared a true copy by John Wolley, Anthony Wolley.
BOWNE William late of Matlock
Inv dated 29 May 1731.
Prized and Praised by Will Toplis, John Wolley.
Examined by Tho. White, John Wolley.
[This inventory attached to Will of John Bowne, Dyer, and does mention ye shop and die house but the inventory was taken before John Bown set his hand and seal to his Will]
BOWNE William the elder Matlock 1738 19 Oct (Lich)
Written 3 Nov 1737
Mentions wife Trauth snd house with ye Burty and two chambers one out house close garding diring her life; nesse Hanna Tipping the other end of house with half garding and appurtenances, including goods in house and bed and beding in ye chamber without curtings; nephew James Shaw; if Hannah Tiping dye without issue than house and land to nefew William Bowne and his heires
Wits: Anne Carding, John Wolley
Executrix Trauth Bowne
Inv 8 Nov 1737 viewed prized and praised by Benjamin Hurd, Thomas Redfearn, John Wolley
Examined by Jn Wolley jun, John Wolley
BRADLEY Joshua of Matlock Mason 1739 29 Aug (Lich)
Written 15 Mar 1738/9
Mentions George Meriman 5 shillings in case he come to demand the same; sister Anne wife of Mosses Arme 1 shilling; kinsman Samuell Meriman son of George Meriman 5 pounds; niece Marey wife of Henry Eatton five pounds; all these legacies to be paid in a month after wife's decease; ten shillings a year after wife's decease given to Wigley Hayward gentleman and John Wolley yeoman and their heirs for ever out of issues and profits of a peece of land called Allecock lying in Matlock Bank to be devided to twenty of the poorest famileys in ye parish that receive no pention of ye towne; in case ye parish take one peny at a lease of and from peece of land called Holl Top Crofts; loving wife Elizabeth real estate of houses and land both freehold and copyhold and share of the Manner for natural life committing no waste and keeping in good and tenable repair; after her death real estate of houses and land both freehold and copyhold to Joshua Meriman of Lenton and his heirs for ever; wife, after paying debts and funeral expenses, to have 20 loades of wheat, all sheep, one cow, desk, chair, a half of the pewter, bed, bedding, all linings, brass, oyrn kettle, Nowll? Table at her disposal; rest of household goods for life and then to kinsman William Bradley son of Robert Bradley; Elizabeth to enjoy two houses and gardings with appurtenances paying rents to Lords in possession of Statham Rowson and John Silkstone.
Executors Kinsman Joshua Meriman of Lenton and John Sowter of Matlock
Wits: Samuel Flint, Anthony Flint [x – mark], John Wolley
Inv prized and praised 19 Mar 1738/9
Witnessed by John Bradley, John Wolley. Examined by John Wolley sen and John Wolley jun.
See Charities to the Parish of Matlock.
Also see: Pedigree of Hayward.
BRADWELL Edward of Matlock Miner 1682 26 May (Lich)
Dated 20 Apr 1684
Mentions son Francis and his heires; two closes, the new and fair beetel? grounds; his land in possession of John Ragge; son Antony?; son Willian and his heires; my son George Bradwell's sons; son George; son Edward.
Wits George Wood, George Bradwall, Elizabeth Balington
Exec "my good friend and Landlord Adam Wolley my true full Lawful and Sole Executor".
Inv praysed by Henry Bowne, Ch Geog Wood, Willm Oxley, Adam Wolley.
This is a true copie of the original examined by us: John Wolley and Adam Wolley.
1682 burial
BRAILSFORD John of Matlock 1777 16 Apr (Lich)
BRAILSFORD Sarah of Matlock 1850 20 Mar (Lich)
BRENTNALL Paul of Matlock 1637 (Lich)
BROWN James, Clockmaker of Matlock 1811 02 May (Lich/DDR) Under 100L [see BOWN above]
BRITLAND Joseph Matlock Bath 1849 12 Oct (Lich)
Written 14 Feb 1838.
Mentions dear wife Sarah; dear only child daur Sarah Stavely Britland, a minor.
Wits Joseph Hodgkinson, Joseph Derbyshire.
Exec wife Sarah. [DDR has county as Somerset!]
BRITLAND Sarah Matlock Bath Widow 1857 17 Apr (Lich)
Written 1 Jan 1856
Will and two codicils.
