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Richard
Nickens
Feb. 2, 1774 - June 25, 1774
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, pp. 92-94

[NOTE: The first part of this will was badly worn away and again at the bottom of the will.]

County of Currituck being sick and very [worn]
[worn] of sound disposing mind and memory thanks [worn] Almighty God for it and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this transitory life and that men must yield unto death when it shall please the Almighty God to call them I therefore commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be buried in such manner as my executors shall think most proper and as touching and concerning my worldly estate I give and bequeath as followeth Viz.

Item: I leave the use and benefitt of the plantation and land wheron I now live to my beloved Wife Rachell NICKENNE (sic) during her widowhood making no wast of any thing there on as I use my self and after her marage or decease I give the afs. plantation and land to my Son Edward NICKINS and the heir of his body lawfully begotten forever.

Item: I leave the use of pasture ground and fierwood and rail timber on a peice or parcell of land called the Jette to my well beloved Wife Rachell NICKENNS during her widowhood making no wast of any thing thereon and after her marage or decease I give the aforesaid plantation and land called the Jette to my Son Edward NICKENNS and the heir of his body lawfully begotten forever.

Item: I leave the use and benifit of a peice or parcell of land called Overtons to my two Daughters Leah RAEL and Marget NICKENS during their natural lifes upon paying the quit rent and one [worn] ears of corne a peice every year to the giver the afs. peice or parcell of land to be equeally divided and Leah to have her part were OVERTON did live and Margerat that part were Sarah SMITH did live and after the decease of my [worn] Daughter Leah and Margreat, I give the afs. land [worn] plantation called Overtons to my Grand Son [worn] NICKENNS and the heir of his body... [the rest of this page is worn completely away....now starting with page 93]

...my decease Daughter did possess

Item: I leave the use and benifit of a peice or parcell of land and swamp(?) lying in Pasquotank County near the great swamp [worn] to my Daughter Rachell HALL during her natural life upon paying the quit rents and one ear of corne every year to the giver and at the decease of my Daughter Rachell HALL I give the afs. peice or parcell of land [worn] in Pasquotank County that my Daughter Rachell HALL did possess to my Grandson Edward NICKENNS to him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever.

Item: I leave the use and benifit of one negroe woman named Sooke to my beloved Wife Rachell NICKENNS during her widowhood make no wast of any thing to take cear of the afs. negroe Sooke by assistance of my childrenn to pay her tasces and to conter[worn] her on the land and plantation were I now live and if the afs. negroe Sooke should bear a child or childrenn before or [worn] the marage or death of my beloved Wife Rachell NICKENNS I give the first child that my negroe Sooke bears that lives four years old to my Daughter Leah Rachell (sic) to her and her heirs and assigns forever I give the nesct child that my negroe Sooke bears that lives to be four years old to my Daughter Margerat NICKENS to her and her heirs and assign forever. I give the third child that my negroe Sooke bears that lives to be four years old to my daughter Rachell HALL to her and her heirs and asseigns forever, and after the marage or death of my beloved Wife Rachell NICKENNS I give the afs. negroe Sooke her and her increase excepting the three childrenn to my Son Edward NICKENNS to him and his heirs and asseigns forever.

Item: I give to my son Edward NICKENS two cows and calfs with their increase to him and his heirs forever and one gunn called a Buckanear and the bed that he now possesseth a set of shoemakers tools, providing he makes his Mothers shoes during her life.

Item: I give to my Grandson Richard NICKENS the gunn called the old gun and my nioleen at his Grand Mothers death.

Item: I give to my Grandson Proskate NICKENS one gunn called the little gunn and one pair of iron wedges after the death of his Grandmother.

Item: I give to my grandson Edward NICKENS my shooting gunn and one gallon bason at the death of his Grandmother.

Item: I leave the use of my spoone molds to all my childrenn but the property of them shall be in my Son Edward NICKENS.

Item: I leave a peice or parcell of land containing one hundred and fifty acres which I hold by a bond from John PERKEINS to be sold and the money arising to be equeally divided between my Wife and childrenn.

Item: I give to my Daughter Leah ROEL five pounds in proclamation money and two cows and calfs and their increase forever at the death of my Wife Rachell NICKENS.

Item: I give to my Daughter Rachell HALL five pounds in proclamation money and two cows and calfs and their increase forever at the death of my Wife Rachell NICKENS.

Item: I give to my Daughter Margerat NICKENS five pounds proclamation money and two cows and calfs and their increase forever after the death of my Wife Rachel NICKENS.

Item: I leave the use and benifit of all the rest of my personal estate to my beloved Wife Rachel NICKENS for her own maintainance during her widowhood after all my just debts and accounts is paid and afterwards to be equeally divided amongst my surviving childrenn and revokeing disanulling all other Wills by me before made acknowledging this to be my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Son Edward NICKENS and my beloved Wife Rachel my whole and sole executors to see this my Last Will performd as witness my hand this 2 day of February 1774.
    /s/ Richard NICKENS

Enterlind before asseignd
    Edward NICKINS
    Rachel NICKINS

Recorded and examined the 25 day of June 1774

This will was contributed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!

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