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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 S
SAXTON George of Matlock Bath in the parish of Matlock 1844 16 May (Lich).
Written 12 Mar 1842.
Mentions son George Withers Saxton, my partner in trade; daughters Eliza and Harriet Saxton who now reside with me.
Wits: Joseph Boden, Joshua Jepson.
Execs Solomon Cadman Saxton of Sutton Coldfield Clerk and George Withers Saxton Innkeeper.
1841 census entry
See 1844 burial.
SAXTON Mary Matlock widow 1803 2 May (Lich)
Adm Bond: George Saxton, Adam Wolley and John Nuttall all of Matlock gentlemen.
George Saxton lawful son.
SCOTT Elizabeth, Wife of Matlock Bath 1800 24 Apr (PCC - PROB 11/1341/119)
SCOTT Reverend Jonathan, Minister of the Gospel of Matlock Bath 1807 20 Nov (PCC - PROB 11/1341/119)
SHAW George Matlock Bank Stone Mason 1853 15 Apr (Lich)
Died 30 Apr 1852
Mentions loving wife Mary; dwelling houses etc on Matlock Bank; son George Augustus and daughters Ellen Jane and Sarah Eliza.
Wits John Amatt, Thomas Wall.
Execs Mary Shaw widow, John Smedley, George Wright but Smedley and Wright appointed Notary Public instead.
Probate to Mary Shaw after the others renounced.
SHORE Elizabeth Matlock Widow 1834 10 Apr (Lich)
Written 7 June 1833
Refers to Will of late husband James Shore
Wits: Lydia Poundall, Jas. C. Newbold
Execs Thomas Turton Of Sheffield, File Manufacturer and John Youle of Sheffield Britannia Metal Manufacturer
Codicil dated 31 Aug 1833
Mentions bequest of £19 for his trouble collecting and receiving interest for late husband. Also to Charles Lymn Shoemaker of Cromford £10 in addition to the £20 already given him.
Wits: Thomas Poundall, Lydia Poundall
Testatrix died 9 Dec 1833.
Buried at St. Giles'.
SHORE Frances of Matlock Baths Spinster 1855, 20 Apr (Lich)
Written 9 Jan 1852.
Mentions Mary Jane Brace Spinster of Wirksworth - bequeathed all real and personal estate
Wits Edward Brown Surgeon Matlock Bath, Maria Travis.
Executrix Mary Jane Brace
Testatrix died 21 Oct 1854
Buried at St. Giles'.
SHORE James Matlock Gentleman 1833 29 Apr (Lich)
Written 4th March 1833
Mentions wife's niece Mary Ward; three friends James Milnes Gentleman of, George Nuttall Gentleman, George Hepworth (all of Matlock); wife Elizabeth; unnamed nephews and nieces of wife; late nephew John Shore; nieces of late brothers Samuel and William Shore and sister Ann Barber;
Wits: John Vallance, Chas Lymn, Jas. C. Newbold
Execs: James Milnes [of Matlock Bath], George Nuttall, George Hepworth
Testator died 25 March 1833.
Buried at St. Giles'.
SIMPSON Samuel of Matlock 1834 5 July (PCC - PROB 11/1834/292)
SKIDMORE Samuel of Matlock hosier 1812 17 Oct (Lich).
Written 19 Nov 1809.
Mentions wife Elizabeth; friend Anthony Debanke of Matlock papermaker; nephew William Longden of Manchester hosier; close or parcel of land in Wirksworth in possession of Daniel Ogden; son Joshua Annable Skidmore [a minor] and his maintenance and education; nephew John Skidmore who now lives with me; all the children of my late brother Stephen who are still living; my brothers and sisters William, Peter, Joshua, Grace Hamilton and Mary Blackwell
Wits William Barker, William King, Chas. Wild.
Execs Anthony Debanke and William Longden.
Testator died 19 Mar 1812.
See 1812 burial.
SMEDLEY Maria Ellen of Lea Bridge 19 Feb 1848 (PCC) (also given as Ashover) DDR: Exec Mary Smedley same place.
Left the following charitable bequests: Church Missionary Society, 50l.; British and Foreign Bible Society, 50l. free of legal duty; 10s. to the poor of the township of Lea and a like sum to the poor of Holloway.
She died 26 Dec 1847.
SMEDLEY Peter of Matlock Bath Petrifactioner 1851 17 Oct (Lich)
Mentions son William land at Bolehill, daur Mary Ann Houlgate, son Thomas estate at Bonsall and his share in the Cumberland Cavern, wife Alice Smedley.
