John Nichols Sr

John Nichols Sr (1720 - abt. 1803)

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1st LT. John Nichols Sr
Born in Frederick, Marylandmap
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Husband of — married in Bedford,
Descendants descendants
Died about in Bedford Co. VAmap
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Categories: American Revolution | American Revolution Army Officers | 6th Virginia Regiment (1776), Continental Army, American Revolution.

1st LT. John Nichols Sr participated in the American Revolution
1st LT. John Nichols Sr served in the 6th Virginia Regiment (1776) during the American Revolution
Service started: Feb 13 1776
Service ended: Feb 9 1777

  • This is Not JOHN NICKELL of Ireland who married Barbara McCombe, and he is not related to them.



Y-DNA Haplogroup R-CTS1751

subgroup of R-M269


JOHN NICHOLS was born on January 21, 1720, in Frederick, Maryland, to THOMAS NICHOLLS and ANN DAVIS. He married MARTHA J PAYNE in 1747 in Virginia, the daughter of FLAYLE PAYNE. They had eight children during their marriage. He died on December 26, 1803, having lived a long life of 83 years. He was a farmer, a surveyor and a patriot.

John was a first lieutenant under Captain Henry Butler in the Maryland militia according to the deposition of his son Captain John Nichols....

John Nichols received his Virginia land grant in 1778 and the family moved to Bedford Co, VA in 1779.

1779/10/5, John Nickols of Bedford from Jeremiah & Mary Dickens, 1000 lbs, 170A b/s Rock Castle Crk, James Ayer’s corner on John Hall’s line. Presence: Parmenas Haynes, John Payn, Flayl Nichols. Bedford Co VA db 6, 358.

This property is adjacent: 1774/3/28, Payne, John, late of the Province of Maryland from Richard Stith, exor for Richard Randolph, Dc’d, 70 lbs, 112 A, middle & N forks of Rock Castle Crk, beg at James Ayres corner, Bedford Co VA db 5, 209

John Nichols is listed 1782 in Bedford Co VA tax list with Flayl P "Nicholls" and Arch'd Nicholls who are both of age. Flayl P shows only in 1782 & 1783. In 1784 John "Nicholls" Jr is of age. John Sr, John Jr and Archibald show from 1784 to 1791 when Archibald Jr shows and these 4 continue to show to 1794 when Elisha is of age and shows. In 1798 Jesse is of age and these continue to show in tax lists. 31 Aug 1804 Martha "Nickhols" is taxed. Binns Genealogy, CDR-000492.

John Nichols served in the Revolution under Captain Henry Butler and under Col. Mordecai Buckner in Maryland, Regiment Six

Bedford Co VA order book, 1782-1783, Bk 7, (Nichols, Basdell acct alld for provisions fo army, p 6,) Flayl, rd overseer, p 57, John surveyor of rd, p 106, Nicholas, John, acct alld for provisions to army, p 10

Also known as

John James Nichols JOHN L NICHOLS


"John Nichols A083505" DAR Genealogical Research Databases. Daughters of the American Revolution. [1]

Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911

Name John Nicholls Gender Male Birth Date 21 Jan 1720 Birth Place Frederick, Maryland Father's Name Thomas Nicholls Mother's Name Ann FHL Film Number 14081

Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Page 36.

At the request of John Nicholls Jr, his mark of cattle and hogs was recorded Jun 16, 1739.

1743-1746 Land Records of Prince George's County MD

Page 282. Bond, recorded at the request of the Justices of PG. We, Thomas Nicholls and John Nicholls of PG, Carpenters, give bond to the Proprietary of Maryland in the sum of 70 £, this Apr 2, 1745. Whereas the Justices of PG Court have advanced unto the afd Thomas Nicholls, 35 £, to be levied in the next County Levy, in consideration that he keeps the Eastern Branch Bridge of Potomack River in good repair until Nov Court 1752, now if sd Thomas Nicholls keeps sd Bridge in good repair as afd, without any further charge to the inhabitants of PG more than 35 £, then the above bond to be void. Signed - Thos (2 his mark) Nicholls, John Nicholls Jr. Wit - Thos Langdon. Recorded Apr 2, 1745. (Vide Court's Agreement Liber DD folio 121

