Worth Matravers Wills

Original Wills and Administrations of Archdeaconry Court of Dorset
and Bristol Consistory Court held at Dorset County Record Office

 

Ad/Dt/W/1664/33


John Toope, husbandman of Kabelston [Cabelston, Worth Matravers]
Will made: 12 September 1664

- William Toope (bro): wearing apparel both woollen and linen

- Alice Seward otherwise Sewell ('my Maiden Servant'): black heifer of two years of age

- Mary (wife): rest


Witnesses: Frances Davy, widow; Alice Bonfield
Proved: 17 November 1664 before Samuel Fitzherbert, Registrar

 

AD/DT/W/1664/58


George Cull the elder of Worth Matravers
Will made: 2 November 1663

- 'being weak and infirm in body'

- body to be buried in the churchyard of Worth

- Ann (wife):lease of my house for her life if the lives of my children mentioned in my lease shall live so long;
  then to George (son) who is to pay Richard (son) yearly rent of 13s 4d at the two feasts

- Ann Simmons (dau): lease of a house standing in a ground at Acton called Blacklands, after my wife's decease

- Richard (son): cow provided my wife or myself do not have occasion to make use of her

- William and George (sons) and Ann (dau): a cow each after my wife's decease

- Ann (wife): rest, executrix

His Mark
Witnesses: Fra: Lewis, John Eyres
Administration to Ann Cull, 24 August 1664

Abstracted from transcript in Sue Mills’ possession (from reference AD/DT/W/1671/87)

John Eyres of Renscombe, Worth Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 16 March 1670/71

- Poor: 40s ‘to be distributed at my funeral with special regard to bee had to the par. of Worth att the
  discretion of mine executor & overseers’

- ‘loving wife’: £50 in 12 months after my decease ‘with the other monies which I covenanted in marriage
  to give her’, also ‘my wearing gold ring’

- John Eyres (son): in lieu of ‘my promise made to him at the time of his marriage concerning a tenement
  in Kimbridge, my farme of Kingswood hee paying the Annuety I have granted out of it for the better
  livelyhood of my wife’

- Alice Dolling (daughter): ‘filte pounds’. Also to her, her husband and their eldest son Henry: a gold ring
  of 10s each; also ‘to their five younger sons’ £10 each

- Sarah Collins (daughter): my watch. Also to her and her husband: a gold ring of 10s each

- daughter Dolling and daughter Collins: feather bed and bolster each

- To my daughter Collins her three daughters Elizabeth, Martha and Mary: £5 each to be paid at their
  marriage or when 21 years of age

- Joyce Tito (granddaughter): £5 when 18 years of age ‘if then living’

- My wife’s own sons: a gold ring of 10s price

- Elianor (my wife’s daughter): a gold ring of 10s price,

- To wife’s younger daughters: £5. ‘If God should please that my wife should decease before me, then I doe
  give to her two daughters, Ann & Elizabeth Man, to each seventie pounds more’

- Sarah Eyres (daughter in law): a gold ring of 10s price

- John Eyres (grandson): £40 and my silver inkcase.

- Mary Eyres, Sarah Eyres and Samuel Eyres (grandchildren): £20 each

- Sarah Gaich & Mary Culliford (granddaughters): a gold ring of 10s price

- Richard Adams: 20s

- Steven Udall: 20s

- William Hardin: 10s

- Robert Phippard: 10s

- ‘All my household servants that shall be living with me’: 10s each to be paid within 12 months after
  my decease

- ‘That all the legacies above mentioned to which noe particular time of payment is prefixed shall bee paid
  within three months after the expiration of my lease in Renscombe Farme, which I now hold, only that the
  interest shall be paid for them when twelve moneths are expired after my decease’

- John Eyres (son): residue of my goods, whom I do make & ordaine my full & whole

Executor: John Eyres (son)
Overseers: Henry Dolling and William Collins (sons in law): 40s each for their pains to be paid within
3 months after my decease
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Fra: Lewis, Elizabeth Man

Memorandum dated ‘N ......... 5 1671’: ‘in case my goods and chattels if I shall dye possessed of besides
the lease of Kingswood Farm shall not upon a just account of my executor bee found sufficient to discharge
& pay all the legacies herein by mee bequeathed when my debts and moderate funerall expenses are first
discharged, then the severall legacies above mentioned shall receive each of them a proportional part as far
as the said goods and chattelIs shall extend and noe more’
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Fra: Lewis, ‘El ......’
Proved: 9 November 1671

 

AD/DT/W/1674/56

Henry Gillett, Weston, Worth Matravers
Will made: 17 October 1672

- 'being weak of body'

