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North Cheshire Family Historian

Hidden Names in 17th Century Wills

by Ray Hulley

Many family historians will know of the benefits derived from a perusal of 17th century wills. The testator usually left "goods, cattels and chattels" to several of his or her relatives and a family tree can be constructed quite easily from the information shown. If the family were reasonably well off then successive generations would also leave a will, sometimes with property and/or land being passed on to heirs. This makes it possible to continue a tree into the 18th and 19th centuries, when other records exist in a more readable and accurate form.

It is reasonably simple to obtain copies of original wills by going or writing to the appropriate Record Office and quoting the name and year of the will previously obtained from a printed source. But all wills contain other names as well as family beneficiaries. There are often many other local people mentioned and family historians would benefit from being aware of them and where they can be found. Such individuals include non-family beneficiaries, executors, overseers or supervisors, witnesses, debtors, creditors and those - usually "three good and honest men" - who make up the inventory and value its contents. Occasionally there are other references that do not fit into the above categories. For example, a will may say "..... left to John son of my neighbour William Smith". Although John is a beneficiary, the will also lists his father.

In order to assist historians in locating "hidden" members of their ancestry shown in 17th century wills, I suggest that when checking through a will, as well as noting members of a particular family, a record is made of all other persons listed. These indexes can then be published in future issues of the "Family Historian" for the benefit of other members.

To start the ball rolling, I have checked through 14 Cheshire wills for HOWLEY/HOOLEY (the 16th and 17th century variants of HULLEY) and have uncovered over 170 names different to that under which the will is indexed. In a minority of cases specific locations and occupations are also shown but generally it is only the person' s name. The following index shows all the 'hidden' names found in the 14 wills, together with the testator's name, location and date of will. I have omitted other Howleys/Hooleys but have indexed them separately for my own purposes. If any member requires details of them I shall be pleased to send them a copy.

