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Until 1857 the church authorities were responsible for accepting the validity of a will (proving or granting probate), but in 1858 a new system of civil probate registries was established and will proven by the Probate Registry are listed separately. The index below lists known wills proven by the church with all the the variations on the surname PRIESTNALL for the period up to 1858.

The wills are listed in the date order of when they were proven, and is in most cases an approximation of the year / month of death.

The aim of the transcript is to show accurate dates of death / burial, persons named, interesting portions of the will, and where available the full inventory of possessions.

Some of the wills are difficult to read with age, especially those written on parchment, and in such cases transcripts will highlight full sentences, as they are written.

There are also a number of transcriptions that are in Latin, and where possible they are translated, although my Latin is less than basic and not helped by the writers of the original document who sometimes used a form of religeous slang Latin, of which I have been unable to find a logical translation.

The importance is that the basic meaning is kept intact, and this is what I have attempted to do.

The column listing TYPE is 1-Will, 2-Administration Bond (normally no will), 3-Inventory of property, 4- Codicil or other probate documents. The column listing YEAR is the year the will was proven.

The highlighted names are links to a transcript of the will available on this website, usually naming beneficiaries etc, and executors.

It is noted that for the period prior to 1858 there are only two Priestnall wills found that are proven within Leicestershire, and no administration bonds.One may only assume that no further estates were proven during this period, or that a number of wills may be found in surrounding counties, if members of the family went back to their roots.

Ongoing research will hopefully shed more light on this.

Name

Residence

Occupation

Date

Type

Notes

Richard Pristnall

Styal

1595

1,3

 

Richard Priestnall

Woodford

Yeoman

1641

1,3

Humphrey Priestnall

Bosden

Yeoman

1646

1,2,3

John Priestnall

Bosden

Yeoman

1646

1,2,3

Richard Priestnall

Woodford

Yeoman

1646

2,3

John Priestnall

Woodford

Husbandman

1650

1,3

John Priestner

Stockport

1661

1,3

Infra

John Priestnall

Woodford

1661

3

William Priestnall

Bosden

Yeoman

1667

1,3

Francis Priestnall

Torkington

Innkeeper

1668

1,3

Infra

Richard Priestnall

Bullock Smithy

Innholder

1688

2,3

Humphrey Priestnall

Bosden

Tailor

1689

1,3

William Pristnall

Norbury

1691

2,3

John Preistnall

Worth

1713

4

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John Preistnall

Worth

Minor

1714

2

John Preistnall

Worth

Blacksmith

1714

2,3

Thomas Pristnor

Lostock Gralam

Skinner

1719

1,3

William Preistnall

Brinnington

Yeoman

1726

2,3

James Priestnall

Stockport

Butcher

1727

1,3

William Priestnall The Elder

Poynton

Yeoman

1729

1,3

Margaret Priestnall

Brinnington

Widow

1730

1,3

Thomas Priestnall The Elder

Woodford, Prestbury Parish

Yeoman

1764

1

Elizabeth Priestnall

Alderley

Widow

1769

2

Thomas Priestnall

Newbold Verdon, Leic

Yeoman

1776

   

George Priestnall

Pointon

Yeoman

1779

1

John Priestnall

Woodford

Yeoman

1785

1

George Priestnall

Worth

Yeoman

1787

1

Samuel Priestnall

Pointon

Carpenter

1780

2

William Priestnall

Bramhall

Publican

1782

2

Infra

Thomas Priestnall

Worth

Cheesefactor

1796

2

 

Peter Priestnall

Stockport

Innkeeper

1798

2

James Priestnall

Stockport

Shopkeeper

1800

1

 

John Priestnall

Poynton

Farmer

1801

1

 

Matthew Priestnall

Stockport

Wine Merchant

1801

1

 

Thomas Priestnall

Woodford

Yeoman

1802

1

 

John Priestnall

Warburton

Cordwainer

1802

1

 

James Priestnall

Poynton

Widower

1812

2

 

William Priestnall

Newbold Verdon, Leic

Yeoman

1814

   

Catherine Priestnall

Chester

Spinster

1815

1

 

Thomas Priestnall

Duckinfield

Sawyer

1816

2

 

William Priestnall

Stockport

Surgeon

1816

2

 

John Priestnall

Stockport

Silk Throwster

1822

1

 

Martha Priestnall

Nether Knutsford

Widow

1824

1

 

Thomas Priestnall

Stockport

Silk Manufacturer

1827

1

 

Samuel Priestnall

Birmingham, Edgbaston St

Saddler

1829

2

 

William Priestnall

Butley

Carpenter

1829

2

 

Elizabeth Priestnall

Stockport, Low St

Widow

1831

2

 

Henry Priestnall

Adlington, Prestbury

Widower

1834

2

1st Grant 25/03/1818

Esther Priestnall

Stockport

Widow

1836

1

 

John Priestnall

Stockport, Greek Street

Accountant

1837

1

 

Nancy Priestnall

Worth

Widow

1853

2

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