- Judith Nineham (cousin): 20s, a white coverled, blanket, sheet, bolster, chest. Provided that if she dies unmarried before her mother,
  then these are to remain with her mother Sense Nineham, but if she marries then to be at her own disposal

- Judith Nineham (cousin): little brass pan to be disposed by her as above

- Susanna Beale (cousin): £5. If she dies before me or before her children then to be divided between them

- Sense Nineham (sister): for 'her great care and pains about me' £10; my sparked coverled and to her and her daughter
  Judith all my fuel in and out, corn in the field and fruits in the gardens

- Joan Miller: 20s

- Widow Harding: 5s

- Anstice Bower: 10s

- Ro.. Phippard: 40s

- Mary Guy (cousin): great brass pan

- Jane Fryer (cousin): 10s

- Margery Guy (cousin): 10s

- Elizabeth B...(cousin): 10s

- Mr Henry Dolling (senior) and Mr Francis Lewis: 5s each and overseers

- Henry Gillett (cousin) son of Jarviss Gillett: £10 to remain in Henry Dolling's hand until
  he is of age and use to remain with Jarviss (cousin) for his son's education

- Jarviss Gillett (cousin): rest, my heriott and funeral expenses deducted

Signed with mark
Before: William Gover
Proved 1674

 

Ad/Dt/A/1675/82


William Smith of Worth Matravers
Administration bond:

- Rebecca Smith, widow of Worth Matravers, Mabel Ballatt, widow of East Morden,
  Richard Chaldercott, yeoman of Helton bound 6 November 1675

- Rebecca Smith, relict to administer

Before Richard Fitzherbert

 

Ad/Dt/A/1682/46


William Collins, yeoman of Rempscomb Worth Matravers
Administration

Oath: 16 Feb 1681/82 by Sarah Collins widow and relict of intestate to administer
Sworn at Rempscomb 17 Apr 1682.
Signed Sarah Collins before: John Wilkins
Bond entered into by: Sarah Collins of Rempscomb Worth Matravers, widow
William Lambert, yeoman Samuel Uvedale, yeoman, Weston, Worth Matravers, 17 Apr 1682
Witnessed by John Wilkins , Giles Collins,  John Wiseman

 

Ad/Dt/A/1684/135


Nathaniell Barnes of Worth MatraversMatravers


Administration bond: George Barnes, yeoman of Chaldon Hering, George Barnes, shoemaker of West Lulworth,
Thomas Holt, shoemaker of West Lulworth bound 26 May 1684 to administer the will [not to hand]
Witnesses: Ruth White, Ruth Clavell

 

Abstracted from transcript in Sue Mills’ possession (from bundle reference 1688/62 administration and 1688/81 inventory)

Edward Collins, Yeoman[?] of Worth Matravers (died intestate)

Administration bond:
Dated 1688

Condition: Henry Collins (‘natural son’)] bound as administrator of the goods of Edward Collins,
deceased, to make an inventory of the goods to exhibit this by 1 June next, and made an account
of the administration by 1 April next

Signed by Henry Collins
Witnesses: Thomas Clarke, ‘William Horl-t? Jun’, James Dolling
Inventory made 27 April 1688: by Edward Abbott, ‘Lewis …..?’, Edward Abbot Junr


  £ - s - d
‘Imprimus his warnig [wearing?] aparell 03-00-00
It - on [one] halbird [halberd] on sord [sword] on pistirll [pistol] 00-15-00
It - one bibill [bible] with other small bookes 00-05-06
It - In the hall a cupbord with dishes 00-06-00
It - on tabell bord? [table board?] & other thinges 00-20-00
It - in the buttery two barelles [barrels] two firkins with one silt [sile?] and a ? sidebord  00-20-00
It - In the kitch¯ on [kitchen] three kittolls & on bras pan 01-03-06
It - three bras potes on skillet? 02-00-00
It - on brwing [brewing] tub & other Emplyments [Implements] of brewing with on small bowl 00-14-00
It - In the hall Chamber on bedsteed feather bed with other beding 02-00-00
It - on pres two toles? [towells] with other things  00-05-00
It - nine pewter dishes  00-25-00
It - in the medell [middle] Chamber on bedsteed with the bed and beding 02-00-00
It - to Chests three cashons? [cushions] four boxes with other thing 02-00-00
It - In the kitchen loft sum old lum [lumber?] 00-02-06
It - In money and on silver spoon 03-05-00
It - Some things omited & forgotten 00-25-00
   
Total 18-06-06

[Some Latin was not translated and transcribed]

