Extracted by Jean E. Harris from:

The Index Library, British Record Society, has many volumes of wills proved in various church courts and we must acknowledge and thank them for this long and tedious work of indexing these wills from their original sources. These Devon references recorded here have been extracted from the following Index Library volumes:

Vol 82 1374-1488  
Vol 86 1489-1570  
Vol 97 1571-1625  
Vol 102 (1626-1649   ) A -G
Vol 108           (1626-1649) H - S
Vol 111 (1626-1649) T - Z
(Vol 111 has an Index of Places)

These wills were proved in the Commissary Court which should not be confused with another church court viz: the Consistory Court. To better understand these church courts named Consistory and Commissary I turned to Mark Heber's book Ancestral Trials and here is what he says (page 183):

"If a deceased's property was in more than one archdeaconry (but all in the same diocese) his will was proved in the Bishop's court (a Diocesan or Consistory Court). During some periods, an archdeacon might decide not to exercise his jurisdiction, so that all the wills would have to be proved in the bishop's court. There were also periods of inhibition, when a bishop was undertaking a visitation to an archdeaconry. During a visitation the arcdeacon's court would be closed and all legal busines was conducted in the bishop's court. A bishop's court was called a Commissary Court when it was exercising the jurisdiction that had not been exercised by an archdeacon."

