Wills & Administrations - England

 

The table below lists the known wills and similar documents for members of the Howcutt family in England during the period before 1940. No wills or administrations have been found for anyone called Howcutt who had been living in Wales during that era. Wills by other people that mention Howcutts or who are connected with the family are also being added, along with administrations granted to members of the Howcutt family.

 

Date

 

The date shown is either the year of death or burial or probate.

 

Type of documents

  • Will (W)
  • Letters of Administration (A)
  • Account of administration (Acc)
  • Inventory of the chattels (I)

 

Court

 

Abbreviations used below for the various courts that proved the wills or granted the administrations before 1858 are:

  • CCC = The Court of Civil Commission, where all wills in England and Wales were proved during the period 1653 to 1660, when all the church courts were abolished
  • CCL = Commissary Court of London
  • PCC = Prerogative Court of Canterbury, the senior probate court for England and Wales before 1653 and from 1660 to 1858
  • Leicester = Archdeaconry Court of Leicester
  • Lichfield = Consistory Court of Lichfield
  • Northampton = Archdeaconry Court of Northampton

 

On 11 January 1858, responsibility for granting probate of wills and issuing letters of administration in England and Wales was finally taken away from the church courts. From that date onwards, these functions have been carried out by the principal probate registry in London and a number of district probate registries in other towns.

Transcripts

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Name

Residence

Type

Date

Court if pre-11 January 1858

 

 

 

 

 

John Allen

Brixworth

W

1811

Northampton

Edward Holcot

Coventry

W

1510

PCC

Elizabeth Howcutt

Arnesby

W

1863

 

James Hawcutt

Brixworth

W

1741

Northampton (not proved)

James Howcutt

Brixworth

W+I

1828

Northampton

John Howcott

Shearsby

Acc

1620

Leicester

John Howcott

London

W

1669

CCL

John Howcut

Bitteswell

W

1683

Leicester

John Howcot

Bitteswell

W

1687

Leicester

John Howcott

Bitteswell

A

1728

Leicester

John Howcutt

Bitteswell

W

1769

Leicester

John Howcutt

Cotes de val

W

1819

Leicester

John Howcutt

Bitteswell

W

1850

PCC

John Howcutt

Harbury

W

1861

 

John Howcutt

Knighton

W

1885

 

Joseph Howcutt

London

W

1870

 

Margaret Holcote

Coventry

W

1510/11

PCC

Mark Howcutt

Ascott

W

1897

 

Mary Elizabeth Howcutt

Templecombe

W

1938

 

Raphael Howcott

Coventry

W

1732

Lichfield

Robert Howcote

Bruntingthorpe

W

1602/03

Leicester

Robert Howcott

Kelmarsh

A

1638/9

PCC

Robert Holcott

Stoughton

W

1658

CCC

Robert Howcott

Bitteswell

A

1707

Leicester

Robert Howcutt

Wellingborough

A

1815

Northampton

Robert Howcutt

Burton Latimer

A

1846

Northampton

Susan Howcutt

Knighton

A

1900

 

Thomas Howcutt

Stoney Stanton

W

1843

PCC

Thomas Howcutt

Bedford

W

1882

 

William Howcotte

Coventry

W

1623

Lichfield

William Howcott

Coventry

W

1626

Lichfield

William Howcott

South Croxton

A+I

1701

Leicester

William Howcot

Poplar

W

1713

CCL

William Howcutt

Brixworth

W

1782

Northampton

William Howcutt

Leicester

W

1844

PCC

William Howcutt

Greenwich

W

1936

 

Thomas Ward

Brixworth

W

1731

Northampton

John Waterworth

Islington

W

1625

PCC

 

Elizabeth Howcutt (1863)

 

Elizabeth Howcutt, formerly of Leicester but late of Arnesby, Leicestershire, widow, died on 26 November 1862 at Arnesby. Her will was proved at Leicester on 7 January 1863 by John Howcutt of Leicester, seed merchant, the son and sole executor. Effects under 300.

 

John Howcutt (1620)

 

Administration was granted at Leicester in 1620 for the estate of "John Hawcott of Seasbie". The administration bond does not appear to survive, but a detailed account of the administration of the estate exists amongst documents deposited at the Leicestershire Record Office that were deposited by Bray & Bray, solicitors of Lutterworth (DE66 Box 3502). This establishes that John Howcott's widow, Anne, was initially charged with administering his estate but herself died before completing the task. John's son, George, then became responsible for dealing with the remainder of his father's estate and also with Anne's.

 

John Howcott (1728)

 

Administration of the estate of John Howcott of Bitteswell was granted on 1 March 1728/9 to his widow Mary Howcott, who was required to render an account by 1 March1729/30. The sureties were the same Mary Howcott of Bitteswell, widow, John Howcott of Bitteswell, farmer and John Throsby of the City of Leicester, all three of whom signed their names on the bond.

