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Some early Plant wills and a few University attendees around England (before 1700)

I am grateful to Earl Davies (ED) for making a start on adding some details to the summaries below of some Plant wills, mostly proved at Lichfield, working backwards from 1699. The Lichfield wills cover largely the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire. In 1993, W K Plant (Roots and Branches, Issue 5, pp. 17-21) listed many wills, proved mainly at Lichfield and Chester, between 1527 and 1896, though these had several shortcomings, such as a lack of location for all 44 listed Lichfield wills between 1533 and 1626. A more complete list, with place names, since 1527 to 1699 in the case of Lichfield wills, is listed below (some designated WKP and some from the index here). A few wills further afield before 1699, especially in the south-east of England, are indexed for the Prerogative Consistory Court of Canterbury and they are listed here below, as taken from their index at The National Archives (designated TNA). Also, the relatively few, pre-1699 Plant attendees at Oxford and Cambridge Universities are taken from W Keith Plant (1991) Roots and Branches, Issue 2, pp 27-29 (designated WKP).

Some other mostly earlier, assorted Plant documents with their full texts are given are here and some medieval Plant records, starting 1202, are listed here.

1699 wills, probate at Lichfield (ED)
* Will made in 1699, proved April 11 1700. Richard Plant of Folker in the parish of Leek (Staffordshire) [Probably at modern day ST13 8SF] names children Richard, William, Dorothy, Elizabeth, John and wife Dorothy
* Will made in 1699, proved April 11 1700 Thomas Plant of Whiteberch? in the parish of Leek (Staffordshire), husbandman, names wife Elizabeth, names a son William, daughter Anne names a grandson? or godson? William Goodwin
* Will made in 1699, proved April 26 1700. Thomas Plant of Little Harborough, Warwickshire, husbandman names son Thomas Plant, daughter Anne Plant, daughter Elizabeth Plant
1699 will and inventory, probate at Chester (WKP)
* Will and inventory of Henry Plant, yeoman of Wincle (Macclesfield hundred, Cheshire)).
1698 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Ellen Plant, widow of Burbidge, Hartington Derbyshire.
1698 attendee at Cambridge University (WKP)
* Attendee, John Plant amd.sizar at Jesus Cambridge, June 15, 1698 of Staffs, matric 1698, BA 1701-2, rector of Swynnerton, Staffs, 1704-7.
1697 will, probate at Lichfield (ED)
* Probate document 1697, no Will or inventory. Very short does not appear to mention family relationships. Relates to a Thomas Plant alias Harding of Swynnerton in Staffordshire.
1697 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Sentence of Jana Phillips alias Plant of Saint Margaret Westminster, Middlesex. 13 Nov. 1697.
* Will of Jane Plant, wife of Saint Margaret Westminster, Middlesex. 15 Nov. 1697.
* Will of John Plant, mariner (gunner's mate) belonging to Mary of Rotherhithe, Surrey. 20 July 1697.
1696 wills, probate at Lichfield (ED)
* Probate of Thomas Plant of Mill Street, Leek (Staffordshire), husbandman. Inventory and Probate proved 1696. No will. Partially in Latin but most readable. Does not mention any Plant family relations.
* Will made in 1696 John Plant of Stonycliffe in the parish of Leek (Staffordshire), husbandman proved 1696. Names Richard Plant 'son of by brother Thomas' Ann Cleaton wife of Ralph Cleaton, Richard Plant, Elizabeth Plant, John Plant, Dorothy Plant, William Plant sons and daughters of my brother Richard, brother Richard, brother William, my nephew john Plant son of my brother Robert, Sarah Plant daughter of my brother Robert, William Plant junior my nephew is name executor.
1695 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William Plant, yeoman on Leek Staffordshire.
1693 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Edward Plant of Heaton in Leek parish, Staffordshire
1692 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Lawrence Plant, husbandman of White House, Hartington Derbyshire.
