Wills
 

Thomas Madge Smerdon, Captain of a vessel in the African trade, September 1799
Ashburton will, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Until 1858, wills were proved in various church courts - where exactly depended on both the location of the properties and goods, where the person died and the value of the estate.

After that date Devon wills were proved at the Exeter Probate Registry, and eventually all original wills were moved to that location. Unfortunately the building was bombed during WW2, and all the wills were burnt. For more on wills, and where to obtain copies of some of them, see http://www.devon.gov.uk/locating_wills_and_admin.htm - Accessed 25-09-2016


Devon Wills and Administrations proved in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of Exeter, 1532-1800
Published by the Devonshire Association, ed Edw.Alex. Fry, Plymouth, 1914:
1576 John Quick, W
1577 John Philpott, Vicar of Ashburton, W (indexed elsewhere as clerk)
1588 Agnes Withecombe, W
1671 Robert Ripper als Richards, Hole in Ashburton, A
1674 Bartholomew Moor, A
1675 George Prowse, clerk
1682 Grace Browne, A
1698 Edward Ford, W
1699 William Aishweek, W
1708 Roger Caunter, W
1720 John Bastard, clk, A
1731 Peter Colliver, W
1738 Edward Whiteway, A,W
1742 Joseph Cock, A,W
1743 Thomas Cookesley, W
1744 Eliz. Whiteway, W
1751 Mary Rowe, W
1751 Elizabeth Woodley, W
1755 Thomas Tothill Esq, A,W
1757 Thomas Tothill Esq, A,W  (??)
1760 Mary Whithear, A,W
1761 Dorothy Seager, A
1762 Eliz. Wolston, wid., W
1763 Thomas Land, A
1764 John Widger, A
1765 Edward Perry A
1766 Robert Butter, W
1767 John Sowter, W
1768 Elizabeth Adams, A
1769 William Rowe, A,W
1770 Susanna Dolbear, W
1771 Ann Widger, A,W
1771 Peter Woodley, A
1772 Henry Woodley, A
1775 Gilbert Popham, W
1777 Jonathan Withecombe, A,W
1778 William Ley, W
1785 Ursula Warkman, W
1791 Philip Frost, A
1791 Joseph Leman, W
1795 William Hern, W
1795 John Wotton, W
1796 Richard Codner, W
1796 John Champion A
1799 Thomas Maunder, W

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Extract from the will of Walter Palke: '5th November 1677. Walter Palke, of the towne of Ashburton, yeoman.To my sister Dionis Townsend, £10, and her life in all my lands lying in Ashburton, after the death of my wife Agnes. To my "cousin" Margaret, daughter of Dionis Townsend, Joan and John Townsend, £10 to the first and 50s each to the two last. To my cousin Walter, the son of Thomas Palke, deceased, reversion of the lands aforesaid, charged with 20s a year to my cousin Dionis; residue to Agnes my wife, who is sole executrix. Witnesses Thomas Palke, Agnes, William and Mary Hannaford. Proved 19th December 1679.
The inventory of the effects of the deceased mentions, inter aliis the value of his wearing apparel, £1; money in his purse, 13s 6d; one pair of looms, 10s; ten pewter dishes, 16s. The total of the personal effects amounted to £65 7s 6d.'
Devonshire Parishes, Charles Worthy, vol 2,Exeter and London, 1889, p327


Extract of will of Walter Palk, February 22nd 1705. '[To Walter] Paulk my eldest son, all my lands after the decease of his mother, charged with the following payments, £40 to Jonathan my second son, £30 to Thomas my third son, £30 to Grace Palke my daughter. Residue to Grace my wife who is sole executrix. Witnesses John Smerdon, John Furseman, Robert Jerman. Proved Peculiar Court, Dean and Chapter, Exeter, 22nd May 1707. Personal estate £160 10s 5½d.

