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From: Resa Hennings <>
Subject: John and Mary OWEN NICHOLS--VA--1700s
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 15:04:44 -0500

My NICHOLS line at least lived in Caroline and Halifax cos, VA;
many went to TN (Smith, Wilson and some other cos); then some
moved on to Marion/Clinton/Fayette cos area of IL.

My 5g grandparents were John NICHOLS and Mary OWEN. The little bit I
have on John: his wife was Mary OWEN (d/o Richard and Elizabeth OWEN);
he bought and sold land and a slave in 1732 in Caroline Co, VA; they
bought and sold land in Halifax Co, VA, and possibly in Goochland Co,
VA 1734-1746; they had 10 ch; he signed his will 8 Oct 1773 in Halifax
Co, VA and it was admitted to Probate there 22 Apr 1774. John is the
proverbial brick wall. Who were his ancestors and where did they come

Ch of John and Mary:

1. William NICHOLS b of Caroline Co, VA; m ?Susannah? ____;
some researchers feel he is the William NICHOLS who left
a will in Halifax Co, VA 28 Dec 1807, but I'm not sure;
that will named no wife, but listed the following 8 ch:
Sarah GOBELL/CABELL, Elizabeth RICKMAN, Polly, Nancy,
Marstin, John, William, Martha "Patsy" WEAVER
2. John NICHOLS b of Caroline Co, VA m Obedience ROBERTSON at
Cumberland, Co, VA
3. Sarah NICHOLS b c1725; m Christopher ROBERTSON of Henrico Co,
VA; had 8 ch: Drucilla, m Francis SAMPSON; Molly; Sarah m
Michael ROBERTS; Jesse ROBERTSON m Elizabeth PIGG 28 Mar
1771 Pittsylvania Co, VA; Aggie ROBERTSON; George ROBERTSON
m Judith SCRUGGS Jan 1778 Halifax Co, VA; Betty ROBERTSON m
James GATES; Pheba ROBERTSON m William FAMBROUGH 6 Nov 1787
Halifax Co, VA
4. Elizabeth "Betty" NICHOLS b c1727; m John OWEN, Jr (s/o of John
OWEN and Sally BRACKETT of Prince Edward Co, VA) [NOTE: this
OWEN line *does not appear to be* the same as "Betty"
NICHOLS' mother's line]; had 6 ch: Lucy OWEN m Abraham
LEGRAND, Jr; William OWEN m Eady PIGG; Obediah OWEN b c1767
m Mary "Polly" LEGRAND; Agnes OWEN m Hezekiah PIGG; John
OWEN; David OWEN m c1774 Halifax Co, VA m Margaret "Peggy"
NELSON. [John OWEN Jr's will proven 20 Mar 1786 Pittsyl-
vania Co, VA]
5. Agnes/Aggie NICHOLS b c1729 m Abraham LEGRAND, Sr--he d bef
15 Sep 1800 Pittsylvania Co, VA; had 7 or 8 ch: Abraham
LeGRAND m Lucy OWEN (cousin, above); Jesse LEGRAND; Sally
is he?); Polly LEGRAND m Obediah OWEN; George LEGRAND m
Nancy ELLIOTT; ?Elizabeth LEGRAND?
6. Ambrose NICHOLS b c1731; m Elizabeth ___
7. Jesse NICHOLS (my line) b c1750 Halifax Co, VA; will written
29 Nov 1805 Smith Co, TN; m Lucy MANN c1773 (d/o Robert and
Phoebe MANN--his will dated 14 Jul 1780 Halifax Co, VA);
Jesse fought in the Revolution, Pvt, 15th Virginia Regi-
