TitleMARG - transcribed deeds, wills, other old documents
AbstractMersea Archive Research Group (MARG) is working to transcribe old documents from a number of sources. There is a list of completed documents below, with a few that are work-in-progress. Where the document is from Essex Record Office or the National Archives, the Document ID is quoted and an image of the original document can usually be obtained from them.
When a document has been transcribed, the first column will be a Link to the transcription. If the first column is not a link, the work is not complete.

Wills (mostly)

Abbell, Thomas East Mersea1533Letter from Queen Elizabeth D/DRc M12
Abbell, Thomas East Mersea1558East Mersea Book D/DRc M12
Adaker, Joseph and Joanna West Mersea1673Settlement
Ainger, Elizabeth East Mersea1662Will D/ACW 16/167
Ainger, William East Mersea1661Will D/ACW 16/110
Baker, Charles West Mersea1742Will PROB 11/720/367
Ballard, J.E. East Mersea1664Will D/ACW 17/223
Ballard, Richard West Mersea1626Will D/ABW 47/14
Bean, Samuel Edwin Peldon1848Will PROB 11/2155/380
Beckett, William West Mersea1633Will D/ABW 52/145
Bellamy, Edward London1656Will PROB 11/258/240
Birde, Robart East Mersea1590/91Will PROB 11/77/208
Bizlle, Benjamin East Mersea1664Will D/ACW 17/67
Blowers, PeterEast Mersea 1624MR 441 Will D/ACW 9/203
Boxted, JohnWest Mersea1621JW 442 Will D/ABW 44/241
Boys, James Colchester1715Indenture with Potter Family
Brown, Jacob Peldon1770Will D/Del T327
Browne, William West Mersea1644Will D/ACW 14/188
BrykenheddEast Mersea1548443 PROB 11/32/273
Bullock, Agnes Great Wigborough1575/76Will D/ABW 4/351
Bullock, Edward Great Wigborough     1595/96     Will PROB 11/87/187
Bullock, Edward Great Wigborough1611Will D/ACW 5/142
Bullock, Sir Edward Faulkbourne1646Will PROB 11/197/603
Buloke [ Bullock ], Henry Tollesbury1571Will D/ABW 4/291
Bullock, Henry Great Wigborough1578Will PROB 11/61/174
Bullock, Henry Great Wigborough1609Will D/ACW 5/18
Bullock, Henry West Mersea1646/47Will D/ACW 14/121
Bullock, Joan West Mersea1624/25Will D/ACW 46/101
Bullock, John Great Wigborough1553Will PROB 11/43/553
Bullock, John Great Wigborough1559Will D/ACR 5/216
Bullock, John Great Wigborough1560/61Will D/ACR 2/165/2
Bullock, John Great Wigborough1575Will D/ACW 4/344
Bullock, John Great Wigborough1607Marriage to Anne Fuller
Bullock, John Great Wigborough1660Will D/ACW 16/34
Bullock, Margaret Great Wigborough1528Will D/ABW 3/12
Bullock, Margaret Great Wigborough1561Will D/ACR 5/194/1
Bullock, Robert Great Wigborough1626Will D/ACW 10/48
Bullock, Samuel Peldon1814Will D/ABW 120/3/15
Bullock, Thomas Peldon1706Will D/ABW 79/7.
Bullock, William Layer Breton1549Will D/ABW 3/154