The maiden name of his wife was Ryder, and in her right he acquired a small farm, called Lower Headborough, close to Ashburton. Her eldest son Walter is described as of Headborough.'
Devon Parishes, Charles Worthy, vol 2, Exeter and London 1889, p328

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Draft will of Thomas Harris of Ashburton, dated 26th June 1619
'On the reverse of a long roll of paper marked M37, which bears the records of Courts held at Totnes in the year 1505, are a solicitor's rough notes, mostly in English:

I Thomas Harris the elder of Aishberton tanner being old and stricken in years etc., bequeath to the poor people of Aishberton £10. To Barnard Harris my eldest son four of my lyme pitts within the parish of Aishberton, paying to my executors 2s yearly. To Thomas Harris my son all my estate etc., within the town of Aishberton which I hold by the demise and grant of John Cannter of Aishberton yeoman, on condition that he allow Johanna Harris my wife to dwell there during her life. To Nicholas Harris my son £100 - when he attains 24 years. And whereas Nicholas Huryman late of Dartmouth gent. and John Codner, late of Aishberton, by their several deeds have granted me Thomas Harris that stable or cottage and a garden and one close of land called the Frensh (park?) and one other close of land in the occupation of Thomas Stanbury (?) for 99 years etc., etc. To Johanna Harris and Mary Harris my daughters £80 - when they reach the age of 23 years. To my daughter Agnes, the wife of George Knollings, £4 within one year of my decease. The residue of all my goods etc., to my wife Johanna and Thomas my son whom I appoint my executors, and my son-in-law George Knollings and my friend Roger Yolland to be my overseers etc. '
Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries vol 11, January 1920-October 1921, Exeter 1921, p49

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 Ashburton people or properties in 'Devonshire Wills: A collection of annotated testamentary abstracts together with the family history and genealogy of many of the most ancient gentle houses of the west of England, Charles Worthy, 1896'

The book is available to read freely on http://archive.org

 

1547. The last Will of Richard Wyndeatt of Ashburton, 13th October, 1547. He bequeaths to the " hedd store" within the Church of Ashburton 4d. Residue to wife Joan, who is Sole Executrix.

Witnesses Nicholas Landeman, Curate.
John Wyndeatt.
Thomas Wyndeatt.
George Wyndeatt.
Proved i8th June, 1548.
Personality, 4 153. 7d.
Collated Will in Old Book, Peculiar Court, D. and C, Exon.

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1580. Wm. Wreford of Ashburton, 2Oth April, 1579. To each child he leaves a sheep. To son John, half a dole in a tyn work called Wellysfuurd, and the twentieth part of a Tynn worke called Allerbrook, and a sixth part of another called Moor Parke Head.
Residue to wife Elizabeth, who is Sole Executrix.
Witnesses Thomas Taylor, Harry Whiteway.
Rulers Wm. and Harry Whiteway.
Proved 3rd June, 1580.
Collated Will, Old Book, Peculiar Court, D. and C, Exon. 

Note by Charels Worthy: Allerbrook is a small tributary of the Dart, about five miles from Ashburton, and in the middle of Holne Moor.

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1606 James Woodley was a trustee in a will made by Elizabeth Mortymer of Tedburn St Mary.

Charles Worthy then adds a note: The Woodleys migrated to Ashburton, and were Lords of the Manor of Buckland-in-the-Moor, 1593.
Present Representative James Woodley, J.P., of Halshanger, Ashburton.

 

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Note by Charles Worthy: The Tidboulds, Tidbolles, or Tidballs, are an old Devonshire family, of late years resident at Chulmleigh.
Samuel Tidball, in 1613, accepted the curacy of Ashburton, and was subsequently Head Master of the Grammar School. Upon the death of his son-in-law, Mark Law, who had married his daughter Maria, and had succeeded his father, Archdeacon Law, as Vicar of Ashburton, Mr. Tidball was himself instituted to that preferment in 1644. He died in 1647.

The Will of his son, Samuel Tidball, gentleman, dated 20th May, 1666, was proved in the Court of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, 13th July, that year.

See below 


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1629. John Wreaforde of Ashburton, ipth Jan., 4th Charles. To daughter Peternell, wife of Richard Taprill, a pewter dish. Mentions children of said Peternell, viz., John, Ann, and Peternell.
Residue to wife Barbara, who is Sole Executrix.
Proved i/th April, 1629.
Sum, 21 75. 5d. 


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1633. Elizabeth Gould of Ashburton, Widow. 
She gives, amongst other bequests, an annuity of
2 to the poor of Ashburton to issue out of her meadow called Persford.
Proved , 1633, by James Gould, the Executor
named in the Will. 

