Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Richard Nelmes

Male Bef 1635 - 1688  (> 38 years)


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  • Name Richard Nelmes 
    Born Bef 1635 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1673 and 1688  Yeocomico, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I71682  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father Family Nelmes 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F37041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne MNU Nelmes,   d. Aft 1663, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Yeocomico, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Nelmes,   b. Bef 1663, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1709, Northumberland County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years)  [natural]
     2. William Nelmes,   b. 1673, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1719, Northumberland County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
     3. Charles Nelmes,   b. Abt 1655,   d. 12 Mar 1714, Northumberland County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)  [natural]
     4. John Nelmes,   b. Bef 1682, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1727, Fairfield Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 45 years)  [natural]
     5. Sarah Nelmes,   b. Bef 1668, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1727, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 59 years)  [natural]
     6. Dorothea Nelmes,   d. Aft 1708, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F31197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1652-1658 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book; [Frank V. Walczyk]
      [Page 66 L]
      I Abraham Moone do constitute ordain and appoint my trusty friend Seth Foster my true and lawfull attorney in my place and stead to ask demand redeem and receive from Mr. George Colclough a pattent of land laying in Great Wicocomoco River and belonging unto me the said Moone on which land Richard Nelmes is now seated and do likewise renose and frustrate any former power given to the said George Colclough or any other person whatsoever for the disposeing of the said land and do further ordain and appoint the said Seth Foster to sell and dispose of the land above said as he shall see fit and requisit and what illy said attorney shall act and do concerning the premisses I do ratify and confirm to be authentic as if that I was personally present as witness my hand this 19th of September anno 1655.
      per me Abraham Moone.
      Witness - William Thomas, William Denbie his mark
      20th January 1655
      The letter of attorney was recorded
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      1658-1662 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 56
      KNOWE ALL MEN by these pr:sents that I RICHARD NEALMES for & in consdieracon that JOHN EARLE hath seated & planted upon a Devidend of Land belonging to mee & due to mee by Pattent bounding South Easterly upon YOACOMOCO RIVER, Southwesterly upon the Land of WM. WALKER, Northwesterly & Northeasterly upon the Maine Woods, for & in the sd. consideracon I the sd. RICHARD NEALMES doe by these pr:sents give & grant unto the sd, JOHN EARLE one part or Neck of the sd. Land where the sd. EARLE hash seated, be it more or less, bounding as followeth; vizt., Southeasterly upon the sd YEACOMOCO RIVER. Southwesterly upon a Maine Creeke by mee called NEALMES HIS CREEEE, Northeasterly upon a line of markt trees being the bounds of my land in that side & running Northwesterly from the River by a Branch & to the sd. Trees it comes foule of a small Swampe or Branch of the sd. Maine Creeke, & soe downe the sd. Branch & Creeke to the River & downe alone by the River to the first mentioned Branch that runns to the sd. markt. trees; To have & to hold the sd. Neck of Land to him the sd. JOHN EARLE his heires or assignes for ever in as full ( ) as it is by Pattent to mee granted paying his ( ) the quitt rents menconed in the Pattent in full confirmacon whereof I the said RICHARD NEALMES have sett my hand & seale this twenty first of January 1657
      ( ); JOHN BENNETT the marke of RICHARD NEALMES
      26th Febr 1660. This Grant was recorded
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      1661-1665 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 3; [Antient Press]; Page 303
      Northumberland County Court 10th of March 1661/62
      - These are to certify that RICHARD NELMES made his right appeare to 200 acres of Land for the transportacon of foure p:sons into this Collony,(vizt.) JOHN DUGGIN, JOYCE MATTUX -2; JOHN BOUND, MARY FLOYD - in all 4,

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      1662-1666 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 2; [Antient Press]; Page 118
      To all &c., Whereas &c,, Now Know yee that I the sd: Sr, WILLIAM BERKELEY Knt., &c. give & grant unto RICHARD NELMES Foyer hundred acres of land being in the County of Northumberland abutting Southeast upon YEOACOCOMO RIVER, Southwest upon the land of WILLIAM WALKER, North & West & North East upon the maine woods; the said land being formerly granted to the sd. NELMES by Pattent bearing date the ( ) of November 165( & now renewed in his ( ) Quarter Court; To have & to hold &c., Dated this ( ) January 1662
      I doe hereby assigne unto RICHARD TODWELL & ROBT: JEFFREYS all my title ( ) Land & all the ( ) belonging (excepting onely ( ) in controversy between. ( ) I doe hereby clearly alienate ( ) & Admrs. unto the sd: ( ) for ever; ( ) March 1663
      Witness; JOHN HAYNIE RICHARD NELMES
      JOHN HULL
      March 8th 1663. This Assignement was acknowledged in Northumberland County Court by the sd: RICHARD NELMES for himselfe & by Letter of Attorney from ANNE, his Wife to him made was alsoe acknowledged for & on her behalfe & the Pattent & Assignement are recorded
      These pr:sents witness that I ANNE NELMES doe make my Husband, RICHARD NELMES, to be my Attorney to acknowledge all my right & title of this Pattent of Land that lies at YEOACOMOCO, as Witnesse my hand this 8th of March 1663
      Teste GEO: CORTNELL, ANN NELMES
      WILL: HOPKINS
      March the 8th 1663. This Lre. of Attor: was recorded
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      1661-1665 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 3; [Antient Press]; Page 380
      Northumberland County Court 8th of March 1663/64
      - For the placeing & putting in new Constables in stead of them whoe have
      served in that Office, It is ordered that the several Constables bee as followeth, (vizt.)