will of john garrett

GARRETT, JOHN, SR., Frederick Co. 21 Sept. 1775; 15 May 1776 To eldest son John Garrett, tract Part of "Brothers Good Will," containing 200 acres on his paying £200 to Peter Cayne it being the last payment due on said land. To son Bartin Garrett, 243 acres of Maryland Tract" to take part of the Lott #14 and Negro man Lam, live stock, bed, bedding, pot, lumber, an tract "Brothers Good Will." To youngest son Allen Garrett, 400 acres on said "Maryland Tract" part of lot #14 part of #22, also tract "Pains Delight". To dau, Elizabeth Garrett, Negro wench Sarah, stock and furniture. To dau. Cassania. Garrett, Negro girl Nan, stock, furniture and other at "Pains Delight." All my crop of tobacco equally between aforesaid four children also wearing apparel. To son John Garrett's children, £10 each. To son Middleton Garrett's children, £10 each. To son-In-law Sam'l Pratters children £10 each. To son Nathan Garrett's son Nathan Odell Garrett £10, To son-In-law Thos. Odell's son Nathan Garrett Odell £10, To son Middleton Garrett, stock. If any of my children die share equally among the survivors, If any grandchildren die their share equally among -the others. To son Edward Garrett, Ex., Negro man Colly, stock, and residue he to pay legacies to grandchildren. WiIt: Barten Philpott; John Nicholls; Flayel Payne 41.179

1750-1790 Inhabitants of Frederick Co MD Vol 1-Shaffer

Joseph Johnston, farmer of Frederick Co., Peter Bonnet, farmer of Frederick Co., Joseph Mounts, farmer of Frederick Co., John Nicholls, farmer of Frederick Co., and Andrew House, farmer of Frederick Co. to appear in March Court 1751 to answer to the complaint of Rachel Sprigg, Ex. of Osburn Sprigg, deceased.

RENT DUE ON LAND IN FREDRICK COUNTY, 1768- 1769 John Nicholls Junr., gone to VA

Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys Vol IV, Hampshire Co. Va {Peggy Joyner}

BRYAN BRUIN, assignee of Ralph Humphries, assignee (in 1778) of Alexr White, execr of Capt John Greenfield, assignee (in 1763) of John Nicholas, Senr of Maryland; 2 May 1761 - 4 June 1761; 110 a. on N. br. of Poto ca. 11/2 miles below the Newstore tract opposite an Island. Pilot - John Nicholas. CC - John Lockhart & John Nicholas, Junr. Surv. John Moffett. Signatures on assignments: 1763 - James Livingston & Angus McDonald. 1778 - Thomas Wood. 2 Feb. 1776 - Bruin sold 2 tracts - 300 a. on New Crk. The other was on North Br. Poto near Fort Cumberland known as Fullen's bottom bought of Alexander White & Angus McDonald, execs of John Greenfield, decd. Wit: Henry Peyton, Junr, Edward Keran, Robert Russell, William Clancy. 6 Feb. 1776 - Proved in Frederick Co. Court. James Keith, Clerk (?).

Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys Vol IV, Hampshire Co. Va {Peggy Joyner}

JOHN NICHOLAS of Maryland, assignee of George (X) Williams for whom survd 2 May 1761 -4 June 1761; 150 a. on N fork Plum Run dr of Pattersons Crk, Nobly Mts. CC-John Lockhart & John Nicholas, Junr. Surv. Jno Moffett. 4 June 1761-Assignment- wit: James (??) Livingston & Hannah Nicholas.

1761-1763 Frederick County MD Land Records

290-291. John Nicholls,joiner, recorded 26 Jan. 1763, made same day between Christian Kemp ofFC, for 5 pcm, sells Resurvey on Dispatch and Kemps Delight, M&B given for 9 acres. Signed in G.S. Christian Kampf, before John Darnall. Receipt. Ack. Elizabeth wife ofthe said Christian Kemp released dower. AF & duty paid

1765-1768 Frederick County MD Land Records 1377-1379.

John Nicholls Junr. recorded 11 July 1767, made 18 June between George Fraser Hawkins surviving executor ofJohn Stone Hawkins, deceased, by his last will 25 Nov. 1760, did direct his executors to sell tract Grandfather's Gift, containing in whole 305 acres, now for £37.. 10 he sells part, M&B given fur 50 acres. Signed Geo Fraser Hawkins before Wm Luckett, Jas Smith. Receipt. Ack. AF paid.

1767-1770 Frederick County MD Land Records 561-562.