Mentions Exec to install a plain but substantial railing around the tomb where she was to be interred and where her husband and daughter already were buried; dwelling house, shop etc at Matlock Bath now in occupation of Joseph Hodgkinson grocer to John Britland of Moorside, Cromford; dwelling, shop etc in Matlock Bath in occupation of James King including the two cellars in front and a right to use the yard to Joseph Britland (brother of John); messuage at Matlock Bath now in my own occupation and rooms occupied by James King to Richard Britland of Toadhole, Darley, Cutter of animals; Richard B to have the right to use the privy or water closets attached to the messuage devised to Joseph Britland; copper boilers and brewing utensils to Richard B; Mary Britland, daughter of Peter late of Cromford; Lydia Hewitt, sister of Mary B; Lydia Oakley, sister of Richard B; Silence, another sister of Richard B; rest and residue to Reverend Robert Morgan Jones of Cromford.
Wits James King, Wm Green.
Codicil 1: Written 1 Jan 1856 In case personal estate insufficient to pay debts etc and the legacies to Richard and Mary B such deficiency charged upon real Estate. Same wits.
Codicil 2: Written 13 Mar 1856. Revokes bequest to Rev Jones; residuary estate to Mary Britland, daur of Peter. Sames wits.
Exec Joseph Hodgkinson.
Testatrix died 11 Jan 1857.
BUCKLEY Betty of Matlock 1852 (Lich). DDR: Exec Geo Knowles of Brampton
BUCKLEY George of Matlock 1846 (Lich). DDR: Exec Wm Fowler of Matlock
BUCKLEY Samuel, Miner of Matlock 1807 16 Apr (Lich/DDR)
Exec Dorothy Buckley Widow, Job Buckley Son
Ruth Smith Daur £20
Dorothy Bland Daur £30
charged on real estate
All Residue to four sons Joseph, Job, Edward & Isaac Buckley share & share alike
BUCKLEY Thomas of Matlock 1855 (Lich). DDR: Exec Joseph Taylor of Matlock
BUNTING A[ndrew] Blackwell of Matlock 1856 (Lich). DDR: Exec Lindsey Hodgkinson of Matlock
BUNTING Anthony snr Matlock Bank Mason 1704 4 Oct (Lich & DRO)
Written 6 Aug 1704.
Mentions house and land etc to loveing wife Mary; son Anthony Bunting and his heirs; daughter Mary; sons Adam and John.
Exec wife Mary.
Wits Edmund Rowson, Henry Pirson?, George Silkston.
BUNTING Anthony Matlock Mason 1730 16 Apr (Lich & DRO).
Written 17 Jul 1729.
Mentions loving wife Mary.
Exec wife Mary.
Wits Adam Wragge, Josiah Wagstaffe, John Wolley.
Inv vewed prized and praised 15 Aug 1729 by Josiah Wagstaffe, George Vicars, John Wolley. Copy examined by John Wolley, John Sowter.
BUNTING Henry of Matlock 1615 (DRO)
BUNTING Job of Matlock Miner 1809 20 Apr (Lich).
Mentions wife Elizabeth; son Anthony Blackwell Bunting; three daurs Isabella, Mary, Elizabeth; son Isaiah houses crofts and gardens in Matlock Wood in occupation of mother Sarah.
Wits Henry Carder, Sampson Rowe, Geo Nuttall.
Exec wife Elizabeth.
BUNTING Mary 1742 Matlock widow 7 Oct (Lich).
Written 24 Aug 1742.
Mentions daughter Mary - dwelling house in possession of William Ballington with bakehouse, barne, little garding and one other garding; son Job - dwelling house where I now live and parcel of land (ye Croft) now in possession of Frans Wildgoose.
Wits Adam Wragge, John Bunting, John Wolley.
Sole exec son Job.
Inv prized and praised 16 Sept 1742 by Adam Wragge, John Wolley. Examined by John Wolley, John Wolley jun.
BUNTING Samuel of Matlock 1742 (DRO)
BUNTING William of Matlock 1665 (DRO)
1665 burial
BUNTING William 1720 Matlock 31 Mar (Lich).
Adm to son Samuel Bunting shoemaker. Signed Samuel Bunting, William Boner, [William Bower of Chesterfield, weaver] William Tupman [of Chesterfield].
Inv signed Andrew Heath, Geo. Wood.
BUNTING William of Matlock 1780 (DRO)
BURGON John of Matlock (44) 1552 (Lich) - given as BURGUNE in will calendars
BUXTON Ann of Matlock Widow 1837 15 Apr (Lich)
Adm to Betty Buxton spister natural and lawful daughter
BUXTON John of Matlock Spar and Marble Manufacturer 1853 14 Oct (Lich)
Mentions shop and tenement late the estate of Joshua Tomisson the elder deceased; son Herbert Buxton; daur Agnes Buxton; daur Sarah Ellen wife of Henry Parker; child or children of Sarah Ellen; Susan Wooding, daur of Stephen Wooding of Matlock to support illegitimate child by Buxton.
Wits Edward Bown, Wm Green.
Testator died 18 Sep 1853.