Wits Richard Richardson, George Walker
Execs son Thomas Smedley of Matlock Bath and friend William Stone of Cromford.
See 1851 burial.
SMEDLEY Thomas Matlock Bath Innkeeper 9 Apr 1840 (Lich)
Written 29 June 1836.
Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements hereditaments and real estate, plus personal estate, to wife Jane.
Wits John Broadfoot of Matlock Bath Tea Dealer, George Radfirth of Matlock Bath Postboy, Jas C Newbold Clerk to James Milnes, Solrs, Mat
Executrix Jane Smedley
Testator died 10 Nov 1839
See 1839 burial | The Devonshire Hotel & North Parade, 1870s.
SMEDLEY William the elder of Matlock Bath Petrifactioner 1818 15 Oct (Lich)
Written 18 Oct 1816.
To son Peter and Alice his wife dwelling house garden and shop at the foot of the zigzag the garden to extend Eastwardly towards the present Gate Stoop and to the footpath or walk which leads across and divides the same from the part of which is hereinafter devised to son John Smedley. Son in law James Pearson the Grass Plot and dwelling house (with wife Ann) plus a piece of land by the Derwent side called the Green and the yard or grass plot to its side; children of James and Ann; g daur Mary Ann, daur of Peter; son Thomas; son in law and daughter John Walker and his wife Elizabeth dwelling house now in the tenure of W. Mann surgeon and then to their children; son William Smedley; son John Smedley and wife Ellen house dwelling house where I now reside and the turning shop, eastwardly end of garden on the zigzag previously devised to son Peter; estate title and right to a mine or spacious cavern known as the Cumberland Cavern to John and Peter and their heirs.
Wits Adam Walker, William Beeton, Jas MacQueen
Execs William Stone joiner and John Skidmore Paper Manufacturer, both of Matlock Bath
Testator died in 1818
See 1818 burial | Cumberland Cavern.
SMITH Ellen of Matlock Bath Spinster without parents 1842 11 Jul Adm (Lich)
Adm granted to John Smith brother of Tissington DBY farmer.
She died June 1842.
SMITH Francis Yeoman of Riborrough [Riber] par of Matlock 1663 June 3 (Lich)
[note: the outside of this will shows the parish as Shirland]
Written 22 Mar 1663
Mentions: William Wolley of Riborrough 20 shilling pieces of Gould to buy him a ring; Mr. Anthonie Wolley 10 shillings; daughter Anne the wife of Edward Parkes; Elizabeth wife of William Towle £10; Frances wife of Robert Webster £20; son in law Robert Parkes 1 piece of Gould; Anne Parkes his wife 5s; servants of Riborrough 30s to be divided among them as Mr Wolley pleaseth; Elizabeth wife of Rowland Ragge 10s; Elizabeth Bingham 5s; rest of goods and chattels between the children of Edward Parkes and Henry the son of Robert Parkes.
Wits: Robert Parkes, Elizabeth Parkes [mark]; Thomas Huntington [mark].
Exec: Edward Parkes.
Inv: praised by John Sherbrooke, Robert Parkes.
1663 burial
SMITH George of Matlock, Farmer 1842 13 Oct (Lich)
Written 17 May 1842
Mentions copyhold dwellings at Bulwell and furniture belonging to wife Lydia at their intermarriage; land at Matlock Bank occupied by John Dixon? to son James Smith; eldest son William Smith; friends Job Knowles Farmer and George Siddall Gentlemen both of Matlock; daughter Mary Ann Walkerto discharge legacy of £50 left to her by his father; further sum of £50 to rest of children, also from hs father; Lydia to remain at dwelling house (with garden to be made out of stack yard) and if dwelling unfinished at his decease trustees to complete it; copyhold house and garden in Matlock Bank occupied by --- Knowles (Joiner); two other dwellinghouses in Matlock Bank occupied by Thomas Ballington and William Smith respectively; grand daughter Mary Ann Smith (daughter of son Isaac Smith); grandson George Smith (son of son James Smith); son Robert Smith; daughter Hannah wife of William Wildgoose; daughter Sarah wife of Edwin Parkes.
Trustees William Smith (of Ashton nr Birmingham), Job Knowles and George Siddall to be executors.
