Rabbit Holes With Randy — Wiltshire Probate Records

 I spent over two hours at present happening this rabbit gap looking for information for my ancestral households.  One among my great-grandparents, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917), was born in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England to James and Hannah (Wealthy) Richman.  I’ve been to Hilperton (in 1993) for analysis, however may entry solely probate document abstracts on the County File Workplace in Trowbridge.

Ancestry.com added the Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probates, 1530-1858 assortment again in 2018, however I’ve not completed a deep dive into these information.  Since then I’ve been engaged on discovering the ancestors of John and Ann (Marshman) Richman of Hilperton and have been pretty profitable working within the parish registers and AncestryDNA matches.  I’ve working hypotheses for the dad and mom, grandparents and a few great-grandparents of John Richman (1789-1867) and Ann Marshman (1784-1856) of Hilperton, dad and mom of James Richman and grandparents of Thomas Richmond.  My hope is that the probate information in Wiltshire will present conclusive proof of the ancestors of John and Ann (Marshman) Richmond.

I began off trying to find Richman probates within the assortment.  Right here is the checklist of John Richman entries:   

Any one in all these might be my ancestor, so I will gather all of them, learn them, and consider them.

Right here is the document abstract for John Ritchman of Hilperton Marsh, who died in 1717:

The desire is handwritten, and I struggled to learn it:

The supply quotation for this may is:


“Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probate, 1530-1858 ,” listed database with document photographs, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 December 2021), P02: Probate information of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury, file P2/R/522, photographs 4470-4473 of 5942, Will of John Ritchman of Hilperton Marsh, dated 20 March 1717, proved 1718.

I appeared for the entire Richman probate information for 1600 to 1858 and reviewed fairly a couple of of them.  I feel the above John Ritchman is the one one for my ancestral line I’ve discovered up to now.  He’s most likely the 2nd great-grandfather of my John Richman (1789-1867), via his son Mark Richman, then Joseph, then John, after which John Richman (1789-1867).  I discovered no probate information for Mark, Joseph, John, or John or their spouses.  

The opposite surname is Marshman, and I discovered a good looking probate document for John Marshman (1713-1761) of Melksham, who I feel is the grandfather of Ann Marshman:


Jane Marshman was the widow of her husband, John Marshman, innkeeper, and the 2 directors chosen and appointed had been George Drinkwater and John Marshman (maybe an uncle or a cousin of the deceased).  The document doesn’t point out youngsters, however they might all be underage.  

The supply quotation is;

Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probate, 1530-1858 ,” listed database with document photographs, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 December 2021), P02: Probate information of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury, file P2/M/1144, photographs 4470-4473 of 5942, Letter of Administration for property of John Marshman of Melksham, dated 3 October 1761.

John and Jane (Criminal) Marshman stands out as the grandparents of Ann Marshman via their son, John Marshman (1747-????) who married Anne Angel (1749-1795) in 1767.

I recommend that you simply hold your eye out for brand spanking new document collections as they turn into accessible.  Ancestry.com has a pleasant, listed assortment for Wiltshire probate information, and for different English counties, however not for all of them.  I am in search of Somerset and Lancashire probate information once they turn into accessible.

So this was one other enjoyable escape into the rabbit gap of family tree analysis and I had a number of enjoyable doing it.  I’ve extra work to do in these information within the subsequent week, since I have never appeared for the Wealthy household of Hilperton but.

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