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Local Wills


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Local Wills

Cornwall Record Office holds some wonderful old wills for people who lived locally, particularly in the 18 Century.

We will be transcribing some of these and putting them on the website. (see below)

They remind us how God-fearing folk were the, and how vulnerable they felt and how transient they perceived life to be. Certainly few seemed to live to any great age, and our sea farers particularly wanted to make sure their loved ones would be aware of their wishes if anything should happen.

Items that were precious then are of interest, too - pots and pans, bedding for example are often mentioned.

The images of these wills are the copyright of the Cornwall Record Office(CRO) but the transcription of any will isn’t - but the source must be acknowledged.

If you would like to look at some old wills yourself go to -


Choose ‘Search catalogue, ’ enter ‘will Maker’ (or whatever - another parish , or a specific name) . Then remember to choose ‘And’ in the next box so it searches on all of your words

Wills: further information can be obtained at:




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