Wits: Jas C. Newbold, John Adams Surgeon Matlock, Richd Richardson (Clerk to Milnes & Newbold)
Testator died 18 May 1842
Second marriage - see Smith, George (1835)
1841 census entry
1842 burial
SMITH HENRY Rector of Matlock 1640 Jul 1 (Lich)
Written 25 Dec 1634.
To be buried in the Chancell of the parish church of Matlock in the tombe which I have already prepared and the two brass plates to be sett thereon.
Mentions brother Wilfred Smith; Henry Smith his sonne my godschild; brother's [Wilfred's] other children; brother John Smith; Mr. Haslam my Curat[e]; Elizabeth the wife of John Martin; my servants; the ringers that shall ring at my buriall; the poore widows of Matlock; other poore folkes; the Minister that shall preach at my funeral; Catherine Smith my wife.
Sole exec Catherine Smith.
Overseer brother Wilfred Smith.
Sealed and confirmed in the presence of Edward Haslam, Anthony Cotterall.
See Rectors and Baptisms Index.
His burial in 1640 | Catherine's burial in 1655
SMITH James Matlock Gardener 1820 12 Oct (Lich)
Written 6 Oct 1818
Mentions two copyhold messuages or dwelling houses in Matlock Bank in occupation of William Porter and William Boam (recently purchased of Richard Jebb, esq); freehold messuage in Matlock Bank occupied by John Twyford; Upper Close or Blackwell's Close in Matlock Bank with cottage/small dwelling house formerly held by Anne Clowes widow unto daughter Mary wife o Samuel Marsden of Matlock saddler; son Samuel Smith; son George Smith; freehold messuage situate at the Limetree Lane; several freehold closes now in my occupation to son George Smith; two other messuages occupied by George Bland and Thomas King; close or parcel of land called The Holt and close now occupied as a Nursery (plus the trees and plants)purchased by me of John Hunt to son George; unnamed grandchildren.
Execs: son George and son in law Samuel Marsden
Wits: Adam Wolley, James Milnes, Edwd Collinson
testator died 2nd July last.
Affidavit sworn 12 Oct 1820 shows George Smith was an Innkeeper and Samuel Marsden was a Saddler
SMITH Joshua of Matlock Bath 1850. DDR: Exec Wm. Smith, same place. Reg.2 fo.467 (Lich)
SMITH Mary widow of Matlock 1854 13 Feb. (Lich)
Written 7 Sep 1850.
Mentions two sons George Page Smith and John Smith; two daughters Emma Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Young; son Francis William Smith.
Wits: William Marsh, John Brown.
Testator died 2 Nov 1853.
Execs Charles Young stonemason of Matlock and son in law, George Nuttall Esquire of Matlock (friend) and George Hodgkinson of Wirksworth Gentleman (friend).
1851 census | 1853 burial | MI
SMITH Samuel of Matlock Bank 1843. DDR: Exec William Smith, same place (Lich)
SMITH William Matlock Bank Gardiner 1776 Jun 19 Matlock
Written 18 Apr 1776.
Mentions dear and loving Wife Elizabeth, given house, cow-house, stable, cart-house, garden and nursery adjoining as well as furniture, goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever; dwelling house in possession of Isaac Bunting miner for Elizabeth's life; then to elder son Samuel Smith for life; dwelling house etc in tenure and occupation of John Green, Miner, to Elizabeth for life and then to sons William, John, James, George and Job equally; these sons to have chattels and personal estate after Elizabeth's death; trees and shrubs in the Nursery to the five sons.
Execs: John Allsop of Hackney Lane, farmer and son Samuel Smith - also as trustees for wife and other sons. Gives John Allsop the most power, as the head trustee, that the whole estate may be truly and justly executed.
Wits: Thomas Gregory, John Hardy, William Hardy.
Probate granted to John Allsop with power reserved for Samuel Smith.
SMITH William 1776 Nov 26 Matlock
[same man as above]
[Administration of the estate]
Commission and Oath
William Smith late of Matlock Bank Gardiner named Samuel Smith one of his executors
At Wirksworth the 17 Day of November 1776
The above Commission was executed and the Oath duly administered to the said Samuel Smith the said Executor according to the Form aforesaid by me
Und £20 Saml. Hanson Commissioner
This was because John Allsop had proved the Will in Common form and the oath was also to pass the probate to Samuel Smith
SMITH William Matlock Bank Mason 1780 19 Oct
Written 5 [fift, sic] June 1780
Mentions dearest sons and daughters Joseph, John, William, Elizabeth, Job, Ann, Daniel and Benjamin; house, garden, bakehouse, appurtenances and one fifth part or share of a new house in Matlock Bank in possession of mother Elizabeth Smith. All to be divided equally except for son John as he to be given one half as much. The other half of that portion for bring up son Benjamin.
