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Will of John White, – 1670

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JOHN WHITE, Southampton, L. I. Leaves to only son John all houses and lands. “If he die without issue then to my daughter Elizabeth. If she die without issue then to my wife Hannah, for life, and then to the eldest son of my brother James White. If he die without issue then one half to my two nephews, John Topping and Thomas Topping. The other half to be divided amongst my four youngest sisters” [not named]. Wife to have use of property till son comes of age. Makes wife Hannah executrix, and “my loving friends, Francis and Daniel Sayre, and my brother-in-law, Thomas Topping” over-seers and guardian of children.

Dated May 9, 1670. Witnesses, Thomas Cooper, Thomas Cooper, Jr.

The execution of will was comfirmed May 30, 1670, before us, Henry Pierson, John Jessop, Richard Howell, Isaac Halsey. “Thomas Topping of Southampton, testifyes that the will is, and was, the very will of John White, deceased, and that hee, this deponent, wrote ye said will for him, and see him sign and seale ye same, as is also testifyed by ye other witnesses, July 1, 1670. Henry Pierson, Clerk of Court of Sessions.”

Inventory taken by John Howell, Henry Pierson, Edward Howell, John Jennings. House and £50; allotment, £55.

LIBER 1-2, page 75

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