Note by Charles Worthy: When I saw this Will, 23rd August, 1880, the document was in fragments, and the top and bottom of the paper were both missing.

The annuity to the poor of Ashburton has been long discontinued, and I never heard of it during my intimate connection with the parish extending over eighteen years, 1861-1879. Edward Gould, of the
same family, was a benefactor to Ashburton by his Will dated i6th March, 1735, and, singularly enough, one of his bequests was a sum of 4o/- to the poor of Ashburton and Staverton, 2o/- to each parish
yearly, charged on land. Can it have been his intention to thus carry out the Will of Elizabeth Gould ? He was also a considerable benefactor to Ashburton Grammar School.

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 1639 Administration of the estate of Silvester Whiteway of Ashburton, deceased. Granted to Humphrey Tooker of the City of Exeter, Merchant. 2nd Nov., 1639.
(Epis. Regs., Exon.)

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1644. Probate of the Will of Mark Law, Clerk, Vicar of
Ashburton. Granted to Marie, his relict. 23rd Jany., 1644.
Sum, 98 1 8s. 4d.
(Epis. Regs., Exon.)

Note by Charles Worthy: He was the son of the Venerable Robert Law, Archdeacon of Barnstaple and Treasurer of Exeter Cathedral, and succeeded his father in the Vicarage of Ashburton, 1629. He married Maria Tidball, daughter of the Rev. Samuel Tidball, Master of Ashburton Grammar School, by whom he was himself succeeded in the Vicarage of Ashburton, which Editor's father, the Rev. Ch.irles Worthy, sub-
sequently held from 1861 to his death in 1879.

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1666. The last Will of Samuel Tidball of Ashburton, Gentleman. 2Oth May, 1666. To the poor there, 3. To sister Martha Tidball he leaves all -his fee-simple lands in Ashburton, with remainder to Hugh Stowell, Esq., and his heirs. Residue to said sister Martha, who is Sole Executrix.
Witnesses Wm. Denet, Dorothy Griffin.
Proved I3th July, 1666.

Note by Charles Worthy: Testator was son of Rev. Samuel Tidball, who went to Ashburton as Curate to Robert Law, Archdeacon of Barnstaple and Vicar of Ashburton, 1613, and became Master of Ashburton Grammar
School, 1616, and succeeded Mark Law, son of the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, as Vicar of Ashburton in 1644 died 1647. The said Mark Law was the husband of testator's other sister, Maria Tidball.

Hugh Stowell was of Herebeare in the parish of Bickington prope Ashburton. He was of a younger branch of the Stawels (pronounced Stowel) of Cothelstone, co. Somerset, and his immediate relatives were long resident at Herebeare.

Miss M. Griffin, of the same race as " Dorothy G.," died at Ashburton, May 15th, 1853, aged 105. She had been present at the coronation of George III.


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1677. Walter Palke of the Towne of Ashburton, Yeoman, 5th Nov., 1677. To sister Dionis Townsend, 10, and her life in all lands in Ashburton after decease of wife Agnes. To cousin Margaret, daughter of Dionis Townsend, ;io. To cousins John and Joan Townsend, 505. each. To cousin Walter,
son of Thomas Palke, deceased, Reversion of the Ashburton lands after the death of Dionis Townsend and of wife Agnes
, charged with an annuity of 2Os. to cousin Dionis.
Residue to wife Agnes, who is Sole Executrix.
Witnesses Thomas Palke, Agnes Hanniford, Wm. and
Mary Hanniford.
Proved iQth Dec, 1679.

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1678. The last Will of John Tucker of Woodland (prope Ashburton, not "Woodleigh," as entered in the Kalendar), 20th Sept., 1662. The tenement called " Millcliff" to wife Mary, together with a house, &c., in St. Lawrence's lane, Ashburton, held of Hugh Woodley, and now in occupation of Gregory Holkmore, Esq. To sister Thomasine, 40$. Mentions
daughter Mary, granddaughter Jane Tucker, and "Cozen" Francis Tucker.
Residue to wife Mary, who is Sole Executrix.
Admon. granted to Mary Tucker, daughter of deceased, 28th Feb., 1678. 

