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England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Stray Probate Bonds, 1732-1768
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Record Type Probate Bonds
Collection years 1732-1768
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes probate records from the hundred of Allertonshire in the county of Yorkshire for the years 1732-1768. These records cover the parishes and chapelries of Birkby, Cowesby, Hutton Bonville, Leake, Nether Silton, North Otterington, Osmotherley and Thornton-le-Street. There are also six items relating to Crayke.

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Definitions[edit | edit source]

Hundred:an administrative division (county) that is geographically part of a larger region.
Ordinary:an officer of a church or civic authority who by reason of office has ordinary power to execute laws.
Peculiar:a parish that is administered by a diocese other than the one where it is actually located. It is exempted from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it lies and is governed by another. In this case, it is several parishes administered by the Diocese of Durham, rather than by the Diocese of York.
Bond:a written guarantee that a person will faithfully perform the tasks assigned to him by a probate court.
Inventory:list of belongings and their values, including such items as household goods, tools, and personal items. Occupations are often mentioned.
The executor posted a testamentary bond, the administrator posted an administration bond, and the guardian of a minor child posted a bond of tuition or curation.

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Probate bonds

  • Surname and Given Name of the Participant
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  • Gender of Participant
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