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Introduction

I didn't expect to find very much in the way of Wills because the Devonshire Will records were  destroyed by fire in the war.  However, I have now found quite a few copies in the PRO records (now available online) and a further 14 Estate Duty Office Copy Wills from the DRO (now searchable online). The copyright rules do not allow me to post the images here without paying but I am allowed to post transcriptions.  Pam Jackson has kindly transcribed most of these Wills for us.  The others have been transcribed by me and may not be as accurate (I am still learning to read old handwriting). The wills are listed in chronological order of proof (i.e. roughly a little after the date of death).  Unlinked details will be summarised as soon as time permits but I am happy to do lookups in the meanwhile. 

Sources:  PRO=Public Record Office, DRO=Devon Record Office, DLSL=Devon Local Studies Library, BMI=Burnet-Morris index, PWDRO=Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, TOT=Totnes Museum

The wills are listed below with links to pages that include summaries and full transcriptions where  available  The testators seem to mainly come from the Totnes tree (unsurprisingly) and they are shaded in yellow.  The others we have not yet identified.  Can you help?  


Links to Wills with Devon Links - Chronological Order

 
Date Proved Testator Occupation
& Location
Source Other surnames Tree
1581 George WINDIT of Exeter BMI JOBSON  
1589 Wyllam WYNDEATT of Ashberton DLSL LYGHTE, BARRET  
1590 Laurence WYNDEAT of Aishburton DLSL HANNAFORD  
1613 Peter Wyndeat Rector of Aveton Gifford DLSL    
1653 Peter WINDEAT of Dartington DLSL    
1659 Thomas WINDEATT now of Meavy PRO EDGCOMBE ATTWILLE  
1686 Anthony WINDYETT Clothier of Plymouth, Devon PRO ?AVANT ?CAUNT ?CHALLANGE  COLE ?CROOK ?COUTH/CROUCH CROSSING   HARRIS  HOOK ?LOCK  ?NORROLT PEARD PORSMOUTH    ?TREWATHEN WESTLAKE WILCOCKS  ?
1734 Mary WINDEATT   PWDRO Reference: 242/5/9 (I haven't seen this yet).  
1760 Anthony WINDEATT Stay Maker of Saint Martin in the Fields , Middlesex PRO BENNETT MASON ?
1760 Joan WINDEATT of Moretonhampstead PWDRO Reference: 242/10/3 (I haven't seen this yet).  
1766 Elizabeth WINDEATT Fellmonger's Wife
Tavistock, Devon
PRO BAYLY BRABANT BRIDGMAN BROWNE BURGESS CAUNTER EVANS FOLLOTT FOOT GULLETT HARRIS HOOKEY MILFORD PARSONS PATHYBRIDGE PAWLING SAVORY SEARLE STOBLE WILLS (Plus some others that are difficult to decipher.) TOT
1769 Widow
Saint Martin in the Fields, Middlesex
PRO SKINNER JONES ROGERS YEATES SADLER BAKER MATTHEWS  ?
1780 James WINDEATE Seaman
His Majesty's Ship Apollo
PRO GODFREY POWNALL  MILBURN PRYHN ?
1786 Samuel WINDEATT Gentleman
Totnes
TOT SMITH NEWLAND CUMING SEARLE BERRYMAN SOPER TOT
1794 John WINGETT Seaman, His Majesty's Ship Orion, Ship Pay Book Number 458 PRO - ADM 48/99
14 Aug 1794
----no other names in this document---  
1800 George WINDEATT Yeoman
Ilsington
PRO [Death Duty Register index only]  
1804 Walter WINDEATT Yeoman
Widicombe
PRO [Death Duty Register index only]  
1804 Richard WINGETT Harberton PRO [Death Duty Register index only]  
1807 Samuel WINDEATT Gentleman
Totnes
PRO WHITE ABRAHAM CRIBBET MATTERFACE TOT
1812 Mathew WINGYETT Confectioner
St. John, Exeter
PRO BASS FORCE KINGWELL PAUL RICHARDS TOWNSEND  ?
1812 Andrew WINGETT Labourer 
Plymouth, Devon
PRO EDWARDS LUSCOMBE  ?
1818  Thomas WINDED Yeoman
Torquay Devon
DRO BEDLAKE BOYCE CROCKWELL  ?
