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DEVON WILLS

Almost all wills and administrations of Devon people were proved or granted in one of two locations, in Devon itself or in London. The originals of those wills proved in London - very nearly all at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) - have survived. However the originals of nearly all wills proved in Devon perished during an air-raid on Exeter in 1942.

After each entry, the codes from the Consolidated Index are as follows:
Type: Will or Administration
Form: 'le' refers to 'list entries' that were recorded as calendars prior to 1942 although the original will or administration is lost; ab = an abstract of the original has been located
Prob. Court: BARN=(Consistory) Archdeaconry Court of Barnstaple; PCC = Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Source: BECK= Beckerlegge, J.J. (Ed.) Index of the Wills and Administrations relating to the County of Devon proved in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, 1563-1858; JHA = Devon Names in the Calendars of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations (1581-1660), by Jean Harris
Ref: May list where a copy has been located elsewhere.

In the case of the Wills listed below, all are shown as lost except for 1637 James Stirry, Fremington where the Will was proved at the PCC. See PCC Wills.

[Source: Consolidated Index To Devon Wills; Index of Barnstaple Wills 1563 - 1858 - Wills proved in the Court of the Archdeacon of Barnstaple]
1564 Genson Sterye, Instow, Type: W, Form: le, Prob. Court: BARN, Source: BECK, Ref: W.
1597 Jun 17 Henry Sterry, Ilfracombe, Type: [W?], Form: le, Prob. Court: BARN, Source: BECK [also listed in The Sterry Family, Walter Smith]
1599 Unknown STERRY Will proved at Instow, Type: [W?], Form: le, Prob. Court: BARN, Source: BECK [listed in The Sterry Family, Walter Smith]
1611 Nov 29 Unknown Sterrie, Instow, Type: [W?], Form: le, Prob. Court: BARN, Source: BECK [also listed in The Sterry Family, Walter Smith]
1617 Jun 15 Thomas Sterry, Clovelly, Type: [W?], Form: le, Prob. Court: BARN, Source: BECK [also listed in The Sterry Family, Walter Smith]
1625 Welthian Stirrey, Ilfracombe, Type: [W?], Form: le, Prob. Court: BARN, Source, BECK [also listed in The Sterry Family, Walter Smith]
1637 James Stirry, Fremington, Type: A, Form: ab, Prob. Court: PCC, Source: JHA, Ref: PCC Admons. Vol. 6 p. 60