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Thursday, November 26, 2015

John Nicholls of Lower Norfolk County bequeathed items to his Mulatto Issue

Nicholls, John of Lower Norfolk County, in his last will and testament datd 1697, disclosed that he had emancipated a mulatto boy and girl belonging to him, the children of one of his female slaves.  At the tie of Nicholls' death, the boy was serving as an apprentice to a blacksmith in Nansemond County. He gave both children the cattle at the time of his death running on the lands he had left them by will. To the girl, he beqeathed a feather bed and bolster, a rug, two blankets, four ewes and one ram, a sow and pig, one woollen and one linen wheel, a pair of wool, a pair of tow, and a pair of cotton cards.  To the boy, he bequeathed a feather bed and bolster, two blankets and a rug, four ewes and a ram, a sow and pig, and a musket.  Source: Records of Lower Norfolk County, vol. 1695-1703, p. 96.

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