 

Ad/Dt/A/1691/102


William Chinchin [Chinchen], quarrier of Haycrofts, Worth Matravers


Marjery Chinchin [Chinchen], widow of Haycrofts, Worth Matravers to administer 4 April 1691
Witnesses: George and Sarah King

Commission oath: George King and Isaac Clifford,
Clerks to administer oath 20 April 1691: oath that William Chinchin died intestate.
Executed to Marjerie Chinchin at Langton Matravers 16 April 1691 before George King

 

Ad/Dt/W/1692/2


Ann Eyres, widow [of Dorset]
Will made: 10 April 1684

- 'being very aged and weak of body'

- Edward Man (son): 1s

- Theophalas Man (son): 1s

- John Man (son): 1s

- Elinor Gibbs (dau): 1s

- Elizabeth Crispp (dau): 1s

- All to be paid within one year after my decease

- Ann Man ('my maiden daughter'): rest and executrix

Witnesses: Walter Spririer, Jone Phipard, John Gigger
Proved: 24 January 1692/3 by Ann Man before Benjamin Derby, Surrogate


[notes: Ann married John Eyres at Worth Matravers 1648. For his will see John Eyres of Renscombe AD/DT/W/1671/87]

 

Abstracted from transcript in Sue Mills’ possession (from bundle reference 1693/40)

Henry Collens alias Collins, husbandman of Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated 22 June 1693

- ‘being sick’

- James Brown son of Elizabeth (sister), John Browne and Roger Ousley sons of Mary (sister): £3 each

- Sarah Sherewood (servant): 50s

- Joseph and Charles Culliford (‘my trusty and well beloved friends and kinsmen’): ‘I give this tenement
  at Worth and all that is left besides’

Executors: Joseph and Charles Culliford aforesaid
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Joseph Culliford, Margery Culliford, Richard Parlett
Proved: 1693

 

DA/DT/1694/53

Margery Culliford of Worth Matravers
Will made: 28 March 1684

- Joseph, Charles, Margery, Honor Culliford (sons and daus); all estate in fee, money goods and chattles

Joseph (son): executor
Witnesses: John and Mary Wilkins
Proved: 29 October 1694

 

Ad/Dt/I/1695/73 - Note: no administration found on Ancestry


George Cull of North Renscombe who died 8 January 1694/95


Total: £47 5s 0d (includes leasehold tenement and beasts and hogs)
Appraised by: Richard Smith, James Dolling, William Dowland
Exhibited: 11 October 1695 by Martha Cull, relict

 

Ad/Dt/I/1695/83- Note: no administration found on Ancestry


Samuel Udall of Renscombe who died 29 March 1695


Total: £17 1s 6d (includes cow, sheep and lambs)
Appraised by: James Dolling, William Dowland
Exhibited: 26 October 1695 by Elizabeth Udall, relict

 

Bc/A/C86


Isaac Clifford, Clerk of Worth Matravers

Administration bond: Sarah Collins, spinster of Langton Matravers and James Dolling of Worth Matravers, gentleman bound 7 December 1696
Sarah Collins primary creditor of Isaac Clifford

Witnesses: Grace Kyier [?], Jane Culliforde
Commission oath: to Sarah Collins, spinster of Langton Matravers 26 November 1696
Sarah Collins to administer, oath administered 7 December 1696 before Philip Baker, Clerk

 

Ad/Dt/A/1696/36


Alice Dolling, widow of Worth Matravers

Administration bond: James Dolling, gentleman of Worth Matravers, Joseph Culliford,
yeoman of same place bound 7 January 1696/97
James Dolling to administer his mother’s effects
Witness: Richard Fitzherbert, Notary Public

 

AD/DT/W/1705/34

William Barnes, husbandman of Worth
Will made: 22 April 1705

- 'weak of body'

- Mary Barnes ('loving cozen'): all and executrix

Joseph Culliford and Thomas Dampier both of Worth, as trustees until Mary Barnes 'infant' is 21 years.
If she dies then to Elizabeth Tidbury of Ailewood, Isle of Purbeck ('trusty & beloved kinswoman')

Witnesses: William Norman, William Launder [Lander], Lambert
Proved 16 November 1705 to executors

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/W/1705 35
Will


Joseph Batten of Worth Matravers
Will dated: 26 Jan 1704/5

- Grace Batten (wife): his land, during the term of her natural life

- Simeon Batten (son): the land, after Grace’s decease; his working tools and the bed he [the testator] now lies upon

- John Palmer (son-in-law): one shilling

- Margery Batten (daughter): her life to be put into the house [i.e. onto the copyhold]