1692 executors of a Buckinghamshire will transcribed here
* Will of Daniel Hooton of Ravenstone, Buckinghamshire mentions Edwd Plant the younger living at Skifton in county Northamptonshire, signed by Ed Plant Senr, Thomas Plant and the marke of Thomas Trulove.
1691 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Elizabeth Plant, widow of London. 8 Aug 1691.
1690 will, Lancashire (WKP)
* Will of William Plant, husbandman of Bury (Lancashire).
1690 wills, probate at Chester
* Will and inventory of Mary Plant, widow of Winkersley.
* Will and inventory of Edward Plant, yeoman of Butley (east Cheshire).
1688 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Samuel Plant, husbandman of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Thomas Plant, husbandman of Mapleton Derbyshire.
1686 will, probate at Chester
* Will and inventory of John Plant, husbandman of Gawsworth (Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire).
1685 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richard Plant of Great Longstone Derbyshire.
* Will of Elizabeth Plant, widow of Leek Stafordshire.
1685 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Richard Plant, butcher of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. 3 Oct 1685.
1683 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Samuel Plant, husbandman of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Walter Plant of Alstonefield Staffordshire.
* Will of Thomas Plant, husbandman of Chelmorton, Bakewell Derbyshire.
1683 will, probate at Chester
* Will and inventory of Richard Plant, yeoman of Winkersley.
1682 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Margaret Plant, widow of Leek Staffordshire.
1681 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thomas Plant, innkeeper of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Thomas Plant, cordwainer of Stone Staffordshire.
1679 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Robert Plant, husbandman of Leek Staffordshire.
1680 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William Plant, miner of Great Longstone Derbyshire.
* Will of William Plant, husbandman of Mucklestone Shropshire.
1679 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Thomas Plant, chapman of Banbury, Oxfordshire, 15 Feb 1679.
1677 will, probate at Chester
* Will and inventory of John Plant, yeoman of Bosley.
1677 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thomas Plant. yeoman of Leekfrith, Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Matthias Plant, blacksmith of Swynnerton Staffordshire.
1676 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thomas Plant of Leekfrith, Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Stephen Plant, yeoman of Stone Staffordshire.
* Will of James Plant, cordwainer of Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire.
1674 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of George Plant, yeoman of Newton, Gresley Derbyshire.
1674 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Philipp Plant, chirurgeon (surgeon) at present belonging to His Majesty's Ship Mightingale of London.
1673 inventory at Chester
* Inventory of Ann Plant, widow of Gawsworth.
1671 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of John Plant, husbandman of Witchurch Shropshire.
* Will of Joan Plant, widow of Leek Staffordshire.
1671 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Thomas Plant, Gentleman of Prestwich, Lancashire, 13 Jan 1671.
1670 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William Plant, yeoman of Leek Staffordshire.
1667 Doctor of Divinity by diploma (WKP)
* Awardee Francis Plant. D.D. by diploma, 5 July 1667, pastor of the church at Breda (Netherlands) and hebrew professor in the Aurangian college there.
1666 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of John Plant, weaver of Leek Staffordshire.
1665 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thomas Plant, yeoman of Leek Staffordshire.
1664 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Jane Plant, spinster of Atlow, Bradbourne Derbyshire.
1662 Atendees at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (WKP)
* Attendee Robert Plant, son of John of Toddenham, Co. Gloucester, pleb. Goucester Hall, Oxford, matric 3 Dec. 1662, aged 16.
* Attendee John Plant, Adm sizar (age 18) at Christs, Cambridge, 25 May 1662, son of George, born at Gresley, Derbyshire, School Repton matric 1662, BA 1665, MA 1669, Ordained deacon Lichfield (Staffordshire), March 1665-6, priest Feb. 166-7.
1661 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Joan Plant, widow of Alstonefield Staffordshire.
1659 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Thomas Plant of Redgearth, Staffordshire (?Redearth in Leek parish), 20 May 1659.