John Nicholls recorded 17 Nov. 1768, made 14 Oct. between Frederick Croft, for £40 sells tract called Grandfather's Gift, part oftract conveyed by George Frazer Hawkins as above, containing 50 acres. Signed in G.S., Frederick Krafft, before Sarnl Beall Jun., Joseph Smith. Receipt. Ack., and Catharine wife ofFrederick Craft released dower. AF paid.

Research Notes by Lee Philpott

John Garrett to John Nicholls-Sep 1775 part of Lot #22 of the Resurvey of Merryland, 50-1/2 acre Frederick County Court (Land Records) BD 2, 1775-1777 MSA CE 108-19 pp. 108-110

At the request of John Nicholls the following Deed was Recorded October the 2d 1775 to wit, This Indenture made this twenty second Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy five Between John Garrett of Frederick County and Province of Maryland farmer of the one part and John Nichols of the same place farmer of the other part Witnesseth that the said John Garrett for and in consideration of the sum of sixty one pounds to him in hand paid by the said John Nicholls . . . part of Lott Number Twenty two being part of a Tract or parcel of Land scituate lying and being in Frederick County and Province of Maryland aforesaid called and known by the name of the Resurvey on Merryland Beginning at the end of sixty eight perches on the seventh Course of said Resurvey on Merryland and running thence by and with the out lines thereof the two following Courses South fifty nine Degrees West seventy two perches South eighty Degrees West forty perches then North one hundred and eleven perches to the end of forty two perches on the tenth Course of said Resurvey on Merryland then by and with said tenth Course North sixty six Degrees East thirty eight perches then by a straight line to the beginning containing fifty Acres and one half Acre of Land more of less . . .

Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of us John (his Mark) Garrett (Seal) Bar'w Booth-Jacob Young

[no release of dower] Maryland State Archives =48429734&CFTOKEN=85735062


WILL BOOK 3-C, F. 20, Bedford County, Va. May 1807 Jan. 1811, Copied August, 1951
Will of John Nichols, dated 5 April 1803
" In the Name of God Amen I John Nichols Sen. of Bedford County in the State of Virginia being low in health and weak in body but of perfect mind & memory, thanks to Almighty God, but knowing it is allotted for mortal man to die, I do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, first recommending my poor Soul into the hands of the almighty God that gave it to me and my poor body to decently to interred and after my lawful Debts and funeral expenses is discharged, I will and bequeath my Worldly Estate that it hath pleased the Almight God to possess me with, in form and manner following, Viz Item, I bequeath unto my son Flayl Nichols my big family Bible. Item , I bequeath to my son John Nichols, my young horse called Ceilia, after my beloved wife, Martha, decease. Item; I bequeath unto my son Archibald Nichols, a tract or parcel of land beginning at a locus near the fence of premises now tending, thence a new marked line down to the mouth of ny lane, thence along the old line to Gills and my corner tree to a spanish Oak, thence along as the old line directs to a chestnut or Burnetts line, thence along Burnetts line to a newmade corner white Oak on Elisha Nichols line thence along Elisha's new line to the first station. Item; I bequeath unto my son Elisha Nichols a tract of land or parcel of land, beginning at a chestnut on Ayer's road thence along the road as the new mark line goes to a pealed corner white oak , thence off across the field and as the newmarked line goes to a corner white oak on Burnetts line including the twelve Acres I purchased of Elisha Burnett, thence along the line to the beginning station. Item ; I bequeath unto my son Jesse Nichols, the tract or parcel of land whereon I now dwell after my beloved wife Martha Nichols (decease) Beginning at Pointers next to John Hall's line, thence along as the line directs to a corner chestnut on Ayers road thence along the road a new lineto the corner pealed white oak in the field, thence along off across the field and along Elisha's new mark't line to the new mark't corner locus by the fence, thence along the new mark't line to the mouth of the lane, then along as the old line directs to Gill's and my corner Spanish Oak. Item ; I bequeath to my beloved wife Martha Nichols, the negroe Wench name Delphia and negroe boy named Frank, during her life or widowhood, after that to be equally divided between by my two sons Elisha and Jesse Nichols. Item; I bequeath unto my sons Elisha and Jesse Nichols the waggon, three horses, named Dick, Jack and Sawny, and all the utensils belonging to the waggon. Item ; I bequeath unto my son Elisha one red and white spotted no horn Heifer. Item ; I bequeath unto my son Jesse Nichols one dark brinded Heifer. Item; I bequeath unto my children Mary Cundiff, John Nichols, Katherine Pollard, my son Archibald Nichols, and my daughter Jane Hancock, all the other moveable property of my Estate after my beloved wife Martha Nichols deceases excepting what is before mentioned and a small shott gun, which I bequeath unto my grandson John Nichols, the son of my son John Nichols., Item; I do constitute and ordain my two beloved sons Elisha Nichols and Jesse Nichols my sole Executors to this my last Will & Testament revoking and disannulling any other former Will & Testament and constituting and allowing this to be the last Will & Testant according to my desire; Given under my hand and seal this 5th day of April 1803.
Signed: John Nichols (seal)
Witnesses: Edward Hore, Samuel Best (his mark), Jacob Hunt (his mark)
Executors: Elisha Nichols, Jesse Nichols
Probated - 26 December 1803 by the witnesses.
Securities: Charles Gill, Thomas Payne, $2000 bond Inventoried: 3 February 1804 by : Samuel Hancock, John Ayers, Julius Saunders.
Source: Franklin Nichols [1], [2]