Affidavit sworn by William Pearson of Matlock Gentleman and William Smedley of Matlock gentleman [Spar Turner in Will], Execs these two and John Hill of Higham Miller.
BUXTON Mary of Matlock Bank Widow 1819 29 Apr (Lich)
Mentions daur Hannah Smith; daur Mary Goodlad.
Wits Edward Rowson, Adam Walker, Thomas Young
Sole exec Anthony Leeys.
BUXTON Thomas of Matlock Yoman 1607/8 3 Feb (Lich)
Mentions daur Anne; son John; Margaret my wife; daur Maria.
Wits Henry [W]alton, Edward Bown, George Buxton
Exec son John
Inv Thomas ----, John Lane, Josiah Amott
Surnames C
CARDEN Mary Matlock Widdow 1724 16 Apr (Lich).
Written 29 Jul 1714.
Mentions son Michaell Carden - house in Bailey Lane, Coventry, WAR; son Samuell house etc in Common Wood; Mary daughter to son Michael.
Exec brother Anthony Flint.
Wits Elizabeth Badsley, Anthony Flints, Stephen Badsley.
Inv prized and praised 5 Nov 1723 by George Wood, Samuel Lacey. Examined by Jno Wolley, George Sowter.
CARDEN Susannah Matlock Starkholmes widow 1819 12 Oct (Lich).
Written 1 June 1819.
Mentions my three sons Francis Walker, George Taylor, William Carden.
Wits James Milnes, Elizabeth Walker, James Fox.
Execs three sons.
Testatrix died June 1819.
CARDER, Hannah of Matlock Spinster 1832 11 Oct (Lich)
Mentions Henry Carder labourer, natural son of late sister Ann Carder; Elizabeth Carder, daur of William Carder, a natural son of my late sister Elizabeth Carder.
Wits Thomas Edwards Hannah Edwards
Sol exec Henry Carder of Matlock Hatter
CARDER, John of Matlock Miner 1793 14 May (Lich)
Mentions daurs Elizabeth, Mary, Ann, Hannah and Truth; dear and loving son John Carder; allotment at the top of Matlock Bank; daur Ellen, wife of Richard Kinder.
Wits Thomas Carder, William Mellor, Henry Blackwell
Exec John Carder
CARDIN, Samuel of Matlock Yeoman 1786 19 Oct (Lich)
Mentions Francis Holbrook brother-in-law (money owing to); brother Solomon Cardin; brother John Cardin; parcel of land adjoining JC's land in Starkholmes; nephew Samuel, son of John; Ellen and Mary, daurs of late brother Solomon; Francis and Priscilla Holbrook, son and daughter of sister Elizabeth Holbrook; Mordacai, son of brother Michael; William Wragg, Paul Marsh, William Willimot, grandsons of brother Michael; rest of nephews and nieces; John son of nephew Michael; nephew Michael, son of Solomon Cardin; Francis Holbrook the younger, son of b-i-l Francis H; nephew Samuel, son of Solomon Cardin.
Wits Maria Goodwin, G. Goodwin, H. Brittlebank
Exec Michael Cardin and Francis Holbrook the younger
CARDING, Samuel of Matlock Minor [sic] 1738 19 Oct (Lich)
Mentions son Mickell Carding; grand child Mary Rowson; son Samuel Carding; son Solomon Carding; son John Carding; Calfe Path Green, Starkholmes; loving wife Ann Carding
Wits Samuel Walker, Frances Walker, Willm Walker
Exec wife Ann Carding
Inv appraised by John Wolley, Willm Walker
CARLINE Phoebe Starkholmes, p. Matlock widow 1817 16 Oct (Lich)
Mentions son Anthony; daur Dorothy Taylor; daur Elizabeth Pearson. Exec John Statham son-in-law Hatter. Wits Sarah Stubbing, Thos Gratton, Jno Nuttall
CAWWOOD Thomas of Matlock Officer of Excise 1811 7 Oct (Lich)
Mentions wife Ann; children George, John, Joseph and Job; House and land at Crich occupied by late son William.
Wits William Godward, Samuel Marsden, George Statham.
Execs sons George Cawwood, John Cawwood and Joseph Cawwood.
Testator died March 1811.
CHAPPELL John, Clerk of Matlock 1689 17 June (PCC -PROB 11/395/381)
See list of Rectors | his burial in 1688
CHAPPELL John Matlock Gent 1724 2 Oct
Administration to Elizabeth Wild and Mary Winter, natural and lawful sisters.
Short inventory included two books and an almanac and a case of pistols and old gun.
CHAPPELL Mary of Ryber, p. of Matlock Widow 1720 22 Sept
Mentions grandson William Wylde; daughter Elizabeth Wylde; grand daughter Elizabeth Wylde; daughter Mary Winter.
