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In the Name of God Amen I being Sike of ye Body and in a Weak Condition but of a Sound and perfect Memory and
andin my right Sences thanks be to god I make this my last will and Testament Revocking and Disanoling all other Wills or Wills and testament or Testaments by me before made other __ _____d or writings? and this is to Sand [stand] and no Other first I give my Soul to Almighty God that give it in hopes of Salvation through the Merrets of Jesus Christ my only Redemer and Savour in him I trust to be Savd and and now for Setling of my worldly Estate After all my Debts that I owe are ____ payd and pand? and funrall Charges -- first I make Constitute and appoynt my Dear and beloved Wife Hannah NICKOLSON to be my hole and Sole Executrix of this my last Will and testament.
Item I give and bequath to my oldest Son John NICKOLSON one Hundred and fifty Acers of land being half of the tract of land Where I Dwell with half of the Cleard Ground with the houses after my Wifes Decease it being the south part of the Said Land to be Equall into two? parts to him and his Heirs Lawfully begotten of his Body for ever but in faloure of Shuch Heirs then to my Son William and to the Heirs of his Body Lawfully begotten in Case he Should dye without Such Heirs then to the Next Survaving Heir at Law.
Item I give and bequith unto my Son Josias NICKOLSON the Remander of the three hindred acers [says one hundred acres in above item] of Land Where I now Dwell with half of the Cleard Ground to him and the Heirs of his Body Lawfully Begotten.
Item I Give and bequith to my oldest John NICKOLSON on [one] Negro man Named Pettir to him and his Heirs ye Said John to have him at ye Age of twenty one Years of Age.
Item I Give and bequeth to my Daughter Cloie NICKOLSON my desk and a large looking Glass at ye Day of Marage or ye Age of Eighteen.
Item I give and bequeth to my Son William NICKOLSON a Negro boy Named Giden to him and his heirs for ever at ye Death of his mother.
Item I give all ye remander of my Estate to my Dear and and [sic] beloved wife Hanah NICKOLSON During her Natrull Life and then to be Equally Devided betwixt my Son William NICKOLSON and my daughter Cloie Share and Share alike to them and their Heirs for ever. To ye other Said [Side]
from ye other Said [Side]
Item I give my boat known by the Name of trayall to my Wife to Sell or Haire as Shee Shall See good.
This I Alow to be my last Will and Testament as wittness my hand and Seal this 22 day of January 1749/50..
/s/ Jos Nic[rest of name too hard to read]
Signed and Sealed befor us
Pachance [her mark] EVRAGE [Patience Etheridge who wrote her will in 1760]
North Carolina } April County Court 1750
Present His Majesties Justices
These may Certifie that Benjamin CRABB, Pachance EVRAGE, & Alexander FRAQUAIR, Evidences to the within will, appeared in Open Court & made Oath on the holy Evangelists that they were Present & Saw Josias N[smudge] Sign Seal Publish & Declare the within to be & Contain his Last will & Testament, and that the Said Josias NICHOLSON was then & at that time of Sound & Disposing Memory. Then Also appeared Hannah NICHOLSON as Executrix in Open Court & took the Executors Oath in due form of Law. Ordered that the Honble Nathl RICE Secretary of this province have Notice thereof that Letters Testamentory Issue thereon as the Law Directs.
Test Richard McCLURE Clk. Curt
[On the back of this will is written: Josiah NICHOLSON Will; Letters Isd the 21 May 1750; 11 Copy Sheets]
[Source: North Carolina State Archives - MARS ID: 18.104.22.1685 (folder)]
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