African American genealogy in Nelson County, Virginia
Dr. William Cabell wall plaque at Midway Mills, Nelson County, Virginia
Wingina Post Office, in Wingina, Nelson, Virginia

List of
African American

Nicholas Family
of Wingina

Liberty Hall at Warminster owned by Dr. William Cabell, owner of the Swan Creek Plantation, Lovingston, Nelson, Virginia

Allen Family
Bailey Family
Beverly Family
Barber/Barbour Family
Bolden Family
Bowling Family
Braddock Family
Cabbell Family
Callen Family
Cashwell Family
Christian Family
Clopton Family
Coleman Family
Cottrell Family
Crockett Family
Diggs Family
Durrett Family
Early Family
Edmunds Family
Ellis Family
Epps Family
Essex Family
Fleming Family
Giles Family
Gilmore Family
Glover Family
Horsley Family
Hughes Family
Johnson Family
Jemison Family
Jett Family
Kidd Family
Ligon Family
Loving Family
Mack Family
Mayo Family
Mead(e,s) Family
Meredith Family
Mitchell Family
Morse Family
Napier Family
Nicholas Family
Oakrum Family
Page Family
Payne Family
Penn / Pinn Family
Powell Family
Revely Family
Rose Family
Sandidge Family
Shipman Family
Steptoe Family
Strange Family
Taliaferro / Toliver Family
Terrell Family
Tompkins Family
Thompson Family
Vaughn / Vaughan Family
Venable Family
Whitlock Family
Woodson Family
Yancy Family
aunt Irene Nicholas & grandmom Carlie Ann Allen
Cabell family at Edgewood - Wingina, Nelson, VA

African American Heritage
2-Disk DVD set of the Slave Descendants of the Cabell Family - Nelson, VA
Jean L. Cooper


Diggs Family
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.
(See "Nicholas" family line).

marriage of Washington Nicholas and Sophia Diggs at Liberty Hall on the Swan Creek Plantation

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.
1870 Lovingston census, showing Washington Nicholas, Sophia, and Sukey Diggs

1880 Lovingston census, showing Washington Nicholas, Sophia, and Sukey Diggs

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.
A few of Sukey's grand children that I have been able to track, were shipped to Rockfish, Nelson, VA to work on the "Glen Mary" plantation of Jacob Warrick (husband of Ellen Massie, daughter of William Massie owner of the Pharsalia Plantation in Massies Mill), where these lines of the "Diggs" families inter-married with the Crawford, Barbour, Jackson, Harris, Meredith, Foster, and Dudley family lines of Rockfish.

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).

marriage of Noah Venable and Caroline Horsley

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.

In depth look at the Diggs family of Warminster, Nelson, VA (1740 - 1960)