William Nuckols

[Note from Nuckolls Society-
Bertha's book has William m Eleanor Knight on 25 AUG 1776. She has an unknown Knight m Samuel, William's brother on same day. Dori Dell has no spouse for William and shows Eleanor m Samuel on that date. This needs further research or documentation to resolve these differences.


In the name of God Amen, I, William NUCKOLS  Senr of the County of Goochland, being weak of body, but of a sound mind and disposing memory, thanks be to God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.

First: I commend my soul to God, and my body to be decently buried. My will and desire is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin NUCKOLS the land where on I now live, he paying into my Estate two hundred and fifty dollars to be distributed as hereafter mentioned, to him and his heirs forever, and whereas I am owing my son Benjamin money for services rendered, my desire is that no interest be paid on the same owing. I have furnished him from time to time with working apparel, which I conceive to be condensation for the interest of said money.

Item: I give and bequeath to my two single daughters, Frankey [Frances] and Patsey [Martha] Mourning NUCKOLS to each of them twenty dollars annually during their single life, also one bed and furniture to each of them.  I give to my grandson, Thomas NUCKOLS, twenty dollars and one bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.  My will and desire is that my two single daughters before mentioned and my Grandson Thomas NUCKOLS and my son-in-law Nelson Sanders [wife Mary] be made each of them equal in value to either of my daughters [Elizabeth] Cocke, [Jane] Ellis, in respect to the Negroes I give them. The balance of my estate I desire to be equally divided between my two single daughters before mentioned and my daughter Ellis and Daughter Cocke and my grandson Thomas NUCKOLS and my son-in-law Nelson Sanders to them and their heirs forever.

Item: I give my friend, Reuben Ford [minister of the Goochland Baptist Church,] twenty Dollars (carried on,) me daughters who married [Miss] Vaughan and my two sons John and William NUCKOLS. I have heretofore given them their portions and have now so divided the estate, I now posses, as to make them all as nearly equal as I well can having a due respect for all my children.

Lastly, I appoint my son Benjamin NUCKOLS and my son-in-law Ben Cocke executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of January, 1814.


Signed, Sealed and Pronounced in presence of us Teste

Pouncy NUCKOLS [brother]
David A. Woodward
Pouncy NUCKOLS Jr [nephew]
Charles (X) NUCKOLS [brother]

At a quarterly session, Court held for Goochland County at the Courthouse on Monday the 21st day of March, 1814. This writing was presented in Court and proven by the oaths of Pouncy NUCKOLS, Pouncy NUCKOLS Jr. to be the last will and testament of William Nuckols Dec'd. and ordered to be recorded. Then on the motion of Benjamin NUCKOLS and Benjamin Cocke Jr. The Executors therein named who made oath according to law and with Thomas Peers and John Watkins their securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in penalty of six thousand dollars conditioned according to lay, probated thereof was granted them in due form.

Teste W. Miller CGC

Recorded Deed Book 21, Page 545
A Copy Teste: Margaret V. Henley, Deputy Clerk, Goochland Circuit Court

Comment by Dori Dell: [Brackets ] have been used for clarification and are

not part of the original will. The daughter who married Vaughn will be

carried as Miss Nuckols until she can be identified. A son John William as

appears in most records is apparently the survivor of the two sons John and

William. I propose dubbing him William iii until we get more information.

Consider that the grandson Thomas may be the Thomas being carried as a son.

The Thomas NUCKOLS in Barren County, Kentucky may be this person. Recall

Pouncey JR. married Martha Pasty who died before he migrated to Kentucky.



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