1820 Mary WINGYETT Confectioner
Exeter, Devon
DRO ARTHUR BASS FORD KINGWELL PAUL TERRELL ?
1821 Thomas WINDEATT Hinge Maker, Oil Leather Dresser, Fellmonger and Glue Maker
Tavistock , Devon
PRO [The scanned image of this Will is very poor - I have requested a replacement]  
1822 Thomas WINGATE Widower, seaman of HMS Vigo and HMS Cygnet National Archives, Kew
File: PROB 31/1185 690
Probate inventory, or declaration, of the estate of the same, deceased.  I haven't seen this yet ?
1824 John WINDEAT Yeoman
North Bovey, Devon
DRO BALL GRAY HARVEY PONSFORD SHEARS ?
1825 Elizabeth WINDEAT Widow
Moretonhampstead, Devon
DRO BRAGG LANG PILLER PITTS PUDDICOMBE WRAYFORD  ?
1826 John WINDEATT Tanner
Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, Devon
DRO COLLIER, KING TOT
1827 Jane WINGETT  Widow of Plymouth, Devon PRO BURNARD COOMBE WELSFORD  ?
1828 Samuel Milford WINDEATT Berry Pomeroy, Devon PRO LAMPEN MILFORD TOZER WALLACE TOT
1832/3 William WINDEATT Woolstapler
Tavistock, Devon
DRO ANGAS, BOX TOT
1833 Sarah WINDEATT Spinster of Ipswich Suffolk PRO CHEVALLIER COBBOLD FARTHING HAMMOND HOARE KETT MILFORD SMITH TOZER WRIGHT  ?
1833 Thomas White WINDEATT Minister of the Gospel
Totnes, Devon
DRO HEATH MARSHALL TAUNTON TOT
1834 Mary WINDEATT Widow
Tavistock, Devon
DRO ----no other names in this document--- TOT
1836 Elizabeth WINDEATT  Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, Devon DRO COLLIER ELLIOTT FOX KING WALLACE TOT
1841 Dorothy WINDEATT  Widow
Modbury, Devon
DRO ANDREWS GRILLS LAKEMAN  ?
1842 James Britnell WINGYETT Merchant
Plymouth, Devon
DRO BALL CHALKER DEVENISH DOIDGE FARMER FORD HAKE HORSWELL MADEN MADGE OLDREY  PEAGAM  PRANCE RANDOM ROOKER SHEPHERD STEADMAN  WEBB WHITE  ?
1842  John Bowles WINGYETT Chemist and Druggist 
Plymouth, Devon
DRO CHALKER FORD OLDREY ROOKER  ?
1844 Sophia Wilton WALLACE Widow PRO WELSFORD LYLLYCRAP TOZER WALLACE KENEDY FILLITER ?ROCOULTER TOT
1850 1850, Thomas WINDEATT Woolstapler
Tavistock, Devon
PRO BALY/BAYLY GRIBBLE  HARVEY TOT
1850 1850, William WINGET Pianoforte Maker
Tottenham Court Road, London
PRO BELLINGHAM OLIVER MATTERFACE PALMER REYNOLDS RUMBELOW TUCKETT WRIGHT ?
1852 Mary WINDEATT  Spinster,
Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, Devon
DRO COLLIER ELLIOTT HANNAFORD KING PARNELL  TOT
1855 Elizabeth WINDEATT Buckfastleigh, Devon DRO BURGE, KING TOT
1855 Elizabeth WINGETT Sydenham, Kent PRO COOMBE BROWNE BEVAN HEARDER ?
1855 William WINGETT Gentleman, late Master Cooper
Plymouth, Devon
PRO FISHLEY MADDICK SHOWEN  ?
1856 John WINDEATT Gentleman
Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, Devon
DRO AMERY DOBELL HANNAFORD TOZER TREHANE TUCKER TOT
1856 John WINGETT West Teignmouth, Devon PRO ADAMS ALWOOD CROYDON EVENS  ?
1864 John WINDEATT 9 Brunswick Terrace, Plymouth PWDRO Reference: 500/181 - copy will - I haven't seen this yet TOT
1864 Thomas WINDEATT of Tavistock, esq PWDRO Reference: 500/182 - copy will - I haven't seen this yet TOT
1884 Mary Tapper Windeatt Of Luckdon in North Bovey Devon Record Office 3555M-0/T/2/21 Copy will - I haven't seen this yet - Details below ?
bequeathing farm called Lower Langdon in North Bovey to son Edward Henry Windeat, etc. To son Cyprian Windeat 2 farms called Higher Meripit and Harter Land
1896 Leslie WINGETT Ordinary Seaman
Service No. Z/524
PRO reference ADM 339/1 I haven't seen this yet  
1897 Arthur Albert WINDEATT Ordinary Seaman, Service No Z/4439 PRO ADM 330/1 I haven't seen this yet  


