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 NI   Robert Nicholson (-1719)
Although I am not a descendant of Robert Nicholson, some of his descendants married into my family. Consequently, I have devoted Allied Family Topic NI to his family.

Robert Nicholson, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Robert Nicholson might describe his life as follows.

I was a son of Roger Nicholson and his wife, Sarah, who married second Dr. George Lee. They were George and Sarah Lee of James City County when gave their “son-in-law Robert Nicholson” 68 acres on Upper Chippokes 1 July 1687.  The term “son-in-law” then meant stepson, and to George, I was.
I was married to Joanna Joyce by 2 December 1695 when we witnessed a deed for my brother,  and we were the parents of 6 children.
My brother George Nicholson sold me 50 acres on Upper Chippokes, described as land he bought from “my father-in-law George Lee,”  and I added a neighboring 112 acres known as “Swan Bay” 4 March 1700/1. 
Together George and I gave money, tobacco, and other goods to our mother, Sarah Lee, widow of George Lee, 6 September 1692.  The tobacco was not for her to smoke, of course. It was then a medium of exchange.
The will I made 29 September 1719 identified 5 children, but omitted Ann whom my wife later named in hers. I remembered also a granddaughter Hannah. After my death by 17 February 1719/20,  Joanna married second Harry Flood.

We have not yet identified granddaughter Hannah in the will of Robert Nicholson.

Robert was a tithable in Surry County from 1678 through 1703 when surviving tithable lists end.  Among his tithables was Richard Fitzpatrick who “came into the country in the present shipping” and was judged to be 18 years of age on 3 May 1698. 
Joanna Flood’s will left nominal legacies to her 4 youngest children, Robert, Joyce, Ann, and Elizabeth Nicholson (will dated 21 Oct. 1720  and proved 18 May 1743).

Descendants of Robert Nicholson
Information about the children of Robert Nicholson, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Joshua Nicholson,  
Sarah Briggs,   
 John Nicholson (-1754),  
Elizabeth Watkins,   
Mary Seward,  
 Robert Nicholson,  
Ann (—) Nicholson,  William Rookings,  
Elizabeth Flood,  Harry Flood,  Ann Flood,  
Henry Nicholson,  Elizabeth (—) Nicholson,  
Elizabeth Nicholson,  
Henry Nicholson,  Elizabeth Hay,  
Robert Nicholson,  James Washington,   
Mary (—) Nicholson,  David Hyde,  Thomas Sowerby,  Robert Washington,  Joyce —,  
William Nicholson,  Martha (—) Hardy,  
John Nicholson,  
Dr. Robert Nicholson,  Elizabeth Digges,   
Thomas Nicholson,  
George Nicholson,  
Andrew Nicholson,  Judith Wormeley Digges,   
Rebecca Nicholson,  Charles Copeland,  Henningham Bernard,  
Mary Nicholson,  
George Nicholson,  
James Nicholson,  Ann (—) Nicholson,  
James Nicholson,  Elizabeth Fletcher,  James Fletcher,  
Nathan Fletcher,  Matthew Myrick,  Phoebe —,  Owen Myrick,  Carter Bassett Harrison,   
Richard Jones,   
Archibald Nicholson,  
Ann Nicholson,  William Blunt,   
 Joyce (Nicholson) Washington,  
James Washington,   
 Ann Nicholson,  
 Elizabeth Nicholson,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Henry Nicholson - Revolutionary War  

Legislators - colonial and state
Charles Copeland - Virginia  

Selected sources
Evans, James D. “Nicholson Family of Virginia.” Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1982(4):2-18. • Family of Robert Nicholson.

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