Penn / Pinn Family
Taliaferro / Toliver Family
Vaughn / Vaughan Family
Family of Wingina, Nelson, Virginia
of "Old John" Nicholas
John Nicholas (often appears as "Old Jack" - Nathaniel F. and William
Daniel Cabell's headman). Old John appears on the slave list of Nathaniel Francis
at Liberty Hall in Warminster, Nelson, Virginia. He was born a
slave on January 14th, 1798 according to the list of negroes written by
N.F Cabell. Old John was the father of Washington Nicholas my second great
Old John started
out on the farm of Nathaniel's cousin, in Curdsville, Buckingham Virginia.
This area, was also known as James River, Buckingham, Virginia. Nathaniel's
cousin was named John Sydnor Horsley the 3rd, who married Louisa Scovill
Brady. The name of the Horsley plantation was called Travelers Rest, located
just a short distance from the Seven Islands Plantation owned by
Dr. George Nicholas (1695 -1734). George's three sons were Capt. John Nicholas,
George Nicholas, Jr. and Robert Carter Nicholas. These three children were
orphaned at the ages of 7 and 9 years old. According to the book
"The Nicholas Family from England to Virginia - from John Nicholas (
- 1461)" by Richard Ludlam Nicholas. This line of the "Nicholas" family
went bankrupt due to the squandering of the family's money by various relatives,
after Dr. George Nicholas, and his wife Elizabeth Burwell Carter died.
Perhaps... (and this is just an assumption) the parents of Old John Nicholas
were possibly owned by this line of the Nicholas family, and sold to William
Horsley of ("Traveler's Rest") and Mary Cabell (daughter of
Dr. William Cabell) to pay off debts, being that these two plantations
were in such close proximity to each other, (near that horseshoe curve along
the James River, across from Scottsville).
("Traveler's Rest"), was inherited by John Sydnor Horsley the 3rd,
from his great grandparents Mary Cabell, and William Horsley. Mary Cabell,
was the daughter of Doctor William Cabell born in 1699 in Wiltshire,
England. Doctor William Cabell was the progenitor of the Cabell family
in Virginia. About 12 years before John Sydnor Horsley died in 1887, at the age of sixty
one, (around 1875) he gave Old John Nicholas and his family, to Nathaniel F. Cabell.
The 1870 census record shows Old John Nicholas residing on the Horsley
plantation. Old John Nicholas was shipped across the James River, from
Buckingham, to work and reside on the Cabell plantation in Wingina around
1874. This plantation was called the "Swan Creek Plantation", located
in an old town known as Warminster, founded by Dr. William Cabell in 1732.
Francis Cabell was born 1807 at the Cabell homestead called Liberty
Hall, on the Swan Creek Plantation and resided there until 1885.
Nate died in Bedford, VA in 1891. His property value was worth 48,000.00.
His estate value was 25,000.00 (including his 27 slaves) in 1860. Nate joined
"The Swedenborgian Church" - slave abolishionists in 1837, but continued
to own slaves until emancipation.
Nicholas died at Liberty Hall, in 1895. He is believed to be buried at
the Cabell family slave cemetery at the corner of Cabell road (rte. 626)
and Midway Mills Lane in Wingina, Nelson, Virginia.
Old John Nicholas,
and his wife Judy, had eleven children. There names were Malina, Washington,
James, Frances, Jane, Lucy, Mary, Joseph, Emma, Eliza, and John junior.
James Nicholas, Old John's third child, was born in 1841. James, married
Emily Pollard, born 1842. The couple, were shipped to work the farm of
Zackariah R. Lewis, along with Benjamin Diggs born 1843 and his wife Martha
Pollard, born 1845. Martha, was the sister of Emily Pollard. Benjamin,
was the brother of Sophia Diggs (first wife of Washington Nicholas) and
the son of Lewis Diggs.
Lewis, and William Daniel Cabell, born 1834 of Old Norwood Plantation, Nelson, Virginia
had multiple business dealings concerning the hiring out of their slaves,
according to the diary of William D. Cabell. William Daniel Cabell married
the daughter of Nathaniel Francis Cabell. Her name was Elizabeth Nicholas
Cabell, born in 1834, and died in 1863. The Old Norwood Plantation was completely destroyed
by fire on Dec. 14, 2012, just 10 days after I finished much of my research, photographing
gravesites from Midway Mills, through Union Hill, Old Norwood, Fork Field, Tye River, Bufalo Ridge,
Gladstone, Colleen, Massies Mill, and Amherst.
Coming Soon!... Complete "NICHOLAS FAMILY LINE of WINGINA, NELSON, VA
(1798 - 1940)
to page #4 - The Cabell Family from Wiltshire, England to Nelson County, VA