Penn / Pinn Family
Taliaferro / Toliver Family
Vaughn / Vaughan Family
African American Heritage
Jean L. Cooper
of Warminster, Nelson, Virginia
(African American line)
This is just an introduction to the Diggs family connection.
We've already introduced Sophia Diggs, my 2nd great grandmother, wife of Washington Nicholas.
Sophia Diggs, born 1842 was the daughter of Louis Diggs (son of Susan "Sukey" Diggs), and Betsy. Sukey was my 4th great grandmother. In 1870 she resided with her grand daughter, Sophia and my second great grandfather Washington Nicholas in Rockfish, Nelson VA. The family had moved from Liberty Hall, in Warminster, Nelson, VA to help in the construction of another Cabell family plantation home in this eastern portion of the county. By 1880, they had returned to Liberty Hall.
Information on Sukey's children was extracted from the many diaries and writings of both, William Daniel Cabell, and Nathaniel Francis Cabell, in which they stated that Sukey had 17 children, and many them were either sold off of the plantation, or given away to relatives, as part of a dowry.
It was easy for me to locate 10 of her children who stayed within the neighborhoods of Warminster, Midway Mills, Norwood, Union Hill, Tye River, and Gladstone.
However, the difficulty of tracking the remaining 7 is still a major stumbling block.
Sukey's son Rice Diggs, born 1824 was also shipped to the Rockfish plantation. His son
Frank's line are in-laws of the Harris, Meredith, Loving, Foster, Kemp, and Washington family
lines, out of Nelson County.
Sophia Diggs' aunt was Caroline Horsley. Caroline married the brother of Sophy's father, whose name was Daniel Diggs.
After Daniel died in 1885, Caroline married my other 2nd great grandfather Noah Venable.
Noah, was the father of Julia Venable. Julia, was the wife of my great grandfather William Nicholas (son of Washington Nicholas).
Sophy's half sister through her father's second marriage to Mary J., was Paulina "Adeline" Diggs, born 1851. Paulina, married George Jemison (son of Sawney Jemison). This is where the Jemison, also spelled as "Jamieson" lines connect.
This line of "Diggs" family shown here, also connects to the Gilmore, White, Pollard,
Bridgewater, Peters, Harris, Meredith, Tompkins, Rose, Murphy, Gray, Cole/Coles, Strange,
Branch, Green, Bowling, Rives, Hubbard, Jordan, Jones, and Wright - African American / Mulatto
families of Nelson County, VA.
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