Thank you to Elizabeth Harris for creating WikiTree profile Nichols-3175 through the import of Pollard_for_WikiTree.ged on Dec 5, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Elizabeth and others.

Note about the parents of Nichols-3175

James Nichols believes McComb-261 and Nickell-2 were the parents of Nichols-3175. According to evidence gleaned from his mother's book, The Final Irony. [3] "Nickell-2 was born around 1700 in Ireland and was the Nichols to come across the pond. I'm not sure where she got the birthdate. In Chalkleys vol 3, page 563 there is an entry "373 Page 427.— 18th August, 1760. John ( ) Nicolas (Nickle) and Barb- ra ( ) to his son John Nicolas, £5, 250 acres on Moffett's Branch of Middle River, part of 400 acres patented to William King, 10th February, 1748, and conveyed to said Nicolas. Delivered : John Nickel, February, 1767." So he may not be writer of the 1774 will??? Still looking."
Thank you Jim!
(Does the Chalkley's source have a longer name?)
I already unlinked Nichols-3175 from this couple; that may have been a mistake. But before linking and unlinking and linking again and unlinking again, etc., we need to study this more. We have so many duplicates with so many impossible dates with these parents, somebody is clearly wrong and I can't yet tell who is wrong. ~ Richard Hollenbeck 16 November 2015 .

U.S., Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783

Name John Nichols Military Place Virginia State or Army Served Continental Troops Rank PRIV

John Nichols in the U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900

Name: John Nichols Application State: Virginia Applicant Designation: Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File Archive Publication Number: M804 Archive Roll Number: 1817 Total Pages in Packet: 22

Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911

Name John Nicholls Gender Male Birth Date 21 Jan 1720 Birth Place Frederick, Maryland Father's Name Thomas Nicholls Mother's Name Ann FHL Film Number 14081

U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900

Name John Nichols Application State Virginia Applicant Designation Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File Archive Publication Number M804 Archive Roll Number 1817 Total Pages in Packet 22

U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783

Name John Nichols Military Place Virginia, USA State or Army Served Continental Troops Rank PRIV

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Revolutionary War Applications

State of Virginia } On this 24 day of July one thousand eight hundred and forty-five personally Bedford County } appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the peace in and for said County Captain John Nichols aged about Eighty four, and who I hereby certify to be a respectable citizen of the county aforesaid, entitled to credibility who first being sworn according to law deposes and says That he was a citizen of Washington County Maryland prior to the fall of 1799 that he then and there was acquainted with Patrick Lynch, That the said Patrick Lynch entered the service of his country in the revolutionary struggle as a souldier of Malitia under the command of Capt. Henry Butler and was marched into service at Fredericktown Maryland in company with this deponents father John Nichols Sr. (who was the first Lieutenant of Capt Butler) in the winter of 1777, that this deponant well recollects this fact; from the circumstance of his haveing accompanied his father, Lynch and others, for the purpose of bringing back the horses they rode to join their company That the s’d Lynch served out his tour of three months as this deponant has heard from his father, and believes, when he returned. This deponant with his father and family moved from Maryland to the County of Bedford Virginia where he now resides in the month of September 1779, that in the month of October or November following the said Patrick Lynch came into the said County of Bedford Va, in company with and driving a team for Frayl Payne, and settled within a short distance (2½ miles) of this deponant. that he remained in the employment of the said Frayl Payne untill the summer of the year following (1780) when he the said Patrick Lynch, again entered the service of his country as a substitute for John Beuford [probably John Buford] for a tour of three months, that this deponant from what he has heard the said Lynch say since the war believes that he served out the tour for which he had substituted, when he again became a substitute for some other person and served another tour of three months; at any event this deponant knows he was absent from his home some near eight months before he returned, and when he did return he brought with him two horses, which he said was given him in pay for substituting. This deponant further states that the said Lynch did not remain at home any length of time before he again took his own tour of duty, and this deponant believes served untill the surrender of Conwallis at Yorktown, when he was discharged & returned home. This deponant does not know under what officers Lynch served as he was detailed & substituted for others. That a portion of his service was in S Carolina but does not recollect of haveing heard under what captain. This deponant further states that after the return of the said Lynch from the wars, he remained in the neighbourhood untill the time of his marriage which this deponant was at; and which was solemnized at New London in the County of Bedford by a minister of protestant church by the name of John Holt That he was then and there married to Patsey Whirley with whom he lived untill the time of his death which took place in the county aforesaid at his residence on Staunton in the Spring of 1832 or 1833. That his widow the said Patsey survived him and remained a widow to the time of her death which took place on the 9th day of March 1843. This deponant will not be positive as to the year in which the said Lynch was married, but believes it took place the fall of the year after the surrender of Conwallis at Yorktown. at any event he knows it to have taken place prior to the 1st day of January 1794, as this deponant was himself married in the fall of 1784, and he well knows that the said Lynch was married prior to that time. and further this deponant sayeth not. [signed] John Nichols