Burrill, John East Mersea1667Will D/ACW 17/277
Bynder, WalterWest Mersea1611JH 444 Will D/ABW 7/24
Callfe, AbrahamEast Mersea1665445 Will D/ACW 17/150
Carter, John East Mersea1629Will D/ACW 11/61
Cheeke, John West Mersea1785Will PROB 11/1137/125
Choppin, Henry West Mersea1628Will D/ABW 49/229
Clark, HannahEast Mersea1843Will
ClarkeEast Mersea1619446 Will D/ACW 8/181
Clover, Jane West Mersea1628Will D/ABW 49/90
Cockerell, Richard West Mersea1754Will PROB 11/810/353
Commyns, Margarett Peldon1607Will D/ABW 10/229.
Convers, JohnWest Mersea1652448 PROB 11/225/174
Converse, Thomas West Mersea1640Will PROB 11/186/233
Cooke, JohnEast Mersea1620-21449 Will D/ACW 5/129
Cooke, Anne West Mersea1622Will D/ABW 44/303
Cooke, John West Mersea1637Will D/ABW 54/15
Cooke, John West Mersea1790Will PROB 11/1209/149
Cooke, Phineas West Mersea1655Extracts 1655-1704
Cooke, Phineas West Mersea1686Will D/ABW 73/24
Cooke, Robert1822Will KMC_RCK_003
Cooke,Thomas West Mersea1758Will PROB 11/843/42
Coole, William East Mersea1615/16Will D/ACW 7/248
Cooper, John West Mersea1746Will PROB 11/785/213
Cornelius, John Peldon1641Marriage Allegation
Coustyn, John East Mersea1503Will D/ACR 1/78/1
Cranfield, Richard Peldon1839Declaration D/Del T327
Damyon, MatthewWest Mersea1652450 PROB 11/246/283
Davy, John Peldon1509Will D/ACR 1/150/3
Death, Samuel East Mersea1638/39Will D/ACW 13/117
Denot, Denise West Mersea1530Will D/ACR 2/244/2
Dunning, William West Mersea1670Will D/ABW 66/31
Durrell, Katherine West Mersea1546Will D/ABW 12/35
Durrell, JohnWest Mersea1609451 Will D/ABW 12/330
Durrell, NicholasWest Mersea1613452 Will D/ABW 12/363
Dynes, John West Mersea1651Will D/ACW 15/311
Dynot, Richard West Mersea1512Will D/ACR 1/195/1
Edwards, Israel East Mersea1666Will D/ACW 17/210
Elles, AnthonyEast Mersea1624453 D/ACW 9/228
Ellis, James St Osyth1721Settlement D/P 77/13/1
Elmer, RobertWest Mersea1645454 Will D/ACW 14/55
Ennew, Josias Messing1688Will D/ACW 20/248
Ennew, Shadrack West Mersea1784Will PROB 11/996/275
Essex, RichardEast Mersea1641455 Will PROB 11/214/499
Fakys, Anne West Mersea1501Will D/ACR 1/33/2
Fereer, Thomas East Mersea1628Will D/ACW 10/233
Ferreur, ThomasEast Mersea1617456 Will D/ACW 8/22
Finor or Finour, AbaruckEast Mersea1584457 Will PROB 11/66/283
Flettwood East Mersea1668Will D/ACW 18/83
Flingant, George East Mersea1639/40Will D/ACW 13/207
Flingant, Mary East Mersea1640Will D/ACW 13/208
Flowre, Thomas East Mersea1540Will D/ACR 4/57/2
Foakes, Joan West Mersea1638Will D/ABW 55/249
Fokes [ Foakes ], Abraham   Peldon1597Will D/ABW 15/49
Fokes, John West Mersea1546Will D/ABW 14/36
Fookes, JohnWest Mersea1631458 Will D/ABW 50/93
Fookes, Thomas Virley1833Will D/ACW 43/5/10
Fookes, William West Mersea1609Will D/ABW 15/121
Foxe, Robert West Mersea1557Will D/ABW 14/106
Forster, Nathaniel West Mersea1851Will PROB 11/2140/307
Freake, Sarah East Mersea1630Will D/ACW 11/208
Freake, Thomas East Mersea1623Will D/ACW 9/145
Freeman, ThomasEast Mersea1628459 Will D/ACW 11/2
French, William Peldon1607Will D/ABW 15/98
Frere, Thomas Fingringhoe1663Will D/ACW 17/114
Fuller, Anne Great Wigborough1607Marriage to John Bullock
George, Robert Copford1609Will D/ABW 17/101
George, Walter West Mersea1657Pete Hall Surrender
George, Walter West Mersea1658Pete Hall
Great, Samuel Colchester1706Will D/ABW 78/270
Great, Thomas Colchester1760Will PROB 11/874/325
Green [ May ], Betsey Fordham1852Will D/ABW 140/2/13
Gybb, Robert West Mersea1543Will D/ABW 16/96
Hackney, Sarah West Mersea1660Will D/ABW 61/125
Hall, George West Mersea1636Will D/ABW 54/121
Harris, Thomas East Mersea1625Will D/ACW 10/91
Harris, Thomas East Mersea1649Will D/ACW 15/146
Harrison, Robert Peldon1808Inventory D/DU 2878
Harvey, JohnEast Mersea1635460 Will D/ACW 12/103
Harvey, JohnEast Mersea1661JE 461 Will D/ACW 16/98
Harvey, Jeremiah East Mersea1671Will D/ACW 18/182
Harvey, Richard snrEast Mersea1666JE 462 Will D/ACW 18/79
Harvey, Thomas East Mersea1813Will PROB 11/1550/417
Haward, William West Mersea1794Will PROB 11/1276/197
Hawes, Mary West Mersea1799Will PROB 11/1479/284
Hawkins, John West Mersea1667Will D/ACW 65/89
Haxell, John Peldon1842Will D/ABW 136/1/135
Heckford, John East Mersea1578Will PROB 11/61/440
Heckford, Thomas East Mersea1621ERO D/ACW 6/255
Heidge [ Hedge ],William Peldon1650PROB/11/268/126
Hogges, JohnEast Mersea1522264 Will D/ACR 2/132/1
Hunt, William East Mersea1508Will D/ACR 1/142/2
Hunter, Joanna West Mersea1690Will D/ABW 73/220
Hunter, Peter West Mersea1688Will D/ABW 72/253
Hutt [Hall], JohnEast Mersea1666464 Will D/ACW 17/181
Jackaman, WilliamEast Mersea1621465 Will D/ACW 6/259
Jackman, ThomasEast Mersea1651466 Will D/ACW 15/288
Jackman, RobertEast Mersea1627467 Will D/ACW 10/227
James, RichardWest Mersea1625GC 468 Will D/ABW 46/55
Jeffery, John West Mersea1557Will D/ABW 21/59
Johnsonne, JamesWest Mersea1637469 Will D/ABW 54/106
Jolly, Thomas East Mersea1598/99Will D/ACW 4/74
Jollye, Cousin East Mersea1592East Mersea Book D/DRc M12
Joslinge, Richard West Mersea1600Will D/ABW 21/198
Ive, JohnWest Mersea1518GC 503 Will D/ACR 2/81/3
Kenot, John East Mersea1504Will D/ACR 1/83/3
Kidby, Edmund West Hanningfield1713Will PROB 11/534/26
Kidby, John West Mersea1656Court Leete D/DA T217
Kidby, John Shenfield1693Will
Kidby, John West Mersea1762Will PROB 11/879/94
Killderby, Samuel West Mersea1660Will D/ABW 61/114
