James Nicholson

Died 1723? Surry Co. VA

m. VA


d. 1764

b. VA


b. VA

d. 1765

b. 1707?
d. aft Jan 1779
After James died, his widow married Richard Andrews.
In Surry Co. VA, James lived on land bordering land of Gilbert Gray, possibly the 156 acres at mouth of Cattail Branch that his elder son James and his widow Elizabeth and Richard Andrews (her 2nd husband) deeded in 1740 to Robert Gray. This transaction was witnessed by Gilbert Gray and younger son Benjamin.
Daughter Elizabeth and husband John Egerton moved to NC by 1732. Brothers James and Benjamin followed in 1740, when there is a deed dated Sep 4, 1740, from "John Edgerton to James Nicholson, of Surry County in Virginia", for 370 acres on the south side of Roanoke River, on Stone House Creek. Soon after there is a sale of 200 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek from Thomas Person to Benjamin Nicholson. All of this land was in Bertie Co. NC in 1740.
Edgecombe was formed in 1741 from Bertie County ( Map), then became part of Granville County in 1754 ( Map), Bute was formed in 1764 ( Map), and finally Warren in 1779 ( Map). Bute was the Prime Minister of King George III and the residents did not like that so they split up Bute County into Franklin and Warren Counties. See map of the region in 1746 from the Granville County 1746 Society's website.
A 1762 List of Taxables in the Little Fishing Creek District of Granville Co. NC shows son James as the head of a household of Henery and John Allin. A Samuell Nicholson is also listed in a single taxpayer household.
On Feb 25, 1765, Samuel sold "a negro girl, horse, household goods, and chattels" to brothers John and Benjamin Egerton. John Egerton was the husband of Samuel's sister Elizabeth.
Daughter Elizabeth married John Egerton. Their son James Egerton and wife Martha named two of their sons James Nicholson Egerton and Gilbert Gray Egerton, strongly indicating a descent from this James Nicholson who owned land next to Gilbert Gray in Surry Co. VA. A son of Gilbert Gray Egerton, James Albert Egerton, wrote History of the Egerton Family.
Abstracts of Warren Co. NC Wills, Deed Book 1, pp. 20, 73, 279; as of X-17-1766.
Baker, Blanche Wilmot Egerton, comp., "Egerton Ancestry", Roxboro NC, 1946.
Corbitt, D. L., The formation of the N.C. counties, 1663-1943, Dept. Arch. & Hist, Raleigh NC, 1950, 323pp.
Eaton, L. Claud, Jr., Our Tree, Alston... Blount...Davis...Pitchford...& related families, publ. by author, Vallejo, Ca., 1993.
Eaton, William, "Iinhabitants of Granville County, NC 1746, 1750", abstracted, in North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, v. 8, Feb 1982, p. 26.
Evans, James D., contributer, "Nicholson Family of Virginia", Tyler's Quarterly Historical Magazine, vol. 4, 1932, footnote on p. 54.
McBride, Ransom, "List of Taxables for 1762 in Granville County, NC", compiled from originals at NC State Archives, Raleigh NC, in North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, v. 8, Feb 1987, p. 31.
Nicholson, Hugh G., comp., "Nicholson Family of Virginia and North Carolina", Tyler's Quarterly Historical Magazine, vol. 17: 89-101, 1935.