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1690. The last Will of Richard Hamlyn of Buckfastleigh. To son Richard my right in " Old Walls," situate at Buckfast, together with " Latherhole Park " in Widecombe. To son Giles
Hamlyn land situated at Lana Water in Ashburton. To son Francis is. ; to daughter Mary, 53. Said son Richard, his lease in Hembury during the life of Ann Gould the younger. He has also residue, and is Sole Exor.
Proved 2 5th April, 1690.

Note by Charles Worthy: Testator was of the Southcombe branch of the family. His son Francis, who is "cut off with a shilling," was born 1660, and was the father of Peter Hamlyn of Southcombe, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, born 1690. Peter Hamlyn, great-grandfather of testator, had paid the
subsidy on Southcombe in 1621. The latter was grandson of Richard, brother of Robert Hamlyn, ancestor of the Hamlyns now of Buckfastleigh.

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1706. John Hamlyn of Widecombe, Yeoman. His leasehold house in Ashburton, courtlage and herb garden (determinable upon the lives of John and Elizb. Cane), to daughter Mary Hamlyn.

Dated 29th Aug., 1705. 
Proved April, 1706.

Sum 117 os. 2cl.                                                                              

1707. The last Will of Walter Palk, sen., of Ashburton, 22nd Feb , 1705. To Walter " Paulk," my eldest son, all my lands after the decease of his mother, charged with the payment of 100 as follows : 40 to Jonathan, second son ; 30 to Thomas, third son ; 30 to daughter Grace Palke. 
Residue to wife Grace, who is Sole Executrix. 
Witnesses John Smerdon, John Fursman, Robert Jerman. 
Proved 27th May, 1707. 

Note by Charles Worthy: Testator was the grandfather of Sir Robert Palk, Bart., and therefore the direct ancestor of the present Lord Haldon. Although described as " Cousin " (as was then usual), he was really nephew of Walter Palk, whose will was proved igth Dec., 1679, to which refer. His son Jonathan was subsequently Vicar of Ilsington. See "Devonshire Parishes," vol. ii., p. 325, et seq. 

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The  highest court for the south of England was the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury - hence PCC wills

Copies of PCC wills are kept at the National Archives - 

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/. You can find full references on the website, and order copies online. Alternatively you can visit the archives and view the wills for free

     

                                                      Ashburton PCC wills 1579 - 1699 

 

Robert Prydiaux or Prydyaux, gentleman, February 1579

John Dolbeare, tanner, February 1611

Richard Hexte, widow, November 1611

Robert Pryme, February 1614

Thomas Tonye, July 1616

John Blundell, yeoman, October 1616

Richard Yolland, gentleman, November 1620

Elizabeth Gould, widow, May 1633

John Noseworthy, May 1636

Thomas Ford or Foord, June 1636

Alfred Denband, yeoman, November 1636

William Tolchard or Tolcheard, yeoman, June 1637

Laurence Blundell, gentleman, April 1638

Laurenty Blundell, June 1640

Arthur Woodley, gentleman, June 1640

Thomas Ford, December 1640

Thomas Cruse, gentleman, May 1642

Thomas Ford, May 1642

Thomas Harris, mercer, November 1648

William Fabian, clothier, May 1654

Stephen Sunter, May 1654

Henry Furse, yeoman, August 1654

Thomas Reeve, cordwainer, May 1655

Peter Elford, husbandman, July 1655

William Pinsent, baker, December 1655

John Ogier, yeoman, April 1658

Elizabeth Tidball, widow, April 1658

Julyan or Julian Derry, widow, August 1658

Johan Johns, widow, May 1659

John Lany, June 1659

Mary Addiscott or Adiscott, widow, May 1660

Sampson Bound, yeoman, November 1689

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                                                         Ashburton PCC wills 1700 - 1799 

Sampson Bound, gentleman now on board her Majesty's ship The Dunkirk, June 1707

John Sewter, gentleman, August 1720

Delann Pridham, chirurgeon, August 1723

Frances Corbyn, widow, May 1744

John Stidston, mariner, June 1756

Thomas Foot, mariner, now belonging to his Majesty's ship Saint Albans, August 1762