Wits Mary Parsons, Lewis Attlebown, Joseph Allsopp.
Exec grandson William Wylde.
CLARKE Elizabeth of Matlock 1851. Administration to Charles Clarke (P.C. York)
COCKAIN, John Matlock Adm & Inv 1693 (Lich)
[From The Reliquary, Vol 11: "On the 30th June, 1693, administration of the personal estate and effects of John Cockain, late of Matlock, ... was granted to Wm. Cockaine, of Matlock, the natural and lawful son of the said deceased. The inventory shews £265 in personal effects."]
1693 burial
COCKAYNE, Mary Matlock Adm 1714 (Lich)
COCKAYNE, William gentleman Matlock Adm & Inv 1703 (Lich)
COLUMBELL Francis Riber, p. Matlock Adm 1605/6 March 9
Inv. 14 Mar 1605/6 praysed by John Pott of Darley gent, Thomas ffoullwood of Matlock gent Willm Walker & Willm Ludlam husband
Items included house at Willersleye
COOPER Mary, Matlock 1801 10 Apr (Lich)
Execs George Evans of Matlock, Merchant, Joshua Roper of Cromford Joiner. Mentions daughter Hannah Cooper and other unnamed children [minors]
Wits. John Debanke, William Roose
COTTERRILL Ann Riber p. Matlock Widow 1848 27 Apr (Lich)
Mentions son John Cotterill; daur Elizabeth Wright. Exec: son John. Wits: Thomas Worthy Carline, Benjamin Twigg
CROWDER Joseph of Matlock 1821 (Lich). DDR: Exec James Crowder of Matlock
CUMMING Joseph Notzel of Matlock Old Bath Victualler/Innkeeper 1821 23 Jul (Lich)
Written 10 Apr 1820
Mentions: friend George Gosling of Chesterfield and brother Professor James Cumming of Cambridge University clerk executors and administrators; dear wife Mary Cumming also an executor; maintaining and clothing all living children; all three executors Guardians to children
Wits: S. Sherratt, Thos. Poyser, Ann Mason.
Affidavits 21 Apr 1821: both George Gosling of Chesterfield Gentleman and Mary Cumming appeared personally
CUMMING Mary of Matlock Bath, p. Matlock Widow 1842 18 Oct (Lich).
Written 27 March 1841.
Mentions grandson John Henry Cumming; grandaughter Mary Clayton; daughter Elizabeth; sister Ellen Gosling, niece Alice Ann Cumming; real and personal estate and interest in the house called "The Old Bath Hotel" upon Trust ... and the good will thereof to divide (after expenses etc) equally between her four children - James, Elizabeth, Joseph, George and William John.
Wits Clara Jane Hutchins, Mary Mailes
Execs four sons James Cumming, Joseph, George and William John.
Codicil: dated 18 Nov 1841
Will and bequeath to son James the possession of the Old Bath Hotel and humbly confirm that the Proprietors will confirm him in the tenancy if it is his pleasure to continue.
Wits to codicil: Susannah Chatfield, Alice Ann Cumming
Affidavit: James Cumming of Matlock Surgeon appeared personally, 23 Sep 1842
Surnames D
DAFFIN Abbarnathan, Matlock, 1835 (Lich)
DDR: Exec Ellen Daffin
DAFFIN Ellen Riber p. Matlock widow 1851 20 Aug (Lich)
Mentions g daur Maria Carline; daur Ann wife of William Carline.
Wits George Staley, John Smith.
Exec Wm Carline of Matlock
DALLEYHEIES Robert, Batchelor of Matlock 1659 26 Jan (PCC - PROB 11/286/369)
1658 burial
DAVIS George Matlock Bank 1836 Framework Knitter 1836 13 Oct (Lich).
Execs James Woodhouse and Thomas Wall, both of Matlock.
DEANE Robert of Matlock 1544 Oct 9 (Lich)
"Dated in Hen VIIIths reign" on the outside.
Mentions burial in the church yard at Matlock; son Edward; Tannying house of ye said Edward; son nycoler; Ana Frychley; Antony and Xfstofer [Christopher].
Wits Tho de lbytine?, Nicoler Walker.
Inv appraised by Robert Lidlam, Jogez Walker, John Woods.
[This will has several holes in it and is difficult to read, so any additions would be welcomed.]
See ancient arms of Deane of Matlock
DEBANKE Anthony of Matlock Papermills 1815 14 Apr (Lich).
- See on site transcript -
DICKIN John Matlock 1807 (DRO)
Surnames E
EATON Mary, Spinster of Matlock 1810 26 May (PCC)
ELLIOT James Matlock Miner 1820 19 Apr (Lich)
Mentions 4 dwelling houses --- at Arter Hill Bonsall in possession of John Sheldon, Isaac Spencer, William Wall and James Chadwick; three closes - Bramleys, Slaleyway in Bonsall in possession of Robert Chadwick; daur Elizabeth Higgott, wife of George; more land in Bonsall; son James Elliott.