King, Adam West Mersea1819Will D/ABW 122/2/33
KyesEast Mersea1647470 Will D/ACW 14/264
Kynot, Richard East Mersea1523Will D/ACR 2/156/1
Lamb, John West Mersea1707Settlement D/P 77/13/1
Lawrence, John Peldon1612Will D/ABW 24/117
Livermore, John West Mersea1671Will D/ABW 66/260
Locke, WilliamEast Mersea1630471 Will D/ABW 50/209
Locker (Riddesdale), WilliamEast Mersea1638MR 474 Will D/ACW 13/59
Locker,JohnEast Mersea1679473 D/ACW 20/32
Locker, John East Mersea1682Will D/ACW 20/32
Lorrance, John Peldon1646Will D/ACW 14/144
Lyarde, Henry West Mersea1604Will D/ABW 24/57
Mann, Robert West Mersea1504Will D/ACR 1/82/1
Marchaunt, John Peldon1512/13Will D/ACR 1/ 206/2
Marchaunt, John Peldon1516Will D/ACW 2/41/2
Marke, Edward Langenhoe1623Will D/ABW 45/110
Marney, Lady Bridget East Mersea1537East Mersea Court D/DRc M12
Marveile, Henry Peldon1579Will D/ABW 25/271
May, Henry John West Mersea1891Will D/DMb L4
May, Thomas West Mersea1788Will (Part) PROB 11/1165
May, Thomas West Mersea1837Will PROB 11/1981
May, Thomas Colchester1854Will PROB 11/2251
Mazengarb, Isaac Little Wigborough1729/30Will D/ABW 88/2/129
Middleton, Joan West Mersea1557Will D/ABW 25/151
Myddelton, William West Mersea1555Inventory Will D/ABW 25/125
Mole, John West Mersea1527Will PROB 11/1727/413
Mott, William West Mersea1620Will D/ABW 45/177
Munt, Samuel Peldon1653Will PROB 11/275/327
Nicholl, William West Mersea1504Will D/ACR 1/81/3
Northey, George West Mersea1660Will D/ABW 61/251
Nysom, ThomasWest Mersea1622475 Will D/ABW 44/6
Nysum, JohnWest Mersea1630477 Will D/ABW 52/267
Onge, Rev. Francis Peldon1666/67Will PROB 11/323/175
Overall, Samuel West Mersea1809Will PROB 11/1505
Overall, Sarah West Mersea1813Will PROB 11/1549
Overall, Thomas West Mersea1795Will PROB 11/1334/104
Page, Joan Peldon1523Will D/ACR 2/194/1
Page, John Peldon1516Will D/ACR 2/53/1
Page, Rose Peldon1546Will D/ABW 28/81
Page, Thomas Peldon1583Will PROB 11/77/407
Palfreyman, William East Mersea1503Will D/ACR 1/81/1
Peare, Thomas East MerseaEast Mersea Book D/DRc M12
Picknett, Rev. Joseph Great Wigborough1781Will PROB 11/1090/63
Popley, Rev. Edward Great Wigborough1558/59Will D/ABW 28/230
Potter, GeorgeWest Mersea1812Will PROB 11/1534/196 JH 224
Potter, John Peldon1621Will D/ABW 44/27
Prentyse, Elizabeth West Mersea1589Will D/ABW 29/146
Quincey, Sarah Christchurch, Surrey1842Will PROB 11/2004/69
Reynolds, Thomas West Mersea1658Pete Hall
Robyn, John West Mersea1504Will D/ACR 1/77/2
Sanders, ThomasWest Mersea1655478 Will PROB 11/231/690
Sayer, JamesWest Mersea1639479 Will D/ABW 56/207
Sayer, William West Mersea1516Will D/ACR 2/44/1
Sethyck, Eliz East Mersea1557Will D/ABW 33/329