VOL 82 (1374 - 1488)
BEAUFRERE Jn cit(izen) & brewer      
  b. Malborough, Devon   1464    5 359
  (All Hallows the Less)  
BURGYN Geoffrey cit(izen) & vestment maker  
  b. Doddiscombleigh, Devon   1463 5 341
  (All Hallows, Barking by the Tower of London)  
HOUGHTON (HOWTON) Emma   1380 1 72
  Exeter, Devon  
  (St John Zachary)  
KELCOM Margt. wid. rel. of J. CORVYN 1434 3 395v
  Ashburton, Devon  
  (St Mary Aldermanbury)  
KNAPP Robt citizen & cordw(ainer) 1445 4 163v
  legacy to Buckland, Devon - to be buried St Paul  
  (St Paul's Cathedral)  
POLTON Jn prob only 1405 2 60v
  (St Andrew)  
VOL 86 (1489 - 1570)
BYSSHOPE Rd Queen's Yeo(manry); cook 1556 13 89v
  "Holbyton" "Bowdysthorne" in Buckland Brewer, Devon  
  Manor of Blisland, Cornw [Kensington, Mdx)     [11 85v 94v]
DENHAM Jn cit(izen) & draper 1532 10 193v
  b.Lyston (sic Lyfton), Devon  
  (St Dunstan in the West)  
HILL or HYLL Jane als Jhone dau of Giles H. 1564 15 217
  Stepney, Mdx; Exeter, Devon   <O.W.> [12 126]
LITTLE [LYTTYLL] Jn   1533 10 218v
  N'hants; Lincs; legacy to Tynmouth (Teignmouth} Devon  
  (St James Garlickhithe)  
LOVLEY Tho. clothman   1539 10 327
  Kerton (Crediton), Devon     [9 29v]
  (St Lawrence Jewry)  
STANDYNGFORD Rd prob. 1512 3 81v
  Exeter dioc(ese) d. St Bot. Aldes.  
  (St Botolph, Aldersgate)  
VOL 97 (1571-1625)
BURGES Rd boatswain [Stepney, Mdx] 1614 22 344v
  Tavistock, Devon.   <O.W.> [16 203]
  ship "Trades Increase " E(ast) I(indies) bound  
  (signed @ Poolperian?)  
COUMES Ellis mar(iner) [Stephney, Mdx] 1613 22 221
  ship "Hector"   <O.W.> [16 182v]
  bro's at Plymouth & Budleigh, Devon)  
DIER (?DYER) Hugh [Leyton, Essex] 1613 22 184
  b. Huntshaw nr Torrington, Devon   <O.W.> [16 173]
GUILLINGHAM Jn [Stepney, Mdx] 1614 22 368
  ship "Trades Increase" at Poolenian   <O.W.> [16 212v]
  (late of Plymouth in attestation of attorney)  
HAYMAN Robt mar.[Stepney, Mdx] 1614 22 278v
  ship "Hector"   <O.W.> [16 191v]
  bequests to person at "Penton: (?Paignton Devon)  
LAINE Tho. mar.[Stepney, Mdx] 1613 22 219
  ship "Hector"   <O.W.> [16 181v]
  (wf & family in Plymouth)  
PETT Arthur [Stepney, Mdx] 1610 21 235v
  master of ship "Unitie" of London   <O.W.> [16 207]
  lying sick in ship "Blessing" of Plymouth in  
  St James Town, Virginia  
  admon. to rel; other exors renouncing  
ROWE Jn mar. [Stepney, Mdx] 1613 22 232
  (ship probably "Thomas")   <O.W.> [16 180v]
  d. at sea  
  (bequest to poor of Sidmouth, Devon)  
SQ(U)OBLE Pasquell mar. [London] 1614 22 377v
  ship "Trades Increase"   <O.W.> [16 215v]
  (bequest to Plymouth, Devon)  
SIMONS Robt.   1614 22 316
  ship "Dragon" d. overseas   <O.W.> [16 198v]
  (bro.a schoolm(aster) in Exbridge, Mdx  
  f. in Barstable (Barnstable) Devon) (no exor named)  
TAILOR Roger mar. [Stephney, Mdx] 1615 22 494v
  Broadnedge (Bradninch) Devon   <O.W.> [16 237]
TOUCKER Jn [Jun] mar(iner) [Stepney, Mdx] 1614 22 349v
  ship "Trades Increase"   <O.W.> [16 205v]
  (f. living in Brayton or Bastable, Devon  
  Braunton nr Barnstaple, Devon)  
WICKS Robt [Stepney, Mdx] 1606 20 193
  ship "Teager" of Pamouth   <O.W.> [16 31]
  (Plymouth) Devon  
  bound for South Seas (power res(erved))  
YES Nich. mar. [Stepney, Mdx] 1623 24 257
  Barnstaple, Devon     [17 144v]
VOLs 102, 108 & 111 (1626-1649 & 1661-1700)
ATKINS als WHITBEARD Margt Admon 1642    
  d. Cullompton, Devon     [19 75v]
BARTLETT Jonathan mar bach. 1690 42 160v
  Plymouth, Devon   <O.W.> [26 44v]
  H.M.S. "Hampton Court"  
  sick at St Bart(holmew) Hosp(ital)  
  (Admon./W dur(ing) abs(ence) of rel.)  
BATTEN Sampson, gent Stepney, Mdx. 1683 38 326
  Plympton St Mary, Devon   <O.W.> [24 107v]
BEARE Tho. carp.(enter) Stepney, Mdx 1633 26 486
  Townstal by Dartmouth (Devon);   <O.W.> [18 195]
  ship "Charitie" (has 160 lbs tobacco due to him from  
  a planter & other goods "for myne owne adventure"  
BLACKBO(U)RNE Thomazine, wid.   1683 38 224
  Dawes la., North East Fulham, Middx   <O.W.& cod.> [24 77]
