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  • Name: William NICHOLSON
  • Surname: NICHOLSON
  • Given Name: William
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1665/1666 in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England
  • Christening: 22 Feb 1665/1666 Berwick-upon-Tweed, England
  • Death: 1719 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Burial: 6 Oct 1719 All Hallow's Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • _UID: 9D908F6F9731D5118680EF90A100BA0BC4EC
  • Note:
    1.Parish register transcripts, 1573-1812 Church of England. Parish Church of Berwick-upon-Tweed - FHL BRITISH Film 94987

    2. William Nicholson
    (1665/66, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England - 1719, Anne Arundel Co., MD)

    From: "Historic Families of America" and Ancestry of Albert Gallatin and of Hannah Nicholson, NY, and des. By Will. Plumb Bacon. New York,1916. (57p.)

    William Nicholson, son of the preceding William and Anne Nicholson, was born at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England in 1665/66. He was the first of the name known to be in Maryland, being settled in Annapolis around 1700. In December, 1703, he purchased 1,000 acres of land at the head of Bush River in Baltimore County, a property known as Poplar Neck. Between 1707 and 1719, he acquired several other tracts of land amounting to nearly 3,000 acres. In 1719, he patented 4,200 acres, afterward known as Nicholson's Manor on the Gunpowder River in Baltimore County.
    William Nicholson married Elizabeth Burgess, daughter of Captain Edward and Sarah (Chew) Burgess. They has six children. Sarah died sometime before William. William Nicholson died in 1719, his will being proved in Annapolis, September 25, 1719, and a sworn copy filed in London in 1720. After his death, his children were sent back to England to be brought up and educated under the care of a sister of their father. Only two of them, William and Joseph, returned to America. Benjamin Nicholson and his wife Margaret were in Berwick-Upon-Tweed in 1750. Samuel Nicholson was a physician of Stockton-Upon-Tees in 1750. Edward Nicholson died without issue in England in December, 1739. The only daughter of the family was Elizabeth Nicholson, who was born September 14, 1707 and died March 27, 1711.

    3. Many Jacobites, Scottish loyalists, who fought unsuccessfully to place the Stuarts on the throne of Britain in 1715 and 1746 were captured by the English, shipped and sold in Maryland to the highest bidder as indentured servants for seven years. Many were of ancient and Honourable lineage.

    From a list of rebells transported in the ship FRIENDSHIP of Belfast, Michael Mankin, Commander, the 20th of August 1716

    Rebels purchased by William Nicholson: William Smith and Alexander Spalding

    4. Indentured servant of William Nicholson: William Harrison, born 4 February 1697, son of William H., butcher, admitted from St Botolph Aldgate; January 1712 to his mother Elizabeth H. to serve William Nicholson of South River, Maryland, merchant.

    5. From "Abstracts of Land Records of Anne Arundel County, Maryland 1699-1709", ed. Rosemary B. Dodd and Patricia M. Bausell, Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society.

    a. Vol 2 Book WT2 pg 198 1703-1709

    Grantor: Edward Burgess, Anne Arundel County, Gent.
    Grantee: William Nicholson, Anne Arundel County, Gent.
    Date of Deed: 14 Aug 1704
    Date Recorded: 15 Aug 1704

    Consideration: "...in consideration of a marriage to be speedily had and solemnized between the William Nicholson and Elizabeth Burges, daughter to the said Edward Burges..."

    Signiature: Edward Burges
    Witnesses: Samuel Young, Samuel Chambers

    Description: Two separate tracts, Part of a tract called "Puddington Harbour" originnally granted to George Puddington for 700 a. By LWT George Puddington devised tract to Edward Burgess. The tract lies on south side of South River adjacent to a tract called "Puddington" and contains 178 acres. Also, all that tract called "Puddington" originally likewise granted to George Puddington for 160 acres but now upon resurvey found to contain 222 acres. This tract was likewise devised by the LWT of George Puddington to Edward Burgess. The tract is on the south side of South River on Jacobs Creek, adjacent to the land of Dr. More, originally laid out for Colonel William Burgess this indenture for 400 acres.

    Release of dower: Sarah Burges.