 

John Howcutt (1819)

 

John Howcutt, grazier of Cotes de val, died on 3 January 1819 and was buried at Bitteswell. His will was proved at Leicester on 11 March 1819 by his son John Howcutt, the sole executor, who stated that the goods, chattels and credits did not exceed 6,000 in value.

 

John Howcutt (1861)

 

John Howcutt of Harbury, Warwickshire, gentleman, died on 3 November 1861 at Harbury. His will was proved at Birmingham on 3 February 1862 by Michael Winkley of Harbury, labourer, the uncle and executor. Effects under 100.

 

John Howcutt (1885)

 

John Howcutt of Ashfield, Knighton, Leicestershire, Esquire, died on 4 December 1885 at Ashfield. His will with two codicils was proved at Leicester on 16 March 1886 by Susan Howcutt widow the relict, James Lawford of the Bank House, Bishops Street, Leicester, Esquire and William Llewellyn Salusbury of Llanwern Lodge, London Road, Leicester, gentlemen, the executors. Personal estate 110,899.2s.7d. John's will was an extremely long document - its main points appear in his section of this website.

 

Joseph Howcutt (1870)

 

Joseph Howcutt of 130 Beresford Street, Walworth, Surrey died on 25 December 1870 at 130 Beresford Street. His will was proved at the Principal Probate Registry by Sarah Howcutt of 130 Beresford Street, the relict and sole executrix. Effects under 450.

 

Mary Elizabeth Howcutt (1938)

 

Mary Elizabeth Howcutt of 27 Horsington Templecombe Somerset (wife of John Thomas Howcutt) died 17 June 1938. Probate granted at London 27 July 1938 to the said John Thomas Howcutt retired groom and Mary Ellen Robbins widow. Effects 268.6s.0d.

 

Robert Howcott (1638/9)

 

Administration for the estate of Robert Howcott of Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire was granted to his son John Howcott on 16 February 1638/9.

 

Robert Howcott (1707)

 

Administration of the estate of Robert Howcott of Bitteswell was granted on 7 June 1707 to his widow, Elizabeth Howcott, who was required to render an account by 7 June 1708. The sureties were the same Elizabeth Howcott of Bitteswell, widow and Thomas Jordain of the City of Leicester, gentleman. Elizabeth signed the bond as "Elizabeth Houcot", in the presence of John Ward.

 

Robert Howcutt (1815)

 

Administration of the estate of Robert Howcutt of Wellingborough was granted on 19 April 1815 to his "only son and next of kin" Robert Howcutt, who was required to render an account by 30 April 1816. The sureties were Robert Howcutt of Wellingborough, farmer, and Thomas Woolston of Irthlingborough, farmer, both of whom signed the administration bond, in the presence of Richard Roberts AB, surrogate.

 

Robert Howcutt (1846)

 

Administration of the estate of Robert Howcutt of Burton Latimer, yeoman, a bachelor, was granted on 24 November 1846 to Martha Howcutt "the only sister, next of kin", who was required to render an account by 30 November 1847.The sureties were the same Martha Howcutt of Burton Latimer, spinster, John Glover of Burton Latimer, carpenter and Samuel Rye of Irthlingborough, publican. Martha Howcutt and John Glover signed the bond, in the presence of Richard Ash Hannaford, surrogate.

 

Susan Howcutt (1900)

 

Susan Howcutt of Ashfield, Knighton, Leicestershire, a widow, died on 10 May 1900. Administration of her estate was granted at Leicester to Eliza Meade (wife of Rev. Richard Corker Meade), Helen Meade (wife of Warren Meade) & Fanny Lord (wife of Rev David William Lord). Effects 5,866.7s.3d.

 

Thomas Howcutt (1843)

 

Thomas Howcutt, a grazier of Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, died on 17 August 1842. His will was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 19 August 1843 by his brother John Howcutt and Samuel Berridge who, along with Thomas' widow Sarah, were the executors.

 

Thomas Howcutt (1882)

 

Thomas Howcutt of Bedford, a bricklayer, died on 3 August 1882 at Bedford. His will was proved at Northampton on 4 November 1882 by Mary Howcutt, widow, the relict and sole executrix. Personal estate under 150.

 

William Howcutt (1844)

 

William Howcutt, gentleman of Leicester, died on 1 February 1844 and was buried at St George's churchyard. His will and a codicil was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 29 February 1844 by his son John Howcutt, the sole executor. 

 

William Howcutt (1936)

 

William Howcutt of 60 Ashburnham Road, Greenwich, Kent died 1 February 1936 ay 48 Vanbrugh Hill Greenwich. Administration (with Will) was granted at London on 2 May 1936 to Laura Ella (Ellen?) Howcutt widow and William Henry Howcutt engineer. Effects 556.10s.8d.

 

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