- Jane & Margery Batten (daughters): goods & stocks, to be divided between them after Grace’s death


Executrix: Grace Batten (wife)
Signed Joseph Batten
Witnesses: Peter Cooke, Rebecka Miller (her mark)
Proved: 27 Mar 1705 – Executrix sworn before Thomas Sutton Surrogate


 

Ad/Dt/W/1705/20


John Collier, gentleman of Quarr in Purbeck
Will made: 10 May 1703

- Thomas (son): rentcharge of £20 a year out of my farm of Quarr in two payments a year

- Elizabeth (wife): farm etc during her life then to Thomas (son), then to Henry (son)

- Elizabeth (wife): goods etc and executrix

Witnesses: text missing [?]bott
Proved: 1705
 

 

DA/DT/W/1708/22

Edward Abbot, yeoman of Worth Matravers
Will made: 24 February 1707/8

- Edward (son): spruce chest

- Henry (brother): 10s, my b[est?] coat and rest of wearing apparel not hereafter given

- Martha wife of Richard Haskoll of Worth, marbler: my tenement called Linningtons Tenement, Worth Matravers.
  Martha paying yearly 20s to Elizabeth Abbott (dau) during the term of her natural life

- Elizabeth Abbott (dau): £40 now in the hands of Edward (son) and £5 now in hands of Abell Knowles.
  Also best two beds and all bedding belonging (except one of the bedsteds), furnace, pair of brandise, four pewter dishes,
  two brass pots, biggest kettle, meashing tub, trendle, table board and frame, three joint stools, cupboard, two of my best trunks,
  oak chest, two best drink barrels, three rudder heifers and the wheat lying upon Liningtons Tenement

- Mary wife of Thomas Smith of Worth Matravers, yeoman: £10 now in the hands of Edward Cole of Langton Wallis,
  marbler and £5 now in the hand of Edward (son)

- Grandchildren: 5s each to be paid by Edward (son)

- William Abbot (gson): £2 15s now in the hands of Edward (son)

- Sarah Abbot daughter of Henry Abbot: 5s

- Richard Haskoll: best waistcoat

- Edward (son): second best coat

- Thomas Smith (son): coat

- Mary Smith, Martha Haskoll, Elizabeth Abbot (my three daughters): rest

Edward Abbot (son) and John Lanning (brother) of West [W]hiteway, gentleman: executors in trust
Signed
Witnesses: [text missing] Culliford, Sarah Squibb
Proved: 24 February 1708/9

 

AD/DT/W/1718/54

William Linnington of Worth

- 'being sick and weak of body'

- John (son): £5, brass pot, kettle, 3 [text missing]

- Roger (son): 10s

- William (son): 1s

- M[text missing in fold] Ch[text missing in fold] (dau): 1s [text missing]

- Elizabeth Sherry (dau): 1s

- Sarah Fudge (dau): 1s

- In margin alongside the above: money in the possession of [text missing]

- Elizabeth ('loving wife'): rest and executrix

Witnesses: John Mitchell, Henry Chapman, James Hann
Proved: 13 January 1718/19

 

AD/DT/W/1718/55

Jane Burt
Will made: 18 November 1717

- 'sick of body'

- James Burt (brother): 1s

- Thomas Burt (brother): 1s

- Robert Burt (brother): 1s

- Thomas Gibbes: 1s

- Judeth [Judith] Gibbes: 1s

- Judeth [Judith] King: petticoat

- Elner [Eleanor] [?]Dymes: petticoat

- William Burt: silver spoon

- [text missing]tance Burt: rest and executor

Proved: 1718

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/W/1718 53
Will


John Coock [registered in the Court as Cook] Husbandman of Quarry Hills within the Parish of
Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck and County of Dorset
Will dated: 09 Aug 1716


- Alice Coock (sister): the House Orchard & Garden with all that do thereunto belong in which he now lives called by the
  name of Quarry Hills for as long as she remains single

- John, son of Henry & Susanna Curtis: the House Orchard & Garden with all that do thereunto belong in which he now
  lives called by the name of Quarry Hills when Alice marries or dies and the Meadow called & known by the name of
  Newberries Mead with a Little Garden part thereof with the Appurtenances thereto belonging situate and being at Quarry
  Hills aforesaid (leased on the lives of Robert Pyke of Downshay in Worth and Margaret Smith of Poole)

- Henry, son of Henry & Susanna Curtis: the House Orchard & Garden with all that do thereunto belong in which he
  now lives called by the name of Quarry Hills, if the said John Curtisdie without issue