ment of Foot, 16 Jan 1777 to Nov 1779; at Valley Forge the
winter of 1777-78
Ch of Jesse and Lucy:
1. Robert NICHOLS m Jane "Gincey" PURCELL 29 Apr 1797
Halifax Co, VA; had 6 ch: 1) Robert Nelson NICHOLS m Mary
CHANCE; 2)Mary "Milly" NICHOLS m James CHANCE (bro of
Mary); 3) Lucy NICHOLS m Robert MANN, a cousin; 4)
Elizabeth NICHOLS m#1 HALLUM, m#2 Henry CHANDLER, a
cousin; 5) Morgan NICHOLS m Lucinda WRIGHT--they left
young orphans in Marion Co, IL
2. Phoebe NICHOLS m Abraham PARKER 31 Oct 1799 Halifax Co,
VA; *believe* she d bef 1846 Macon Co, TN and *maybe*
their ch were Nancy and John
3. John Wilson NICHOLS b c1778 Halifax Co, VA d 1829 Marion
Co, IL m Martha "Patsy" CHANDLER 23 Sep 1799 Halifax Co,
VA (d/o Henry and Elizabeth CHANDLER of Halifax Co, VA);
had 4 ch: 1) Henry Chandler NICHOLS b VA m Elizabeth
NICHOLS, above; 2) Robert Mann NICHOLS b VA m Lucy
NICHOLS, above; 3) John Wilson NICHOLS, Jr, b 1804 TN;
4) Thomas A. NICHOLS b 1807 TN d 3 Aug 1878 Marion Co,
IL m Susan HOWELL 1828 in IL
4. Mary "Polly" NICHOLS b Halifax Co, VA d 19 Nov 1864 m
10 Feb 1802 Halifax Co, VA Charles WADE; had 5 ch:
Jesse, Robert, Lucy, Andrew, Stephan
5. Sally NICHOLS m 3 times; *believe* others were HOOD and
TROUSDALE in Smith Co, TN; m James ALTUM where? and
had 8 ALTUM ch: Thomas, Robert, John, Jesse, Spencer,
Polly, Lucy, and Nancy; Sally and family lived Marion
Co, IL some amount of time; Sally and husband ALTUM
*may* have gone to MO
6. William N. NICHOLS m Nancy WALTON (d/o Thomas G. WALTON
and Agnes MOSBY) listed in 1825 Marion Co, Il, state
census; supposedly moved to Boone Co, MO 1826; ?3ch:
Sary, Ally, Robert?
7. Jesse NICHOLS b Halifax co, VA *believe* d 18 Mar 1860
Marion Co, IL m ?? TN; ?ch: Sally, Mary Ann, and
William Henry?--*maybe a dau m Henry HOLT?*
8. Bird NICHOLS (my line) b 7 Jul 1789 Halifax Co, VA d
6 Sep 1844 Marion Co, IL m#1 c1812 Mary "Polly" HUGHES
b c1793 TN d c1835 Smith Co, TN (d/o Simon P. HUGHES,
Sr and Martha BIGGERS) m#2 30 Aug 1865 Fayette Co, IL
Zillah MORRIS FARMER b Aug 1805?/1815? d 4 Feb 1856
Fayette Co, IL (d/o Jacob MORRIS of NC and KY; widow
of Benjamin FARMER); Bird fought in War of 1812 from
Bird and Mary "Polly" had 9 ch:
1) Byrd William NICHOLS b 5 Dec 1813
2) Simon H. NICHOLS b 22 Aug 1815 *?d c1847 in
Mexican War?*
3) John Byrd NICHOLS b 8 May 1817 Smith Co, TN
d 27 Jul 1902 Smith Co, TN m Elizabeth "Bettie"
Smith TROUSDALE (d/o William TROUSDALE and Mary
HARVEY of Smith Co, TN)
4) David Henry Douglas NICHOLS b 4 Dec 1818 Jackson
now Putnam) Co, TN d 14 Jul 1900 Putname Co, TN
m 18 Feb 1838 Elizabeth "Betsy Ann JARED (d/o
Moses JARED)
5) Martha F. NICHOLS b 14 Mar 1820 m#1 James
EASTON, m#2 19 Mar 1857 Fayette Co, IL Jacob
6) Nancy W. NICHOLS b 20 Feb 1823 Smith Co, TN d
