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James Nicholson

Died 1723? Surry Co. VA
SPOUSE CHILDREN
Elizabeth Gray

m. 1714
Surry Co. VA
b. 1684/90
Surry Co. VA
d. by Jan 1768
Edgecombe Co. NC
James

b. before 1723
VA
d. 1764
NC
Benjamin

b. before 1723
VA
d. after Jan 1768
Samuell

b. VA

d. 1765
Elizabeth

b. 1709?
VA
d. aft Jan 1779
Mary

b. VA

d. aft 1767
Sarah

b. VA

d. aft 1767
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.
In his short will, James left everything to his wife, Elizabeth, and after her death to two sons. All of his children were young when James died. His widow Elizabeth married Richard Andrews who died in 1750. The following year she moved from Surry Co. VA and settled in Edgecombe Co. NC with her sons, James & Benjamin. Her will (see Abstract), dated Apr 4, 1767, was probated in Edgecombe Co. NC on the second Tuesday of Jan 1768. Three daughters, but only one son, Benjamin, is mentioned in the will, named Executor and receiving the remainder of her estate.
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, son Samuell sold "a negro girl, horse, household goods, and chattels" to brothers John and Benjamin Egerton. This John Egerton was the husband of Samuell'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 (1776-1847?, 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.
Sources:
Abstracts of Warren Co. NC Wills, Deed Book 1, pp. 20, 73, 279; as of X-17-1766.
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.
Abstracts of Wills Edgecombe Co., N.C. 1733-1856 by Williams & Griffin (Contributed by Lona Laughlin Boudreaux).
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.
Parker, Mrs. Rom B. "Egerton genealogy", dated 1950, Enfield NC, 53 pp., copies of selected pages sent to L.M. Holloway by Colleen Petty, Memphis TN.
Warren Co. Bibles: Myrick, Nicholson, Brown, Bible records from Williams & Griffin, Bible Records of Early Edgecombe, NC.