    My note: Note the wording "in consideration of marriage to be speedily had". Indeed, the marriage took place on 15 Aug, 1704, the day after the date of the deed transfer. Also, note that the first child of William Nicholson and Elizabeth Burgess was born only five months later on 28 Dec 1704

    b. Vol 3 Book PK 1709-1712 pg. 274

    Grantor: William Jones Anne Arundel County, planter
    Grantee: William Nicholson Anne Arundel County, merchant
    Date of Deed: 12 Sep 1710
    Consideration: 24 English pounds
    Signature: William Jones
    Witnesses: Neale Clarke, Thomas Field, William Jones, Jr.

    Description: Tract called "Turkey Island" lying on northeast side of Putuxent River, on south side of branch called Rogues Harbour branch, containing 300 acres.

    Release of dower: Alice Jones

    c. Vol 3 Book PK pg. 259

    Grantor: William Holland Anne Arundel County Esq.
    Grantee: William Nicholson Anne Anrundel County, merchant
    Date of Deed: 7 Jul 1715
    Date Recorded: 24 Dec 1715
    Consideration: 36 English pounds
    Signature: Wm Holland
    Witnesses: James Monat, Philip Jones

    Description: That tract known as "Poplar Neck", formerly the estate of William Mitchell, Anne Arundel County, dec'd, and by several conveyences descended to William Holland, laid out for 200 acres.

    Other pertinent information: The title is exonerated by Jane Fairbrother, relic of William Mitchell, dec'd, and by William Lock, Anne Arundel County, chyrurgeon, and Mary his now wife, the relic of Seth Biggs, dec'd.

    Release of dower: Margarfet Holland

    d. Vol 3 Book PK pg. 444

    Grantor: Thomas Jacks Anne Arundel County, cordwainer
    Grantee: William Nicholson Anne Arundel County
    Date of Deed: 13 Nov 1717
    Consideration: 28 pounds money of Maryland

    Description: All that tract on the south side of South River, being a neck surveyed for Archibald Arbuckle, and adjoining the land of Arbuckle called "Elk Thickett", afterwards in the possession of Benjm Willimas, conveyed by Williams to Jacks, running a line up the river to Bridge Creek by land formerly surveyed for Arbuckle which was in the possession of Jn and James Powell, containing 100 acres. Also, another tract called "Williams Addition", lying on the south side of South River, by Higgins Cove, containing 26 acres.

    e. Vol 3 Book PK pg. 545

    Grantor: Mahitable Pairpoint, Prince George's County
    Grantee: William Nicholson Anne Arundel County, merchant
    Date of Deed: 30 Dec 1718
    Date Recorded: 20 May 1719
    Consideration: 14 pounds

    Description: John Larkin, Anne Arundel County, innholder, dec'd, on 28 Mar 1699, sold to John Baldwin, Anne Arundel County, planter, two lots in London Town except for the 25 foot house, where court was formerly held, and as much ground as needed to erect a 20 foot house for Mahitable Holland dueing her natural life, and after her decease for the use of John Larkin during his natural life, then to the use of Thomas Holland, one of the sons of Otho Holland and Mahitible. The indenture is for the two lots with the exception.

    f. Deeds, William Nicholson 1712-1718 (MSA JB No. 2)

    To William Nicholson from ? - Rocky Point 430 a., Anne Arundel County, pg. 114.

    To William Nicholson from John Robinson - ? part of Cowells Troubles, pg. 180.

    6. Patented Nicholson Manor in Baltimore County, 4200 acres. MSA BY & GS #1, folio 309; P.L. #4, folio 413

    Warrant and patent granted 23 May 1719 and 20 Jun 1719 by Charles the Second of England "as of our MANOR of Baltimore, in free and common peerage by fealty only, beginning at a bonded white oak, 8 perches distant from a large spring called Salt Spring, descending into the Western Run of the Gunpowder, between abranch called the "Shawab Cabin Branch and Water Spout Branch".

    7. Balto. Co. Land Records 1790-1713

    Nov 1701: Mark Richardson of Balto. Co., Gent., conv. 100 a. Poplar Neck to William Nicholson (HW #2 301)

    8. Will, Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

    25th Sept., 1719
    19th Oct., 1719

    In the Name of God Amen

    I Wm Nicholson of Annarundale county though being sick and weak in body but of Sound mind & ? Praised be God for the Same do therefore hereby make this my Last will & Testament - revoking ? Other wills by me made & declaring this to be my will in Manner & form following

    I recommend? My soul to God hoping to be saved though the Merits of My Blessed Savior and redeemer Jesus Christ my God I commit to the Earth to be decently Buried by my Executors in Maryland and hereafter ?

