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Wills and Administrations

WILLS (proved at Archdeaconry of Cornwall and kept at Cornwall Record Office)

Please visit the Probate section on the Cornwall GENUKI pages for a full explanation of Cornish Wills and their locations.   http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/#Probate

Wills pre 1600        All Wills on fiche at Cornwall Record Office start at 1600. 

Wills 1600 to 1699 brief details including names on these Wills, not full transcriptions.

Wills 1700 to 1799 brief details including names on these Wills, not full transcriptions.

 

PCC WILLS before 1858

These Wills are kept at the National Archives at Kew from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC).  There are 16 Wills associated with St Minver inhabitants, the earliest is dated 1659.  They are the last will and testament of the richer inhabitants, with a 5.00 property barrier before the wills had to be dealt with by the Court.  The Wills of women are mainly those of widowed or single women as the property of a married woman was considered to be her husband's until the Married Women's Property Act of 1882.

Wills 1600 to 1858 Names on these Wills

 

WILLS from other parishes

There is a small collection of Wills from other parishes to be found here.  They are mainly for names associated with St Minver and are organised by parish.

 

Glossary
NUNCUPATIVE WILL - An oral will declared by the testator in his or her final illness, made before witnesses and afterward reduced to writing.

RENUNCIATION - The next of kin could renounce all claims to the estate, knowing that there are debts which exceed the valuation of the estate for which they would become responsible.

RELICT - the widow, widower or person to whom the estate falls

ACCOUNT -  A statement of the administration of money

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Page created September 2005, updated February 2008