Execs sons James and Joseph Smith.
Wits Benjamin Gregory, Peter Cardon?, John Holmes.
SMITHURST Edward Matlock Victu[a]lar 1808 20 Apr (Lich)
Written 7 Nov 1806
Mentions daughter Elizabeth Young - lands lying at Lea, p. Ashover; at her decease to her children; wife Hannah Smithurst lands at Holloway, p. Ashover for term of her natural life unless she re-marries, then to daughter Elizabeth; after death of Hannah and Elizabeth to Elizabeth's children; rights of certain mines of lead ore I now own to Hannah, the Elizabeth, then Elizabeth's children;
Wits: Henry Cutts, William Booth, Thomas Webster.
Codicil: William Young of Holloway p. Ashover Farmer trustee for executing Will if occasion requires.
Wits: Henry Cutts, Thomas Webster.
SMITHURST Hannah of Willersley Matlock Victualler, Widow 1830 20 Feb (Lich)
Written: 1 Aug 1829
Mentions grandson George Smithurst Young Houses he lives in at Holloway; grandson Charles Young one other house at Holloway occupied by Joseph Platts; grandson William Young the tenant right of the house and other premises occupied by me, with household furniture, cattle, stock grandson GSY £10, grandson CY £10, grandson WY £20; remainder and residue equally between grandchildren Edward, John, Mary Anne, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Hannah young when attained 21 years.
Wits: Thomas Buxton, Thomas Stone, Henry Ward
Execs: George Hepworth, Chandler of Matlock, John Wathey Junior of Dethick.
SMYTH John, Bachelor of Physic of Matlock Bath 1816 17 June (PCC - PROB 11/1581/234)
SOWTER Elizabeth, Widow of Matlock Adm 1797 19 Aug (Lich/DDR) Under 300L
Exec Peter Brown otpo Matlock, brother
- 1797 burial
SOWTER George of Matlock Batchlor 1738 21 Dec (Lich)
Deceased "dying without father and mother"
Adm to John Sowter of Matlock, grocer, brother. John Wolley yeoman of Matlock and William Green of Lichfield also on the bond
- 1738 burial
SOWTER George of Matlock Chandler 1761 7 May (Lich)
Mentions son John; candlehouse and garding; dwelling house ... now in possession of William Stone; wife Anne; dwelling house ... now in possession of William Barker; daur Rebecca wife of Samuel Parker; daur Mary wife of Joseph Hill; daur Hannah Sowter; son George Sowter.
Wits John Wolley, Samuel Watts, Joseph King
Exec John Sowter
- 1761 burial
SOWTER John Matlock Grocer 1778 6 May
Written 27 Dec 1777
Mentions being indebted to John Wolley Gent of Matlock & Mr Richard Wilkinson & Co. of Chesterfield; the Ten Lands in Matlock let to Nathan Wass, purchased of James Walker, Nailer; dear and loving wife Elizabeth; brother Anthony Sowter; dwelling house in Matlock with the building called The Kitchen, garden etc to nephew Joseph Sowter of Crich; close in Matlock called The Knowl and share in the Manor of Matlock to Elizabeth; the Knowl to Anthony after her decease; building formerly called The Candle House to nephew Joseph; dwelling house near The Town in possession of Aaron Bark to Elizabeth and then nephew George Hill and niece Elizabeth Hill; the Asher House to wife Elizabeth and then to sister Hannah Kirkland; goods in trade, etc., to Elizabeth.
Exec: Elizabeth Sowter.
Wits: Jas Norman, Ellin Norman, Thomas Fryer, Junr.
- also see Wolley Manuscripts v.6696 ff.171-2 -
- 1778 burial
SPENCER Edmund of the hie layes (High Leas) Matlock Husbandman 1635 20 Apr (Lich & DRO)
Inv Taken and praysed 5 Mar 1634 (i.e. 1634/5) by John Selator, George Flint, Edward Flint, Francis Allyn
Note at the bottom reads 23/3 Tho: Spencer, sole son | Edward Flint Blacksmith | --- Smith
SPENCER Richard of Matlock 1707 16 Apr (Lich & DRO)
SPENCER Robert of Matlock Yeom[an] 1681 Apr 23 (Lich & DRO)
Written 7 Apr 1681.
