"According to the law and custom of the time, when Richard Higgins married Mary Yates he became custodian and possessor of whatever estate her former husband left and the guardian of his son, John Yates, Jr. The records show that Richard Higgins was mindful of this trust. "Granted to Richard higinse for the use of John Yate Twenty akers of upland to be layde out on the west of lands called Ralph Smith's neck." "A town meeting. Certain particulars (individuals or individual property) promise to give into the common stock(town herd of cattle). Promised by Richard Higgins for John Yates one yearling beast of cowkine." (Not dated, but about 1655-7.) —First Town Book of Eastham, p. 7.
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On 16 Jul 2019 at 02:42 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:
On 9 Aug 2013 at 21:40 GMT Alan Wyatt wrote:
“Richard Higgins had been some time deceased on June 1, 1675, when Benjamin Higgins petitioned the Court at Plymouth for some share in the lands at Saconnet, which his father had not received and had been therein wronged, as the Court admitted. These lands at Saconnet (now Little Compton, Rhode Island) probably were the lands, ‘thirteen English miles from Rehoboth,’ granted to Richard Higgins and others in October, 1657. “In the land records of 1677, Mary Higgins is called widow, and Richard Higgins is called ‘her deceased husband late of Piscataway.’ While the will of Richard Higgins has not been found, it is probable that he left one. ‘June 5, 1677, Mary Higgins widow and Eliakim Higgins, son of Richard Higgins, late of Piscataway, executors of said Richard’s will, sold to Edward Slater lands purchased of John Smalley, Sr., and John Smalley, Jr.’ [2, 3]http://trees.wmgs.org/getperson.php?personID=I13388&tree=Schirado