    Item. I will that all my Just Debts be ? & Discharged

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William Nicholson One Thousand acres of Land Lying in Baltimore County Called Poplar Neck my two Lotts lying in London Town in Annarundale County which I purchases from Tho. Holland and Mahittable Pairpoint to him my said son and his heirs for Ever

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Jos. Nicholson three tracts of Land first Batchelors Delight containing abt two hundred and eighty eight acres Clerks Directions containing abt Seven hundred and two acres both which Tracts Lye in Annarundale County and the third Tract Called Lockwood?s Adventure containing four hundred acres lying in Baltimore County as also one Lott Lying in London Town in Ann Arundel County taken up by Capt. Rich. Jones Dec?d, ? Three tracts of Land & Lott I give to my said Son Joseph &his heirs for Ever.

    Item. I give and bequeath my part of a Tract of Land Called Nicholson Manner lying in Baltimore County containing about four thousand two hundred acres to my sons Benj. Nicholson, Sam?l Nicholson and Edward Nicholson to be equal divided between them to ? Their heirs for Ever

    Item. I hereby Empower authorize and appoint my friends Mr. James Monat Mr Stephen Warman James Nicholson Jno Beale, or any two of these to make over and convey as the Lord of this province direct an Estate in fee to the purchasor or purchasors of the several Tracts of Land hereafter mentioned (viz) part of Covels Troubles, Rocky Point, part of Covells Cove, Turkey Island, part of Mitchell?s Chance, Puddington, part of Puddington Harbour, Elk Thicket, Williams Addition, and Poplar Neck all Lying in Annarundel County which said several tracts of Land together with the stocks of Negroes Cattle Horses Sheep and Hogs that shall be upon them at the Day of my Death, my will is that they be sold by my friends afd or any two of them to the best purchaser or purchasers by way of auction or otherwise at the Discretion of my friends aforesaid or any two of them. And my will is that the money that Shall be received for the Sale of the said Lands Negores Cattle horses Sheep and hoggs Shall be deemed and taken? As part of my personal estate.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Benj. Nicholson one Lott lying in London Town in Ann Arundel County ? ? next Lott belonging to Mr. Turner Wooten originally taken up by Capt. Edward Burgess to him my sd son & his heirs for Ever.

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my Servt. James Nicholson five pounds curr. money a young horse formerly belonging to Samuel Burgess and ? ? of Money abt four or five pounds

    Item. I give and bequeath unto my Sons William Nicholson, Joseph Nicholson, Benj.m Nicholson, Samuel Nicholson & Edward Nicholson all my personal Estate that I shall dye possessed of (after mt Debts & Legacies are paid) to be Equally Divided among them, my will is that my plates be sold by my Exs in Maryland & that my personal Estate be p. my children afsd Sterling Money, my Negroes Cattle horses Sheep and hoggs being appointed by my will to be sold afsd.

    Item. My will and Desire is that the money that Shall be received ? ? for my personal Estate in Maryland or for my Lands left to be sold as aforesaid be remitted by my EqEx in Maryland by good Bills of Exchange to Mr. Wm Hunt merchant in London for the use of the said children.

    Item. My will and Desire is that my Sisters Mrs. Elinor Foster, Ms Anne Nicholson & Ms Eliza Nicholson take care & have the tuition of my Children until they respectively come to age & in case of Death of any two of my said Sisters my will is that Mr. William Hunt to have care & tuition of my said Children & do ? ? ? that my said Sisters & Mr. Wm. Hunt ? Chidren?s Estate into trades or to any other advantage for the Benifitt of my sd children until they respectively come to age to receive the same as they shall think convenient.

