The signature marked (1) is that of Chief Justice Nathaniel Weare, at the age of sixty-seven, and together with that marked (3) of his son, Col. Peter Weare, is taken from an original power of attorney from said Peter to Capt. John Pickering, of the date shown, to prosecute against Richard King, of Kittery, such claims as accrued to him in right of his (second) wife, the daughter of Gabriel Tetherly, of Kittery, and widow of John West.
The signature marked (2) is that of Hon. Nathaniel Weare, at the age of sixty-four, taken from his official acknowledgment of a deposition, now in the Willis MSS. collection.
That marked (3) is the signature of Col. Peter Weare, sealed with the fragmentary family coat-of-arms, as shown, at the age of thirty-eight, obtained as explained above: that marked (4) is his signature at the age of sixty-two, obtained from an original deed, also accompanied with a fragmentary impression of the family coat-of-arms, as shown.
That marked (5) is the signature of Capt. Peter Weare, son of Nathaniel, at the age of forty, obtained from an original deed.
That marked (6) is the signature of Joseph Weare, "the Indian Killer," son of Capt. Peter Weare and grandson of Nathaniel, at the age of fifteen: that marked (7) is his signature at the age of twenty-three; both obtained from original documents.