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JEREMIAH WESTCOTT, SR. (1633-1686)

Timeline Information




1647, he was a boy just entering his teens when his parents removed from Providence to Old Warwick and it may be assumed that he was one of the children "from the age of seven," whome "Towne Orders" ruled that fathers should provide with "a Bow and two Arrowes or shots to induce them and to bring them to shooting."

July 3, 1652, his name first appears on the records of the town of Warwick, when probably he had just recently become of age, as having received "half an Anker of lickyor."

July 13, 1654, when he was a witness to the deed of purchase of land from the Sachem Taccoman.

March 3, 1660, he was one of the jurymen on "ye grand Inquist," of which his father was chairman, passing upon the death of an Indian.

August 23, 1660, he posted a "twentie pound Bond to stand to ye Determination" of two men that had been chosen "to End all differences between us in case depending in ye corte."

1664, he is recorded as having been appointed an officer of the town to take an Indian prisoner to Newport.

1666, he was chosen to go to "Namket" and "Coeset" and warn the Indians not to plant on the town's land.

1672, he was made a freeman.

Jeremiah lived on a farm adjoining that of his father which the elder Westcott had given him for life. In addition to the land his father had given him, by the will made by the town council, he was given also the John Bennett estate and other lands.

Jeremiah and Eleanor were buried in the family burial ground near his farm where his father in Warwick, as was the custom in those days, made a place for him beforehand.

His father gave him a farm for life adjoining the homestead farm and here Jeremiah passed the remainder of his life. He left no will, and the town council of Warwick, as was the custom in those days, made one for him.

All of his eight of his children were born in Old Warwick and his six sons survived him.

(Stukely Westcott, Vol. 1, Pgs. 34, 155, 1932)