About 100 years ago Rev. Arthur Tompson Michell M.A. F.S.A. (1852-1923), an amateur genealogist, transcribed a number of Michell and Mitchell
wills in Exeter and other parts.
Since then, during World War II, many of these wills were lost during a German bombing raid on Exeter.
François Gordon Michell (Italy) has kindly loaned these transcripts to me for the purpose of promulgating their contents to all interested parties.
The following wills may now be the only copies left in existence.
They are too tedious to fully transcribe but I have made a scanned copy of each of Arthur's original transcriptions which may be viewed on request.
(and if you have the time to type it up and send me a copy, I would be grateful).
You should also check "Documents" on the menu to the left where you will find other fully transcribed Michell wills.
Charles Clement Michell 1809-1863. Will dated 25 November 1862, proved 2 June 1863
Friend Mr. William Mogg of Lanupart, yeoman, a silver Pint.
Friend Mrs. Eliza Craddock of Shepton Mallet 19 guineas.
Friend Harry Tropan? of Shepton Mallet 19 guineas.
Brother Richard Michell to set up trust (value £1600) for
Sister Susannah Margaret Balch, wife of Mr John Balch of Bruton and her children.
She also inherits his household goods, furniture etc.
Brother Richard Michell inherits all his messuages, lands etc.
William Mychell of Alphington died 1545 Will dated 2 February 1545, proved 20 March 1545
Wife Mawtt and Thomas Leonard senior to be executors
He leaves Jone Leonard, dafter of Thomas Leonard, a gyrdell
and Annys Leonard, a per of beydds of corell
John Michell of Alphington died 1605. Will dated 26 January 1605. Proved 15 May 1605
To the poor of Alphington 40 shillings
To the poor of Dele? 40 shillings
To my brother George Michell of Alphington £4
To my sister Joane Michell £4
To my sister Wilmote Michell £4
To my uncle Henry Channon 20 shillings
To Silley Channon 3s/4d
To Beaton Channon 3s/4d
To Valentine Manley 20 shillings
To Alexander Chard 20 shillings
To Agnes Salter 2 shillings
To my child which my wife goeth withall if it live £40. Meaning I think that wife is pregnant!
John Michell of Alphington died 1634. Will dated 7 August 1634
To the poor of Alphington 10 shillings
To my son John Michell 5 shillings
To my daughter Alice now wife of Christopher Pearce 5 shillings
To my son William Michell £65
To my daughter Thomasyne Michell £60
To my son Roger Michell £50 when aged 21
To my son George Michell £50 when aged 21
To John Pearse son of Christopher Pearse, my son in law 20 shillings
Residue to my wife Alice Michell who is also sole exectrix
My friends Anthony Cock als Baker and Christopher Pearse to be overseers and to have 10 groats a piece for their pains.
Edward Michell late of city of Exon, now of St Thomas, native town of Saltash died ..... Will dated 16 Sept 1657 Proved 5 May 1662
Many bequests to the poor of various towns, hospitals and church
To John Michell my brother £100
and William Michell his son £100 and my houses (horses?) in St Lukes? Churchyard
To rest of brother Johns children £*00
To my brother Esdras Michell, his children, amongst them £*50
To my sister Hancock's children £250 and for her own use £50
To my brother in law Wm Hancock, my best suit of apparell
To his wife, my sister, my 3 gold rings, all my wearing linnen plus other household stuff.
Codicil to nephew Wm Michell £206
Revokes the legacy to brother John as he is dead and gives £90 to his son William
18 Oct 1660 Edward Michell
Codicil revokes £200 of the £400 bequethed to the hospital and gives it to Wm son of my brother John
To cousin James Sanders £5
Codicil 17 Aug 1661 to be buried in the body of the church
the * replaces a number I dont understand, its like a back to front c
George Mychell of Alphington 1618 - 1665
Letters of administration granted 21 July 1666 to John Michell, brother of deceased
An interesting seal was used by that John and his son George Michell
John Michell of Alphington 1604 - 1669
Letters of administration granted 26 Jan 1669 to George Michell Yeoman of Alphington, son of the deceased and John Michell Yeoman of Exminster
Joane Michell of Alphington approx 1604 - 1678 Will dated 9 January 1674 Proved 20 June 1678
To Joane Waldron my daughter wife of John Waldron the sum of 1 shilling
To James Michell my son 5 shillings
To Thamsyn fford my daughter wife of Nathaniel fford 1 shilling
To Mellonye Lewes daughter of William Lewes of Alphington 1 bond of £20, conditions of age apply
To John Lewes son of William Lewes £4
To Julian Lewes daug of William Lewes £5 at 21
To William Lewes son of William Lewes £5 at 21
It now appears that the rest of the document is missing.
George Michell of Alphington 1646 - 1702
Letters of administration granted 23 Feb 1702 to Mellony Michell spinster of Alphington, daug of the deceased
Edward Michell of Alphington ?? - 1739
Letters of administration granted 11 Jan 1739 to Mary Michell widow & relic of the deceased.
John Michell of Exminster 1709 - 1755
Letters of administration granted 26 Sept 1755 to Suzanne Gaverick widow of the late John Michell.
John died intestate and Suzanne remarried Rev. Lightfoot Gaverick
Daniel Michell of Exminster 1666 - 1737 Will dated 13 Feb 1732 Proved 28 March 1738
To be buried in the grave of my late Uncle Francis Vinicombe at Alwington.
See full transcription here
William Michell of Alphington 1606 - 1647 Will dated 20 Jan 1645 Proved 25 Feb 1647
To John Michell son of Roger Michell £5 when 21 years old
To Gilbert Michell son of Roger Michell 20 shillings
To Joan Michell daug of John Michell my brother 40 shillings when 21 years old
To all the rest John, Elizabeth. George and James 10 shillings each when 21 years old
To John Pearse, Ann and Christopher Pearse my sister Alice Pearses' children 40 shillings each when 21 years old
To Humphry Colridge the son of my sister Thomasyn 4 pounds
To George Michell, my brother, my tenement that I do now dwell after my wife has died
Plus various benifits to the poor of Alphington.
John Michell of Totnes 1733 - 1811 Will dated 19 Jan 1810
Full transcription available here
Rev. Aaron Baker M.A. of Bowhaye Exminster Will dated 1681 Proved 1683 Probate 1691
This will is of little Michell interest other than it mentions grand daughter Anne wife of Daniel Michell.
scanned copy available on request