Basingstoke Probate Material 1691-1700
For this period the probate documents of 18 inhabitants of Basingstoke have been selected to reflect the range of occupations in the town, some show the move to brewing following the decline of the cloth industry.
15 wills and 11 inventories have been transcribed by the Wills Group of the New Victoria County of Hampshire project based in Basingstoke. These transcriptions have been made from copies of original probate documents supplied by Hampshire Record Office and The National Archives. Words have been modernized and punctuation added to make reading easier but names have been transcribed as written. Words in italics indicate omissions in the original document which have been added to make sense of the text. Words in square brackets indicate that they have been transcribed as seen but where the meaning is unclear. Basingstoke is described as being in the county of Southampton, the old name for Hampshire.
Links to the documents are below and a glossary is attached of unusual words.
- John Browne, victualler (Inventory), 1691
- John Wareham, bricklayer (Will, Inventory and Renunciation), 1691
- William Hall, clerk (Will and Inventory), 1692
- Henry Stone, gunsmith (Will and Inventory), 1692
- Richard Wattmore/Watmore, clothier (Will and Inventory), 1692
- Samuel Astin, tanner (Will), 1692
- Richard Knight, yeoman (Inventory), 1693
- Richard Jeyes, yeoman (Will and Inventory), 1693
- John Bourne/Borne, scrivener (Will), 1694
- John Box, innholder (Will), 1694
- Joseph Windover, collarmaker (Renunciation and Inventory), 1694
- Edmund Cowdry, collarmaker (Will and Inventory), 1695
- Thomas Edwards, tanner (Will and Inventory), 1696
- John Rogers, clerk (Will), 1696
- Michaell Acton, clerk (Will), 1697
- Joseph Mooreing, gentleman (Will), 1697
- Robert Lancaster, glover (Will and Inventory), 1699
- William Spencer, clothier (Will), 1699