Body to be buried in the Churchyard at Elton or else wherever the Lord do please to apoynt.
Mentions brother John Spencer; brother Richard Spencer and his 3 daughters; Mary Spencer my now loving wife; kinswoman Feallis Staley.
Execs wife and kinswoman.
Wits Edward Haslam, Stephen Wooding, Georg Haslam.
Inv Taken .. late deceased the 8 Apr 1681. Vewed prysed and psyed 13 Apr by John Corkin, Stephen Badsley, Stephen Woodinge, Adam Wolley.
Below the probate it states: "The oridgonalls Comishon Inserted to Mr. John Chapell of Matlock".
SPENCER Timothy Yeoman of Matlock 1814 Apr 27 (Lich). DDR: Exec Timothy Spencer of Moreton
SPENCER Timothy of Matlock 1842 13 Oct (Lich). DDR: Exec Timothy Taylor of Riber
STATHAM George Cordwainer Matlock 1851 11 Apr (Lich)
Mentions Elizabeth widow of late son Joseph; daur Elizabeth Bunting; g daur Ann Statham (daur of deceased daur Mary Statham); house, shop and appurtenances to sons Joshua and George.
Wits Thomas Walker, William Bratby.
Execs friends Solomon Statham and Nathan Statham, both shopkeepers of Matlock.
STATHAM Joseph Farmer Matlock 1790 18 Oct (Lich)
Mentions loving wife Ann; children Elizabeth, Sarah, Thomas, Ann, John, Charles.
Wits: Henry Cutts, John Astley.
Execs Timothy Taylor of Castle Top p. Matlock farmer and Henry Fielding of Riber farmer. Execs later renounced to Ann Statham, widow and relict.
STATHAM Samuel Matlock 1850 19 Apr (Lich)
Mentions wife Sarah; if dies or re-marries to son William.
Wits George Statham, William Buxton.
Execs: Sarah Statham of Matlock and William Statham.
STEERE Thomas Yeoman of Matlock 1670 Jul 18
Inv taken 9 Jun 1670. Prized and praised by Raph Bowne, Willm. Corkayne, John Haslem, Robert Ashton
1670 burial (Steare)
STONE James of Matlock 1811 02 May (Lich/DDR) Under 100L
Execs: Ann Stone and Samuel Stone both otpo Matlock.
Benef: Samuel Stone Son All real and personal estates (at his wife's decease) subject to payment of legacies viz:
William Stone Son £20; Thomas Stone Son £20; Ruth Banks Daur £20; Sarah Wigley Daur £20.
STONE Lydia, Widow of Matlock 1839 15 Feb (PCC - PROB 11/1907/217)
STONE William, Carpenter of Matlock 1808 21 Apr (Lich/DDR) Under 300L
Exec William Street otpo Wirksworth
Benef: William Stone Son
All residue & Remainder of his personal Estate & Effects paying thereout within 12 months next after his wife's decease. £30 unto his son in law John Bradley
STREET Antony Matlock 1737 28 Apr (Lich)
Written 24 Mar 1632/3
Mentions loveing wife Ales Street to have all my estate and houses both freehold and copyhold; grandson Anthony Street; Martha wife of Nathorne Grttirix; daughter Mary wife of John Rowbotham; daughter Alles Street; granddaughter Mary Street; granddaughter Hannah Street.
Wits John Flint?, John Wolley.
Inv: Prized and praised 30 Dec 1736 by Joseph King, Henry Adcock
Examined by John Wolley, John Wolley junior
Eighteenth Century Lists : Land Tax, 1712
STREET Henry Matlock 1707 16 Oct (Lich)
SWETTENHAM Mary of late of Wood End, Matlock 1833 30 Sept (Lich)
Wife of James Swettenham. Mentions Indenture of Settlement on her marriage dated 5th April 1809; brother John Brown; friend Philip Hubbersty; brother in law Charles Walker, Little Parker Street, St. Michael's, Coventry, watch maker and Sarah his wife; brother in law Humphrey Marshall, the Hollins, p. Crich and wife Alice.
Wits Mary Lees, Edwd. Collinsosn.
Exec Philip Hubbersty.
