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JEREMIAH WESTCOTT, JR. (1666-1757)

Receipt for Items Received from John Warner




An ancient receipt recites that April 21, 1712, he received from his "father-in-law" John Warner, the following articles:

2   y' of new silk to make a hood
1   hood redy made
1   black silk handercheef
1   mixed colered silk handercheef
2   blue calleco aprons
2   pear of wash lether gloves
26   caps
2   good white hoods and 1 old one
11   hed bands, good as new and 2 old ones
4   linen shifts
2   flanlin shifts, all good as new
1/2   silk handcercheef
6   pettecots
4   mantes
     a riding ground
     a riding hood
     a cloack
6   pear of good stockings
     a pear of old wash lether gloves
1   new white hollen apron
4   wooin (woolen) aprons
2   bonnits and 1 new one
2   peares of shoues
1   wooden heels the other lether heels
     pillow and cloth and bible
1   pear of stays
1   pear of linin, one pear of wolin gloves
3   peacs of earthern ware
     sisers with other nesesneary


     Then was recorded "Received of my father in law John Warner the particulars Above named I say received by me in behalfe of myselfe and brethern." He signed "Jeremia Westcot."

     On June 6, 1712, he also receipted, this time to his brother-in-law John Warner, for: "9 yeards of wosted and druget which my mother bestowed on my daughter Elinor Westcot, which in the inventory of my father in law John Warners Esquire amounted to thirty one shillings and six pence."

     Old records make it seem that prior to 1698, one John Micater, came to what is now Apponaug in Warwick, and built a "Fulling Mill" on the stream that runs from Gorton's pond to Apponaug cove. On January 24, 1693, Jeremiah purchased the mill, one of the conditions of the purchase being that Micater should teach Jeremiah the art of fulling, and thus Jeremiah was called "weaver." This was probably the first fulling mill in the colony. After an ownership of four years, on April 13, 1702, he sold the mill to Samuel Greene, son of Deputy Governor John Greene, for 150 pounds.

     On July 24, 1722, he sold to Samuel Gorton, his mansion house at Old Warwick, where he then lived and the lot of six acres, bounded northerly by the road to the "Neck," southerly by land of Moses Lippitt, and westerly by Main Street. This was at "Old Warwick," opposite the home lot of his grandfather Stukely, and which his grandfather deeded to Jeremiah, Sr. for life and to Jeremiah, Jr. after Jeremiah, Sr.'s death.

     Jeremiah may have dwelled during the remaining thirty-five years of his life in that part of Warwick which in 1741 was set off as the town of Coventry, but of this there is no assurance because the records of Coventry for the first twenty years of its existence are lost.

     (Stukely Westcott, Vol. 1, Pgs. 155-56, 1932)