  3. Genre/Form: Genealogy;
    Additional Physical Format: Online version:
    Nichols, Katherine Lane, 1934-Final irony.
    [s.l. : s.n.], ©1974 (Quezon City : Capitol Pub. House) (OCoLC)608471978
    Named Person: Nichols family.; Rooks family.; Lane family.; Lane family.; Nichols family.; Rooks family.
    Material Type: Internet resource
    Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
    All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Lane Nichols
    Find more information about:
    OCLC Number: 2930129
    Description: v, 330 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
    Responsibility: by Katherine Lane Nichols.
  • Bedford Co VA db 5, 209
  • Bedford Co VA db 6, 358
  • Binns Genealogy, CDR-000492. Bedford County, Virginia, 1782-1805 Personal Property Tax lists, Copyright 2009.
  • Bedford Co VA will bk 3 pp20,21, Nichols, John
  • Payne & Associated Families, Norman L Payne, 1997, pp 12, 17-19
  • Source: S9 Repository: #REPO1 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Text:

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On 15 Oct 2018 at 12:42 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

I agree that John and Martha's son Archibald was the one who married Judith Hatcher. Is he also the Archibald Nichols who married Sarah Wollington 25 Nov 1779, Bedford Co. VA marriage bond, John Payne surety?

On 15 Oct 2018 at 07:42 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

john is not the father of archibald nichols who married polly updike. he is the father of arch who married judith hatcher.

On 15 Oct 2018 at 07:39 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

served under Col Mordecai Buckner.

On 21 Nov 2017 at 01:46 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

i am certain at this point that great grand Archibald was not the husband of Polly Updike as she married in January of 1819 when Arch was still married to his wife Judith who died in April.

On 20 Nov 2017 at 19:25 GMT Sherrie Mitchell wrote:

"John Nichols A083505"

DAR Genealogical Research Databases. Daughters of the American Revolution. <>

On 5 Nov 2017 at 20:50 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

i believe he was born in 1720 as reported on the maryland birth record but many researchers placed him in the thirties or fourties. probably as a guess.

also he was an officer in about 1776 so it is more likely he was in his fifties than thirties. although it seems that most officers were land owners then and his family had land in maryland.

On 26 Oct 2017 at 14:50 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

Nichols-9374 and Nichols-3175 do not represent the same person because: The John Nichols who married Martha Payne is the one born in 1720 (Nichols-3175). They married about 1746. Nichols-9374 is a generation younger.

On 25 Oct 2017 at 14:32 GMT Patricia Roche wrote:

Nichols-9374 and Nichols-3175 appear to represent the same person because: same name and family

On 15 Sep 2016 at 15:58 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

Richard and Raymond, thanks for all the good additions and discussions!

On 15 Sep 2016 at 01:47 GMT Richard Hollenbeck wrote:

A lieutenant (abbreviated Lt., LT, LTA, Lieut., LEUT and LEUT.) is a junior commissioned officer in many nations' armed forces, fire service or police. ( My memory of my time in the U.S. Marine Corps tells me that "Lt." Is a very common abbreviation.

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