Elizabeth Lake, widow, August 1762

John Parrott, mariner of his Majesty's ship Lowestoffe, January 1763

Mary Wreyford, May 1763

John Winsor, clothier, June 1772

Benjamin Cockings, gentleman, August 1773

Elizabeth Rhodes, widow, March 1774

Richard Emmett, belonging to his Majesty's ship Berwick, March 1782

Thomas Foot, now belonging to his Majesty's ship Berwick, March 1782

John Tozer, May 1783

John Dunning, gentleman, January 1784

William Crossing, belonging to his Majesty's sloop Martin, June 1784

James Bonnamy, of his Majesty's ship Burford, July 1784

Reverend John Mogridge, clerk, October 1785

Mary Jaquary, widow, March 1788

Elizabeth Ley, widow, May 1789

William Winsor, January 1790

George Stone, cordwainer, September 1791

Patience Taylor, widow, February 1794

Elizabeth Frances Cookesley, formerly Shipling, widow, February 1795

John Colton, gentleman, March 1795

Doctor John Sibthorp, MD and Regius Professor of Botany in the University of Oxford, Doctor of Physic, February 1796

Elizabeth Parr, widow, June 1799

Richard Hill, captain in the Royal Navy and now commander of his Majesty's store ship Dromedary, August 1799

Thomas Madge Smerdon, Captain of a vessel in the African trade, September 1799


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 1772 Francis Hamlyn of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Yeoman. To loving wife Anne, the South Part of Sercombe for 99 years, with reversion to nephew Peter Hamlyn and his male heirs, he being son of brother Peter H. The other sons of said brother Peter have remainder of said estate, viz., Richard, George, Francis, William, Thomas, and Hugh Hamlyn. In default of heirs of these, Sercombe is settled on brother George Hamlyn of Aveton Gifford and his sons, George, Richard, John, Arthur, and Francis Hamlyn, and in default to right heirs of said nephew, Peter Hamyln. He bequeaths in similar terms the other moiety of Sercombe, and all his tenements, &c., in Ashburton and elsewhere. Residue to wife Anne, who is Sole Executrix. Dated 29th April 1749. Proved 9th May, 1772.

 Ashburton people or properties in 'Devonshire Wills: A collection of annotated testamentary abstracts together with the family history and genealogy of many of the most ancient gentle houses of the west of England, Charles Worthy, 1896'

The book is available to read freely on http://archive.org                                                               

1772 Administration to the Effects of Henry Woodley late of Ashburton, deceased intestate. Granted 27th Feby., 1772 to Catherine, wife of Richard Harris, of Ashburton, his sister, and only next of kin.

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1787.  The last Will of George Mortimore of North Bovey, 13th May, 1786.

He leaves the "Cumbe" estate in said parish to his four daughters Anne, Mary, Joan, and Elizabeth, in fee simple. Legacies to "three children of daughter Ann; to John German and George Mortimore German, sons of daughter Mary; to granddaughters Elizabeth and Grace Richards; to be paid them by daughter Joan."

"The lands in Ashburton belonging to daughter Elizabeth to go after her death to her two daughters, Grance and Elizabeth Richards."   

Trustee, son-in-law Richard Eastabrook. To grandson John French, son of daughter Elizabeth. Residue to daughters Mary and Joan, who are joint Exors.

Proved ipth Nov., 1787  

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Frederick Hand Firth of Place, Ashburton, died on 18th October 1903, leaving estate valued at £27,016 0s 11d gross. Probate was granted to his sons Frederick William and Henry Mallaby Firth, and the Rev. Walter Firth of Westfield Vicarage, Sussex.

Western Times 1 January 1904 p6 col6

William Thomas Soudon Smerdon of Waverly, Bowdley, died on 28th June 1905, leaving £8730 4s 2d net. Probate was granted to his nephews, William Henry Abbot of Higher Bowdley, Mr. Thomas Smerdon Abbot of Dinnacombe, Cornworthy, Totnes and Mr. John Smerdon of Gages. Bequests included sums to John and Walter Thomas Shapley, nephews of his late wife, and an annuity to his sister Eliza Ann Smerdon.

