A B S T R A C T
I James Nuckolls of the County of Louisa do hereby make my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following: that is today, First. It is my Will and desire that all my just debts be paid.
Item I give and devise to my daughter Mary Nuckolls one Fair third of the Tract of Land whereon I reside to include the Houses, during her natural life, and after her decease to go to my son Thomas to him and to his Heirs and asigns forever.
Item I give and devise to my said Son Thomas the other two thirds of the above land to him and to his Heirs and asigns forever - -
Item I give and bequeathe to my son Charles two negroes, Harry and Peter, to him to his Heirs forever. - -
Item I give and bequeathe to my Grand daughter Sally Nuckolls daughter of my said Son Charles Ten pounds to her and to her Heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeathe to my son John Ten dollars to him and to his Heirs forever. - -
Item I give and bequeathe to my Son Nathaniel two negroes John and Jenny with her future increase to him & to his Heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeathe to my daughter Sarah Gunnel my negroe woman Fanny & her two children Maria & Ann with their future increase to her and to her Heirs forever. - -
Item I give and bequeathe to my daughter Lucey Hewson my negro woman Juda & her two children Edward & Garland with the future increase of Juda to her and to the Heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever.
Item I give and bequeathe to my two grand sons Asa & Ezra sons of my son John or to the Survivors, a negro girl named Martha with her future increase to them or to the Survivors their or his Heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeathe to my daughter Mary, over and above the one third of my land devised above, four negroes, First Abraham & Bob and Dinah & Letty with the future increase of the two latter: also one equal part of all my Household & Kitchen furniture stock of Horses, cattle sheep & hogs together with my plantation utensils to her and her Heirs forever - -
Item I give and bequeathe to my son Samuel the following negroes namely Ned, Will, Caroline, Nanny, Mima & her daughter, Betty, with the Increase of the females, also the other two thirds of all my Household and Kitchen furniture, my stock of every kind together with my plantation utensils the other third having in the furegoing clause been given to my daughter Mary, to him the said Samuel Nuckolls to him and to his heirs forever.
Item It is my will and desire that my negro woman Nanny shall not be forced from her Husband, and hereby require of my son Samuel to whom she is left in the foregoing clause, never to suffer a forcible separation; from her husband, if he can by any reasonable means prevent it.
Item It is my will and desire that my son Samuel is consequence of my having given him an over proportion of my personal Estate shall be responsible for all just demands that may be brought against me.
Lastly I appoint my friend Robert Harris & my son Samuel Executors of this last Will & Testament hereby revoking all others by me heretofore made. In Testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this Seventeenth day of March in the year one thousand Eight hundred and Ten.
Signed Sealed and published in the presence of - -
Peter S. Barret
Geo Mc Gehee
(Written on the right hand side of second page
At a Court held for Louisa County on the 9th day of July 1810 This will was this day in open Court exhibited by Robert Harris & Samuel Nuckols the executors therein named and was proved by the oathes of Peter S. Barret, Geo Mc Gehee, Charles Nickols and Bejamin Harris Witnesses thereto & by the Court ordered to be recorded and the said execution having made oath thereto and entered into bond with approved security conditioned as the law directs. A certificate is granted them for obtaining a probat thereof in due form.
Comments: Note how Charles signed his name as Nuckolls but the court wrote it down as Nickols. Also, Benjamins name was misspelled by the court. This document proves the relationship of John and Ezra Nuckolls (and others) to James Nuckolls and Mary (Garland).