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From: "Gary Pinson" <>
Subject: Re: [NICHOLSON-L] John Nicholson b abt 1720, 2nd wife Elizabeth dau., of John Andrews
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 13:31:49 -0700
For anyone interested in this train of conversation started by Robyn and
Pauline, click on http://www.rootsweb.com/~vagenweb/ and check the maps of
Va. for 1738 and 1770. Sussex county was formed from Surrey County in 1754?
Pauline mentions "John Nicholson b abt 1720, 2nd wife Elizabeth dau., of
John Andrews ". Research printed in "Southern Historical Families" states
that a James (d. 1723) Nicholson and Elizabeth Gray had sons James and
Benjamin. After James Srs death in 1723, Elizabeth remarried to Richard
Andrews. (Wills, Bk. 3 p. 323 cited.). Note the name Andrews. After
Richard Andrews death in 1751, Elizabeth and her sons James and Benjamin
left Surry Co. VA. And moved to Granville Co. N.C. James and Benjamin
served in the Granville Militia in 1754 in different companies. Comparisons
of names of comrades in their companies against later censi verify they were
in the part of Granville near the Va. border that would become Bute Co.
Land records pinpoint their locations showing James in the area that would
be Bute right by the Va. border. Benjamin is slightly to the southeast just
into Edgecombe Co. where he later acts as executor on the estate of his
mother, Eliz. Gray Nicholson Andrews.
Keep the name Benjamin Nicholson in mind because it later reappears, but
focussing now on James Nicholson. Again per research printed in "Southern
Historical Families", James has a son Nathaniel who marries Mary (Molly)
Harris and they have a son named Harris Nicholson. Pauline in her message
(see below) states that John and Eliz. Andrews Nicholson have sons William
b. 1765, Benjamin 1768 and "2. Buckner b; 1/20/1767 bap; 3/15/1767
Godfathers; Harris & Robert Nicholson; Godmother; Mary Andrews."
This would seem to link these Sussex (Surrey) Va. Nicholsons with those in
Bute. Robyn mentions William and Benjamin Nicholson of Pendleton S.C. (from
1790's to pre 1820) and believes, as do many others, that they are the same
brothers mentioned above as sons of John and Eliz. Andrews Nicholson and out
of Sussex Va. The William Nicholson Robyn mentioned was in Greenville Co
The author of the annotated 1800 Pendleton S.C. census stated that "The
Nicholsons in Pendleton and Greenville Districts were related. Bolin
Nicholson moved from Greenville District to what is now Pickens County, and
in the Oconee County section in 1800 were Isaac, Benjamin, a younger John
and William". Pickens and Oconee county were both formed out of Pendleton
Many of us have researched these individuals and feel the Isaac mentioned
was the older Isaac Nicholson in Monroe Co. in 1830. I am convinced the
"younger John" was John (1763-1858) Nicholson who stated in his
Revolutionary War Pension file that he was born in Bute Co. N.C. May 1, 1762
or 63 (the last digit is unreadable, but other statement and census data
support 1763). He also stated he lived in South Carolina after the war and
I have other data that appears to place him in Pendleton.
The families of the above William, Benjamin, Isaac and John Nicholson appear
to criss cross, live by each other, share relations with other families and
sometimes interact as family up to the Civil War. The most unusual
circumstances involve a son of John Nicholson (James 1793) and two sons of
William Nicholson (William R. and Lemuel) and their respective families
occurring in DeKalb Co. Alabama and Sharp Co. Arkansas. Lemuel Nicholson
processes James Nicholsons bounty land application. Lemuels son handles the
estate of Jame's son. William's son in law handles the estate of another of
Jame's sons for the son's orphaned children. One of James sons and one of
William's sons have land intermeshed like the different colored squares of a
chest board. Etc. Etc.
In other words, there is evidence to support the allegation that the
Nicholsons in 1800 Pendleton were related, and also that those in
pre-Revolutionary Sussex (Surrey) Va. and Granville (Bute) N.c. were related
and the source of these Nicholsons. In such a case, it would not be unusual
for one brother to claim a N.C. (Bute) birthplace, while another claimed a
Va. (Sussex?) birthplace. These Nicholsons were living near the state line
and likely bouncing back and forth between them.
Anne Crocker and Aubrey Gay of this board (among others) and Nancy Flesch
have devoted a lot of time in studying these Va/NC border Nicholsons. I'd
be interested in any comments re this post from them and others, esp.
Pauline and Robyn.
From: ***Pauline*** <>
Date: Monday, August 28, 2000 11:18 AM
Subject: [NICHOLSON-L] John Nicholson b abt 1720, 2nd wife Elizabeth dau.,
of John Andrews
>John Nicholson b abt 1720 1st married Ann ? had a daughter Jane b;
>[Albemarle Parish Reg.] #2 Elizabeth dau., of John Andrews of Sussex
>5/7/1763] will dated 17 Jan 1777 pr., 18 Sept 1777 in Sussex Co., VA
>Elizabeth, brother William, "my children" & a son William; listed in
>Census of 1782 Sussex Co., VA, as taxable 9 whites, 14 slaves.
>1. William b 12/16/1765 awarded 200 acres for services as soldier in the
> Revolutionary War [ BK., 1 p., 64]
>2. Buckner b; 1/20/1767 bap; 3/15/1767 Godfathers; Harris & Robert
> Godmother; Mary Andrews.
>3. Benjamin b; 10/3/1768
>4. Jane b;11/16/1770 bap; 4/7/1771 Godfather; Thomas Smith,
> Godmothers; Eliza Sharp, & Jane Blunt.
>5. Susanna b; 10/3/1773 bap; 12/12/1773 - Godfather; Richard Andrews
> Godmothers; Susanna Edmunds & Susannah Ellis.
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