Sewall, John West Mersea1504Will D/ACR 1/84/1
Slye, JohnEast Mersea1588480 Will D/ACW 2/282
Smeth, Mary West Mersea1626Will D/ABW 48/210
Smith, John East Mersea1586/87Will D/ACW 2/231
Smith, JohnWest Mersea1657481 Will PROB 11/298/321
Smith, John West Mersea1660Will PROB 11/298/321
Smith, JohnWest Mersea1675482 Will D/ABW 68/73
Smith, WilliamWest Mersea1607483 Will D/ABW 36/65
Smyth, AmyWest Mersea1522484 Will D/ACR 2/135/1
Smyth, RichardWest Mersea1622486 Will D/ABW 44/196
Smyth, Robert West Mersea1516Will D/ACR 2/42/3
Smyth, Stephen West Mersea1492Will PROB 11/10/606
Smyth, StephenWest Mersea1625487 Will D/ABW 47/227
Songer, William West Mersea1607Will D/ABW 36/68
Spalden, DanielEast Mersea1665488 Will D/ACW 17/81
Spurden, Isabella West Mersea1839Will PROB 11/1910/23
Spurden, John East Mersea1766Will PROB 11/922/48
Spurden, Thomas East Mersea1791Will PROB 11/1202/93
Starlet, SimonWest Mersea1649489 D/ACW 15/200
Storie, JohnWest Mersea1690490 Will D/ABW 73/197
Stokes, ChristopherWest Mersea1608491 Will D/ABW 36/73
Stranglond, Agnes West Mersea1518Will D/ACR 2/77/1
Stratforde, Richard West Mersea1583Will PROB 11/65/181
Strete, William East Mersea1504Will D/ACR 1/83/1
Taillour, Henry West Mersea1501Will from J.B. Bennett
Thornback, Joan West Mersea1636Will D/ABW 54/24
Thornback, George West Mersea1617Will D/ABW 38/136
Taylor, Thomas East Mersea1625Will D/ACW 10/21
Upcher, George West Mersea1517Will D/ACR 2/59/1
Vinour, Ralph East Mersea1517Will D/ACR 2/65/1
Wade, Mary Peldon1602Indenture
Wade, William East Mersea1522Will D/ACR 2/132/1
Wayland, George Fingringhoe1790Will PROB 11/1264/41
Wayland, John Peldon1788Will PROB 11/1173/41
Waywold, Joan Peldon1584Will D/ABW 40/47.
Wellam, John Little Wigborough1661Will D/ACW 17/233
Wells, James West Mersea1614Will D/ABW 41/231
Wells, John West Mersea1627Will D/ABW 49/306
Weaver, RobertEast Mersea1663493 Will D/ACW 16/257 Curate
Webbe, Annys Peldon1513/14Will D/ABW 1/219/1
Webbe, JohnEast Mersea1510CK 266 Will D/ACR 1/167/2
Webbe Rose,East Mersea1562494 Will PROB 11/46/132
Webbe Robert Peldon1509Will D/ACR 1/150/4
Wheeler, GeorgeWest Mersea1630495 Will D/ABW 50/6
Whyter, John East Mersea1547Will D/ABW 39/12
Whyter, Richard West Mersea1528Will D/ABW 39/12
Wilbore, NicholasWest1606496 Will D/ABW 41/83
Wilson, RichardWest Mersea1624497 Will D/ABW 46/50
Wilvet, Robert West Mersea1542/43Will D/ABW 39/55
Wode, William West Mersea1511Will D/ACR 1/183/2
Wolvet, Robert West Mersea1517Will D/ACR 2/72/1
Wright, NicholasWest Mersea1615498 Will PROB 11/129/312
Wright, WilliamEast Mersea1654499 Will PROB 11/236/544
Wyseman, Henry & Thomas
[ Wiseman ]
West Mersea1600Land Transfer D/P 77/13/1

