Wills of Devon GOTHAMs

This page lists wills of people who bore the surname Gotham for part or all of their life, and where their or their husband's Gotham ancestry has been traced to Devon, regardless of where they died. Main page sections: Pre 1858    *    Post 1858    *    Other wills

Pre 1858

Most Devon wills were lost when Exeter was bombed during WW2. Those surviving are mostly those proved in the PCC (generally wills of the better-off or of those who died at sea / overseas) or in the first half of the C19th, when copies kept for inland revenue purposes were saved and placed in the Devon Record Office (now DHC) after WW2.

Transcripts of surviving wills

The aim is to include transcriptions of all surviving pre-1858 wills.

Others known to have existed

Calendars of some Devon wills (and grants of administration) were made before the wills were lost. These don't cover  wills proved in the Consistory Court of the Diocese and of Exeter Archdeaconry Court. Occasionally wills are known of from references in other documents. list to be added here

Grants of administration (where no will)

details to be added

Post 1858

Due to cost it is not planned to include all surviving post-1858 wills. Also, some will mention living people and these will not be made public on this site, or at least not in full, even if I have a copy. Wills will be purchased where they are deemed potentially important to clarifying relationships, or where of particular interest. ** I would welcome copies of wills, either to include on this site, or to hold in Goatham / Gotham records. **

Transcripts of wills

Probate calendar entries

Transcriptions are included on a person's page (adding these is in progress); the following list shows those known of, with links to those added to date. list to be added here

Other wills

Also included on this site are some wills of relations of Devon GOTHAMs and other wills mentioning GOTHAMs

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