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From: "Alvin Byrd" <>
Subject: Fw: Wicocomico history and genealogy
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 18:21:33 -0700



----- Original Message -----
From: Alvin Byrd <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 5:19 PM
Subject: Fw: Wicocomico history and genealogy


> Ed Ragan is the historian for the Rappahannocks, also is a professor at
> Havard. ( He is also a Rappahannock)
>
> We are getting some sorely needed information concerning some of other
names
> that may be connected to the Wicocomico.
>
> Al
>
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ed Ragan <>
> To: <>
> Cc: Anne Nelson-Richardson <>
> Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 6:20 AM
> Subject: Wicocomico history and genealogy
>
>
> > Dear Chief Byrd,
> >
> > A couple of months ago you forwarded to me the address for Wicocomico
> Nation
> > web site. I apologize for not getting beack with you sooner; I was away
> at
> > the time and am only now getting around to answering my email.
> >
> > I have visited your site and am quite impressed with your efforts to
> > reconnect the Wicocomico people with their indigenous roots in Virginia.
> > For some time now, I have been quite interested in the native history of
> the
> > middle peninsula and northern neck.
> >
> > Currently, my research with the Rappahannock is focusing on the
> seventeenth
> > century, although our goal is to reconstruct a complete tribal history
to
> > the present. As I do the research, I'll keep you in mind and forward
> > relevant information.
> >
> > Chief Richardson asked me to forward to you the email message that you
see
> > below from James Nickens to Fred Bright. I met James two years ago at
the
> > Rappahannock's fall festival. He's done quite a lot of research into
> > Wicocomico history and genealogy. He told me that he has traced some
> > Rappahannock's who moved to live with the Wicocomico in the 1650s.
> >
> > I hope this information is useful to you and look forward to discussing
> the
> > indigenous history of the northern neck at greater length.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Ed Ragan
> >
> >
> > ================================
> > From:
> > Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 14:39:53 EDT
> > To:
> > Subject: Nansemond Research
> >
> > Hi Fred. It was great to meet you at the PowWow. Cheif Anne Richardson
> had
> > refered me to you as a researcher of the Nansemond. I was surprised
that
> > you already knew of the Nickens ancestry in the Bass line. Jemima Bass
> was
> > the daughter of James Nickens of Lancaster Co. She and Willis Bass
> > aparently met in Hertford Co. NC where Willis was found in 1790. Two of
> > their children, Andrew and Joshua are recorded in the Bass family Bible.
> > James Nickens of Hertford Co., NC, a cousin of Jemima Bass' father, was
> the
> > grandfather of Margaret Nickens, who married William Newton in 1805
> Norfolk
> > Co. Both these Bass and Newton families received Indian certificates
from
> > the Norfolk Co. Court in 1833. The Bateman family was later identified
as
> a
> > Nansemond family. "James Nickens alias Bateman" of Lancaster Co. was
the
> > founder of this line. By the time of the Revolutionary war he had
become
> > James Bateman. In 1777 he was listed #12 of seamen aboard the ship
> > "Glocester". #11 was James Nickens, father of Jemima Bass, #10 was
Edward
> > Nickens.By this genealogical quirk three different James Nickens fed
> > descendants into the Nansemond people. These three cousins were all the
> > grandsons of Richard Yoconahawcon who became Richard Nicken. Three
> Weavers
> > were also the recipients of the 1833 Indian certificates. I have not
yet
> > determined exactly who they were. The Nickens and Weaver lines are
> > difficult to unravel. Richard and Elizabeth Weaver raised the orphan
> > children of Edward Yocona hawcon aka Edward Nicken in Lancaster Co. One
> of
> > Edward's sons married Ann Weaver. Edward's daughter, Sarah, married
Isaac
> > Weaver, and Edward's son Aaron Nicken became Aaron Weaver. Suffice it to
> say
> > that the Weavers who received certificates were Nickens cousins.
> > Newton descendants of the 1833 certificates married Collins. Are these
> the
> > same Collins who were in Hertford Co., NC in the 1700's with Willis
Bass,
> > the Nickens, and the Weavers? Do these Collins seem to be the Collins
who
> > found their way to the Pamunkey? I'll be happy to work with anyone
> seeking
> > to fill the gaps in the history of Virginia's Indian people.
> >
> > James Nickens
> >
> >
> >
> >
>


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