Will of James NUCKOLLS

A Loyalist Claim: The Will of James Nuckolls of Hanover County and Other Papers

 Abstracted by Susan B Chiarello[i]

These land records are found in the Colonial Records Project records at the Library of Virginia.[ii] The claim  was for  Samuel Gist, a British loyalist who was trying to reclaim his considerable fortune. This land claim is in Hanover.Howerer, it originally la , in New Kent, Most importantly, Coldham [iii]in his work transcribes the purchase from  Chiles as Nicol (Nichols) which was the way  this is written in the land assigninent from Chiles. However, in all documents thereafter,  including the release of' dower of' Mary Chiles, John Chile's 's wife', the surname is most certainly Nuckols or a variation. Since these are original signatures attested to by clerks,  of the court; the surname should most probably be read as Nuckols.

While many of the documents  that pertain to this  parcel of land are copies from the court, the patent (recorded in Virginia Land Office Patent Book 8, p. 97), Mary Chiles’s dower release and John Chiles assignment of the patent appear to be original documents with original signatures

In the name Of God Amen, I James Nuckolls of Hanover County thanks be to God being of sound and perfect memory have thought fitt to constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following-—lmprimis  I give my Soul in the hands of almighty, god my heavenly maker in hopes through the meritorious death and passion of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to Receive free pardon and remission of all my Sins and my Body I commit to the ground to be buried at the discretion of my executrix hearin after named and as to    at Real [tear] personal effects which God hath been pleased to bless me with I give and bequeath  in manner and Form föllowing-

Item -I give and bequeath to my Son John Nuckolls and his heirs forever the plantation whereon he now Lives and all the Land belonging to it from my upper Line down to a Run Commonly known by the name of Basseds Run—

Item - I give and bequeath to my Daughter Susannah Nuckols the plantation whereon I now Live and all the land belonging to it from the aforesaid Basseds Run down to the Lower end of my land which joyneth on M’ Ralph Hunts Land to be and Remain to the us of my Sd*(iv) daughter during her natural life and after her decease to her son William Nuckols and his heirs forever

Item -I give and bequeath to my son Sam' Nuckolls one Shilling

Item - I give and bequeath to my son James Nuckolls one Shilling

Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Isbel Rattlef one Shilling

Item -  I give and bequeath to my daughter Susannah Nuckolls all my household goods and all my stock of Cattle and hoggs and all the Remainder of my Estate be it what nature or Quality forever I give to her and her heirs forever-

Lastly I appoint my daughter Susannah Nuckolls Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament us witness my hand and seal this 21 day of December 1730

James } Nuckols Seal
Phill Joyner
Elizabeth Joyner

At a court held for I Hanover County the fifth day of February 1730
This last Will and Testament James Nuckolls dec’d was this day proved in open Court by the oaths of Phillip Joyner and, Elizabeth Joyner the witnesses hereto and admitted to record

Teste Arth'r. Clayton CC
Copia Test Bartelot Anderson
Henry Robinson Clerk

[ii] Loyalist Claims, Series 11, Virginia Claims, AO 13/30,, folder G II, (Colonial Records Project, Survey Report 2246, microfilm roll 252, Library  of Virginia, Richmond,

[i] Richmond, Va, Ms Chiarello is a VGS board member with ancestors from a number of burned record counties.

[iii] A brief synopsis can be found in Peter Wilson Coldham, American Loyalist Claims, Vol 1 Abstracted from the Public Record Office Series 13, Bundles 1-35 and 37 (Washington, D.C., National Genealogical Society, 1980, 183

[1V] Abbreviation for “Said”

Special thanks to Frederick (Pete ) Nuckols who found this document. For 300 years no one has located it because it was indexed at the courthouse as NICHOLS.  I suppose people did not wish to take the time to pull all of the Nichols to verify spelling accuracy.

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