I first want to thank you for posting this as I've never seen it before.
Secondly I hope I can help clear up some confusions.John Tarpley is my 8th great grandfather.
John was born abt. 1661 in North Farnham and d. after 23 Nov. 1738.He first married Elizabeth Glasscock and they had sons James Tarpley and John Tarpley
Notes on James:Tarpley, James. 12 Dec., 1711 - 5 Aug., 1713. Two sons Thomas and Charles Tarpley, son James, son William; daughters mary, Elizabeth and Lucy; wife and brothers John Tarpley, William Barber and Charles Barber executors.
John Tarpley was born 16 July 1695 and d. bef. 7 Feb. 1736/37 and married Elizabeth Travers.This is my line.More on them in a minute.
Back to John Sr.He married 2nd Elizabeth Nutt Newman d/o Capt. William Nutt and widow to Capt. Alexander Newman.He 3rd married Ann Glascock sister to his first wife Elizabeth.
Now back to John Jr.He first married Elizabeth Travers b. abt. 1689 d. after 28 May 1720.They married abt. 1715 and had Maj. Travers Tarpley (my line) b. abt. 1717 and twins John and Elizabeth Tarpley b. 28 May 1720.He married 2nd to Elizabeth Ripping and they had Edward Ripping Tarpley b. 19 April 1727, James Tarpley and Tertius Quintus Tarpley.
It was THIS John Tarpley who was dead before his father's will.So that is why everything went to his grandsons.
John Tarpley Sr. 1661-1738 had a brother James 1659-1713.HE had a son John Tarpley b.21 Feb 1689/90, Richmond County, Va.I first thought it could be THIS one who was the executor but I do see where he does say Grandson John Tarpley as executor.See final notes on Executors at the bottom.
The home that he speaks of for his wife Ann to live in with this grandson John (probably because John was old enough to take care of it and his grandmother) ... the house he said he got from Mrs. Lawson was most like speaking of Elizabeth and Ann Glasscocks sister Jean Glascock who married Rowland Lawson.Jean died also I show in 1738.
Many legal actions did not require that a person be 21.For some legal actions, the law merely required that the person be judged capable of discretion.The age of 14 was generally accepted under common law as the age of discretion... Generally speaking, children aged 14 and over could legitimately perform a variety of legal actions:
·Witness deeds and contracts ·Bequeath personal property in a will
·Testify in court ·Act as an executor [at the age of 17]
·Select a guardian ·Apprentice themselves without parental consent
Hopefully this clears up a lot for your questions.
AND regarding the GRIFFIN AND TRAVERS issue.There could be a connection who ever inquired about that.In my Mayflower book Elizabeth Travers wife of John Tarpley above had a sister Rebecca Travers..... also a Mayflower descendant.She married Charles Colston.They had son Travers Colston who married Alice Corbin Griffin d/o Thomas and Elizabeth Lee Griffin.Anyone want further information let me know.I have my Mayflower line documented just haven't sent it in yet to be proven by the Society but it's all proven.