Contributed by Carey Bracewell
The Nuncupative Will of John Whitaker
The deposition of Mary Collins aged fifty yeares or thereabout being Sworne Sayeth That John Whitaker, as I Conceive about fourteene dayes before his death did Say that the Child of peter fiveash, for which he stood godfather should have the one halfe of his Estate the other halfe of his Estate to be divided betwixt those that did looke after him in his sicknesse: the other halfe of the halfe to bury him.
Sworne to in open Court Mary (mark) Collings
Janry the 9th 1689 Test:
John Pitt Cl Cur
The deposition of James Briggs aged twenty one yeares or thereabout beinge Sworne sayeth that what is before Expressed by Mary Collings: is true: but the tyme before his death he sayd the words was about fewer months.
Sworne to in opne Court held for James Briggs
the Isle of Wight county Janry the 9th 1689
Test John Pitt ClCur
The deposition of JOHN RIGGS aged fifteene yeares the twenty third of ffebruary next beinge Sworne sayeth that what is before declared by Mrs Mary Collings is true.
Sworne to in open Court held for JOHN (mark) RIGGW
the Isle of Wight County Janry the 9th 1689
Test John Pitt ClCur.
NOTE: John Riggs is 14 years old and testifying in court as a witness for Susannah Burgess Braswell's mother Mary Collins.
In 1692 John Riggs was the legal executor of Richard Towle's will at age 17.
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