* Will of Osmund Plant, yeoman of Stalbridge, Dorset, 13 Feb 1659.
1654 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Thomas Plante or Plant, mill engine man of Radcliffe upon Soare, Nottinghamshire, 30 May 1654.
1653 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Thomas Plant of Banbury, Oxfordshire, 29 June 1653.
1650 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of George Plant, yeoman of Winthorpe, Lincolnshire, 6 Nov 1650.
1649 will and inventory, probate at Chester
* Will and inventory of Justice Plant, husbandman of Henbury (east Cheshire).
1647 wills, probate at Chester (WKP)
* Will and inventory of Randle Plant, husbandman of Gawsworth (Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire).
* Will, admon and inventory of Edward Plant, husbandman of Siddington (east Cheshire)
1645 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of John Plant, servant to His Excellency the Earl of Essex, 24 March 1645 (3rd earl, 8th creation).
1641 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Mary Plant, widow of Saint Leonard Eastcheap, city of London, 17 March 1641.
1640 will(s), probate at Lichfield
* Will of William Plant of Leek (Staffordshire) - possibly a WKP duplicate of record below.
* Will of William Plant, husbandman of Heaton, Leek Staffordshire.
1639 inventory at Chester
* Inventory of Lawrence Plant of Wincle (Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire).
1638 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Henry Plant senior, yeoman of Newton, Gresley Derbyshire.
1637 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of John Plant of Readearth, Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Margaret Plant, widow of Readearth, Leek Staffordshire.
Will of William Plant, husbandman of Swadlingcote, Gresley Derbyshire.
1636 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Martin Plant, merchant of London, 18 Nov 1636.
1634 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Lawrence Plant of Rudyard, Leek Staffordshire.
1633 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thomas Plant, husbandman of Alstonefield Staffordshire.
1628 wills, probate at Lichfield (WKP)
* Will of William Plant of Stone (Staffordshire).
* Will of John Plant of Sheriff Hales (Shropshire).
1626 will and inventory at Chester
* Will and inventory of James Plant, husbandman of Sutton (east Cheshire).
1626 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Ellen Plant of Swynnerton Staffordshire.
1626 Attendee at Oxford University (WKP)
* Attendee Matthew Plant, son of Thomas of Dichford, Co. Worcestershire, pleb, Hart Hall, Oxford, matric 24 Nov. 1626 aged 17.
1625 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Anthony Plant. yeoman of Morton Pinckney, Northamptonshire, 9 Feb 1625.
1623 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Johannis (or John) Plant of Leek Staffordshire.
1620 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Nicholas Plant, yeoman of Great Bourton, Oxfordshire, 9 Nov 1620.
1619 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richard (or Richardi or Richd) Plant of Alstonfield Staffordshire.
1616 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thomas (or Thome or Thos) Plante of Swynnerton Staffordshire.
1616 Attendee at Cambridge University (WKP)
* Attendee William Plant, matric sizar from Queens Cambridge, Easter 1661, of Derbyshire. Perhaps vicar of Lockington Leicestershire 1647-62, Died June 4 1662, MI at Lockington, Will (Leicester) 1662.
1614 Atendee ot Oxford University (WKP)
* Attendee Edward Plante, subscribed 4.11.1614, BA from Wadham College 8th May 1618. MA 25th June, 1621, Rector of Kiddlington (5 miles north of Oxford).
1619 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richard (or Richardi or Richd) Plant of Alstonfield Staffordshire.
1616 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thomas (or Thome or Thos) Plante of Swynnerton Staffordshire.
1614 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William (or Willmi or Wm) Plant of Alstonfield Staffordshire.
1611 Inventory at Chester
* Inventory of William Plant of Chester (east Cheshire).
1609 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Edward (or Edwd) Plont of Alstonfield Staffordshire.
1605 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Humphey (or Humfridi) Plant (or Plante) of Stone Staffordshire.
