Newnham Probate Material 1641-60
This period comprises the Civil Wars and Interregnum. Two wills and inventories survive in Hampshire record office for 1641 the year before the First Civil War (1642-6) broke out. Three wills survive for the civil war periods in the National Archives and four for the Interregnum (1649-60). The wills in the National Archives were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury which took over from the local ecclesiastical courts when bishops were abolished in 1646.
These transcriptions have been made from copies of original probate documents supplied by HRO and TNA. 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 wills and inventories are below.
A glossary is attached of unusual words.
- John Russell, yeoman, 1641 (Will and inventory
- Oliver Smith, yeoman, 1641 (Will and inventory)
- Alexander Searle, tanner, 1645 (Will)
- Richard Baldwin, junior, 1646 (Will)
- Roger Upton, husbandman, 1646 (Will)
- William Cape, rector, 1654 (Will)
- William Upton, yeoman, 1655 (Will)
- John Woods, husbandman, 1658 (Will)
- James Potter, rector, 1658 (Will)