John Abbott wrote for the other villagers in early 18th century Coppull and in some of the neighbouring districts. The earliest reference to him is in the will of Edward Worthington, written in 1693, where Edward writes "I give unto John Abbot junior two shillings six pence to buy him books with". (1)
The account book of Nicholas Heskin, a landowner in Welch Whittle, is largely written in the hand of John Abbott and dates from the early 18th century. There is an annual reference as follows: "paid John Abbott for writing the accounts, 2s 6d".
The will of Matthew Worthington, from 1724, was also written by John. John signed as a witness as well.
The will of Ralph Waring, from 1725, was also written and witnessed by John.
The will of William Lowe, from 1727, was written by John and although he was not a witness to the will, he was an executor.
The will of Nicholas Heskin, for whom John had written an account book earlier in the century, was written by John, who was also an executor of the will. Whilst John was given the sum of a guinea as a bequest in the will, he owed Nicholas £14.
1. WCW Edward Worthington 4th May 1693, LRO