      LEWIS SHEPPARD from DENNIS his CREEKE to the lower moste bounds of ye County;
      THOMAS WILLIAMS from the South side of GREAT WICOCOMOCO RIVER to DENNIS his CREEKE;
      RICHARD NELMES for the Devision betweene GREAT & LITTLE WICOCOMOCO RIVERs;
      FRANCIS ROBERTS from LITTLE WICOCOMOCO to CUPIDS CREEKE;
      JOHN CONTANCEAU from CUPIDS CREEKE TO CHICKACOAN RIVER;
      ABRAHAM JOYCE betweene CHICACOAN & MATTAPONY RIVERs; &
      JAMES JOHNSON for the devision betweene MATTAPONY and YEOACOMOCO RIVERs;
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      1666-1669 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 23
      Northumberland County Court 20th of October 1667
      Whereas by ye Complaynt of PHILIP PEYTON, & ye Testimony of some of ye Neighbours, it appeares yt: PHILIP PEYTON & NATH: GARNER, Servants to RICH: NELMES, have grievious sores on his leggs & are very much neglected by their sd. Master, who taketh noe care to see ye sd. sores cured. It is ordered yt: ye sd. NELMES forth wth: indeavr: to get ye sd. Servants sores cured & if ye next Vestry helde for this Parish, Mr. WILLIAM WILDEY and Mr. WILLIAM DOWNINGE (who are by this Cort: desired to inquire into ye sd, businesse) shall then give their reports yt: ye sd. NELMES hath been remisse in ye effectual p:formance of what here ordered, yt: then ye Cort: to bee farther courses therein

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      1668-1671 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds-Wills No. 1, Part 1; [John Frederick Dorman];
      Pages 59a-60 [D&W 1, pp. 360-61]. 29 Jan. 1662 (1663). Patent of Sir William Berkeley unto Richard Nelmes of 400 acres in Northumberland County, south upon Yeocomoco River, southwest upon the land of Wm. Walker ... granted unto Nelmes by pattent 20 Nov. 1652 and now renewed.
      Wm. Berkeley
      25 May 1670. Recorded.
      18 March 1663 [1664]. I assign unto Richard Tedwell and Robt. Jefferies all my interest in this land.
      Richard (X) Nelmes
      Wit: John Hayne, John Hull.
      8 March 1663. Acknowledged in Northumberland County by Richard Nelmes and by letter of attorney from Ann his wife. 25 May 1670. Recorded.
      The rest of Richard Tedwell's land assigned from Martin Cole and his wife.
      24 Oct. 1667. This land was divided by the consent of Richard Tedwell and Robert Jefferies. Richard Tedwell his part to begin ... nigh Yeocomicoe River ... land of Wm. Walker ... side of a swamp at the head of Bloy's his creeke ... down the creek to a point on Yeocomoco River being on the plantation
      where Stephen Bayley now liveth ... Robert Jefferies beginning at the side of the swamp ... to Bloy's his creeke.
      Richard (X) Tedwell
      Robt. (X) Jefferies
      Wit: James Gaylord, Thomas Wescott.
      25 May 1670. Recorded.
      24 Oct. 1667. Alice Jefferyes wife of Robt. Jefferies renounce all my right of dower to any land in this pattent to Richard Tedwell.
      Alice (X) Jefferies
      Wit: James Gaylord, Thomas Wascott.
