In the name of God Amen.This first day of February in the year of our Lord 1773.I Lemuel Nicholson of the County of Halifax in the Colony of North Carolina being sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory.I thank God for the same.Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all persons, once I die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say _? principally I -? mind and soul in the hand of Almighty God.....to be buried in a decent Christian burial. Gives to son Thomas Nicholson..... Gives to John Nicholson the plantation that I bought of William Craswill and the plantation I bought of Gilbert Craswill with all the wooden land belonging to to each plantation lying in Edgecombe County to him and his heirs forever after my death.I give unto my son Joseph Wright Nicholson the plantation that I bought of Wright Nicholson containing one hundred and sixty acres of land to him and his heirs forever after my death. To son Absalom Nicholson one hundred and forty five acres of land that I bough of William Lassites; and like wise I give one track of land lying in Edgecombe County known by the name of Larrons Clearing to him and his heirs forever after his death. Also mentioned in WILL - daughter Patience Nicholson daughter Pherby Nicholson daughter Abigail Nicholson granddaughter Bathsheba Nicholson Slaves Gives wife the Manos plantation with all the woods where he now lives during her natural life and after her death he give unto son Joseph Wright Nicholson the said plantation. In witness where of I have set my hand and seal the day and year above written.Signed and sealed and delivered by the _? Lemuel Nicholson on his last will and testament in the presents of George Nicholson, Edward Nicholson and Elizabeth Walker, Lemuel Nicholson and a Halifax _? May Court 1775. Will was exhibited in open court and proved by Elizabeth Walker one of the subscribing witnesses. NOTE:This WILL is 4 pages.