Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Manwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 1, p 350

Mr. Richard PIPER, Haddam. Died 3 Apr 1678. Invt. 204-03-00. Taken by James BATES, George GATES. Will dated Mar 1677-8.

I Richard PIPER of Haddam do make this my last Will & Testament: I give to Sarah GATES Jr., a one year old Heifer. I give to Susannah VENTRUS my Bible. I give to John VENTRUS my Tenant sawe, a shave & froe; To John ACKLY a mare; to Samuel ACKLY a mare & coldt, and all my Rights of Land East side the Great River; to John KINARD my house lot that was Abraham DIBLE's, also the land that lies by John BATES & Edward PARFELL's and all my Land on the West side of the River. And my will is that John KINARD Come & occupy the Land foure years, or else it shall return to the Executor. I give to Edward PARFELL all my Land & other Estate not disposed of in this my Will & appoint him my Executor.

Richard PIPER

Witness: George GATES, Thomas SPENCER.

The Estate Indebted to Thomas DUNK of Saybrook, John CHAPPELL of Lyme, Mr. HAMLIN of Middletown, John BALEY, John HOLLIBUT, to Goodman TAPPINE, to John BLAKE, Goodman ROGERS of New London, Goodman HARRIS of Middletown, Goodman VENTRUS, Mr. CHAPMAN, Johnathan GILBERT, Mr. WILSON, Ensign SPENCER, John WYOTT, John ALLYN & Major TALCOTT. Total, 16-05-03.

Court Record, Page 5 -- 10 Apr 1678: Will proven