- Susanna, wife of Henry Curtis (kinswoman): his Living at Weston within the parish of Worth for and during her natural life

- John Baker (kinsman): ten pounds

- Mary Baker (kinswoman): ten pounds

- Elizabeth Baker (sister): ten pounds

- Benjamin Phipard (brother-in-law): five pounds

- Peter, son of Benjamin Phipard : ?three pounds

- Benjamin, son of Benjamin Phipard : five pounds

- Henry, son of Henry & Susanna Curtis: ten pounds

- John, son of Henry & Susanna Curtis: five pounds

- Mary Penal: five pounds

- Alice Coock (sister) & Susanna Curtis (kinswoman): rest & residue


Executrixes: Alice Coock (sister) & Susanna Curtis (kinswoman)
The mark of John Coock
Witnesses: Charles R…, Elizabeth B…, Robert RO… [parchment torn and missing]
Proved: 17 Sep 1718 on the oath of Susanna Curtis
NB: the term kinsman/ kinswoman here appears to mean nephew/ niece

 


 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/W/1719 28
Will


Martha Cull widow of Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck and County of Dorset
Will dated: 23 Dec 1718


- Martha Masters (granddaughter): one feather bed and bedstead and all things thereunto belonging

- Mary & Anne Masters (grandchildren): one gold ring apiece

- Joseph Masters (grandson): five pounds

- Twelve grandchildren (not named): one shilling apiece

- Daniel Masters (son-in-law): rest & residue


Executor: Daniel Masters
The mark of Martha Cull
Witnesses: William Abbatt, Joseph Dostor, Mary Smith
Proved: 05 Dec 1719 – Executor sworn before Thomas Riley Surrogate

 

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/W/1733 87
Will


Alles Cook [recorded by the Court as Alice Cook] of Weston in the parish of Worth
Will dated: 03 Jan 1733/4

- Henry Curtes (cousin): one pound eleven shillings and sixpence

- John Curtes (cousin): one pound one shilling

- Ann Curtes (cousin): her best serge coat and gown

- Joseph Curtes (cousin): ten shillings and sixpence

- John Phippard (cousin): one pound seven shillings

- Mary Hayward, daughter of Peter & Ury Phippard (cousin): her best brass pot and best trendle

- Peter Phippard junior (cousin): ten shillings and sixpence

- Timothy Phippard (cousin): ten shillings and sixpence

- Mary Baker (cousin): her damask coat

- Mary Newman (cousin): her old serge gown

- Mary Harly (cousin): one shilling

- Benjamin Phippard (cousin): one shilling

 

Executors: Peter Phippard (cousin), John Baker (cousin) & Susanna Curtes (cousin)
The mark of Alles Cook
Witnesses: John Stickland, John Chinchen, Mary Brewer (her mark)
Proved: 27 Feb 1733/4 - proved on the oath of Peter Phippard nephew by the Sister of the said deceased,
one of the Executors named in the Will, the like power being reserved for the other Executors, sworn before Thomas Riley Surrogate
 

NB: the term cousin was used to describe a variety of relationships, and appears to be used here to describe nephews & nieces

 

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/A/1740 42
Administration Bond


Henry Curtis of Worth Matravers deceased
Dated: 17 Mar 1740/1

- Bond Amount: £200


- Sureties: Susanna Curtis widow of Worth Matravers, Richard Brownsy Yeoman of Worth Matravers &
  Richard Fitzherbert Gentleman of Blandford Forum


Administratrix: Susanna Curtis, relict of the deceased
Condition of the obligation: to make an inventory of the goods, chattells and credits of the deceased and to exhibit
the same to the Registry of the Archdeacon’s Court at or before the last day of August next ensuing and to make a
just Account of her Administration at or before the last day of March 1741
Witnesses: Anne Fitzherbert, Mary Fitzherbert

 

 

Bc/W/P142


Robert Pyke of Downshay, Esquire
Will made: 14 May 1746

- £100 'which my son Thomas Pyke owes me on a Promisory Note under his Hand be apply'd by my Exectutors...towards the
  payment of a Debt due from me to the Heirs of John Dyke Esq[uir]e deceased'

- Elizabeth (dau): leasehold tenement in Worth Matravers late Mr Loveing

- Thomas, John, Martha wife of Thomas Fisher and Elizabeth Pyke (my four children): rest of estate, goods etc

- William Clavill of Steeple and William Filliter, gentleman of Wareham: executors

Witnesses: John Leggatt, Joseph Curtes [Joseph Curtis]
Proved: 24 July 1746 to Thomas Pyke, the executors having renounced
Administration bond: Thomas Pyke, Esquire of Appleshaw, Southampton and William Filliter, Wareham bound 24 July 1746
Thomas Pyke (son) to administer the will
Witnesses: William Clavill, W Erle[?]

