Wills and Administrations
tua dum tua sunt, post mortem tunc tua non sunt."
taken from the flyleaf of the St Minver Parish Register, started in 1558
WILLS (proved at Archdeaconry of Cornwall and kept at Cornwall Record Office)
Please visit the Probate section on the Cornwall GENUKI pages for a full explanation of Cornish Wills and their locations. http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/#Probate
PCC WILLS before 1858
These Wills are kept at the National Archives at Kew from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). There are 16 Wills associated with St Minver inhabitants, the earliest is dated 1659. They are the last will and testament of the richer inhabitants, with a £5.00 property barrier before the wills had to be dealt with by the Court. The Wills of women are mainly those of widowed or single women as the property of a married woman was considered to be her husband's until the Married Women's Property Act of 1882.
Wills 1600 to 1858 Names on these Wills (transcripts to appear soon)
WILLS from other parishes
There is a small collection of Wills from other parishes to be found here. They are mainly for names associated with St Minver and are organised by parish.
Death Duty Registers (IR 26)
This page contains the names of St Minver folk appearing in the Death Duty Registers at the National Archives from 1796 to 1811.
NUNCUPATIVE WILL - An oral will declared by the testator in his or her final illness, made before witnesses and afterward reduced to writing.
RENUNCIATION - The next of kin could renounce all claims to the estate, knowing that there are debts which exceed the valuation of the estate for which they would become responsible.
RELICT - the widow, widower or person to whom the estate falls
ACCOUNT - A statement of the administration of money
Page created September 2005, updated September 2011