      25 May 1670. Recorded.
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      1666-1670 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 130-133
      WILL; GARNETT saith yt: hee heard George, ye Servant of RICHARD NELMES, say yt: hee, the Boy & PHILLIP PEYTON, killed two of his Masters hoggs & ye boy said yt: PHILLIP PEYTON said it would be death to him if hee spoke of it
      Jur: Cur: Northumbria sig: WILL: GARNEIT
      29th die July 1670
      The Examinacon of GEORGE WHITTHORNE aged 24 yeares. saith that about Septr: & Octobr: last was twelvemonth, PHILLIP PEYTON severall times but at least twenty times did tell mee yt: sev:all in the sd, Country did kill their Masters hogs & made it to me yt: it was a common thing, & a thing of nothing to kill them, & then ye sd. PEYTON did advise & p:suade mee to kill an hog of my Masters, & tole mee my Master would never know of it; for my Master would say it was either ye INDIANS or ye WOLVES killed ye hog; and further ye sd: PEYTON did advise & tell me yt: ye best times to kill an
      hog was when my Master was from home, and about Novembr: last was twelvemonth my Master being gone to Mr. ALLEN, his Store at CHICKACONE. & I being at home, ye sd: PEYTON bid mee yt: I should kill ye hogg at ye bars, & yt: hoe would come & helpe dress him, and finding ye hog there, the hog went into ye Cornefeild & soe into ye Tobaccoe House, I knocked ye hog on ye head in ye Tobaccoe House & killed him, & when I had killed him I sent ERASMUS WHITTHALL home to ye Dwelling House to fetch a knife to stick ye hog & when I had sticked ye hog, I putt ye hog amongst ye Huskes & there ye hog lay till ye next morning, & in ye morning ye sd: PEYTON went alonge wth: mee to ye Tob: House to dress ye hog, & when wee had dressed ye hog wee put it into ye huskes againe, & soe at sev:all times was carryed it to ye Dwelling House & eat it, and about Janry last ye sd: PEYTON advised mee to kill another hog, and being at works at ye quarter, ye hoggs came into ye House and I tooke up an hoe and knocked an hog on ye head, and in in teran ye sd: PEYTON stood in ye feild & watched to see if my Master came, soe PEYTON & ye Negro woman & I dressed ye hog, and about a month after said PEYTON being in ye feild wth: mee at worke, ye sd: PEYTON said to mee come lets goe & kill a hog, and soe wee went & entised ye hogs into ye House with Corne, and soe I knocked ye hog on ye head with an hoe, ye sd: PEYTON holding ye hog by ye leg. And further yt at sev:all times yt: PEYTON & WHITFALL & my selfe did kill five or sixe piggs of my Masters Mr. RICH: NELMES, And further saith not, and Further JOANE ROWLEY dressed most part of ye first hog.
      July 19th 1670, Examd: before mee GEORG WHITTHORNE
      PETER KNIGHT
      Further WM: GARNET was at ye killing of ye great hog, & he was knowing yt: ye killing of ye shoate, but it was after it was killed, & before he was at ye killing of ye hog, hee told us hee would not have noe such thing done for every pigg & hogg yt: hee had lost yt: my Master would lay it to his charge, And further ye said GARNET told mee what wee had done not to confess for if wee did not confess noe body could doe any thing to us, for he would not reveale it, as for that that we had told our Master if we would denie it when we came to Court, the Comrs. would asks us one by one but if we could speak wth: PEYTON yt: we could be all in one tale, & not found in sev:all stories there could be nothing done unto us; Further, ye sd: GARNET said yt: PEYTON was a freeman, & why did not my Master question him when hee was a Servant, Further ye sd: GARNET tole mee whatsoever wee did denie may bee our Master would put us to our Oaths about it; but hoe bid us sweare to what we had denyed, for it was ye best way to doe soe, for our Master could doe nothing to us, and further saith not.