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/A/1751 50
Administration Bond


Daniel Masters late of Worth Matravers intestate deceased
Dated: 25 Nov 1751


- Bond Amount: £50

- Sureties: Martha Masters widow of Worth Matravers, Samuel Cooper Yeoman of Worth Matravers
  & John Redman Yeoman of Studland


Administratrix: Martha Masters , relict of the deceased
Condition of the obligation: to make an inventory of the goods, chattells and credits of the deceased and to exhibit
the same to the Registry of the Archdeacon’s Court at or before the last day of March next ensuing and to make a
just Account of her Administration at or before the last day of September 1752
Witness: John Combes

 


 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre
DHC Ref: DA/W/1766 60
Will


Samuell Smith Yeoman of Worth the Parish of Worth Metravis in the Isle of Purbick and County of Dorset
Dated: 21 Oct 1766

- Marey Phiperd (daughter): fifty six pounds

- Edward Smith (son): fifty six pounds

- Richard Smith (son): fifty six pounds

- Marey, Edward & Richard (children): all household goods, including the two best beds, all the goods in the parlour,
  the clock and the goods in the Dairyhouse

- Edward & Richard Smith (sons): his wearing apparel to be divided equally between them


Executor: Samuell Smith (son)
Signed Samuell Smith
Witnesses: Anthony Bower, James Ozard
Proved: 03 Nov 1766 – Samuel Smith, son & Executor, sworn before John Cooth Surrogate

 

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Microfilm 0090750 1767 - 1768 bundle 103 (1767), number 97

Richard Bower of Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 29 June 1766

- Mary Smith (daughter): dwelling house where I live and the houses belonging and household goods,
  plot of ground adjoining now a garden and 2 ‘lands’ of ground in the field and ground in the ‘Gallos Gore’.
  She shall pay Martha Corben (daughter) 5s/year

- Rebecca Coustfield (daughter): house she now lives in and mead called East Borten and she shall pay
  Martha Corben (daughter) 5s/year

- Ester Dowdan (daughter): 1s

Witnesses: James Ozard, ‘Jan Smith’ (x)
Administration bond: 31 October 1767 Thomas Coatsfield, Richard Smith, George Edmonds, Robin Squibb,
yeomen of Worth Matravers held in £100.

Condition: Mary Smith and Rebecca Coastfield (daughters) administrators of the goods of Richard Bower
late of Worth Matravers, deceased to carry out their duties
Signed by Thomas Coastfield, Richard Smith, George Edmonds, ‘Roben’ Squibb
Witnesses: Charles Bower, John Combes
Mary Smith and Rebecca Coastfield sworn to administer before John Combes, Clerk

 

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre
 

DHC Ref: DA/A/1779 19
Administration Bond


Edward Smith Yeoman late of Worth Matravers intestate deceased
Dated: 23 Jan 1779

- Bond Amount: £300

- Sureties: Ann Smith widow of Worth Matravers & William Smith Yeoman of Worth Matravers

 
Administratrix: Ann Smith, relict of the deceased
Condition of the obligation: to make an inventory of the goods, chattells and credits of the deceased
and to exhibit the same to the Registry of the Archdeacon’s Court at or before the last day of June next
ensuing and to make a just Account of her Administration at or before the last day of January 1780
Witness: Thomas Fitzherbert Notary Public

 

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/A/1790 35
Administration Bond


Melliscent Bower spinster late of Worth Matravers intestate deceased
Dated: 12 Dec 1790

- Bond Amount: £100

- Sureties: Joseph Bower Quarrier of Langton, William Bower Quarrier of Worth Matravers
  & Samuel Smith Yeoman of Langton

 
Administrator: Joseph Bower , nephew of the deceased
Condition of the obligation: to make an inventory of the goods, chattells and credits of the deceased
and to exhibit the same to the Registry of the Archdeacon’s Court at or before the last day of May next
ensuing and to make a just Account of his Administration at or before the last day of November 1791
Witness: Morgan Jones Clerk

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/W/1792 21
Will


James Smith Yeoman of Eastington Farm in the Isle of Purbeck in the County of Dorset
Dated: 30 Nov 1791

- Rose Smith (brother): twenty pounds

- Edward Smith (brother): twenty pounds

- William Smith (brother): twenty pounds

- Robert Voss (brother-in-law): tend pounds

- Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Voss: one hundred pounds

- James, son of Robert Voss: the hundred pounds bequeathed to his sister Elizabeth if
  she dies before attaining the age of twenty-one

