Sourcing help for Nathanial Nichols (Nicholas) b, ~ 1720 in NC, his son Josiah b. ~1752, grandson Nathanial b ~ 1765.

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My paternal gr-grandmother Penelope Cloyes nee Nichols b. 1791 in NC has long been thought to be a daughter of a Nathanial Nichols (Nicholas) b. about 1765 in NC. 

In the current WikiTree presentation of this Nichols line, Nathanial (Jr.) is listed as a son of Josiah Nichols b. about 1752 possibly in Bertie Co., NC.  In turn, Josiah is presented as a son of Nathanial Nichols (Sr.) b. about 1720 in ?, who married Mary Stanley.  Nathanial (Sr.) is listed as having died before ! Nov 1755 in Bertie Co., NC.

So, Nathanial (Sr.) who d. in 1755 at an estimated age of about 35 could very well be the father of Josiah Nichols who was b. about 1752.  So far so good.

But, Nathanial Nichols (Jr.) who is thought to have been born in 1765 would then be the son of Josiah b. abt 1752.  This would make Josiah a father at the age of 13!  Given the lack of sourced birth dates for these three men from about 1720 to about 1765 and given the possible/probable fluidity of the birth estimates it appears more research is in order for this Nichols line.

In years past I have repeatedly searched to find more positive documentation for this family - never to make headway.  So, now, I am asking for new and fresh eyes to take a look to see what sourcing can be found.  A majority of my paternal line comes from New England and I have not been deeply immersed in researching in NC/VA and would thus appreciate any help in finding answers to this puzzle from more knowledgeable folks.  Nathanial (Sr.) can be found by clicking on

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WikiTree profile: Nathaniel Nichols
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