A connection of the Wills family of Talland with Lostwithiel is shown by a settlement certificate of 1684 in which the representatives of Lostwithiel are requested to take Francis Wills of Talland, cooper, as an inhabitant.[1]


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1††††††††† ††††††††† WILLS.


Children of ††††††††††Wills:

2††††††††††††† i†††††††††††††† FRANCIS WILLS (d ca 1606); m JOAN.

ii†††††††††††† WILLIAM WILLS of Talland, Cornwall, d ca 1642;[2] m ALICE.[3]

iii††††††††††† MARY WILLS; m ††††††††††ESCOTT.[4]

iv††††††††††† MARGARET WILLS.[5]


2††††††††† FRANCIS WILLS of Talland died ca 1606.[6] He married JOAN.[7]


Children of Francis and Joan Wills:

3††††††††††††† i†††††††††††††† WILLIAM WILLS (ca 1602-1681); m MARTHA POPE.

ii†††††††††††† THOMASINE WILLS.

iii††††††††††† GRACE WILLS.[8]


3††††††††† WILLIAM WILLS of Talland, yeoman, was born ca 1602[9] and buried on 7 November 1681 at Talland.[10] He married MARTHA POPE, daughter of Henry and Annis (Code) Pope.[11]


Children of William and Martha (Pope) Wills:

4††††††††††††† i†††††††††††††† FRANCIS WILLS (b ca 1625); m EPIPHANY.

ii†††††††††††† WILLIAM WILLS of Landrake, yeoman, b ca 1627,[12] bur 31 Dec 1692, Landrake;[13] m(1) 6 Jul 1648, Landrake, DOROTHY RAWE;[14] m(2) 20 Jul 1658, Landrake, ALICE HIPSLY.[15]

iii††††††††††† MARTHA WILLS, bur 23 Oct 1693, Talland;[16] m(1) ††††††††††POPE; m(2) 11 Nov 1660, Talland, JOHN VYAN.[17]


4††††††††† FRANCIS WILLS of Talland, cooper, was born ca 1625.[18] He married EPIPHANY.[19]


Children of Francis and Epiphany Wills:[20]

i†††††††††††††† PETER WILLS, b 14 Oct 1658, Talland.[21]

ii†††††††††††† WILLIAM WILLS.[22]

ii†††††††††††† MARTHA WILLS.[23]

5††††††††††††† iii††††††††††† FRANCIS WILLS (1676-1732); m ELIZABETH.

v††††††††††††† MARTHA WILLS, bap 6 Apr 1676, Talland.[24]


5††††††††† FRANCIS WILLS of Lostwithiel was baptised on 6 April 1676 at Talland[25] and buried on 26 April 1732 at Lostwithiel.[26] He married on 17 April 1704 at Lostwithiel, ELIZABETH.[27] She was buried on 15 December 1744 at Lostwithiel.[28]


Child of Francis and Elizabeth Wills:

i†††††††††††††† EPIPHANY WILLS, bap 17 Apr 1705, Lostwithiel,[29] d 23 Dec 1775,[30] bur 26 Dec 1775, Boconnoc;[31] m 27 Jul 1730, Lanlivery, ANDREW BRIANT[32] (see here).

[1] Kresen Kernow, BLOS/390/1.

[2] Kresen Kernow, AP/W/713.

[3] Kresen Kernow, AP/W/713. Alice was a sister of Elizabeth Gerry, widow, of Talland, whose will was written in 1638 (Kresen Kernow, AP/G/494).

[4] Kresen Kernow, AP/W/713; Kresen Kernow, AP/W/101.

[5] Kresen Kernow, AP/W/101.

[6] Kresen Kernow, AP/W/101.

[7] Kresen Kernow, AP/W/101.

[8] In addition to her fatherís will, Grace daughter of Francis Wills is mentioned in the 1608 will of Walter Francis of Talland (Kresen Kernow, AP/F/32).

[9] Norman J.G. Pounds, ed., The Parliamentary Survey of the Duchy of Cornwall, vol. 1 (Torquay, 1982), 106-07. The will of Thomas Lobb of Talland, written in 1653, mentions his kinsman William Wills (National Archives, PROB 11/241/468).

[10] Cornwall OPC Database (www.cornwall-opc-database.org); Kresen Kernow, AP/W/1256. Williamís will mentions his kinswoman Wilmot Cleire.

[11] There is a 1628 baptism entry in the Talland bishopís transcripts for a child of William Wills and Martha his wife. The page is damaged so the identity of the child is uncertain. The 1633 will of Henry Pope of Talland mentions, among others: son-in-law William Wills and Martha his wife; Francis Wills, William Wills his brother and Martha Wills their sister; wifeís brother William Code, his brother Richard Code and Alice their sister; wife Annis (Kresen Kernow, AP/P/681). It has not yet been directly documented that Annis was the mother of Martha (Pope) Wills. The will of Roger Pope, written in 1653, mentions the children of Francis Wills and William Wills (National Archives, PROB 11/241/341).

[12] Norman J.G. Pounds, ed., The Parliamentary Survey of the Duchy of Cornwall, vol. 1 (Torquay, 1982), 106-07.

[13] Landrake parish registers. His residence is given as Landrake in his fatherís will (Kresen Kernow, AP/W/1256).

[14] Landrake parish registers.

[15] Landrake parish registers.

[16] Talland bishopís transcripts; Kresen Kernow, AP/V/298.

[17] England Marriages, 1538Ė1973 (www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2C6-W89). The will of William Wills mentions his daughter Martha Vyan. Marthaís will mentions her daughter Martha Leane. Martha Pope and Henry Leane were married at Talland in 1677.

[18] Norman J.G. Pounds, ed., The Parliamentary Survey of the Duchy of Cornwall, vol. 1 (Torquay, 1982), 106-07. He was probably the Francis Wills of Talland, yeoman, recorded as aged 58 and born at Talland in documents of 1679/80 relating to the will of John Peake (Kresen Kernow, AP/P/1443). He may be the Francis Wills buried at Talland on 12 Sep 1698. Administration of the estate of Francis Wills of Talland was granted to his son John in 1699 (Kresen Kernow, AP/W/1607).

[19] Epiphany is named as the mother in the birth record of Peter Wills. She is not directly attested as the mother of Francis and Martha, but the use of the name Epiphany for the daughter of Francis provides some onomastic support. One candidate for Epiphany, wife of Francis Wills, is a daughter of that name mentioned in the 1640 will of Peter Mellow of Talland.

[20] There may have been additional children but the incompleteness of the Talland records for the period makes the details difficult to determine. The 1680 will of William Wills names several grandchildren.

[21] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5D2-TH2).

[22] The 1662 will of John Vyan of Talland mentions William Wills, son of Francis Wills (Kresen Kernow, AP/V/168).

[23] The will of John Foxwell of Talland, written in 1665, mentions Martha, daughter of Francis Wills, as well as Rebecca, daughter of William Wills (Kresen Kernow, AP/F/268).

[24] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5D2-G83).

[25] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5DL-MF9).

[26] Lostwithiel parish registers; Kresen Kernow, AP/W/2183.

[27] Lostwithiel parish registers.

[28] Lostwithiel parish registers.

[29] Lostwithiel parish registers.

[30] An Index to the Transcripts of Monumental Inscriptions in the Burial Ground at Boconnoc (Cornwall Family History Society, 1996). Her age is given as 70.

[31] Boconnoc bishopís transcripts.

[32] Lanlivery parish registers.