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Subject: Re: [FER-GOLD] Index of Irish Wills and Betham Abstracts
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 18:54:53 EDT
In a message dated 10/13/2005 2:10:50 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Is anyone familiar with these indices? They refer to an index of wills
proven pre 1900. My question is: If this is an INDEX, would I just receive
the name of the person whose will was proven, or is there a complete (if
damaged) will somewhere that I could order?
Several of my SOMERVILLE family are listed in the Prerogative of Wills, but
I don't know if that means there is an actual will somewhere, or if the list
is all that there is.
These are really two documents. The index is just to the Prerogative
[Court] Office records and covers Wills, Administrations and Marriage Licenses.
The ML gives both parties, an identifier (place, occupations, status) and the
year... the other two records show just the party and year the document was
Of these, only a handful of the wills exist and in various places. You
would have to look at a number of places to find this out.
The Betham Will Abstracts were done around 1858 and were from the actual
wills (or at least the registered copies at the time). The cover only the
decedant, and any relationships that are mentioned in the will. Sometimes they
mention the bequests, but don't expect them to be there all the time. They are
grouped by the first letter of the alphabet and then by date range . I
believe the books are indexed, but I don't remember offhand.
All these are available on Microfilm from the Mormons. Volume 23 of the
Betham abstracts starts on film 0595941 and covers letter F in the early 1700's,
Volume 68 is on 0596139 and covers T 1748-1786. This should clue you in
there. Some times these volumes are called Will Pedigrees.
Page 30 to 31 of Vol 68 - Example
#70 TEW Hester of Raddingston, Co Meath widow - dated 26 March 1753, proved
10 July 1756, daughter Elizabeth SPROULE, daughters Rose and Elinor, sons
James - Michael - John and William, daughter Hester, nephew James MCMANUS of
Maynooth, son Francis, eldest son Mark.
Following is an extract I did of Volume 1 of the Prerogative Will Books a
Prerogative Court Wills (Volume I) 1600-1684
PROD. Mss. 1A/2/2
Extracted by: Philip E. McManus
Below is an index to the Prerogative Court Wills (Volume I) 1600-1684. The
original book had an index but K-N pages were missing from the index.
While the localities of the testators (person who made the will) are all
over Ireland, a large number are obviously Scots-Irish.
This book can be found on LDS film number 0597282.
Wills in Order of Appearance in Book
Sir Maurod Ffenton
Dame Elizabeth Hamilton alias Willoughby
Ellen Dobbins alias Shee
Sir John Hoey
Lord Viscount Massareene
Abraham Van Hoegard
Ffrancis Derensy alias Kean
Samuell Cullein (Archbishop of Tuam)
Alson Stanley alias Mapas
Dr. Gerald Ffennell
Elizabeth Billingsly alias Wothill alias Howill
Sir William Dixon
Sir Peter Harboy
Dame Mary Allen
Elizabeth [Fitzgerald]Countess of Kildare
Sir Maurice Eustace, Knight
Sir Arthur Loftus, Knight
Elizabeth Daboren alias Dutton
Sir Martin Noell
Sir James Ware
Oliver Earl of Tirconnell
Sir Ffrancis Peisley
Dame Beatrix Hamilton
Rickard Earle of Clanrickard
John Helt? Hest?
Tristran Bereford the Elder
Maude Wickcomb alias Cullen
Elizabeth Countesse of Guilford
Lord Cromwell (father of Oliver Cromwell)
Lord John Kingston
Ambrose Lord Bishop of Kildare
Hope this helps!
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