      GEORG WHITTHORNE
      On Satturday ye 9th July ye sd: GEORG WHITTHORNE was run away & came to Mr. CUSSENS & SAM: BAYLEY asked him if yt: hee knew PHILL: PEYTON kill any of his Master, NELMES, hogs, and ye sd: GEORG would not sweare yt: ye sd: PEYTON ever killed any, and ye sd: GEORGE said what was said bee killed himselfe, Wittness our hands yt: heard it. WM: TOWERS
      Sign JNO: BOUND
      That I, JNO: MOLYNE, did heare Mr. NELMES asks his Servt. GEORGE WHITTHORNE what hogs of his he had stollen from him and hee would forgive him wt: was past if yt: bee would be a good Servt. and hee would give ye sd: Servanthis shoes againe, the said Servt. said yt: hee could not tell how many his said Master asked him if they were soe many yt: hee could not tell, the said Servant said yt: hee killed one at ye Quarter, and rosted it without a head, the sd: Servant said yt: he never did any thing but he was sett on by PEYTON
      July 20th 1670 Jur: Cur, p me JOHN MOLYNE
      Northumbria
      JOANE ROWLEY aged 20 yeares or thereabouts saith last winter was twelvemonth sometime before Xmas. goeing into ye Quarter found upon ye dresser two joynts of porke & GEO: WHITTHORNE & PEYTON told mee there was two joynts of Porke & bid mee dress it before may Master did see it, and I asked yin: where they had it, & they replyed it is no matter, dress it, Further, I heard PEYTON say yt: he could not fare as we fared to eat nothing but beanes & hominy, for he would go to ye Quarter and there bee could have boyld & roste & beanes & hominey swimm wth: fatt, for their Stock come easie
      July 19th 1670. Examd: before me sign JOANE ROWLEY
      PETER KNIGHT
      20th July 1670. Jur, Cur: Northumbria
      SAM: AUCHLAND aged 19 yeares sworne & examd: saith July 20th 1670 that about ye 13th of May last as GEORG WHITTHORNE setting mee over ye River from his Masters, and I asked him why he told his Master concerning PEYTON about ye hogs, & he said he did not tell, for it was WICKERs Maid laid under ye fence when they were a rostinge of a quarter of it, and she went home & told their Overseer, and he told his Master, and he said there was but one hog killed & he killed it himselfe; but they all know of it, and further saith not
      Sworne before me PETER KNIGHT SAMUELL AUCHLAND
      Examinacon of ERASMUS WHITHAWLE age 26 yeares saith that GEORGE WHITTHORNE & I goeing into ye Cornefeild, the sd: WHITTHORNE told mee yt: PEYTON bid him kill an hog & he would come & help dress it, & ye hogs went into ye Tobaccoe House & WHITTHORNE came out of ye Tobaccoe House and being at worke in ye
      Cornefeild, he called to mee & bid mee goe home to PEYTON & told him yt: GEORG sent mee to him for to borrow his rife, & PEYTON gave mee his knife & when I came back againse, GEORG told mee yt: he had killed an hog & ye sd: GEORG tooke ye hog & carryed him to a stake, and there stuck ye hog & let ye blood run into ye Stakehole, & when he had done, Woke ye hog & carryed it into ye Tobaccoe House & put it amongst ye huskes, & PHILLIP PEYTON came up ye next morning & helped ye sd: GEORG to sindge ye hog & soe pulled ye hogs Butts out & threw yin: into ye Swampe, &PHILLIP PEYTON took up ye hog & carryed it into ye Tobaccoe House & layed it into ye same place & soe as sev:all times they carryed ye hog home to ye Quarter and yt: JOANE ROWLEY dressed ye sd: hog
      and I know ye hog to be my Masters, Mr. RICH: NELMES, his for ye hog was marked wth: a (Wank) in ye left eare & a hole in ye right earn, and further ye sd: GEORG WHITTHORNE & ye sd: PHILLIP PEYTON told mee they had killed an hog, wch: hog I saw buryed in ye Ground in ye Woods beyond ye Tobaccoe Ground & I saw ye head of ye hog & ye eares was marked wth: a hole in ye right eare & a (blink) in ye left eare, & soe we went to worke & left ye hog in ye hole in ye ground, & further ye sd: PEYTON &ye sd. WHITTHORNE tole me they had killed a Shoat at ye Quarter & I went into ye House & there I see ye Shoat, & ye eares of ye Shoat being cult off I asked yin: where ye eares was & they
