Wills Index for Headley Parish 1571 to 1857

Transcription of the Index to Wills for Headley Parish – we have also added the Date of Burial where known and a link to Monumental Inscriptions in Headley All Saints' churchyard where applicable.

Sources: Hampshire Record Office, National Archives

Records are shown sequenced by surname – see NotesBurialsMonumental Inscriptions



This is not a complete list of Wills — there are certainly others, and we would be grateful for futher entries if you know of other sources — please let us know.

Dates Format of dates is (yyyy/mm/dd) — but in England until 1st January 1752, the New Year started on 25th March (called 'Old Style'). Therefore, for the years prior to 1752 we have adjusted to 'New Style' dates, by adding '1' to the year of entries occurring between 1st January and 24th March. This was done in order to sort correctly in date sequence on the computer.

Example: In the section on Baker, we now show —

1557/09/08 Baker Baker Elizabeth
1558/02/22 Baker Baker d of john

but the second of these entries was originally recorded in the Registers as 22nd February 1557.

Surname Has been transcribed as recorded in the Registers but in order to sort into 'family' groupings, we have added a Family column. Spelling was not significant until well into the 1800s, and we have used our local knowledge to identify which variations should be grouped together. So, for example, Fifield, Fyfield and Fiffel are all grouped as family FIFIELD; and Piggott, Pickett are both grouped as PICKETT.

Example for 'Burrows':

1760/11/19 Burrows Burrow Mary
1775/11/05 Burrows Burroughs William
1777/01/21 Burrows Burrows Thomas

Monumental Inscriptions (MI) Where there is a Monmumental Inscription associated with a burial, this is shown by an entry which gives a link to the inscription.


Year Family Surname Forename Type Bur Date Ref Notes
1830 Alder Alder Peter Will 1830/05/09

1830 B01

husbandman, of Lindford, MI=67

where '67' is a link to the inscription number for Peter Alder (try it).


An 'admon' is short for administration which was made after someone died, when they had not left a will, in order to help the next of kin distribute the property of the deceased. It could include an inventory of their goods, which was proved in the church courts.


Where known, a reference is given for you to find details. Entries in red, eg. PROB 11/313 are from the National Archives database entries in black, eg. 1830 B01 are from Hampshire Record Office.

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