- Timothy, Sarah & Ann Smith (siblings): rest & residue to be equally divided between them


Executors: Timothy Smith (brother), Sarah Smith (sister) & Ann Smith (sister)
Signed James Smith
Witnesses: Thomas Bartlet, F.A. Hayter
Proved: 01 Sep 1792 – Executors sworn before Morgan Jones Commissioner
Effects under £600

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/W/1795 20
Will


Ann Smith spinster of Eastington in the parish of Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck and the
County of Dorset, being infirm in body but of sound mind memory and understanding
Dated: 07 Oct 1794

- Wishes to be buried near the family burial place in Worth Matravers churchyard

- Rose Smith Blacksmith of Langton (brother): one hundred pounds

- Edward Smith Shoemaker of Swanage (brother): one hundred pounds

- William Smith Yeoman of Godlingston Farm, Swanage (brother): one hundred pounds

- Betty, wife of Robert Voss of Renscombe Farm, Worth Matravers (sister): one hundred pounds

- If any of her siblings pre-decease her, then their legacy to be divided amongst the respective children
  of that sibling, share and share alike, to be paid them when they reach the age of twenty-one

- Timothy Smith (brother) & Sarah Smith (sister), both of Eastington: rest & residue


Executors: Timothy Smith (brother) & Sarah Smith (sister)
Signed Ann Smith
Witnesses: Lackford Hart, Jane Vincent, Samuel Smith
Proved: 30 Mar 1795 – Sarah Smith & Timothy Smith sworn in before Joseph Atkinson Surrogate
for this purpose officially appointed

Effects under £1000

 

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Parker from microfilms at the Dorset History Centre

DHC Ref: DA/W/1801 27
Will


John Curtis Yeoman of the parish of Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck and the County of Dorset,
being in perfect health and sound memory
Dated: 11 Jul 1798

- John, son of his son-in-law Rose Smith of Woolson, Corfe Castle: his House, Garden and Orchard at
  Quarry Hills in the parish of Worth Matravers; his household goods; thirty pounds and the Cottage House
  at Worth Matravers now in the occupation of Joseph CURTIS the younger

- Thomas, son of the abovesaid Rose Smith: twenty pounds at the age of 21

- Moses, son of the abovesaid Rose Smith: twenty pounds at the age of 21

- Phineas, son of the abovesaid Rose Smith: twenty pounds at the age of 21

- Sarah, daughter of the abovesaid Rose Smith: thirty pounds at the age of 21

- If any of the above persons should die, then their legacies to go to the above John Smith

- Joseph Curtis (brother): three pounds if he outlives him, but if not, then the three pounds to go to
  the above John Smith

- John Beacham: one pound

- Sarah Gover (servant): twenty pounds, as long as she remains single or with the Curtis family, otherwise,
  or if she dies, the money to go to the above John Smith


Executor: John, son of Rose Smith [i.e. grandson]
The mark of John Curtis
Witnesses: John Barnes (his mark), John Peverell, Edward Smith (his mark)
Proved: 26 Feb 1801 – John Smithsworn before George Hooten Hyde Commissioner
Effects under £100
 

 

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Microfilm 0090764 1808 - 1810 bundle 146 (1810), number 10

John Windsor, dairyman of Bottom, Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 16 October 1802

- Sarah Ann Snook, daughter of Joseph Snook, yeoman late of Portsmouth, Hampshire: large gold ring,
  silver tablespoon, 3 silver teaspoons, pair of silver shoe buckles, black silk cloak, silk gown and a
  white petticoat

- Susannah Snook, daughter of Joseph Snook: small gold ring, silver tablespoon, 3 silver teaspoons,
  silver cream mug and mahogany tea chest

- John Snook, son of Joseph Snook: small silver watch and case

- William Snook, son of Joseph Snook: large silver watch and case

- Grandchildren [the above named]: rest to be divided between them on or before they reach 21 years

- Mary Cockram (servant): £20 in a month

- Joseph Snook aforesaid: money due to me on his bond or promissory note and interest therein; I acquit
  him of the right and title therein

- Jonathan Lawrence, gentleman of Borough of Wareham and Robert Dugdale, gentleman of Borough
  of Wareham: residue of plate, china, household goods, dairy utensils, money etc. on trust to sell and
  put money into Public Fund or security to Jane Snook (daughter) wife of Joseph. If she has no surviving
  heir then to James Hardy of Osmington, Dorset