Strood Accounts

1.MARG_001_011     Strood Accounts Receipts 1556 ERO D/P 77/25/1
2.MARG_002_011 Strood Accounts Receipts 1557-58 ERO D/P 77/25/1
3.MARG_003_011 Receipts of the Strood 1559 1560
4.MARG_004_011 Strood Charges 1559 D/P 77/25/1
5.MARG_005_011 Strood Accounts Charges 1560 1561 ERO D/P 77/25/1
6.MARG_006_011 Strood Accounts Receipts 1561-62 ERO D/P 77/25/1
7.MARG_007_011 Strood Accounts receipts 1562-64 ERO D/P 77/25/1
8.MARG_008_011 Strood Accounts Receipts 1565 ERO D/P 77/25/1
9.MARG_009_011 Strood Accounts 1566-75 ERO D/P 77/25/1
10.MARG_010_011 Strood Accounts 1620 ERO D/P 77/25/2

Peldon documents

241.PH01_DMS Peldon in Domesday Book
251.SLY_001_101 Sleyes Peldon conveyance John Lawrence John Anger 1635
252.SLY_002_101 Sleyes Peldon conveyance John Lawrence John Anger 1635
253.SLY_003_101 Sleyes Peldon Will of John Hopkins 1734
254.SLY_004_101 Sleyes Peldon letter from James Boys 1741
255.SLY_005_101 Sleyes Peldon will of Jonathan Bennet of East Mersea 1760
256.SLY_006_101 Sleyes Peldon Regrant and Admission of Edward Ransom
257.SLY_007_101 Sleyes Peldon sale by Edward Ransom to John White 1772
258.SLY_008_101 Sleyes Manorial Surrender to John White 1772
259.SLY_009_101 Sleyes Manorial Admission of John White 1774
260.SLY_010_101 Sleyes sale of property to Joseph Ward 1780
261.SLY_011_101 Sleyes Admission of Joseph Ward
262.SLY_012_101 Sleyes - sale Mary Wilsmore to Martin Harvey
265.PPS_001 Indenture Priest's House (Slyes) Peldon 1726

Other documents

228.MARG_228 Memorandum by Charles Lind, Vicar of West Mersea 1748 concerning tithes ERO D/P 77/1/2
280.MARG_280_011 Hearth Tax Great Wigborough 1673 ERO Q/RTh 8/4
297.MARG_297 Irregularities to be reformed Island of Mersey1680 ERO T/B 134/1
301.Bower Hall 1743 D/DU/491
302.Tithe customs of vicarage of West Mersea 1460/1750 D/Q 1/12
303.MARG_303_011 Manorial Records - East Mersea Tree Cutting 1501 D/DRc M12
304.MARG_304_011 East Mersea Manor - letter from Queen Elizabeth ref Thomas Abell 1533 D/DRc M12
305.1589 Crew list for bark PARNELL D/DRc M12
306.MARG_306_011 Those that would run a virtuous race ... (Poem) D/DRc M12
MARG_306_013 From all the stock of flying fowl (Poem) D/DRc M12
307.West Mersea Custumal 1497 D/Du 491/22
308.MARG_308_001 West Mersea St Ouen's Domesday 1086
309.MARG_309_001 West Mersea Bocking Hall Domesday 1086
310.MARG_310_001 East Mersea Domesday 1086
312.MARG_312_011 Manorial Customs in West Mersea and Fingringhoe
313.MARG_313_011 Manorial Customs in West Mersea - tenants destruction of ancient records
320.MARG_320_011 East Mersea Courte Baron ERO D/DU 555/18
321.MARG_321_011 East Mersea Customary tenants incl. Abell D/DU 555/18
322.MARG_322_011 East Mersea Demesnes 1589 D/DU 555/18
323.MARG_323_011 East Mersea Courte Leete 1589 D/DU 555/18
324.MARG_324_011 East Mersea Courte Leete 1559 Payments Fines D/DU 555/18
325.MARG_325_011 East Mersea Manor map c1650 D/DU 555/18
326.MARG_326_011 East Mersea Court of Lady Bridget Marney 1537 D/DRc M12
327.MARG_327_011 East Mersea letter from Queen Elizabeth 1559 D/DRc M12
328.MARG_328_011 East Mersea Book: Thomas Abell 1558 D/DRc M12
329.MARG_329_011 East Mersea Book: Works and Customs D/DRc M12
330.MARG_330_011 East Mersea Book: Owing to Cousin Jollye ERO D/DRc M12
331.MARG_331_011 East Mersea Book: Thomas Peare Expenses ERO D/DRc M12
362.MARG_362 East Mersea Manor sale of Copyhold 1824
361.MARG_361_011 The Domesday of Inclosures 1517
401.MARG_401 Earliest written references to Mersea Island 894 etc
401.MARG_402 Charter of King Edward the Confessor 1046

Reference Sources

MST_BV1     1831 Wright and Bartlett History and Topography of Essex

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