    Lastly, I do hereby nominate & appoint my Sisters afsd & Mr. Wm Hunt, & Mr. James Monat, Mr. Stephen Warman, John Beale, James Nicholson ExEs of this my Last will & Testament that is to say my sisters & Mr. Wm Hunt EcEs of my Estate in Great Britain, & the said James Monat, Stephen Warman, John Beale & James Nicholson EcEs of my Estate in Maryland for the due ? thereof, and for the remitted the same to my Ecs in Great Britain as aforesaid. In witness thereof I have here unto set my hand and seale the 25th day of September in the year of our Lord God 1719

    Test: John Arnold, Wm. Simme, Marg. Kinnerstone

    My Note: William Hunt, Esq., was a merchant in London involved with the tobacco trade from Anne Arundel County, Maryland. William Hunt apparently owned a plantation in Anne Arundel County (19 Sep 1750 - Vachel Denton, living on north side of Severn, has for sale the plantation belonging to WILLIAM HUNT, Esq., merchant in London. It is ?Rawlings Plantation? in Anne Arundel County between South River and Kilkenny Warehouses)

    William Nicholson's Will also was probated at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in England, presumably because the monies from the sale of some of his properties in Maryland were to be used in England for the care of his children.

    Description Will of William Nicholson, Merchant of Ann Arundle County Maryland, North America

    Date 05 February 1720

    Catalogue reference reference PROB 11/572

    Dept Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

    Series Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers

    Piece Name of Register: Shaller Quire Numbers: 1 - 48

    9. From Myra Johnson of Horncliffe, England

    15 September 1681. William son of William Nicholson, Berwick upon Tweed, Vintner, apprentice to David Stowe, Berwick upon Tweed, Burgess

    I do like this last one - I can just imagine from his will that William could have been a successful Wine Importer & Merchant!

    Lastly, I got a few baptisms to any William Nicholson in the relevant period. Nicholson has so many -different spellings I will stick to the letter N.

    20 Oct 1641 Anthoney son of William N.
    7 Oct. 1656 William son of William N
    11 Nov. 1657 Margart dau of William N.
    13 January 1660 Ellener dau of William N.
    25 Feb. 1661 Margrett dau. William N
    29 June 1663 Gulielmus filius Gulielmus N
    17 Aug. 1664 Ana dau William N.
    22 Feb. 1665 William son of William N.
    29 March 1669 Joseph son of William N
    9 Feb. 1670 Elizabeth dau William N.
    7 January 1697 Thomas son of William Nicholson, sergeant.

    It was stated on the apprentice entry roll of 1681 that William Nicholson was the son of William Nicholson, vintner, of Berwick.

    William was apprenticed to David Stow. This David Stow and his brother Richard were from a very wealthy merchant family in Berwick. They were involved in the importing of goods - eg. tobacco, silk, etc and timber from the Baltic states. David Stow was Mayor of Berwick, and the family remained very prominent for the next century or so. I should think to be apprenticed in this trade would have been a very good education for his future in business.
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    Father: William NICHOLSON b: ? in Of Berwick-upon-Tweed, England
    Mother: Anne b: ? in England

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth BURGESS b: 5 Aug 1682 in All Hallow's Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    • Married: 15 Aug 1704 in All Hallow's Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    • Note:
      1. From "Abstracts of Land Records of Anne Arundel County, Maryland 1699-1709", ed. Rosemary B. Dodd and Patricia M. Bausell, Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society.

      a. Vol 2 Book WT2 pg 198 1703-1709

      Grantor: Edward Burgess, Anne Arundel County, Gent.
      Grantee: William Nicholson, Anne Arundel County, Gent.
      Date of Deed: 14 Aug 1704
      Date Recorded: 15 Aug 1704

      Consideration: "...in consideration of a marriage to be speedily had and solemnized between the William Nicholson and Elizabeth Burges, daughter to the said Edward Burges..."

      Signiature: Edward Burges
      Witnesses: Samuel Young, Samuel Chambers

      Description: Two separate tracts, Part of a tract called "Puddington Harbour" originnally granted to George Puddington for 700 a. By LWT George Puddington devised tract to Edward Burgess. The tract lies on south side of South River adjacent to a tract called "Puddington" and contains 178 acres. Also, all that tract called "Puddington" originally likewise granted to George Puddington for 160 acres but now upon resurvey found to contain 222 acres. This tract was likewise devised by the LWT of George Puddington to Edward Burgess. The tract is on the south side of South River on Jacobs Creek, adjacent to the land of Dr. More, originally laid out for Colonel William Burgess this indenture for 400 acres.

      Release of dower: Sarah Burges.