Feb 1907 Marion Co, IL m#1 20 Feb 1840 Marion
Co, IL Henry JACKSON, m#2 12 Aug 1849 Fayette
Co, IL William HENSHAW, m#3 27 Oct 1861 William
MORRIS; had ch by all three
7) Jesse Cole NICHOLS (my 2gr grandf) b 22 Aug 1825
Smith Co, TN d 1857 IL m 9 Jul 1848 Marion Co,
IL Nancy NEWMAN b 1827 d 1854 IL; had 2 ch:
Simon Jesse NICHOLS b 7 Dec 1852 [my gr grandf]
who m Rena Matilda CORZINE and Harvey NICHOLS
b 1854
8) Jasper C. NICHOLS b 30 Sep 1827 TN m 25 Dec 1845
Fayette Co, IL Mary A. MILLS
9) Harvey Bransford NICHOLS b 7 Jul 1829 TN d 15
Oct 1866 Marion Co, IL m 20 May 1849 Marion Co,
IL Harriet JACKSON; Harvey fought in Civil War
from IL
Bird and Zillah had 1 ch: Lemuel Aldrich NICHOLS b
8 Jun 1843 Fayette Co, IL d 7 Mar 1925 Fayette Co, IL
m#1 30 Aug 1865 Fayette Co, IL Sarah Elizabeth ARNOLD,
who d bef 1874 Clinton Co, IL; m#2 Maluvia Paralee
HOLLAND b 18 Apr 1854 Todd Co, KY (d/o Nathaniel Walker
HOLLAND and Agnes Ellen WIMPEY both of KY); Lemuel had
10 ch, between the two wives, who reached adulthood;
Lemuel fought in the Civil War from IL
9. Matthew NICHOLS b 14 May 1790 Halifax Co, VA d bef
2 Jan 1859 Smith Co, TN m 24 Dec 1811 NC Mary "Polly"
WARREN (d/o John WARREN) b 20 May 1787 NC d 19 Oct 1864
Smith Co, TN; had 9 ch: 1) Matilda W. NICHOLS b 1813 m
DURHAM; 2) Moriah NICHOLS b 1815 m a DURHAM also;
3) Warren NICHOLS b 1817 d 1897; 4) Permelia NICHOLS
b 1820 m Nelson F. KYLE; 5) Martha NICHOLS b 10 Jul
1822 d 1896 Smith Co, TN m Christopher FORD; 6) Joel M.
NICHOLS b 11 Apr 1824 d 1 Jul 1901 Smith Co, TN, m
DRAPER Smith Co, TN; 7) Jesse NICHOLS b 1826 d 1872;
8) Ethelred "Dub" NICHOLS b 1829; 9) William M. NICHOLS
b 20 Sep 1830 d 10 Apr 1895 Smith Co, TN
10. Lucy NICHOLS b c1791 Halifax Co, VA d 11 Jul 1879
Marion Co, IL m c1815 Halifax Co, VA John Tipton
EDDINGTON; had 6 ch: 1) Elizabeth, 2) Mary, 3) Nancy,
4) Caroline, 5) Eliza J., 6) a son [Lucy may have m#2
11. Joel NICHOLS b c1794 Halifax Co, VA d bef 1846; fought
in War of 1812 from TN
12. Nancy NICHOLS b c1796 Halifax Co, VA d bef 1845 m Andrew
John MCINTIRE (prob s/o Archibald MCINTIRE); they may
have gone to MO
13. Elizabeth "Betsy" NICHOLS b c1798 Halifax Co, VA d c1850
Marion Co, IL m c1820 TN William MARSHALL b c1797 VA;
had 7 ch: 1) Sophronia b 1827 IL; 2) John b 1829 IL;
3) Malinda b 1832 IL; 4) Elizabeth b 1834 IL; 5) Thomas
b 1837 IL; 6) Lucinda b 1839 IL; 7) Jesse b 1841 IL
14. James Matthew NICHOLS b c1800 m 1823 Sumner Co, TN
15. Henry V. NICHOLS b c1802 Halifax Co, VA d MO? TN?;
mother, Lucy MANN NICHOLS, in Henry's household in TN,
1840 census

I would most interested to receive any comments, questions, and

Resa Nichols Hennings

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