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Ok - Bedingfield is a name often found in Norfolk.  This particular thread is about wills proved in East Sussex prior to 1858.

Wills proved prior to 1858 were proved by church courts in the jurisdiction in which the testator resided.  So if you ancestor/relative died in Norfolk somewhere, you may find a will in the Norfolk archives (always assuming that they left a will) or it may have been proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC).  This is the research guide from NOrfolk Record Offce:

The National Archives (TNA) hold the wills proved in PCC and these can be searched for in their catalogue.  They have two useful research guides here:

Ancestry also has images of PCC wills pre-1858.

At least five of the people listed in your post died after this date and so if they left a will, you would need to search here:

You can order a pdf downloadable copy of the will for 1.50.  Try all spelling variants.  ;)

I hope that helps.


Sussex Lookup Requests / Re: Archdeanry of Lewes wills Clark 1832
« on: Wednesday 29 June 22 20:27 BST (UK)  »
Hi Alison,

Welcome to RootsChat.

Please can you give us some details of the wills you are looking for: names and dates and if you know, in which court they were proved. Then we may be able to help you.


Cornwall / Re: St Winnow Burial 1791
« on: Saturday 25 June 22 20:48 BST (UK)  »
As KGarrad says it is the film number from the Family History Library of FamilySearch/LDS church

In this instance it is the Transcripts of the PR and BTs, so it would still not be as close to the original that I think you are after.


Cornwall / Re: St Winnow Burial 1791
« on: Thursday 23 June 22 20:16 BST (UK)  »
Unfortunately none of the films for St Winnow on FamilySearch  (PR or BT) has images for that date. 

As far as I can see, Ancestry might have the images.  Perhaps you could access it via your local library?


Cornwall / Re: St Winnow Burial 1791
« on: Thursday 23 June 22 10:59 BST (UK)  »
I checked to see what was available on FamilySearch using the catalogue search, but burials for that date were not included.  However, the BTs were, so I just looked through the film.  I have to admit I got lucky in guessing whereabouts it might be - I zoomed in on 1787 initially so it wasn't far to scroll.


Sussex / Re: Wellers of Hastings/Battle
« on: Wednesday 22 June 22 22:30 BST (UK)  »
Edward's parents look to be James & Elizabeth Weller.  He was baptised at Hollington in 1798.


Cornwall / Re: St Winnow Burial 1791
« on: Wednesday 22 June 22 22:05 BST (UK)  »
Images of the BTs are available on FamilySearch.  Benjamin's burial is on this page:

To view it you would need to sign up for a free account, if you have not already got one.


The Common Room / Re: Marriage of minors
« on: Wednesday 22 June 22 21:57 BST (UK)  »
It should have been a parent or guardian who gave permission.  I have a certificate for a marriage of a 20 year old groom and a 17 year old bride dated 1888.  It was by banns.  Bride's father was one of the witnesses.  Her 19 year old sister was the other. The parish register entry is exactly the same as the GRO certificate. The sister married later the same year, still aged only 19 and it was by banns again.

I think I have seen the phrase "with the consent of father/parent/mother" on a marriage register but I think it might have been pre-1837.  I have definitely seen it on marriage allegations.


Technical Help / Re: searching the 'family search' website
« on: Tuesday 21 June 22 09:49 BST (UK)  »
Hi Bronwen,

I'm afraid I haven't found an easy way to search through the wills, except to pick a place on the film, zoom in to find a date and a name and then look at the catalogue entries at The Keep website to see where I might have landed in relation to the will I want.  Once close, I work my way through the images.  A bit tedious, but it works for me.  I believe that SFHG have a look-up list to give the image number for the will required.  You would have to contact them for that information.

In the meantime, here is a link to Joan's will.


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