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In the name of God Amen, the twenty fourth day of December one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven. I Nicholas NICKOLS being sick and weak of body but of sound disposing mind and memory Thaks (sic) be to Almighty God for it. And calling to remembrance the uncertain estate of this transitory life, and every man must yield to death when it shall please God to call him. I therefore commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body to the ground to be buried in such christian like manner as my executors shall think necessary and as touching and concerning what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with. I give and bequeath as follows (Viz
Item: I give and bequeath unto Elisabeth GLASGOW one part or parcel of land I bought of Ann COX and Caleb COX her husband, begining at the pine standing in Samuel BURNHAMs line then running a straight course to the end of an old ditch, thence along said ditch to the end of the same, thence on a straight course (the same course the ditch runs) into the lite swamp to the extent of said tract of land for a division line between sd Elisabeth GLASGOW and her Sister Franky NICKOLS (worn off ) being on the south east side of said land that I purchased of said Ann and Caleb COX (worn off) her natural life then to decend to her Daughter Polly GLASGOW and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Franky NICKOLS Daughter of Franky NICKOLS the remaining (part?) of the above said tract of land lying and being on the north west side of said division it being that part of the said land where the house stands on to her and the heirs of her body forever, (but if dying without issue) then to be equally divided to Margaret & [torn] NICKOLS the Daughters of Franky NICKOLS.
Item: I give and bequeath unto James NICKOLS Son of Franky NICKOLS the manner plantation I now live on and all the land thereunto belonging (except fifty acres of the said land lying and being on the south side of said plantation) to him and his heirs forever, but if dying with- out issue then to be equally divided between all his Sisters after the decease of his Mother.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Olley NICKOLS Daughter of Franky NICKOLS fifty acres of land (worn) Job TOWNSEND now lives on lying and being on the south side of the mannor plantation I now live on, Also my whole right to that parcel of land that I bought of Samuel G[LAS]GOW which was formerly the property of Robert OVERTUN.
Item: I give and bequeath unto [torn] NICKOLS and Margaret NICKOLS Daughters of Franky NICKOLS all that tract of land lying and being on the northwest side of the main road to be equally divided between them but if boath of them should die without issue then to be equally divided between the other Sisters.
Item: I give and bequeath unto James NICKOLS Son of Franky NICKOLS one still (only his Mother is to have the use of it to still her liquor with her lifetime) one long gun called the bullet gun, one chest of tools, one small squirrel gun, one white mare called Flower and coalt with all her increase, one negroe boy named G[torn] to fall to him when he is of the age of twenty one years, if he should die without issue then the above mentioned articles to be sold and the money equally divided between all his Sisters.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Polly NICKOLS Daughter of Franky NICKOLS, one negroe girl called Dine but if she dies without issue then the said negroe girl with her increase if any to be sold and the money to be equally divided to her Sisters.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Franky NICKOLS for her use her lifetime not to be sold nor embezeled away but for the use of supporting the young children one negroe man named Tom and one negroe woman named Bridget but if the said Franky NICKOLS should die in the minority of her children (or after) the above named negro man to fall to Margaret NICKOLS Daughter of said Franky NICKOLS and the above mentioned negroe woman to be hired out and the money applied to the use of bringing up the young children till they are able to take care of them [worn] If the above said negroe woman should have any increase the first child (bottom of page totally worn off) (next page) one child the rest to fall to Nancey NICKOLS Daughter of Franky NICKOLS, I also leave one horse called Kubico(?) one horse called Hazard, one horse called Jockey for the use of the plantation, I likewise leave fourteen head of cattle nine (?) ten sows, thirty six small hogs, sheep, ploughs, hogsheads with all the farming utensils All which stock and farming utensils I leave for the use of bringing up the children. Also my will and desire is that when any of the above named children of Franky NICKOLS does set up houskeeping that she the said Franky NICKOLS should give them a cow and calf and pott, and as many articles as she can conveniently spare. Also my will and desire is that all the corn, beans, potatoes and all other grane besides what shall be wanting for the famelies use, be sold and the money to be lade up to pay off debt or debts which I have contracted Also my will and desire is that the aforesaid negroe woman if she should live till the children be all able to take care of themselves and Franky NICKOLS should be dead that she with all my houshold furniture should be sold and the money equally divided between all the children of Frankey NICKOLS Son and Daughters, disannulling all other wills before by me made I acknowledge this to be my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby nominate and appoint Frankey NICKOLS and John TOWNSEND my executrix and executor to settle this my Last Will and Testament, as witness my hand and seal the day and year above written.
/s/ Nickolas NICKOLS seal
signed in the presence of us
George POWERS jurat
Edward DOUGHTY jurat
Recorded and examined August 20th 1785
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