1604 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William Plants of Kingsley Staffordshire.
1602 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Johanis (or John) Plante of Fletchamsted Warwickshire.
1599 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William (or Willimi or Wm) Plante of Leek Staffordshire.
1598 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Johannis (or John) Plant of Swynnerton Staffordshire.
1596 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richd Plant of Leek Staffordshire.
1595 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Margarete (or Margt) Plant (or Plantt) of Drayton in Hales Shropshire.
1595 Prerogative Court of Canterbury (TNA)
* Will of Elizabeth Plante, widow of Blockley, peculiar of Worcestershire, now in Gloucestershire.
1591 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Christoferi (or Christopher) Plante of Leek Staffordshire.
1588 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Lawrence Plant (or Plante) of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Laurenti Plante of Alveley Shropshire.
1587 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Reginald (or Regnaldi or Renold) Plante of Leek Staffordshire.
1586 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Humfrey (or Humfri) Plant (or Plante) of Swynnerton Staffordshire.
1585 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Robt (or Robti) Plant of Leek Staffordshire.
1583 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Robert (or Robt) Plante (or Plont) of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Thos Plant of Stoke on Trent Staffordshire.
* Will of Roberti Plant of Alveley Shropshire.
* Will of Thome Plant of Alveley Shropshire.
* Will of William Plant of Alveley Shropshire.
* Will of Alice Plont of Grendon Warwickshire.
1576 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William (or Wm) Plant (or Plante) of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Thos Plant of Stoke on Trent Staffordshire.
1568 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richard Plant (or Plantt) of Stone Staffordshire.
* Will of Richard (or Rici) Plant of Alveley Shropshire.
* Will of Richd Plont of Edgmond Shropshire.
1567 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richard (or Richd) Plant (or Plont) of Leek Staffordshire.
1561 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Jacobi (or James) Plant of Waterfall Staffordshire.
1560 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Willi (or Wm) Plant of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of George (or Georgy) Plant of Tamworth Staffordshire.
1558 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of John Plant (or Plante) of Tamworth Staffordshire.
* Will of Thomas (or Thos) Plant of Gresley Derbyshire.
* Will of Thom Plant of Alveley Shropshire.
1557 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richard (or Ric or Richd) Plant (or Plont) of Waterfall Staffordshire.
1556 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Helen (or Helene) Plant (or Plont) of Leek Staffordshire.
1555 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of William (or Willm or Wm) Plant of Stone Staffordshire.
1553 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Richd (or Ric) Plant of Alstonfield Staffordshire.
1552 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of John Plant (or Plont) of Stone Staffordshire.
1550 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Thome (or Thos) Plante of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Thomas Plant of Alstonfield Staffordshire.
* Will of Henrie (or Henry) Plant (or Plante) of Stoke on Trent Staffordshire.
* Will of Henry Plant of Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire.
* Will of William (or Willm or Wm) Plante of Milwich Staffordshire.
1545 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Hugh (or Hugonis) Plant (or Plante) of Wirksworth Derbyshire.
1540 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Roger Plant of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Nicholas Plont of Stone Staffordshire.
* Will of Nicholas Plant of Darlaston Staffordshire.
1539 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Rog Plant of Leek Staffordshire.
1537 wills, probate at Lichfield
* Will of John Plant (or Plante) of Leek Staffordshire.
* Will of Thomas Plante of Ashbourne Derbyshire.
1533 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of John Plonnt of Leek Staffordshire.
1532 will, probate at Lichfield
* Will of Alice (or Alicie) Plaunt (or Plantt) of Stone Staffordshire.
1527 will, probate at Lichfield (WKP)
* Will of Alice Plant, widow of Stone in Staffordshire.
1452 Probably scholar at Oxford (WKP)
* Monk, Cistercian, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, was granted papal dispensation to hold a benefice with cure of souls, 21 Oct 1465.

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