Abstracts of Kent wills dating from 1328-1691 have been made available online.
Origins.net has added these abstracts to its National Wills Index and says: “This collection contains indexed abstracts (summaries) to wills proved in the Archdeaconry and Consistory Courts of Canterbury for people living in or near Faversham 1450-1642 & Thanet 1328-1691. The collection also includes abstracts to a small number of wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
“Images of the abstracts are available online. These abstracts contain a detailed summary of the information found within each will including all names and places appearing in the will (testators, executors, witnesses and beneficiaries) plus incidental information such as relationships, occupations, date of death / burial place and value of estate where found in the original document.
“The abstracts are in an easy to read format, eliminating the problems incurred in deciphering old handwriting and negotiating your way through the legalise found in what were very important legal documents. The original documents are unlikely to give any additional information.
“The Consistory and Archdeaconry courts, in the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Canterbury, intermingled and overlapped but basically covered Eastern Kent.”