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Kent Wills: 1830-1859

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For the ‘People and work’ project we have looked at all wills for the study parishes dated from 1750-1857 and all post-1720 inventories. 

For the ‘People and work’ project we have looked at all wills for the study parishes dated from 1750-1857 and all post-1720 inventories. Until 1857 wills had to be proved in the ecclesiastical courts. West Kent wills were generally proved in the diocesan court of Rochester. These documents are now kept at the Centre for Kentish Studies. When a person held land in more than one diocese their will had to be proved in the court of the Archdiocese. For Kent, this meant the Archdiocese of Canterbury. These wills are now kept at the National Archives. When a person died the value of their personal goods had often to be assessed as part of the probate procedure. This list of items formed the probate inventory. Inventories usually record the contents of the house as well as the stock in trade of craftsmen and animals and crops belonging to farmers. Many of these items are no longer in current use and those appearing in the Medway valley inventories are listed in a glossary of Kent Inventory Terms compiled by one of the Kent EPE volunteers.Work was carried out by a small team of volunteers: Margaret Crowhurst, Pauline Weeds and Gina Beswarick. The material presented here consists of extended extracts from selected wills, plus full transcriptions of the few surviving eighteenth century inventories. There is also a spreadsheet containing basic information relating to all the wills and inventories. You will find details of residence and occupation, and the names and addresses of executors here. The transcriptions of the wills and, where this applies, the associated inventories are presented in groups each covering a twenty year period as follows. You can also use the 'Explore by person' button above to look for a particular name.

Kent wills: 1830-1859 include:

  • Samuel Arnold
  • George Bassett
  • Richard Boghurst
  • Nicholas Crisp
  • Harriott Demages
  • Elizabeth Draper
  • John French
  • John Gouge
  • Robert Horsnaill
  • Rachel Hodgman
  • Penelope Hulkes
  • Catherine Janes
  • William Knowles
  • James Knott
  • Richard Kynaston Summerfield  
  • William Langford
  • William Lemon
  • Thomas Maiden
  • Charles Parrott Hanger
  • George Roffway
  • John Rowland
  • Mary Sever
  • John Snatt
  • Thomas Spencer Woollett
  • William Staines
  • Mary Steele
  • Thomas Towers
  • Charles Watson
  • William Wylde Day

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'The Medway Valley: A Kent Landscape Transformed' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-600-7) for the England's Past for Everyone series

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