Wits Robert Hobson, Danl. Sellors, Hannah Hobson.
Execs son James Elliot Miner and son-in-law George Higgott.
ELSE John of Matlock (44) 1552 13 Sep (Lich)
EVANS Elizabeth, Spinster of Cromford Bridge, Matlock 1853 23 Feb (PCC - PROB 11/2167/322). Exec. William Evans of Allestree
EVANS Eneas of Matlock Innkeeper 14 Oct 1813 (Lich)
Mentions wife Hester; children Walter Mather Evans and Frances Shore Evans
Execs brother Francis Evans of Lane End STS and Stephen Shore of the City of London.
Wits Anthony Bown, Thomas Goodall, Jno Nuttall
EVANS Frances Shore Matlock 20 Apr 1820 (Lich)
Mentions late father Aneas Gentleman; mother Hester (sole executrix). Wits James Milnes, John Mawison[?], John Balley
EVANS George Cromford bridge, parish of Matlock Lead Merchant 22 Sep 1808 (Lich)
Mentions wife Ann; house at Cromford Bridge and lands in Darley and Matlock; three daughters Mary Enas, Ann Carter (wife of John Edward of Leicester) and Elizabeth Evans, brother in law Peter Nightingale of Lea
Wits Anthony Rarrant, Benjanin Tomison
Execs Peter Nightingale and Mary Evans (Mary Shore wife of William Shore, the surviving exec)
EVANS Hester Matlock Bath widow 12 Oct 1849 (Lich)
Adm. to Walter Mather Evans Attorney at Law
Surnames F
FERNE Joseph of Matlock 1717 24 Apr (Lich)
Mentions 3 daughters Mary, Ann and Sarah [in their minority]; son Godfrey also a minor; his children's education to brother in law Godfrey Watkinson of Brampton Moor and nephew John Broomehead of Sheffield.
Wits Deborah Moseley, Edmund Nickals, John Nickals.
Execs Godfrey Watkinson, John Broomehead.
See his MI at St. Giles' | List of Rectors |
FLETCHER James of Matlock 1842 (Lich). DDR: Exec Mary Fletcher of Matlock
FLETCHER Joseph the younger Victualler of Matlock Adm 1810 30 Apr (Lich).
Administration Bond - Ann Fletcher of Matlock widow
Signed itpo Phillip Gell by Ann Fletcher, Joseph Fletcher
Oath sworn by widow 16 Apr 1810
Died Jan 8 1810.
See Burial at St. GIles'
FLETCHER Joseph Yeoman of Matlock 1814 13 Oct (Lich).
Written: 8 Feb 1812
Mentions: wife Ann Fletcher - copyhold messuage known as The Boat House; grandson James Fletcher piece adjoining Boat House; son John Fletcher; grandson Joseph Fletcher; son William Fletcher.
DDR: Exec: wife Ann Fletcher of Matlock
George Hepworth of Matlock tallow chandler guardian of personal estate of James Fletcher, grandson, during his minority.
Wits: Adam Rowson, Peter Tipping, Jno Nuttall.
See Burial at. St. Giles'
FLETCHER William Schoolmaster of Matlock 1820 12 Oct (Lich).
Written 12 Mar 1820.
Mentions wife [unnamed] and George Hepworth; copyhold and freehold estates in Matlock; wife to have household goods, furniture, palet, linen etc; personal effects to convert into money towards raising a fund for my debts; annual interest dividend for use of wife during natural life; then upon trust annuity of £20 paid to brother John Fletcher in four equal payments; rest and residue, after wife's decease, nephews James and Joseph, sons of brother Joseph but if still infants under 21 at wife's decease the annual interest dividends for maintenance, education and clothing, or placing them out to trade or business.
Execs: wife and Geo Hepworth of Matlock
Wits: Wm Sutt----, John King, Wm Alanby
Testator died 4 May last.
Probate to Susannah Fletcher of Matlock widow.
Affidavit George Hepworth of Matlock Tallow Chandler.
FLINT Anthony of Matlock 1630 Oct 9 Adm (Lich)
Grant to William Flint of Browneswood husbandman and Thomas Ratcliffe of Clifton husbandman.
Inv Signed, with marks, Edward Wall, Anthoney Morton?, John Godbeer, James Carnell.
FLINT Anthony Matlock 1733 18 May (Lich)
Adm to John Flint natural son Farmer. Rubamah/Rumery Flint, relict and widow.
