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Josiah Nichols was born in 1752 in Bertie County, North Carolina. His parents were Nathaniel Nicholas and Mary.
According to NC Wills: A Testator Index 1665-1900 by Mitchell, the will of Nathaniel Nicholas filed 1755 SS 880/159 is in the loose wills of the State Archives. We have not read it.
In 1759 the Bertie County Court Minutes #493-253 contain the
" Mr. Jonathan Standly, guardian to William Nicholas and Josiah Nicholas, orphans of Nathaniel Nichols, deceased, move the court for leave to sell 1 mare, 2 guns, 1 sword, a pair of pistols and hosters belonging to the orphans. It was granted and also ordered that John Hill, William Gray and Thomas Whitnell, Esq. to divide the estate of Nathaniel Nicholas decd."
The August Court 1774 of the Bertie County Court Record 1772-1780 proved a deed from Richard Willsford to Josiah Nicholas in open court by the oath of James Early one of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be registered.
Josiah Nichols is listed in the DAR Patriot Index. It
states that Josiah was a soldier in a NC company during the Revolution.
It also says he married first Mary and second Nancy. In
the Caldwell County Kentucky history room there is a Nichols Family
File. It states that Josiah Nichols wed Nancy, maybe Reddick in Wake
County, NC. We have found no confirmation of Mary, the Reddick
name continues through the
line. When he was 65 years old he married Nancy Hocut in Johnston County. Was
this a 3rd wife or the Nancy referred to in the Patriot Index.
We will guess that Josiah married ?? maybe
Reddick about 1772. All must be confirmed. The names of children of
Josiah given by the Nichols Family File and the Caldwell
County KY History are:
1. Noah born 1773 married Mrs. Sarah Early.
2. Reddick born 1774 married Celia Jenkins
3. Eli born 1776 married Christian Haile.
4. William born 1777married 1st Lavinia Goodwin, 2nd Mary Price.
According to Christine of email@example.com found on Ancestry.com, "Meley" is Ameila who married Freeman Broadwell and Viney is Lavinia.
Feb. 27, 1773 Josiah Nicholis purchased from Richard Willeford for
80 pounds 100 hundred acres on Hearts Delight Pecoson. Bertie County Deeds Aug court 1774
approved, Book M, pg 145-6. I don't know if Heart's
the name of the farm on the Pecoson River, or if it goes together to be
the name of a stream. Josiah was said to be of Bertie
County, province Afons. I do not know what this means
Bertie County is in the Northeast on the Albemarle Sound between two major NC rivers, the Roanoke and Chowan. Wake County is more central at Raleigh, NC. Josiah was ordered by the Bertie County Court to "leave the county" along with a number of other men, because they were loyal to the crown, ie George the Third. Bertie County Court Nov. 1777. I have a copy of the court minutes
We begin to pick up deed activities in Wake County in 1792 where
Josiah Nichols had moved his
family. The Wake County NC Deed
Abstract 1785 - 1802 compiled by
Joseph W. Watson lists the following:
The Caldwell County Kentucky History tells this story "In the early 1800's six brothers whose ancestors had come from England in the 1600's migrated from NC to Caldwell County, Kentucky. They were Rev. Noah Nichols, Reddick, Wright, Nathaniel, William and Eli. Noah came in a large wagon. The others came in two-horse carts or walked. Included were three Price brothers: James, Irwin, and Thomas. They settled near Lewistown, KY and at Lisman, KY first." Lewistown is in Caldwell County, east of Princeton. Lisman is in Webster County just north of Caldwell Ct.
Josiah Nichols is listed in the 1800 Census of Wake County, NC. In 1802 Eli was getting married in Kentucky. The sons had all moved to Kentucky but Josiah stayed in NC.
On Jan 11, 1823 Josiah Nichols
made application to marry Nancy Hocut
in Johnston Coutny.
Gibson Martin paid the bond of
500 pounds. This was considered a significant sum and posted by
those who were "well heeled" According to the archivist at the NC
State Archives.. I do not know his relationship to either of the
marriage parties. I have a copy of the Johnson county marriage
County is just to the southeast of Wake
Unfortunately, Josiah died
later that year. The NC Wills,
Testator Index states that the will for Josiah
Nichols was recorded in Wake
Record Book 18/ pg 244 in August 1823.
The will is held in the State Archives. I have a copy of the
will. It was written on May 1823. He states he is Joshia Nichols of Wake County. He first
wife, Nancy Nichols and she is
to receive all the property "that I had with her at the day of
marriage'. He bequeated to his son Reddick the "notes that I had of ?Cafeel" Nichols" He
gave his daughter Meg Broadwell
a bed and furniture and one ??clush??. Then all else was to be
sold and divided equally between Nancy
??Eddgbe??,Ester,??Racac??, Meg Broadwell, Brittain Nichols and Elizabeth Bridges. Then he
ordained William Nichols,
executor. It was witnessed by Major
William Hocut and Elizabeth
Nichols. The will was proved at the August Court,
I do not know where Josiah is buried, or when Nancy died.
If you know the answer please CONTACT US
1. Read the NC census 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820.
2. Confirm the marriage to Nancy Reddick.
3. Check the note that he married first Mary.
4 Who are all the people named in his will?
5. Where /what is Heart's Delight Pecoson?
6. Where is Josiah buried?
7. When did Nancy, his widow die?
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