SWIFT John the elder Matlock 1737 28 Apr (Lich)
Administration bond by John Swift of Matlock Minor [sic], Matthew Nall of Chesterfield, Joseph Lowe of Chesterfield Cordwainer
Died intestate 17 days since. Granted to John Swift, the son.
Inv dated 26 Feb 1736/7. Signed Joseph Green, William Roper.
SWIFT John of Scarthin Nick, par. Matlock Yeoman 1766 14 Oct (Lich)
Written 2 Apr 1766.
Mentions real estate near Matlocke New Bath and Matlocke Old Bath known by the name of Warmwalles to my loving cousin Thomas Saxelby of St. Peter's Parish Derby Grocer.
Him or his heirs to pay five pounds apiece from estate of Warm Wells to: George Wigley the elder of Wirksworth Currier; Lydia wife of Joshua Hall miner of Middleton by Wirksworth; Sarah Burton of Wirksworth widow and her daughter Hannah wife of Peter Boden of Wirksworth miner; James Pearson miner of Matlock Wood; to Elijah, Richard and Elizabeth Hamson, sons and daughter of Richard Hampson now or late of Nottingham woolcomber; Joshua Pearson of Youlgreave one shilling.
Rest and remainder between child or children of Thomas Saxelby.
Wits: Thomas Swift, Richard Shallcross, Abel Boden.
Exec: Thomas Saxelby.
See Matlock Bath: Warm Walls Toll Bar, before 1879
SWIFT Thomas Senr Miner Matlock 1818 6 Jan (Lich)
Written 2 Aug 1818
Mentions: son Anthony Swift Cromford miner freehold house place, chamber over it which I now live in and the yard; east side of the upper garden staked out (8 yards long, 6 yards wide) to daughter Sarah Andrews widow of Cromford; son Charles Swift of Matlock cotton spinner freehold building called the barn with chamber over and the garden at the back side of the same called the Nether Garden, the necessary house and the pig carte. Son Thomas Swift of Scarthin Nick miner that ---- end of my dwelling house called the kitchen with the chamber over it and much of the yard and upper garden staked out subject to the payment of four pounds which give to daughter Sarah; son Charles to pay Sarah two pounds; Sarah to have residue of upper garden; Anthony, Toms and Charles devised land behind house that has been used for laying dung
Execs: sons Anthony and Charles Swift
Wits: William Stone, Jonathan Frost, Francis Staley.
Surnames T
TAYLOR Aaron of Matlock Yeoman Adm 1754 30 Oct (Lich)
Adm bond to Mary Taylor of Matlock widow, George Hole of Matlock Yeoman, George Annable of Cromford Baker.
Adm grant to Mary Taylor Widow.
Appraised by George Hole, John Wolley.
This is a true copy ... examined by John Wolley Junr, John Wolley: senor.
TAYLOR Antony Harston (Hearthstone) p. Matlock Yeoman 1699 12 Apr (Lich)
Mentions Loving son John; youngest daur Susannah; other two daurs Hannah Knowles and Sarah Storer; son Samuel; every gradchild I have.
Wits Sampson Heydon, Troath Oates; Henry Flint.
Exec son John.
Inv praised by Henry Flint, John Heydon, George Taylor.
TAYLOR George of Matlock Yeoman 1685 Oct 27 (Lich)
Mentions son George; son Adam; daur Grace; daur Elizabeth; Anne my now loving wife; son John; groves and parts of groves and meares of ground ... within Willersley p. Matlock; son Jonathan Taylor.
Wits Anthony Taylor, Ruth Spencer, Henry Flint.
Exec son John full and sole executor.
Inv of George Taylor of Riber appraised by Henry Statham, George Killer, Francis Wild, Anthony Sowter.
His 1685 burial
TAYLOR George Matlock Yeoman 12 Oct 1774 (Lich)
Bond John Taylor of Matlock Yeoman and James Spencer Baker of Matlock.
George was a bachelor without parents and John was his lawful brother.
TAYLOR Henry of Matlock Adm 1739 13 Apr (Lich)
Oath sworn by Elizabeth Taylor widow als Nuttall now wife of George Nuttall.
TAYLOR John of Matlock Yeoman 1671 May 11
Written 16 Jun 1669
Mentions sons George and Anthony and one house and barne in Ryber; son John and house and land at Ryber; son William; son Anthony house and land at Tansley; Elizabeth Bakewell of Derbie, daur of Ralph Bown late of Matlock; cottage house and close at Matlock Bank (Hen? Landes); loving wife Grace; tuition of son William; if wife dies sisters Troath and Anne to take charge of him; for daughters Elizabeth, Dorothy, Troath and Anne.
