Derbyshire Wills



Prior to 1858 wills were the responsibility of the church and remained in the district where they were proved.  Until 1883 married women legally had no property to leave - everything belonged to their husband.  Single women and widows could leave wills. However, in many cases widows would only be entitled to a life interest in part of their late husband's estate so would have nothing to bequeath.  Not all wills are proved, there being no legal rquirement unless the estate is above a threshold, which was £300 in 1881.  Microfilm copies of Wills 1858-1928 are held by the Derbyshire Record Office at Matlock, and before 1858 by the Lichfield Record Office, Staffordshire.

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