  (h.bo(rn) St Mary Savoy, Strand  
  she bo(rn) Barnstaple, Devon)  
BURDE Tho. mar.(iner) 1626 25 25v
  Plymouth, Devon d. overseas   <O.W. dat 1619> [17 262v]
  ship "Heart" bound for E(ast) I(ndies)  
  d. overseas admon/W  
  [wrongly entered in Act Book as Walford]  
CLARKE Wm mar. [Stepney, Mdx] 1677 36 130
  Sidmouth, Devon   <O.W.> [23 12]
  d. in Wapping  
COTTLE Agnes wid. W. Smithfield 1640 28 96v
  St Sep(ter), Exeter   <O.W.> [19 25v]
DENN(E)Y Jn cooper 1644 29 311
  Dartmouth, Devon   <O.W.> [19 147v]
  shop "Royal Mary:; d. overseas  
  in Bantam; (admon/W; exor decd.)  
EATON Rd mar. Ratcliff [Stepney] Mdx 1696 48 246
  d. at Dartmouth (Devon)   <O.W.> [28 47v]
EDWARD Jn Westbury, Wilts 1644 29 340v
  d. in Plympton, Devon   <O.W. nun. cup.> [19 152v]
FORD Rd. mar. [ St Mary Mal.} 1643 29 172v
  Ilsington, Devon  
  d. overseas (admon/W; exor ren.) <O.W.> [19 125]
  (St Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel)  
FOKE Eliz. spin. [St Bot. Bpg.] 1666 33 115v
  Boothwood   <O.W.> [21 69v]
  Plympton, Devon  
  (St Botolph, Bishopsgate)  
FUBESTER Jas mar. bach, Stepney, Mdx 1697 28 75v
  d. at Plymouth in ship "Endeavour"admon  
GUV Hy bach, Wapping, Mdx 1646 19 189
  d. in Plymouth, Devon admon  
HEALE And. mar. Stepney, Mdx 1630 26 84v
  Plymouth, Devon d. overseas   <O.W.> [18 113]
HOGG Jn mar. 1696 48 228
  Plymouth, Devon d. overseas   <O.W.> [28 42v]
  H.M.S. "Northumberland"  
HUNNEYVILL Edm. mar. bach, Shadwell, Mdx 1661 31 42
[HONEYWILL] Barnstaple, Devon  
  ship "Agreement" of L(on)d(o)n, bound for Barbados, power reserved   <O.W.> [20 44]
HUNT Eliz. spin. Whitechapel, Mdx 1693 45 188
  Manor of Dunton, Essex; Dorking, Sufrr;  
  Sampford Courtney, Devon   <O.W.> [27 61]
JOHNS And. mar. Shadwell, Mdx. 1638 27 439v
  late of Revelstoke, Devon   <O.W.> [18 349v]
LUKE Jn St Paul, Shadwell, Mdx 1690 26. 39
  d. in Torbay    
  (Abigail LUKE rel. ren. admon dur. abs. of exor.  
  relict renounced administration during (absence) of executor)  
MARTIN Roger mar. Limehouse [Stepney] Mdx 1644 29 321
  (bequests to Westingmouth   <O.W.> [19 149v]
  & Eastingmouth, Devon)  
MOODY Tho. St Sepulchre, Newgate admon 1692 27 36v
  d. in Exeter  
ROGERS Jn Wapping, Mdx 1690 26 397
  d. at Teignmouth Poarr (sic), Devon  
  (Eliz. ROGERS rel. ren. admon)  
  (relict renounced administration)  
SHAPLY Wm Stepney, Mdx 1629 18 77
  Torrington, Devon; Stephney, Mdx  
  d. overseas admon  
SPEEDE Jn mar. Wapping Wall, Mdx 1630 26 83
  late on voyage to E(ast) I(ndies)   <O.W.> [18 112v]
  (m. of Dartmouth, Devon)    
STEVENS Hy., sen. St Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel 1689 41 495v
  St Mary the Moore, Exeter (?St Mary Major)     [26 23v]
STRETCHLY Hardinge St D.W. 1662 31 163
  formerly of Culliton in Devon; Manors of Marlinge Pike Ash <Mortock>, Som;     [20 67]
  Gabrells in Whitchurch, Dorset; Luscombe  
  Bowrings Leigh, Pyksmarsh, Dawin in Dartmouth;  
  Larkbeare [Exeter], Devon; Penzance, Cornw.  
TARRE Nich. gunner Whitechapel, Mdx 1627 25 146v
  Penton (Paignton), Devon; ship "Antony"   <O.W.> [18 5]
  d. overseas  
TREVEHAN Hugh mar. Limehouse [Stepney] Mdx 1644 29 282v
  Nazeing, Essex; interest in ships "Charles",   <O.W.> [19 141v]
  "Sun" & "Unity" all of L(on)d(o)n,    
  (bequest to Ratchliff, Mdx & Plymouth, Devon)  
YOWE [?YEO] Edw mar. Stepney, Mdx 1631 26 142v
  ship "Jonah"   <O.W.> [18 128]
  d. overseas  
  (m. of Kingskerswell, Devon)  
1. First number after the year is the register; second is the folio number.  
2. The church name in brackets is the London parish.  
3. Square brackets [ ] info is derived from the Probate and  
  Administration Act Books  
4. Angle brackets < > is derived from Original wills.  
5. h - husband; w - wife; wid. - widow; bro - brother; f - father;  
  m. - mother; spin - spinster; mar. - mariner; rel - relative  
  b - born; d - died; decd - deceased  
  exor - executor; nun. cup. - nuncupative.