Nominal index from 17th Century HOWLEY/HOOLEY/HULLEY Cheshire Wills

Surname First name Location Occupation Code Date Location
ADSHEAD John Adlington - I 1668 Adlington
ALLEN James - - C 1617 Adlington
ANDREWE George of Dokinfield - D 1612/3 Dukinfield
ANDREWE Hugbe - - D 1612 Dukinfield
ANDREWE James -   D 1612 Dukinfield
ANDREWE Raphe of Dokinfield - RF 1613 Dukinfield
ANDREWE Robarte - - DO 1612/3 Dukinfield
ARMTAGE James - - RF 1676 Dukinfield
ARMTAGE Henry - - I 1624 Dukinfield
ASHTON Willm de Newton - D 1612 Dukinfield
BARDSLEY Edmonde - - D 1624 Adlington
BARDSLEY Jane Dukinfield - B 1613 Dukinfield
BARDSLEY John - - DB 1612/3 Dukinfield
BARDSLEY Richard - - D 1612 Dukinfield
BARDSLEY Thos - - D 1612 Dukinfield
BARLOW Ann(e) - - BE 1668/82 Adlington
BARLOW Mary Warth in Poynton - B 1686 Adlington
BARLOW(E) Richard(e) - - IB 1617/68 Adlington
BAYLISS George of the Chappell - D 1612 Dukinfield
BEARD Thomas - - WI 1686 Adlington
BEELAY Thomas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
BENISON John - - W 1676 Dukinfield
BENTSON William - - I 1613 Dukinfield
BESWICKE Thomas - Servant B 1676 Dukinfield
BLACKHANE John - - C 1617 Adlington
BOOTH Anthony Macclesfield - E 1676 Rainow
BORDMAN Ric de Ozyhaner - E 1612 Dukinfield
BOULES/BOULD Raphe - - OB 1612/3 Dukinfield
BOWE John of the Housebanke - D 1612 Dukinfield
BOWEN Edward - - D 1612 Dukinfield
BRADLEY ........ of Hogsnorton - D 1612 Dukinfield
BRADSHAWE John of Brugthone - D 1613 Dukinfield
BRADY John - - I 1676 Cranage
BROADBENT Thomas - - W 1662 Dukinfield
BROWNE Raphe de Burkstones - D 1612 Dukinfield
BURGES Marie - - B 1676 Cranage
BURGES Raphe Adlington - I 1668 Adlington
BURKLEY John - - W 1682 Dukinfield
BURKLEY William - - W 1682 Dukinfield
BYSHOPPE Willm - - D 1612 Dukinfield
CHADWICK Andrewe the younger of Godley Lane - D 1613 Dukinfield
CHEETAM Dann - - D 1612 Dukinfield
CHEETAM Willm - - D 1612 Dukinfield
CLARK John - - E 1617 Adlington
CLEATER Jayne of Moginson - D 1612 Dukinfield
COCKE Henry - - W 1676 Dukinfield
COOKE Thomas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
CORDE Godfrey - - D 1612 Dukinfield
CORK(E) Willm - Servant D 1612 Dukinfield
COTTERRILL George - - W 1668 Adlington
COTRELL Peter - - C 1617 Adlington
DAVENPORT Thomas Pott Shrigley Husbandman I 1680 Pott Shrigley
DAY Hannah - - B 1693 Macclesfield
DAYE Richard - - I 1693 Macclesfield
DOPLING Nicholas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
DOWNES John Butley/Newton Yeoman W 1668 Adlington
FALLOWES Richard - - C 1617 Adlington
FARMINGTON Henrie - - B 1676 Cranage
FARMINGTON Marie - - B 1676 Cranage
FARRALL Charles - - B 1689 Macclesfield
FIDLER William - - I 1676 Dukinfield
FODEN William - - W 1676 Cranage
FYDLER George - - D 1612 Dukinfield
GARDNER Willm - - B 1617 Adlington
GASKELL John - - RF 1676 Rainow
GASKELL Lawrence - - IC 1617 Adlington
GEE John   - D 1612 Dukinfield
GODARD Wydowe of the Barkherst in Hyde - D 1613 Dukinfield
GORTON Christopher - - D 1612 Dukinfield
GREAVES Christopher - - W 1617 Adlington
GREAVES James - - D 1617 Adlington
GREAVES Lawrance - - WC 1617 Adlington
GREAVES William of Goarne - D 1612 Adlington
HALL Aliceshen - - RF 1617 Adlington
HAMOND Thomas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HANSON John - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HANSON Margaret - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HANSON Thomas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HARDMAN Richard - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HARRISON/     - DI    
HARRYSON Thomas - - BO 1612/3 Dukinfield
HARRYSON Robert Matleyod? - D 1613 Dukinfield
HARRYSON Roger Matleyod? - RF 1613 Dukinfield
HAYES Richard - - W 1693 Macclesfield
HEATHCOTE Francis of Burkstones - D 1612 Dukinfield
HEGINBOTHAM Robert - Servant B 1676 Dukinfield
HEYWOOD Raphe of the Hthemosse - D 1613 Dukinfield
HEYWOOD Thomas - - I 1613 Dukinfield
HEYWOODE William - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HIGGOTT John of Bradburne - D 1612 Dukinfield
HINCLIFFE Mr Edward by Marton - D 1612 Dukinfield
HINCLIFFE Thomas thelder - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HOLLINGHED Anne - - B 1680 Pott Shrigley
