Question in re Abstracts of Acts of Prerogative Court of Canterbury

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may have an ancestor named Howell Prickett who definitely had a son named John, who was born in Gloucestershire and lived just one year (1617-1618).  Howell may also have had another son named John who lived to adulthood.  There is definitely a John Prickett  who definitely was the father of Josiah and Zachariah Prickett, born 1672 and 1674 resp in London, England, and who migrated to NJ in the 17th century.

I found the following entry in vol. 4 of ABSTRACTS  OF  Probate Acts  in the  Prerogative Court of Canterbury, edited by  JOHN MATTHEWS  and  GEORGE F MATTHEWS, B.A. Issued to Subscribers  from  93 & 94, CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, W.C.  1906

"Anno 1647 . . . . 

"Godly Davies of Monmouth, Widow.
"Admon w. Will [123 Fines] June 20 to John Prickett and his wife Catherine, daughter of deceased ; Thomas Howell having died."  

I think you can see the original entry at

What information can be drawn from thisentry?

That Thomas Howell had died by 1647?  Therefore his likely date of birth was??

Therefore Catherine's and John P's dobs were ???

That Catherine and John may have had a son named Howell Prickett, born by???

That they may have lived in or near Monmouth???

Anything else?

Thanks for your help!!


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asked in Genealogy Help by Patricia Hickin G2G6 Mach 6 (66.6k points)

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All you get from that is Thomas Howell was dead by June 20th 1647 and was therefore unable to perform his functions as the executor named in the will.

The will could be gold dust, or it could be disappointing.  There may be some specific statement as to Thomas Howell's connection with the family.  There could also be some clue as to ages, eg if Godly has granddaughters married.

The court clerk copied the will into the register.  Looks to be about 3/4 of a page, from the thumbnail.  At that date, probably in English.  The handwriting in these things is sometimes readable and sometimes looks like it came from another planet.

The "sentence" of the court - the grant of probate - is a few lines at the end, in Latin, but you've already got the essentials of that (you don't need the names of the judges).

You can view the will online, or download it, but you have to let them charge £3.30 to your plastic card.  Google "TNA PCC wills" and search for "Godly Davis" without an e.
answered by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
These wills usually have a preamble where they bequeath their soul to God etc before they get down to business.  This is just the standard format.  Probate courts were Church courts until 1858 in England.

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