Inv 23 Aug 1732, praisers David Wall, Adam Ragg, Anthony Tissington
FLINT Thomas of Matlock, Husbandman 1642 5 Oct (Lich)
Mentions Agnes Flint my now loving wife; son George Flint also George great son]; daur Agnes Turner, wife of William Turner; Daniel Walker son in law; grandchild Thomas Flint, eldest son of son George; Adam Flint second son of George; George Flint youngest son of George; son in law William Turner's seven children: Roger, Mary, Elizabeth, Elenor, William, Anthony and George.
Wits John Wolley, George Flint, Elizabeth Wolley.
Execs wife Agnes and son George Flint.
1642 burial
FLINT Thomas of Matlock, Husbandman 1693 15 Nov Adm (Lich)
Grant to John Webster of Matlock Agricola.
Inv 19 Jul 1693. Praisers Anthony Banks, John Lees, Stephen Badsley.
1691 burial
FLINT William of Matlock (71) 1555 (Lich)
FLINT[E] Edmund of Matlock, Yeoman 1632 9 Apr (Lich)
Mentions brother Robte Flinte, Edmunde Ludlame son of Thomas Ludlame, wife Elizabeth; son in law Tho. Ludlame and daughter Frances Ludlame.
Wits Anthony Senior, Thomas Millwarde, Francis ----, Phillip Barnes.
Execs friends Richard Senior, Anthony and Francis Senior.
Inv praysed 24th Feb 1632/3 by Anthony Senior, William Ludlam and Anthony Cotterell.
FOWKE Thomas webster of Matlock 1612 May 26
Mentions younge land lorde Thomas Wigley; Henry Lee of Myddleton Moor and Elizabeth his wife; brother William Fowke; William Fowke the younger; neece and goddaughter Anne Fowke; her sister Margeria Fowke; nephew James Fowke, brother John Fowke; sister Grace Adam; sister Isabell Dayes; to any one of my brothers and sisters children not named; Thomas Gee of Mannfielde and his two sisters Ellen and Jane; Ann Ashmore of Carsington; Ales Oliver; Henry Wright my servant; Wliiam Evens; poore of Matlock; to four men to ring a peale at Wirksworth after my death; and four at Matlock; Anthony Wolley the elder, Anthony Haslam of Harston and James Haslam of the same; Geoege Walker sonne of William Walher of Ryber; Edward Haslam of Harston; Mary my wife.
Execs Georhe Walker and Edward Haslam
Wits; Anthony Wolley, Anthony Haslam, James Haslam
Inv 10 May 1612 praised by Anthonie Browne, Willm Topless Anthony Haslam James Bolington and Thomas Brandreth
FOX Esther of Starkholmes Matlock 1854 7 Aug (Lich).
Esther Fox late of Starkholmes Intestate Spinster. John Fox declared he was her lawful brother and one of the next of kin. Prayed Letters of Administration.
Affidavit John Fox of Starkholmes parish of Matlock Farmer. Esther Fox died 28 June 1854.
Adm granted to John Fox of Matlock.
FOX Grace of Matlock 1828 Apr 22 (Lich). DDR: Exec Jos Britland of Matlock
FOX Micah of Matlock 1813 Oct 14 (Lich)
FOX Samuel of Matlock 1798 Apr 25 (Lich)
FOX Samuel of Matlock 1832 Oct 11 (Lich) DDR: Exec Ellen Fox of Starkholmes
FOX Samuel of Matlock 1852 (Lich) DDR: Exec Mary Fox of Matlock
FOX William of Starkholmes Matlock Yeoman 1788 Oct 16 (Lich)
Written 1 Jan 1788.
Mentions son Joseph Fox; daughter Elizabeth wife of Peter Walker; daughter Ann wife of Luke Wilson; daughter Mary wife of Tomas Barton.
Wits Adam Wolley, Joseph Stone, Solomon Boden.
Son Joseph sole exec.
FOXE Edmund Matlock 1636/7 Jan 26 (Lich)
Inv 8 Jul 1636 praised by Geo. Walker, Hen: Wigley, Tho: Greenough.
FRITCHLEY Elizabeth of Cromford Bridge, p. Matlock 1813 23 Feb
Mentions Elizabeth Mee; nephew Thomas Gell; Sarah daur Anthony Buxton Joiner of Derby nephew; nephew Thomas Buxton Joiner of Derby; niece Ann wife of Thomas Beeson of Middleton, sailor; Mary wife of William Castledine stocking maker; niece Lidya wife of Thomas Woodhouse agent of Butterley; niece Sarah wife of Edward Hides, smith; niece Elizabeth Buxton Spinster; Hannah wife of Anthony Buxton Hatten.
Execs Thomas Sterland of Cromford grocer, Robert Beeson.