HOLLINGHED Ellin - - B 1680 Pott Shrigley
HOLLINGHED Mathew - - D 1617 Adlington
HOLLINGWORTH Robt - - C 1617 Adlington
HOOLEY Thomas of Dukinfield Carrier T 1612 Dukinfield
HOOLEY John of Dukinfield Husb'man T 1613 Dukinfield
HOOLEY Ralph of Adlington Husb'man T 1617 Adlington
HOOLEY Richard of Cranage Husb'man T 1676 Cranage
HOOLEY Myles of Adlington Husb'man T 1668 Adlington
HOOLEY William of Dukinfield - T 1624 Dukinfield
HORN John - - I 1612 Dukinfield
HOUGH Henry of Hogsnorton - D 1612 Dukinfield
HOUGHTON Thomas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HOULDEN John - - B 1613 Dukinfield
HOULME Adam - - W 1668/80 Adl'tn/P.Shrgy
HOULT Thomas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
HOWLEY Charles, of Macclesfield Chapman T 1689 Macclesfield
HOWLEY Elizabeth of Macclesfield Spinster T 1693 Macclesfield
HOWLEY Hugh of Pott Shrigley Husb'man T 1680 Pott Shrigley
HOWLEY John Macc'ld Park Yeoman T 1686 Macclesfield
HOWLEY John the elder of Rainow Yeoman T 1676 Rainow
HOWLEY Mary of Adlington Widdow T 1686 Adlington
HOWLEY Mary of Dukinfield Spinster RF 1682 Dukinfield
HOWLEY William of Dukinfield Clothmaker T 1676 Dukinfield
HULME John - - B 1676 Rainow
HURST/HIRST George Dukinfield - OWI 1676 Rainow
HURST(E) Henry - - I 1612/3/24 Dukinfield
IRSHED George - - RF 1676 Rainow
ISHERWOOD Wllm - - W 1617 Adlington
JACKSON John - - B 1676 Rainow
JOHNSON Edward Macclesfield Alderman E 1676 Rainow
JOHNSON Josiar - - W 1693 Macclesfield
JOHNSON Robarte - - D 1612 Dukinfield
KIRSHOWE John -. - RF 1613 Dukinfield
KYNDIR Alexander - - RF 1613 Dukinfield
KYNDIR Anne - - B 1613 Dukinfield
LEADBEATER John The Hermitage Yeoman EWI 1676 Cranage
LEADBEATER Raph - - I 16716 Cranage
LOWNES John - - W 1689 Macclesfield
MADIN Margrett - - D 1612 Dukinfield
MADIN Robarte - - D 1612 Dukinfield
MADIN Thomas - - D 1612 Dukinfield
MARDON Thomas the younger - - D 1613 Dukinfield
MARSLAND Elizabeth Saddleworth Widow RF 1682 Dukinfield
MATTHEWS Anne Duckinfield Widow RF 1682 Dukinfield
MELLOR James - - D 1612 Dukinfield
MOTTRAM Peter Adlington Husb'man E 1668 Adlington
NEWTON Bettie - - D 1612 Dukinfield
NEWTON Dorithy - - D 1612 Dukinfeld
NIXON James - - W 1686 Macclesfield
OLDHAM Thomas - - O 1689 Macclesfield
OSBOTHAM James - - D 1617 Adlington
PALFREY Thos - - W 1689 Macclesfield
PERCVALL Leonard - - E 161'1 Adlington
PERSIFULL John Adlington Husb'man BE 1686 Adlington
PICKFORD John - - I 1686 Adlington
PICKFORDE John the Haghe - C 1617 Adlington
POOLE Joshua - - W 1676 Rainow
POTT William Bollington Yeoman E 1676 Rainow
POTTE I'homas - - DI 161'/ Adlington
RADCLYFFE Alice - - D 1612 Dukinfield
RIGBIE Hugh - - D 1612 Dukinfield
ROTHWELL Anna - - D 1612 Dukinfield
ROTHWELL Emlen - - B 1613 Dukinfield
SHAWE John - - D 1612 Dukinfield
SMITH Ellin - - RF 1617 Adlington
SMYTHE Henry de Danehead - D 1612 Dukinfield
STOCPORT Raphe de Denton - D 1612 Dukinfield
STUBB Roger - - I 1693 Macclesfield
SWINDELLS Edward - - RFE 1693 Macclesfield
SWINDELLS Francis - - B 1693 Macclesfield
SWINDELLS Phillips - - W 1676 Rainow
SWINDELLS Rebeckah - - B 1693 Macclesfield
SWINDELLS William - - OWB 1686/93 Macclesfield
TAYLIOR Robarte - - D 1612 Dukinfield
TITTERTON George of Higham - D 1612 Dukinfield
THORKLEY Will - - W 1689 Macclesfield
WAGSTAFF William - - D 1612 Dukinfield
WALKER Robert of Droylsden - D 1613 Dukinfield
WALKER Thomas - - I 1676 Dukinfield
WARREN William - - D 1617 Adlington
WATT Thomas Adlington Yeoman E 1668 Adlington
WATTS William Adlington - I 1668 Adlington
WATSON Francis - - B 1676 Rainow
WHITTAKARES Will. - - W 1686 Macclesfield
WHITTINGHAM Thomas - - B 1676 Cranage
WILLBRAM Elizabeth of Mottram - D 1612 Dukinfield
WILLSONN Richard - - B 1617 Adlington
WOOD John - - W 1686 Adlington
WOODCORKE William Church-Hulme - E 1676 Cranage
WORTHE Raphe - - D 1612 Dukinfield
WYLIE James - - I 1612/3/24 Dukintield
WYLLD John - - W 1676 Dukinfield
YORKE Robarte - - D 1612 Dukinfield

Code Abbreviations

B Beneficiary   O Overseer or Supervisor
C Creditor   R Relative of Testator
D Debtor   RF Other reference
E Executor/Executrix   T Testator
I Inventory maker or Valuer   W Witness

 

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