Wits Francis Allen, George Willcockson.
Execs sons George and Anthony.
Inv - him deceased 4 Apr 1671 - appraised 8 Apr 1671 by Samson Heyden, John Statham, John Corkine, George Wood, John Bullas.
1671 burial
TAYLOR John Matlock 1749 12 Apr (Lich)
Bond George Taylor Yeoman of Matlock (lawful son) and John Wolley Yeoman of Matlock
Inv 25 March 1748/9 praised by John Wolley, John Oxpring.
TAYLOR John Riber p. Matlock farmer bachelor Adm 1822 28 Aug (Lich)
Affidavit - Mary Haynes of Heathstone itpo Matlock wife of Francis Haynes farmer, sister of John.
TAYLOR John of Hill Top p. Matlock, farmer 1842 12 Oct (Lich)
Mentions youngest son George; closes called the Rye Field (now Upper and Nether Rye fields), the Stone Butts, the Hollin acre, the Paddock and other land in the Lows; allotment bought from John Gregory, now in occupation of widow Weston; freehold cottages near the Cliff occupied by Joseph Ball and adam Simpson; daur Ann; daur Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Holmes of Darley Bridge, butcher; son Timothy; daur Mary, wife of Samuel Bennett of Long Eaton publican.
Wits James Milnes of Matlock solicitor, Jas C Newbold his clerk.
Execs two sons Timothy and George, both farmers.
Testator died 9 Aug 1842.
TAYLOR Thomas the elder of Matlock yeoman 1704 18 Apr (Lich)
Will written 6 Feb 1703[/4]
Mentions Elizabeth my now loving wife; son Thomas; Edward? Taylor; May wife of Joseph Mulbomack?; Elizabeth wife of Isac Higton
Wits: Allis Oxley, Henry Oxley, Adam Wolley
Exec Thomas Taylor
Inv 19 Feb 1703/4 praised by John Keeling, Adam Wolley
TAYLOR Thomas Matlock 1731 (Lich)
Will written 9 Jul 1731
Mentions son George Taylor; dwelling house at Harston; lands Yew Croft, Calf Croft, Praise close, new Close; son Thomas Taylor and his six children; son James Taylor; son Aran Taylor; dwelling house at Matlock Town in possession of John Knowls to son James; lead mines between all four sons; profit sheep which Pall? Higton hath for all these years to George; George and Aran share in manor of Matlock
Wits Jane Weston, John Allsop, John Wolley
Exec loving son Aran Taylor
Inv 7 Aug 1731 praised by John Hole, Timothy Renshaw, Richard Gregore.
TAYLOR Timothy of Castle Top, Matlock Farmer 1820 19 Apr (Lich)
Mentions dear wife Theodocia; two sons Joseph and William; worthy Landlord Richard Arkwright Esquire; daur Mary Haynes; two friends Joseph Clark of South Normanton farmer and William Goodall of Crich Mercer.
Wits Jas Swettenham, Ann Holmes
Execs Joseph Clarke and William Goodall.
Testator died in 1819.
TAYLOR Timothy of Bough Wood p. Matlock farmer 1854 20 Oct (Lich)
Written 14 Feb 1846.
Mentions wife Rebecca; son Samuel; wife Rebecca and son John to have the farm I now occupy under Willm. Nightingale; daur Mary Ann; son Timothy; daur Susanna.
Wits Hugh Gray and Thomas Woodfield
Execs son Samuel Taylor of Duffield and George Staley of Cromford Grocer
Testator died 17 May 1754.
TEMPLE Millicent Wife of Matlock 1655 20 Nov (PCC - PROB 11/251/399)
1655 burial
TIMPERLAY Rebecca, Widow of Matlock 1802 22 Apr (Lich/DDR)
Exec Gilderry Glossop nephew, Robert Tatlow son in law
Benef: Gilderry Glossop, Francis Anthony, nephews - £200 equally between them after the death of Testator's daur Mary Tatlow. In case they should die in their minority and unmarried.
TIPPING Peter of Hall Dale Matlock Miner 1814 28 Apr (lich).
Written 5 Sep 1811.
Mentions copyhold estate already surrendered to beloved wife Hannah; son Peter; two closes - the near Jenkins Flatts and the Far Jenkins Flatts in Matlock; two daughters Hannah and Betty; two sons Robert and John.