      My note: Note the wording "in consideration of marriage to be speedily had". Indeed, the marriage took place on 15 Aug, 1704, the day after the date of the deed transfer. Also, note that the first child of William Nicholson and Elizabeth Burgess was born only five months later on 28 Dec 1704

      2. Church records, 1685-1899, All Hallows Parish (Davidsonville, Maryland: Episcopal) - FHL US/CAN Film 13279 Item 1
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    Children
    1. Has Children William NICHOLSON b: 28 Dec 1704 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland c: 13 Oct 1705 in All Hallow's, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth NICHOLSON b: Sep 1707 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland c: 29 Jul 1707/1708 in All Hallows, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    3. Has Children Joseph NICHOLSON b: 6 Aug 1709 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland c: 18 Oct 1709 in All Hallow's, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    4. Has No Children Samuel NICHOLSON b: AFT 1704 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    5. Has No Children Edward NICHOLSON b: AFT 1704 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    6. Has Children Benjamin NICHOLSON b: AFT 1704 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    Sources:
    1. Title: Transcript of Will of William Nicholson probated in 1719 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
      Publication: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD
      Text: Nicholson, William, mercht., A. A. Co., 25th Sept., 1719, 19th Oct., 1719.

      To son William and hrs., 1,000 A., ?Poplar Neck?, Baltimore Co., and 2 lots in Londontown, A. A. Co., bou. of Thos. Holland and Mahittable Pairpoint.

      " son Joseph and hrs., 3 tracts, viz.: 298 A., ?Batchelors Delight?, 702 A., ?Clerk?s Directions?, in A. A. Co., and 400 A., ?Lockwood?s Adventure?, in Baltimore, Co.; and also 1 lot in Londontown, taken up by Capt. Richard Jones, dec?d.

      " sons Benjamin, Samuel and Edward and their hrs., testator?s pt. of Nicholson?s Manor, Baltimore Co., cont. 4,200 A.

      Friends James Monat, Stephen Warman, James Nicholson and Jno. Beale, exs. of estate in Maryland, or any two of them, are empowered to make over in fee to purchasers, following tracts, viz.: part of ?Covell?s Troubles?, Rockey Point?, pt. of ?Covells Cove?, ?Turkey Island?, pt. of ?Michells Chance?, ?Puddington?, pt. of ?Puddington Harbor?, ?Elk Thickett?, ?Williams Addition? and ?Poplar Neck?, all in A. A. Co., to be sold with personalty thereon for benefit of personal estate.


      To son Benjamin and hrs., 1 lot in London Town, next lot now belonging to Turner Wooton (originally taken up by Capt. Edward Burgess).

      " servt. James Nicholson, ? 5 and personalty formerly belong. To Samuel Burgess.

      " sons afsd., entire personal estate, equally. Plate sold by exs. In Md. Money from personal estate and lands directed to be sold to be remitted by exs. In Md. To Wm. Hunt, mercht., in London, for use of sd. Children. Child. Left to the care of sisters Mrs. Elinor foster, Mrs. Anne Nicholson and Mrs. Eliza. Nicholson till of age. In case of death of any two of sd. Sisters, Wm. Hunt to have care and tuition of sd. children.

      Sisters afsd. and Wm. Hunt, exs. of estate in Great Britain.

      Exs. in Maryland: James Monat, James Nicholson, Stephen Warman, John Beale.

      Test: John Arnold, Wm. Simme, Marg. Kinnerstone.
    2. Title: Ancestry of Albert Gallatin and Hannah Nicholson
      Publication: New York, Press of T.A. Wright, 1916
      Note:
      Ancestry of Albert Gallatin, born Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 1761; died New York, August 12, 1849, and of Hannah Nicholson, born New York, September 11, 1766; died New York, May 14, 1849, with a list of their descendents to the second and third generation. Comp. from Life of Albert Gallatin, by Henry Adams, 1879, History of Nicholson family, by Byam Kerby Stevens, 1911, and other sources.
    3. Title: Nicholson - being a compilation of Family Trees of Nicolson-Nicholson
      Author: Rev'd Nigel Nicholson
      Publication: Nicholson Family Library, The Rectory, Cranleigh, Surrey, England 1996
    4. Title: Anne Arundel Gentry
      Author: Harry Wright Newman
    5. Title: All Hallow's Protestant Episcopal Church Parish Register
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