I see entries like this one on page 20 of Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800:

HIGGINS, Roger: Leg. mother Mary Lupo; at the death of mother my cattle at Edward Millers and Thomas Wombwells to be divided between my brother James Higgins and my Godson Roger Hodges; to my brother Robert Hodge's eldest son; to his second son Elias; to his third son Roger; to James Lupo; to Ann the wife of Nicholas Ogburne. Brother Robert Hodges Ex. D. April 16, 1672. R. Aug. 10, 1672. Wit: Edmond Prime, Nicholas Ogburne. Page 113

What do these abbreviations mean? I've listed my guesses:

  • Leg. — Legal
  • D. — Death
  • Ex. — Executor
  • R. — (Unsure what this subsequent date would be.)
  • Wit. — Witness

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The abbreviations are as follows:

  • Leg. - legacy, legacies OR Legatee (the person receiving a legacy)
  • D. - Death or dated (surely death in this example)
  • Ex. - Executor
  • R. - Register: sometimes this is date, register number and folio number but here it is just the date.
  • Wit. - Witnesses
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    Do you have a source for these? This would be a better answer if you cited a source.
    – user6485
    Commented Apr 25, 2018 at 14:01

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