      told me ye eares ye dog had eat them, and they told me it was my Masters hog, And further ye sd: PEYTON told mee yt: if I would not tell yt: I should have my share of ye hoggs but if I did tell here threatned mee it should be ye worse for mee soe long as hee & I lived together for wt: I had not at one time I should have at another and further I told WM: GARNUT yt: GEORG & PHILL: had killed two hogs & one shoat of my Masters and hee said he would not have noe such thing done, but hee would talke wth: yin: about it, for he would not suffer noe such thing to be done for he should be counted a hogstealer & yt. every pig & hog yt: he had left he would lay it to his charge, but as for ye great hog ye sd: Mr. GARNUT know of ye killing of ye sd: hog as GEORG & PHILLIP told mee, & further ye sd: GARNUT told mee yt: what we had done not to confess for yt: we did not confess noe body could doe any thing to us for he would not reveal it, as for yt: we had told our Master if we would denie it when we come to Court, the Comrs. would aske us one by one butif we could speake wth: PEYTON yt: we could be all in one tale, & not found in sev:all stories, there could be nothing done unto us; but I replyed unto him yt: if PEYTON should bee called first & bring out ye truth, & if we did deny it we should be found in sev:all stories but he said if PEYTON should heare we done it first, it would be for his profits to denye it as well as wee and yt: ye best of PEYTONs plea would be to say yt: bee was free now, why did not my Master question him when he was his Servant, for my Master gave him a note yt: he was free, and why did hee question him now, further ye sd: GARNUT told mee yt: whatsoever wee did denye may be our Master would put us to our Oaths about it but hee bid us sweare to what wee had denyed for it was ye best way to doe soe for our Master could doe nothing to us, and further saith not;
      July 19th 1670 Examd: before me
      PETER KNIGHT ERASMUS WHITTHALL
      20th July 1670 Jur: Cur: Northumbria
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      1655-1664 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 4; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 358
      CAPT. EDWARD STREATER, 3000 acs. Westmoreland Co., 19 Mar. 1657,
      p. 143, (210). Upon S. side of Patomeck Riv. at the head of Niopsco Cr., N. E. upon Ochaquim Riv., S. E. to Freston pointe, to Mussell Island. Granted unto Elizabeth Burbage 30 Mar. 1655 but now deserted for want of seating & now granted for trans. of 60 pers: Miles Atkinson, Wm. Brickwell, Rich. Hogson, Thompson Symons, Wm. Massinborne, Eliz. Hooper, Jno. Ward, Jno. Debarr, Mary Benfor, Rob. Niccolls, Rich. Goodman, Jno. Throught, Wm. Higginbottom, Jno. Morgan, Bryan Harkin, Rich. Stanton, Donaugho Bryan, Wm. Stephens, Wm. Sharpe, Eliz. Brooke, Dennis Shollman, Edwd. Jones, Edwd. Tanner, Roger Preston, Tho. Beedes, Robert Mason, Wm. Wildy (or Wildes), Andrew Bonny (?), Elia. Ackers, Rob. Brenore, Wm. Mundy, Rowland Trevers, Edmond Methoe, Wm. Hurden, Clemence Herbert, Paul Waller, Garrett Sennett, Edwd. Legge, Wm. Paine, Roger Wilkins, Margarett Davis, Mary Leamore, Jno. Clerke, Jno. Henland, George Merritt, Rich. Browne, Rob. Younge, Tho. Ringe, Wm. Webb, Jno. Tunstead, Jno. Mackey, Fra. Stephens, Sam. Yates, Nath. Pally, Jno. Peury, Wm. Breeham, Wm. Greens, Richard Nelmes, Wm. Rayle, Wm. Clemence.
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      1662-1666 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 5; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 459
      RICHARD NELMES, 525 acs. N'umberland Co., 4 Feby. 1662, p. 201, (97). N. side of great Wiccomico Riv., beg. at head lyne of land formerly taken up by sd. Nelmes, running Nly. to branch of Chinghohan Cr. &c. by Scotts Cr. Trans. of 11 pers: Tho. Smith, Henry Jordan, David Carter, James Barnes, Johanna Smith, Richard Flarryson, Eliz a servant, Jno. Dugen, Joyce Mattocks, (?), Jno. Bond, Mary Floyd.
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      1662-1666 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 5; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 486
      RICHARD NELMES 400 acs. N'umberland Co., 29 Jan. 1662, p. 285,
      (242). S. upon Yeocomoco Riv., S.W. upon land of Wm. Walker. Renewal of patent dated 25 Nov. 1652.
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      1662-1666 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 2; [Antient Press]; Page 176
      RICH: NELMES giveth for his mrke of hogs & cattle a hole in ye right eare & a ( ) in ye left
      20th Feb: 1663: Recorded
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      1683-1686 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 3; [Antient Press]; Page 206
      Northumberland County Court 19th of December 1693
      - GEO: KNIGHT to be sworne Whereas Mr. RICHARD NELMES, JUNR. brought his deceased Father's Will to this Court to be proved and Mr. GEORGE KNIGHT, one of the witnesses of the said Will, being wanting, it is ordered that some time between this and the next Court ye said KNIGHT be sworne by some Justice of the Peace for this County when he is desired to certifie the same to the next Court

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