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, and of those wills which have been discovered which mention Gothams.

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.

(These pages also include a few where only references to wills survive, but more than will easily fit in the list of other wills known to  have existed)

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 all wills, only those proved in the Consistory Court of the Diocese and of Exeter Archdeaconry Court. Most of the places Gothams lived in Devon were in Totnes Archdeaconry and would probably have been proved in the court of that Archdeaconry, hence not even a calendar reference is likely to survive.

Occasionally wills are known of from references in other documents.

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Grants of administration (where no will)

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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; the following list shows those known of, with links to the pages.

With the Devon Gothams having dispersed by 1858, the list is in 3 parts reflecting this:

The descendants of William George Gotham

William George (c. 1818-1901) moved west within Devon, to the Plymouth area where most of his 'Gotham' descendants remain.

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The descendants of William Gotham

William (c.1782-1843) moved from Devon to Stoke-on-Trent and many of his descendants remain in that area. Not all Gothams in that area are his descendants, though; the others descend from a family long present in the Midlands. Info. re their wills can be found here.

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The descendants of Thomas Gotham

Thomas (1790-1850), brother of William, moved from Devon to Liverpool and most of his descendants reamin that area.

list to be added here

Other wills

Also included on this site are some

wills of relations of Devon GOTHAMs - generally because they mention Gothams, possibly occasionally because they may help with Gotham research.

and

other wills mentioning GOTHAMs

Since most wills are only indexed by testator it can be difficult to discover wills mentioning Gothams and those I have found is almost certainly a tiny minority.

** If you know of other wills mentioning Go(a)thams I would love to hear about them **


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