Wits Robt Hobson Bonsall, Roger Cotterell Snitterton, Mary Brace Wirksworth.
Execs wife Hannah and son Peter.
Testator died Janry last.
TIPPING Thomas of Matlock Yeoman 1619 21 June (Lich)
Mentions Roger Columbell of Brimington; brother's daughter ---; Mr. Henry Poole of Danlbie? gentleman; the poor of the parish; kinsman George Tipping of Matlock; Auster Riddinge or Auston Riddinge, parish of Matlock [this land mentioned in the Wolley Manuscripts, see Places].
Wits Robert Evans, Henry Taylor, John Taylor, Robert Orme
Inv praysed 14 June 1619 by Henry Taylor, Willm Wright, Godfraye Tippinge and Henry Peerson.
Exec Roger Columbell.
TIPPINGE Peter of Matlock Yeoman 1635/6 23 Feb
Written 18 Nov 1635.
Mentions wife Elizabeth; brother in law William Bowne; sister Dorothy Homes; sister Maria Tipping; brother Robert Tipping; Auster Riddinge or Auston Riddinge, parish of Matlock [this land mentioned in the Wolley Man>uscripts, see Places].
Wits Thomas Johns, James Ragg, Elizabeth Tipping.
Inv 24 Nov 1635 praised by Henry Statham, William Bennett, Peter Tipping, Rowland Beastall.
Exec Robert Tipping.
TISSINGTON Anthony of Matlock 1820 6 Sep Adm
A bachelor without parent brother sister uncle or aunt living.
Administration granted to John Tatlow nephew and NoK (swore affidavit 7 Aug 1820 before Joseph Drewitt M.A. Surrogate of the Diocese of Kilmore) Brewer of Bally James Duff
TRICKETT John, Gentleman of Matlock 1857 22 Aug (PCC - PROB 11/2257/77)
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TURNER John Matlock Bank 1832 3 May
Affidavit sworn 3 May 1832: Thomas Bunting of Matlock Bank schoolmaster appeared personally
Written 1 Mar 1832
Mentions grandson Thomas Bunting; nieces Ann Musgrove, Mary Turner and Elizabeth Turner; sons and daughter of late brother James Turner; nephews John, Samuel, James and Edward Turner and niece Mary Person sons and daughter of my late brother Samuel Turner; children of late nephew Anthony Turner.
Execs: Thomas Bunting; Adam Rawson
Wits: Adam Rowson, William Lowe, James Woodhouse
Testator died 17th March 1831 [sic, he was buried in 1832]
TURNER Peter of Matlock, Mill right 1767 20 Oct
Mentions 20s to the poore of Matlock for 8 years after his decease; Ringers and Singers of Matlock.
Wits Benj Towdrow Junr, Ann Shepherd, John Gregory, jun.
Exec George Talor the younger of Matlock.
Inv [undated] praised by Isaac Allsop, John Taylor.
TURNER Samuel of Matlock Bank Breeches-maker 1753 17 May (Lich)
Written 14 Aug 1751.
Mentions daur Elizabeth Cadman; daur Sarah Walker, daur Troth Holmes; daur Anne Gregory; daur Mary Beresford; daur Jane Hole; lands and tenements in Matlock; son John; beloved son Joseph Turner.
Wits Mordecai Badsley, John Blackwell, Elizabeth Badsley
Execs son Joseph and Richard Hole of Edlestone.
Inv 29 Dec 1752 praised by Mordecai Badsley, John Wolley. Examined by John Wolley, John Wolley junr.
TURNER Wm of Riber, parish of Matlock Mill right 1726 28 Apr (Lich)
Written 12 Oct 1725
Mentions loving wife Elizabeth; son Peter and his heirs; Elizabeth, Mary and Sarah, sisters of Peter; son John. Son William noted in the margin.
Wits Francis Jaques, George Jonson; Fra Walker.
Exec now loving wife Elizabeth.
Inv 29 Oct 1725 Praised by Willm Walker, John Taylor, Fra Walker.
TWIGG Priscilla Matlock 1856 10 Apr (Lich)
DDR: John G. Collingham & others.
Surnames U
None at present
Surnames V
VALLANCE John Spar and Marble Manufacturer of Matlock Bath 1854 20 Sept Exec Henry Vallance of 20 Essex St [London] (PCC - PROB 11/2198/78 )


  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
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Inv   Inventory
(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