Wits Hannah Smithurst, Mary Holmes.
Died 4 Feb 1813
FRITH Elizabeth of Matlock 1838 2 June (PCC - PROB 11/1896/355) Exec George Nuttall, Holborn
Surnames G
GLOVER Edward of Matlock Bath 1850 (Lich). DDR: Exec Charlotte Glover of Matlock Bath
GRANGER William Matlock Mynor 1868 12 Sep (Lich)
Adm granted to Anna Granger of Matlock relict and widow and Anthony Bowne of Matlock yeoman
Inv 10 Sep 1668.
Praised by John Bowne, John Taylor, John Hoskins, Anthony Bowne, John Wolley.
GRATTON Anne Matlock Widow 1730 16 Apr (Lich)
Mentions sons William, Thomas and Samuel; daughters Mary, Sarah, Grace and Anne; son John Gratton sole executor.
Written 3 Nov 1728
Wits: Henry Pidcock, William Wolley, Thomas Denham
Inventory prized and praised 19 Feb 1729 by George Sowter, John Wolley and examined by John Gratton and John Wolley.
GRATTON John Matlock Blacksmith 1762 19 Apr (Lich)
Written 26 Dec 1758.
Mentions nephew John Oates, son of sister Ann Hogg - copyhold land called the Gate - messuages, dwelling houses etc. ... parts and shares of lead mines; nieces Grace and Ann Oates.
Nephew John sole executor.
Wits: Ann Gell, Eliz Brookes, Tho Gell.
Inv [no date] appraised by John Wolley Junr, James Wright.
GRATTON Thomas Matlock Blacksmith 1721 20 Apr (Lich)
Mentions sons William, Thomas and John: dear and loving wife Ann appointed sole executrix.
Written 17 Aug 1720.
Wits: Nathaniel Hill, Adam Woodward, Thomas Denham.
GREATOREX Joseph Riber p. Matlock Yeoman 1818 15 Oct (Lich)
Mentions brother-in-law John Bowler of Corkley, Muggington, farmer; John Taylor of Bateman Stile p. Matlock, farmer; dwelling house in occupation of Peter Elliott; son Joseph Greatorex; daur Mary wife of Adam Hawley of Nova Scotia; daur Ann; son Benjamin.
Execs John Bowler, John Taylor.
Wits Jas MacQueen, John Higget, Job Cooper. Testator died 7 July last.
GREATOREX Joseph of Matlock 1854 (Lich). DDR: Exec Jos Greatorex of Masson
GREATORIX Benjamin Matlock farmer 1800 10 Mar (Lich)
Mentions beloved wife Mary; son William; friend George Evans of Cromford Bridge; g daur Elizabeth Grubb; g sons Charles, Joseph and William Wall
Execs Mary Greatorix; George Evans.
Wits David Hawkins, Ann Robinson. [Wife Mary died before probate, George Evans revoked in favour of Wiliam Greatorix]
GREAVES Charlotte of Matlock Bath 1849 (Lich). DDR: Exec James C Newbold of Matlock Bath
GREENHOUGH Francis Matlock oar burner 1668 14 Apr (Lich)
Mentions sons Henry and Edward; daughters Hannah, Jane Dorothy; wife [not named] sole executrix.
Written 18 Mar 1667.
Wits: Edward Greenhough, Henry Greenhough, Thomas Taylor, Ralph Ridgway.
Inv 30 Mar 1668 made by Henry Wigley, Luke Vallance, Edward Haslam, Stephen Bailley.
1668 burial
GREENHOUGH Francis Matlock 1699 17 Oct (Lich)
Adm granted to Maria [Mary] Greenhough relict and widow of Matlock and Adam Greenhough of ---- ---- Matlock woodman.
Signed Maria Greenhough, Adam Greenhough
Inv viewed and apprised 26 Apr 1699 by Ralph Worthy, John Shaw.
GREGORY Alice Matlock Widow 1771 16 Sep (Lich).
Adm bond William Gregory of Alfreton, Thomas Sax[t]on Jonner also of Alfreton and William Jackson of Close, Lichfield gent.
Grant to William Gregory the son.
GREGORY Benjamin Matlock Yeoman 1784 14 Oct (Lich)
Written 23 Jul 1784.
Mentions loving wife Hannah Gregory dwelling on Matlock Bank heretofore a cottage but now a Copyhold Tenure; loving nephew William Twigg; loving nephew Henry Ludlam, Joseph Twigg and Jonathan Twigg; loving sister Anne Twigg; Elizabeth Mason and Anne Slinn my loving nieces.
Wits Joseph Higgett, Richard Sterndeal, Peter Watts, Martha Sterndeal.
Exec nephew William Twigg.
