It is possible that John Nichols Sr and his wife Martha Payne had an earlier Elisha who was born 1761 in Maryland and died 1772. It is certain that the son Elisha named in John Nichol's will inherits land was living in Bedford Co VA for many years after 1772.
Elisha first shows in Bedford tax records in 1794, estimated year of birth is 1773. His brother John Jr first shows in 1784, estimated year of birth is 1763, but he could have returned a little late from the war. The 2 pension application on John Jr's profile were deposed 1841 when he was age 79 = born 1762, and 1845 when he was about 84 = born 1761. The Nichols family moved to Bedford co VA, Sept of 1779 per John Jr's pension depositions. The youngest son of John Nichols, Jesse, first shows in 1798. Jesse was born 15 June 1776 in Frederick Co MD.
Elisha married Jul. 24, 1797; Elisha Nichols & Nancy Payne; John Nichols, Surety; Married by John Ayers, July 25, 1797.
Elisha and Nancy continue to show as land owners adjacent his brother Jesse in Bedford Co Va :
1824, Nichols, Elisha & Nancy to John W Ayers, DT, 98A adj Jesse Nichols & John W Ayers Bedford Co VA db 18, 321
Bedford Co VA will bk 3 pp20,21, Nichols, John will naming his son Elisha.
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Nichols-3470 was created by Jeanine Lane through the import of Working.ged on Feb 16, 2014.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Elisha by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: