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Friday, October 21, 2016

1830 Bounty Land Warrant of John Nichols of Bedford County

Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements and Rosters

Bounty Land Warrant of John Nichols BLWt1474-100 VA

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris. Revised 20 July 2015. State of Virginia County of Bedford

I Catharine Pollard (formerly Catharine Nichols) daughter and one of the heirs at law of John Nichols deceased do upon oath testify and declare to the best of my knowledge and belief that John Nichols did enlist in 1778 for the term of during the war and served in Regiment Number six, under the command of Colonel [Mordecai] Buckner of the Virginia continental line, and that he continued in the service aforesaid until the close of the war. I further declare that I have never received from the United States a warrant for the bounty land promised to the said John Nichols on the part of the United States, nor do I believe that he ever received it, or transfered his claim to it in any manner whatsoever, Therefore Know all men by these presents, that I Catharine Pollard aforesaid do hereby constitute and appoint Leroy Jordan to be my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name, to demand and receive from the Secretary of War of the United States, a warrant for the quantity of land due to me as aforesaid, and my said attorney is hereby fully authorized & empowered to constitute and appoint one or more attorneys under him for the special purposes above expressed.
Test Jessee Pollard Catharine Pollard

 [The following are from rejected claims in the Library of Virginia.]

State of Virginia
County of Bedford
Catharine Pollard of lawful age being duly sworn says, that she has never received from the State of Virginia any bounty land on account of services rendered by her father John Nichols who was a soldier of the 6th regiment of the Virginia line on continental establishment during the revolutionary war, neither has any other person or persons claiming as heirs to the said John Nichols so far as this deponent knows or believes, neither did the said John Nichols ever receive it during his lifetime to the knowledge of this deponent. neither has this deponent ever sold, assigned or in any was disposed of her claim and further saith not [1 June 1830]
Catherine herXmark Pollard

 I do certify that I was acquainted with John Nichols in the revolutionary war, that he served in the 6th regiment and that he continued in the said service until the final close of the war, and I further certify that he served in the Virginia continental line. Given under my hand this 3d day of June 1830

 Anthony hisXmarkCampbell [Anthony Campbell, pension application S9138]

Friday, October 14, 2016


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

Friday, October 7, 2016


Western Maryland Genealogy, "Flayle Payne of Frederick County" by Geo. Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS. 1988.
"Martha Payne, daughter of Flayle Payne, married John Nichols of Frederick County, MD, probably in the 1750s. In 1757 or 1758 Sgt. John Nichols was credited for six days service in Capt. Moses Champlaine's Company during the French and Indian Wars. In March 1776 Lt. John Nichols was among the men who subscribed to and enrolled in Capt. Henry Boteler's Company of Frederick County Militia.Other enrollees were Sgts. Archibald and William Nicholls (sic), Flail Payne (sic), Barton Philpott, and John and Barton Garrett were among the men who took the Oath of Fidelity and Support in Frederick County."

Friday, September 30, 2016


PAYNE, Flayle Payne Sr. (1696-1764) Biography



PAYNE, Flayle Payne Sr. (1696-1764) Biography

Flayle Payne was Christened 29 Nov. 1696, St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Old Fish St. in London England. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Payne. 

Thomas Payne was listed as a Clothworker in the 1695 census of London. The Clothworker's union were a powerful organization that played a big part in the government of London. King James was an honorary member of the Clothworkers. Thomas and Elizabeth Payne had three sons and a daughter, all Christened in St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in London. 

Mary was Christened on Mar. 10, 1693 
Flayle was Christened on Nov. 29, 1696.
John was Christened on Oct. 27, 1702.
Thomas was Christened on Oct. 1, 1704.

Flayle Payne first appeared on record in America as a witness in a Prince George's Co. Maryland court in August 1727. In Nov. 1730, Flayle Payne was listed on a list of settlers in the Monocacy Valley of western Maryland. Also, in 1730, Flayle was listed as an Indian Scout in Prince George's Co. In July 1731, the Maryland Assembly rewarded Flayle Payne for returning a runaway slave from beyond the Monocacy. In 1734, 1736, and 1737 Flayle was paid a small bounty for bringing squirrel heads in to Prince George's County.  

In Nov. 1738, Flayle was appointed overseer of the road built between Monocacy and Antietam. In Nov. 1740, Flayle was appointed Constable of Monocacy Lower Hundred.

The English Church was established in Maryland in 1692, and in 1742, Frail Pain (Flayle Payne) was among the inhabitants, of Senaca and Monocacy Hundreds, who signed a petition to divide Prince George's Parish and establish All Saints Parish. However, Flayle's name never appeared on any church records. 

In 1744, Flayle Payne, and son, Thomas, signed a petition for a bridge to be laid out at the mouth of Catoctin Creek and a main road to be laid out from Tuscarora Creek to the mouth of Catoctin and from thence to Antietam Creek in present day Washington County. 

In 1748 Frederick Co. was formed from the western part of Prince George's Co. In a Nov. 1750 court, Flayle Payne and Flayle Payne Jr. were among the gentlemen appointed overseer of the River road and Richard Touchstone's Road.

Will of Flayll Payn dated October 1764 
He devised "Payn's Industry" to son Thomas, the upper part of "Payn's Delight" to son John, and the lower part to sons Flayll and Peter, equally. He bequeathed one-third of his moveables to son Flayl, and the balance of the moveables to be divided between Peter and John Best. He bequeathed one shilling sterling to daughter Martha Nichols.

In the above will, no wife was named. We think that John Best was married to a deceased daughter of Flayle. Flayle's land, " Payne's Delight" was located approximately where the present day town of Knoxville Maryland is today, near the Potomac River. "Payne's Industry" was located in the vicinity of the present day towns of Weaverton and Sandy Hook.  

Of Flayle's children, Thomas died shortly after his father. Some of his descendants migrated to Bedford Co. Virginia during a period from 1773 to 1779.

 Frederick Lee Payne, now deceased, from Cincinnati Ohio, descends from Thomas. Fred's lineage is Flayle Payne, Thomas Payne, Flayle Payne, who migrated to Bedford Co. Va., Flayle Pollard Payne, of Bedford Co. and Giles Co. Va. Thomas Payne, Fred Pollard Payne, and Frederick Lee Payne. I have a DNA match with Frederick Lee Payne. 

Norman L. Payne author of " Payne and Associated Families of Breckinridge County Kentucky" descends from Thomas Payne, but, for some reason, his DNA does not match others in the Flayle Payne line, maybe an adoption?

John Payne, son of Flayle, from whom I, Billy Payne descends, sold his portion of "Payne's Delight" in 1773, and along with wife, Mary, purchased 112 acres of land in south Bedford Co. Va., near Huddleston Va. in 1774. It states "John Payne late of the Province of Maryland" The land was located on the branches of Rock Castle Creek. He later purchased 120 acres of land on nearby Goose Creek. In 1781 John Payne was credited with providing one beef for the Revolutionary cause and was declared a Patriot. I, Billy Payne, have a DNA match with Thomas Chester Payne of Bedford co. Va. 

His family lived on a portion of the land that John and Mary Payne purchased in 1774. The above John Payne died in Bedford co. in 1798, leaving a will naming wife, Mary, sons John, Thomas, and William, and daughters Catherine Kennett, Sarah Brown, and Margery Harper. 

Flayle Payne Jr., son of Flayle, operated a ferry that crossed the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia in the 1760's. He was also a private in the American Revolution. He, accompanied by Patrick Lynch, moved to Bedford Co. Va., in 1779, and settled within a mile of his brother, John. 

Flayle Payne Jr. died in Bedford Co. in 1783, leaving a will naming sons, Thomas and William, and daughters Martha and Nancy. Peter Payne, son of Flayle, and wife, Elizabeth, by deed dated 27 April 1772, sold his lower half of "Payne's Delight" to his brother, Flayle Payne Jr. of Frederick Co.

 In 1766, Peter Payne, with other Planters of Frederick Co., signed a petition to the Council of Maryland requesting greater assurance of bills of credit. The will of Peter Payne was dated Nov. 1777, and probated 23 June 1778.
Clay Gullatt added this on 23 Jul 2011

joycepjohnson originally submitted this to Powell Family Tree on Ancestry.com 8 Jan 2011

Friday, September 23, 2016


U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

NameArchibald G Nichols
Birth PlaceVA
Spouse NameMartha Jane Basham
Spouse Birth PlaceVA
Marriage Year1846
Marriage StateVA
Number Pages1
Household Members
Archibald G Nichols
Martha Jane Basham

Friday, September 16, 2016


THE QUAKERS recorded the marriage of Archibald Nichols and Sarah Woolington in Bedford County in the year 1779. 

U.S., Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I–VI, 1607-1943
NameArchibald Nichols
Marriage Date on Image25 Eleventh 1779
Translated Marriage Date25 Nov 1779
Marriage PlaceBedford
VolumeEncyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. VI

Friday, September 9, 2016


Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
NameArchabald Nichkols
Marriage Date20 Dec 1792
Marriage PlaceBedford, Virginia
FHL Film Number30591
Reference IDpg 226
Household Members
Archabald Nichkols
Judith Hatcher


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