GREGORY George of Starkholmes, Matlock Hatter 1837 22 Apr (Lich)
Died Apr 1836.
Will written 5 Nov 1835.
Mentions wife Vina Gregory; son James - all buildings used as a Hatter's shop, croft adjoining, bit of land called the pattatoe? piece with cow house and pig sty; daughter Hannah Knowles dwelling house at the south end of the one where I now liveth and [document torn and line illegible] messuage in the occupation of Thomas Mather; the piece of land at the bottom of the Croft which her [Hannah's] husband Adam Knowles built a house on); daughter Mabel Gregory dwelling house I now live in, the middle of three belonging to me; grandson William, natural son of Mabel.
Wits Francis Staley, Joseph Fox, Job Walker.
Executor James Gregory of Matlock Hatter.
GREGORY Hannah Matlock Bank widow 1806 23 Apr (Lich).
Written 3 Aug 1805.
Relict of the late Benjamin Gregory and Thomas Lees, both yeomen, p. Matlock.
Mentions copyhold land called the Long Close or Wheat Stubble on Matlock Bank in the possession of Andrew Shaw to grandson Thomas Lees p. Ashover Baker; daur Mary Buxton of Matlock Bank.
Wits Joseph Higgott, Samuel Boden, Mary Boden.
Exec grandson Thomas Lees.
GREGORY Henry Matlock Farmer 1809 20 Apr (Lich).
Adm bond Hannah Gregory of Matlock widow of Henry Gregory farmer.
GREGORY James of Starkholmes, Matlock Hatter 1853 14 Oct (Lich)
Written 24 May 1841
Mentions wife Sarah, sole executrix.
Wits Jas C. Newbold, James Colledge.
Died 12 Sep 1853.
GREGORY Michael Matlock Ale and Porter merchant 1848 3 Jun (Lich)
Oath sworn by Catherine Gregory of Scarthin Nick Widow Anthony Knowles of Matlock gentleman and William Brelsford of Matlock Bank Gardener.
Died 12 May 1848.
Exec Catherine Gregory of Scarthin Nick Widow, relict.
GREGORY Philip Riber p. Matlock labourer widower 1824 6 May (Lich)
Affidavit - John Gregory of Riber p. Matlock joiner
GRESLEY Mary Ann spinster of Matlock Bath 1827 3 May (Lich).
Written 26 Feb 1827.
Mentions Alice Saxton, May Ann Saxton, Eliza Saxton and Harriet Saxton the daughters of George Saxton of Matlock Bath innkeeper; Reverend Solomon Saxton and George Saxton the younger; Elizabeth Pidcocke niece of Rev. -- Pidcocke of Youlgreave now residing with Miss Edwards of Spondon; Miss Chawner of Derby; Mrs. Charles Mold wife of Charles Mold of Barton esquire; Miss Toplis daughter of the late John Toplis of Wirksworth; Robert Blackwell of Wirksworth esquire; Reverend Nathan Hubbersty of Wirksworth clerk; my two brothers William Toplis Gresley and Charles Lee Andrew Robert Gresley (minors).
Exec: friend Robert Blackwall.
Wits; Ann Saxton, John Andrew.
Testator died 9 Mar 1827.
Probate to Robert Blackwall.


  Adm - Grant of Letters of Administration for those dying intestate - with no will.
There's more about this under Places to find and obtain wills of Matlock people.
Benef - Beneficiaries/ Legatees - those who inherit
(DDR) - Death Duty Registers (of Lichfield Wills) held at TNA Death. See Places to find and obtain wills of Matlock people (look under P.C.C. for DDR's).
(DRO) - Copies at Derbyshire Record Office, from information researched by Michael Spencer of Matlock
Exec(s) - Executor(s) / Executrix - people who administer the estate
f. or ff. - folio or folios
"Gukutils info
or transcript
- Link straight to transcript on external website - Rosemary Lockie's GUKUTILS site, Abstracts of Derbyshire Probate Records. It is easily searchable by surname
(PCC) - Prerogative Court of Canterbury
L - e.g. 100L - 100 GBP or £
(Lich) - Wills proved in the Lichfield Consistory Court that used to be held at Lichfield Joint Record Office, but are now at the Staffordshire Record Office (from 1 Jan 2018).
Includes extracts from "Calendars of Lichfield Wills and Administrations, 1516-1652", (1892) ed. W.P.W. Phillimore, Index Library, British Record Society, London from the book at the FRC (now closed).
Few entries give abode, so there will be other Matlock names that haven't been identified. Confusingly, there are some wills for Maxtock, WAR listed in the book of early Wills & Administrations, but these are not included.
of Matlock - of the parish of Matlock in the County of Derby
otpo - of the parish of
p. - parish [of]
v. - volume
Wits - Witnesses