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Index to wills of Wells individuals 1300-1925

***** Wills online at The Public Record Office ******

Wills can also be found at local offices: English Record Offices and Archives on the Web.

For example, my families Masham Peculiar Court (Yorkshire) wills are located at Leeds Archives

Wills are often very useful for obtaining information on family relationships. Such sources are especially valuable for early times before parish registers were uniformly established. They can give a considerable insight into the social context and material background of the family and time in question, especially when an associated inventory exists. The first 3 generations of our Wells family tree were established primarily on the content of wills.

Contents

 

Wells Index 1383-1800 All Counties

 

Wells Index 1809-1844 All Counties Bank of England wills

 

Wells Index 1500-1699 Nottinghamshire

Dame Katherine Babington

 

Wells Index 1300-1399 Yorkshire

Wells Index 1400-1499 Yorkshire

Dame Elizabeth Welles, Lady Welles

John, Lord Welles

Wells Index 1500-1599 Yorkshire

Lady Jane Hastings (born Welles)

Wells Index 1600-1699 Yorkshire

Wells Index 1700-1799 Yorkshire

Wells Index 1800-1925 Yorkshire

Not all documents are full wills.

Some may only be letters of administration etc

Key

Prerogative Court of York (PCY)

Masham Peculiar

Dean and Chapter

PRO and other

Individuals are 'Wells' unless otherwise stated

eg 'Welles','Wels' etc

Where a name is given above, this indicates that some, or all, of a will has been included as an interesting example

We would like to thank Janet Wells, Stephen R. Wells, John's uncle Alan Mitcham and 10th cousins Mic and Jan Wells for the data they have supplied

We have tried to minimise mistakes - but there will be some!

When our available Yorkshire entries are complete, they will be checked against information supplied by indepedent researchers and this line will then be removed. There are probate courts in Yorkshire from which we have not yet collected details - this will NOT be done in the near future

e-mail: John and Rosie Wells if anything needs clarification


Have you any details of pre-1858 Wells wills to add to these pages?

Do you know of any links to Wells wills?

contact: John or Rosie Wells

Information and links to other wills pages

Bedfordshire

Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire

Peterborough Consistory Wills Vol 2 

1604-1740

(Wills held at Northampton Record Office)

Janet Wells

Robert WELLS of Uppingham  A107 - 1610

Custance WELLS widow of Oundle  D343 - 1626

Thomas WELLS Blacksmith of North Luffenham  F.165 - 1635

Rob. WELLS Freeholder of Polebrook  G.220 - 1641

Richard WELLS Husbandman of Barnwell St Andrews  H.3 - 1609

Richard WELLS  of Barrowden, labourer  H.152 - 1615

Symond WELLS Tanner of Oundle  I.18 - 1616

Richard WELLS  yeoman of Uppingham  K.22 - 1651

Robert WELLS of Polebrook  K.325 - 1662

Ann WELLS Widow of Polebrook  K.355 - 1656

Robert WELLS Shepherd of Longthorpe  L.38 - 162

Thomas WELLS of Polebrook Q.89 - 1672

Copies held by Janet:

Rev. Anthony WELLS  of Stoke Doyle - 1632  E.254  (Extract)

Henry WELLS of Helpston  1629  (no ref available)  (Extract)

Ales WELLS  Widow of Etton  1629  (no ref available) (Extract)

From Internet:

Thomas WELLES  of Greatworth 1559  (whole will)

Cheshire

Cheshire Wills Online 1492-1940

Cheshire Wills 1492-1857

Cumberland (see Cumbria)

Cumbria

Devon

Dorset

Durham

Hampshire

Hertfordshire

Huntingdonshire

 

Kent

Medieval & Tudor Kent P.C.C. & C.C.C. Wills

inc. Joh'es Welles of Lewisham 1442, Peter Welles of Faversham 1450 and Joh'es Welles of Southfleet 1452

Lancashire

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

 

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

see also Cambridgeshire above

Northumberland

Nottinghamshire

see also Yorkshire at top of page

Oxfordshire

Rutland

Shropshire

Somerset

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

Sussex

Warwickshire

Coventry & Lichfield Consistory Wills

supplied by Alan Mitcham

30 Mar 1776        Wells, John         Bridgnorth

2 Jun 1802          Wells John         Solihull

6 Apr 1804          Wells Thomas    Wounleighton? 

26 Dec 1811        Wells Charles    Birmingham

23 Sep 1812        Wells Thomas    Sheldon

13 Jul 1814          Wells Josiah      Birmingham

11 Mar 1814        Wells Peter        Coventry

17 Dec 1814        Wells William     Derby

31 Mar 1815         Wells John        Coventry

16 Dec 1817         Wells Thomas   Walsall

3 Apr 1818            Wells John        Coventry

17 Aug 1818         Wells Joseph     Erdington

6 Oct 1820            Wells Joseph    Coventry  

for Birmingham area see also Worcestershire

Westmorland (see Cumbria)

Worcestershire

Ireland

Irish Wills

 

Links

Cyndis Will Links (World)

On Probate Records (GENUKI)

Genealogy and other useful sites

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