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Between 1541 and 1836 the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry was extensive, covering the entire counties of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, north Shropshire and north Warwickshire. The bishop of Lichfield and Coventry had general jurisdiction over probate within this area, which was exercised through the Lichfield Consistory Court.

For south Shropshire see Herefordshire Wills.

Calendars of wills administrations in the Consistory court of the bishop of Lichfield 1514-1652. A scanned edition of P.W. Phillimore's publication by the British Record Society in 1892. The publication also includes indexes to probate records of the peculiar courts for Derbyshire, 1753-1790. No STERRY/STARIE or variants located.

Lichfield Episcopal [Consistory Court] Wills Index 1518-1650 - M-Z [LDS Film 95281]

Year Date Surname First Name Place
1539 May 2 Sturye Thos Fitz
1573 Jul 14 Sturye George Middle
1586 Jul 14 Styrrye Katherine Shrewsbury
1600 Jun 6 Sturrie Anne Ellesmere
1613 Jun 5 Stirrey Ann --
1646 Dec 8 Sterry William Bromwich

Original wills, administrations, inventories, S 1611-1614 [Diocese of Lichfield] [LDS Film 95540]
No Will for Ann Stirrey 1613 located. Also searched Original wills, administrations, inventories, A-Z 1646 [LDS 95599]

The Staffordshire Names Indexes website by the Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service [a service administered jointly by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke on Trent City Council] provides an online searchable index for Diocese of Lichfield Wills 1650-1730. The complete Wills for the entries indexed have been searched in the relevant LDS films and, where located, are linked to the full version below. Original wills, administrations, inventories, R-Z 1672 [Diocese of Lichfield] [LDS Film 95654]; Original wills, administrations, inventories, Stanley-Z 1724 [Diocese of Lichfield] [LDS Film 95956]. Note the 1724 Will for Thomas Starey was not located on this film.

1672 Sterrey, Richard yeoman, West Bromich, Staffordshire
1695 Sterry, Alice widow, West Bromwich, Staffordshire
1701 Sterrey, Thomas West Bromwich, Staffordshire
1708 Sterrey, William Innholder, West Bromwich Staffordshire
1724 Starey, Thomas yeoman, Upper Arley, Staffordshire
1724 Sterry, Richard yeoman, West Bromwich, Staffordshire
1725 Sterry, Joseph yeoman, Pelsall, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
1727 Sterrey, Richard locksmith, West Bromwich, Staffordshire

Searched Registered wills and original wills, administrations and inventories, 1494-1860, and, act books, 1532-1638 for Diocese of Lichfield Episcopal Consistory Court Calendar of wills and admons. 1726-1775 [LDS Film 95283] Wills 1726-1775 are indexed. Only one Will located, that of Richard Sterrey, 1727 as above.