Executors: Jonathan Lawrence, gentleman of Borough of Wareham and Robert Dugdale, gentleman
of Borough of Wareham
Mark of testator (x)
Witnesses: J B Nineham, Mary Dugdale Kearly

Codicil: 8 December 1809
Mary Cockram (servant): £60 in addition to £20 bequeathed, in 12 months after decease
Mark of testator (x)
Witnesses: Thomas Beaves, William Grant
Proved: 1810

 

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Benjamin Jesty, yeoman of Downshay, Worth Matravers
Will made: 7 March 1806

- Robert (son): £10

- Thomas (son): £140

- George (son), Elizabeth, Sarah, Harriet (unmarried daus): £1200 divided between them

- George (son): feather bed

- Sarah and Harriet: feather bed each

- Benjamin (son) and Joseph Willis of Norden, gentleman: £200 on trust to pay to Elizabeth (wife),
  after her decease £165 of this sum to George, Thomas, Elizabeth, Sarah, Harriet (children) to share.

- Elizabeth (wife): £10 a year to be paid by Benjamin (son) but if she lives with him then this payment is to cease

- Elizabeth (wife): a proportion of household goods furniture if she does not live with Benjamin (son)

- Robert (son): leasehold tenement at Yetminster

- Benjamin (son): rest including household goods, farming utensils and implements in husbandry

- Benjamin (son) and Joseph Willis of Norden, gentleman: executors and trustees

Witnesses: Elizabeth Dugdale, Robert Dugdale

Commission oath: to Benjamin (son) of Downshay, Worth Matravers, gentleman and Joseph Willis of Norden,
gentleman 3 June 1816
Sworn: testator died 16 April 1816, effects under £3000.
Executed 14 June 1816 before William Roles, Commissioner

 

 

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Robert Cheesman, Dairyman of Quarr, Worth Matravers, Purbeck


Administration bond: Ann Cheesman late of Quarr, Worth Matravers but now of Puddle Mill, Church Knowle
and James Edmonds Stockley, yeoman of Corfe Castle and William Lance, gentleman of Wareham bound 6 July 1833
Before Richard Fayle, Commissioner
Commission oath: to Ann Cheesman, widow 10 June 1833.
Oath intestate died 30 December 1832, effects under £200.
Executed 6 July 1833 before Richard Fayle, Commissioner



 

 

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George Cull, Worth Matravers, gentleman
Will made: 15 March 1834

- William (son): freehold messuages etc in Langton Matravers, after his death to Joseph (son)

- Ruth (wife): rest of freehold and leasehold, monies, household goods etc 'placing every confidence in my said wife,
  to distribute the same between all my children'; executrix

Witnesses: Mary Randall, Jane Sinnick, Robert D Marshfield
Commission oath: to Ruth Cull, widow of Langton Matravers executrix 16 March 1840
Sworn: died 21 December 1839, goods sworn under £300.
Executed 20 March 1840 before David Davies, Commissioner


 

 

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William Salway of Eastington Farm, Worth Matravers
Will made: 1 January 1847

- Henry (son): £300

- Betsey (dau) wife of John Galpin: £200

- Lucretia Salway (dau): £200

- Jane (dau) wife of Joseph Lander: £200

- Marina Salway (dau): £200

- Harriet Salway (dau): £200

- William (son): dead farming stock and implements on Eastington Farm

- James and William (sons): rest including live farming stock and crops; joint executors

Witnesses: Thomas Stickland, stonemason of Swanage; Robert D Marshfield, attorney at Law, Wareham
Commission oath: to James Salway, yeoman of Eastington Farm and William Salway, yeoman of same place 4 May 1848
Goods sworn under £3000, testator died 12 February 1848, sworn 16 May 1848 before James Joyce Evans, Commissioner


 

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Microfilm 0090782 1852 - 1855 bundle 188 (1852), number 47

David Caines, yeoman of Renscombe Farm, Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 2 January 1849

- Ann (wife) and Thomas (son): all real and personal estate, money, live and dead stock and crop
  farming utensils and implements of husbandry, household goods upon trust that they ‘shall carry
  on my business of farming for and during the term of the natural life of my said wife Ann Caines,
  for the better support and benefit of her my said wife, and for the better enabling her to
  assist…my children’

- Residuary estate to be equally divided between my children

Executrix and executor: Ann (wife) and Thomas (son)
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Sarah Squires, Robert D Marshfield
Commission: 26 July 1852 to the executrix and executor, yeoman of Renscombe Farm as
administrators of the goods of the deceased
Goods sworn under £1500
Testator died 28 July 1851
Signed by administrators
Commission executed: 13 August 1852