African American genealogy in Nelson County, Virginia
"We are commanded to honor our forefathers, that our days may be long. Our religion, civilization, and patriotism alike, require us to rescue their memory from oblivion, so that they may not perish forever, as though they had never been born. And it is our sacred duty to "gather up the fragments that remain" before their past history has been obliterated by effacing fingers of destruction and decay." Alexander Brown (author of the book "The Cabells And Their Kin.")
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
Barber/Barbour Family
Beverly 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
My father William Alec Nicholas & his sisters Frances, Irene, Shirley, and Eva with their dog Pal
William Nicholas with a WOODSON or ALLEN family member
2-Disk DVD set of the Slave Descendants of the Cabell Family - Nelson, VA
Jean L. Cooper

Nicholas Family of Wingina, Nelson, Virginia
(African American line)
My grandparents  - Carlie Ann ALLEN & Arthur Garfield NICHOLAS

This is just an introductory page, to this family line.

Let me explain in detail of how the search for my ancestors began. In the year two thousand and nine, my sister Lisa invited me to join the online social network called Facebook. She told me of the many relatives who were already members. This social network (when used in this fashion) makes it very easy to connect with long lost relatives. I thought, how wonderful it would be to post the names of our relatives shown in my grandmother's book of family names. I can recall as a child, seeing this book in possession of my father. This historically precious book has been in our family for about sixty five years!

Grandmom Carlie Allen's list of family names - NICHOLAS / ALLEN / VENABLE connections
My grandmother Carlie Ann - Allen dictated the family names to my cousin Eleanor Nicholas Finch written in a small book! There it stayed, tucked away in my father's dresser drawer for many years, until I got this burst of inspiration to post this valuable information on line.
grandmom Carlie Ann Allen of Shipman, Nelson, Virginia
Once I joined the network, I immediately up loaded the list of names! I soon discovered, that very few relatives, had little knowledge of these names, nor any history of the individual family lines, nor their connections!

I decided to take it upon myself, and trace these family names, using the on line family search program, called
I set up a free on line family tree, and began my search, starting with my grandfather, Arthur Garfield Nicholas. From interviewing my father, William Alexander Nicholas, I learned that his father, Arthur as well as the rest of the relatives of his family line were all from the area of central virginia known as Lovingston Nelson Virginia.

Arthur Garfield Nicholas appears on the 1910 federal census residing with his parents and siblings, in Lovingston, Nelson Virginia.
Arthur's father was William Nicholas, born in 1868. William was married twice. His first wife was Julia Venable, born in 1872. Julia was the daughter of Noah Venable, and Susan Tension.

William and Julia had five children together. Arthur, was their youngest child. Arthur's siblings were James, Blanche, Linwood, and Elminia.

marriage of William Nicholas & Julia Venable
The second wife of William Nicholas was Elizabeth "Lizzie" also listed as "Jennie" Garrett born in 1887. Lizzie was the daughter of Henry and Kate Garrett.
marriage of William Nicholas & Lizzie Garrett
William and Lizzie had six children together. They were Elizabeth, Annie, Clinton, Lucille, Alice, and Christine.

Here are the children of my grandparents, Arthur Garfield Nicholas, and Carlie Anne Allen. They are / were; Frances, William Alexander Nicholas (my father), Irene, Shirley, Eva, Arthur Jr., and Thomas Nicholas.

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