Other Names - alphabetical order

ABRAHAM ADAMS ALWOOD AVANT AMERY ANDREWS ANGAS ARTHUR BAKER BALL(x2) BALY/BAYLY(x2) BARRET BASS(x2) BEDLAKE BELLINGHAM BENNETT BERRYMAN BEVAN BOX BOYCE BRABANT BRAGG BRIDGMAN BROWNE BROWNE(x2) BURGE BURGESS CAUNT CAUNTER CHALKER (x2) ?CHALLENGE(Susan, maidservant, 1686) CHEVALLIER COBBOLD COLE COLLIER (x3) COOMBE (x2) ?COUTH/CROUCH CRIBBET CROCKWELL ?CROOK CROSSING CROYDON CUMING DEVENISH DOBELL DOIDGE EDWARDS ELLIOTT(x2) EVANS(x2) EVENS FARMER FARTHING FISHLEY FOLLOTT FOOT FORCE FORD (x3) FOX GODFREY GRAY GRIBBLE GRILLS GULLETT HAKE HAMMOND HANNAFORD(x3) HARRIS(x2) HARVEY(x2) HEARDER HEATH HOARE HOOK? HOOKEY HORSWELL JONES KETT KING(x4) KINGWELL(x2) LAKEMAN LAMPEN LANDEMAN LANG LYGHTE LOCK LUSCOMBE MADDICK MADEN MADGE MARSHALL MASON MATTERFACE(x2) MATTHEWS MILBURN MILFORD(x3) NEWLAND ?NORROLT OLDREY(x2) OLIVER PALMER PARNELL PARSONS PATHYBRIDGE PAUL(x2) PAWLING PEAGAM PEARD PILLER PITTS PONSFORD PORSMOUTH POWNALL PRANCE PRYHN PUDDICOMBE RANDOM REYNOLDS RICHARDS ROGERS ROOKER(x2) RUMBELOW SADLER SAVORY SEARLE (x2) SHEARS SHEPHERD SHOWEN SKINNER SMITH (x2) STEADMAN STOBLE SOPER TAUNTON TERRELL TOWNSEND TOZER(x3) TREHANE ?TREWATHEN TUCKER TUCKETT WALLACE (x2) WEBB WELSFORD(x2) WESTLAKE WHITE (x2) WILCOCKS WILLS WRAYFORD WRIGHT(x2) YEATES


Some WINGATE wills in London

We know from the will of George WINDITT of Exeter in 1581 that he was living  by the Thames n London at the time of his death.  The following people also lived by the Thames at later dates and may - or may not - have been related.  Full copies of these wills are all available online

Date Testator Place Source FILE
1665 WINGATE, Elizabeth Deptford, Kent The National Archives, Kew PROB 20/2818
1669 Jane Wingate alias Lamott, Widow Saint Clement, Middlesex Documents Online PROB 11/330
1699 William Wingate, Chirurgeon Saint Paul Shadwell, Middlesex Documents Online PROB 11/450
1703 Thomas Wingot, Mariner Saint Paul Shadwell, Middlesex Documents Online PROB 11/473
1711 John Wingate, Surgeon Saint John Wapping, Middlesex Documents Online PROB 11/524
1727 Ralph Wingate East Greenwich, Kent Documents Online  PROB 11/615
1721 Frances Wingate, Spinster Limehouse, Middlesex Documents Online PROB 11/579

 

Links

About Wills

What information can I find?
From the UK Government's Family Records Centre
Probate Records
from Genuki Devon
Wills and Probate Records
From the Devon Record Office - specific advice about Devon wills
A practical guide to using wills for family history
By David French on the Berkshire Family History Society website

Advice on reading old handwriting

English Handwriting 1500-1700: an online course
from Cambridge University
Paleography Tutorial
from the Access to Archives site
Early English handwriting
Examples of sentences from the Wills of some ancestors of DAve Tylcoat in Burrington, Devon.  Further advice and full transcriptions also available.
Deciphering Old Handwriting
from an American commercial site
 
The two links below to samples of abbreviations of proper names use identical examples and it looks as if they were both copied from the same book?  No source attributions are given . . .
Old Style Abbreviations - Proper Names
from the same American site
More Examples of the Abbreviations of Proper Names
From the old handwriting section of Mary Hudson's pages at Rootsweb
Old Style Handwriting: A Beginner's Guide
Another American site but this time from "The Smoot Family Association: dedicated to sharing our work online"