Western Times 1 November 1905 p2 col3

1912 George Pitts, of Froma, Ashburton, died in April. Formerly a butcher at Card House, he left £3317.
Western Times 5 September 1912 p10 col2

William Tozer Butchers, East Street - headmaster of the Council Schools for about 40 years - died on October 11th 1927, leaving £3222 net. Probate was granted to his daughters Mrs. Harriet Jane Tozer Weeks of Deerings Road, Hillmorton, Rugby, and Mrs. Dorothy Mary Hext Marks of Exon, Worrall-Street, Morley, Leeds.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 20th December 1927 p5 col6

1926 Mr H M Firth, of Knowle, left £30,675 -  £14,867 net. His wife and daughter were already provided for; in addition his wife was left his personal effects, and his daughter Dorothy Mary had a small bequest. The manor of Ashburton and the Market Hall went to his son Ralph Woodley Firth*, and he left the residue of his property to his two sons.

Western Morning News 30 August 1926, p4 col5

*Ralph Woodley Woodley in the newspaper account

In 1930 Deaconess Josephine Elizabeth Dymond of St. Andrew's Close, Ashburton left £24,961. Her will left a large number of charitable bequests and money to the church, including up to 20 years salary for a deaconess or similar female worker in St. Matthew's parish, Exeter.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 9 June 1930 p7 col4

1932 Mr. Stephen Yolland, farmer of Lenycroft, left £6219 3s 6d net.

Western Times 30 September 1932 p3 col4

1933 When Edward Sawdye died in June 1933 he left £19678 8s 3d net. He left £100 to his housekeeper, Annie Dare; £100 to his chauffeur, Herbert Deslandes; £100 to Herbert Walter Town; £100 to Arthur John Samuel; £50 to Alexander George Johnson and £50 to Cecil Henry Harris. All these bequests were dependent on the beneficiaries being in his employ at the time of his death.

Western Times 17 November 1933 p10, col4

1936 George Hern, of Ashburton, Devon, left £122,350. He was manager of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Sunday Times (Perth WA) 22 March 1936 p29 col2

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Miss Laura Palmer of Sparnham, Ashburton, died on October 24th 1936, aged 81. She left £3110 13s 8d gross, £2999 14s 5d net. Miss Palmer was the daughter of the late Lieut Col Edmund Palmer R.A.

Western Times 24 December 1936, p9 col1


Miss Agnes Ida Warren Vernon of The Old Linhay died on November 27th 1938 leaving £46,997 net. Probate was granted to her solicitors. She left bequests to adopted daughters Veronica Jones, Rosemary Pamela Hicks and Vivien Ethridge, and an annuity to the Ashburton Roman Catholic Church until after the death of her mother, Edith Georgina Dewar Murray. She left her house or its proceeds for the use of the Ashburton priest. Amongst other bequests £5 per annum was left to Mary Routley to look after Miss Vernon's dog, Rogue.

Western Morning News 13 January 1939 p4 col4

1941 Dr. Thomas Oates Halliwell of Hazeldene died on February 19th, aged 70. He left £12,135 net. Probate was granted to Mrs. Ethel Maud Halliwell (widow) and Marjorie Halliwell (daughter), both of Hazeldene, and bequests included those to his widow and daughter, and to his son, Eric.

Western Morning News 25 July 1941 p4 col4

Miss Bertha Manlove of Moorlawn died on August 30th 1941, aged 83. She left £2183 net.
Western Morning News 6 November 1941 p6 col5

Mrs M A Ball of Roseland, Ashburton (formerly of Bradnitch), left £2226 gross (£2196 net) when she died in 1943. Probate was granted to Wilfred Labdon of Roseland.

Western Morning News 19 October 1943 p4 col6

1944 Mr. G P Foaden of Betweenways left £69,710 net. Probate was granted to his widow of the same address and his solicitor, and bequests included those to his widow and to his daughter Constance.

Western Morning News 19 May 1944 p4 col1

1948 Silas Pinches, of Fremantle Road, Taunton, Somerset, and Leonard George Warren, of 14, Golvers Hill, Kingsteignton, Devon, applied to the Supreme Court of Victoria after having probate granted at the High Court in England. They were executors for Eliza Ann Warren, spinster, late of Albany, Dolbeare Road, Ashburton, Devon.

The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria) 8 June 1948 p9 col6
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