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Friday, March 27, 2020

Anthony, Betsy and Dorcas

Dorces or Dorcas Pickle or Pickel or Bickel was one of two wives of my 4th gg Anthony King. Anthony was born in New Jersey and may have been the descent of Harmanus King who went to New Jersey from Holland.
Harmanus spoke Dutch and he married Marcy or Mercy or Mary Green or Smith.
Wait it gets better...
While I have a death record for Dorcas I can find no marriage record for her.
However, I have found the marriage record for Anthony's other wife Elizabeth Hartzo. She was the daughter of Englebert Hartzo and she married in 1795, about five years before the birth of his daughter Sarah King Shockey.   

It appears that Elizabeth is the mother of Anthony's children, at least some of them. But at some point in time, Anthony married Dorcas as she is listed as the mother in the marriage record of Michael M King, when he married his second wife, Mary Puckett Price in 1882.

So Dorcas is probably the second wife of Anthony and the mother or stepmother of Michael. At any rate it appears she was in the kids lives in 1882. Still dont know when Anthony died but I found him in the 1850 census living with my ancestor and his son, Anthony Jr., who btw was born in Virginia, which puts Anthony Sr. there when he was born, so about 1810 or earlier. Anthony Sr. was alone then so both his wives may be gone at this point.

I dont know much about the Hartzos. They were probably from Germany, but it looks like Elizabeth was the biological mother of Anthony's children.
Dorcas was born about 1772 and died in 1859. She married in 1795 at about 23 and the first known child was born about 1800.

Sarah was b. 1800 m. 1830 but her mother is not listed on the marriage record. Was she alive then?
Next is my 3rd gg Anthony who was b. 1810 m. 1830. No parents mentioned in the record but I am pretty sure his father was living with him in 1850, seemingly unmarried. Also, records show that Dorcas was alive then. She died in 59, but Michael still listed her as his mother in 82.

Monday, June 24, 2019

martha ann jones nichols meeks and family

recently found three more sons of john nichols and martha jones. martha remarried in 1873 to a robert meeks and was in the 1880 census as martha meeks living with her three youngest sons. henry, robert lee and samuel sampson nichols in west virginia where she had married robert smith meeks. although they were living apart at the time and were listed separately in the census. not sure if henry nichols is the same as james h nichols or his brother. but there is definite evidence that samuel sampson nichols is the son of john and martha jones nichols. and the census shows that martha became a meeks in west virginia. these three younger sons apparently spelled their name as nickles or nickels in wv.
also this would place john's death date about or before 1873 most likely. still have no death certificate for him or martha. i believe samuel sampson nichols is named after his uncle sampson jones. thats obvious. and now i wonder if maybe grandpa rufus samuel may have been named after him. the nickles / nickels family line there continued on with the same spelling. also, this census shows that martha was still alive in 1880.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Ancestor List of John Washington

Read the page above for the ancestors of my ninth great grandfather John Washington, who are my ancestors as well....

Ancestor List of Henry the 8th

Read the page above for the ancestry of Henry Tudor AKA Henry VIII, who may or may not be an ancestor of mine....

Thursday, June 20, 2019

#TBT: Blue Ridge Parkway Cemeteries Receive TLC

throwback thursday to an article about John King and Milwaukee Nichols Wilson....


My 2nd great aunt Milwaukee Wilhelmina Nichols was born in 1887 Franklin County, Virginia. She later married Jonas Larkin Wilson in 1905 and had 12 children. Two sets of twins among them died young. She passed away in 1950 and was probably buried on the family farm. Her grave now sits close to the Parkway and her four twins nearby. She was the daughter of Ezekiel Hankin and Harriet Isabel Williams Nichols.

Further down in the article is my 4th great grandfather John King. He was born about 1759 and fought in the revolution. He had about six children before he was laid to rest in Floyd County. Virginia. He was the father of Henry D. King who was an ancestor of my grandmother Mae Collins Nichols.

#tbt: Rufus S Nichols

My grandpa Rufus Samuel Nichols was born in 1893 in Franklin County, Virginia. He was a farmer and he registered for the draft for World War One and World War Two. He passed away in 1953 in a Roanoke Hospital.

He had nine children and ten siblings. He was the son of James Ira Nichols and Teresa Marcella King.

He is a descendant of John Washington of Jamestown and is listed in the book
The Washingtons. Volume 9: The Presidential Branch: Six Wright Lines (The Washingtons: A Family History) by Justin Glenn.

Rufus Samuel Nichols


  1. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/130997721
  2. https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kalql8n&id=I17705 
  3. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nichols-2517
  4. http://www.geni.com/people/Rufus-S-Nichols/6000000006251451695   
  5. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X5L4-KFX   
  6. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Washingtons_Volume_9.html?id=wcyHDQAAQBAJ

Monday, May 20, 2019

Simon Nicholls, Planter and Town Crier

Earl Nichols, my Kentucky cousin is one of my DNA matches on FTDNA.
He traces his lineage back to Simon Nicholls of Maryland too.
Another DNA match connects to the MacNicol Clan on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Meaning we are all probably Highlanders.

Simon Nicholls was probably born in Scotland and is believed to be the son of Simon. He was an immigrant and came to America before the Revolution and settled in Maryland where he was the town crier. Records say he was arrested once in Maryland for being drunk in public and was put in the stockades.

Simon or Symon was born about 1642 and reportedly lived to be 106 years old. He died in 1749 in Prince George's County in Maryland.

Simon married Jane or Anne Edmonston (another Scottish family) and had about six children. They married in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where there first born son Thomas was born. The other five children were born in Prince George's County.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

John Tilley, Mayflower Passenger

Good Morrow, cousin.... 
Recently I found four ancestors on the Mayflower... The Tilleys and The Howlands... 
John Tilley and his wife Joan Hurst and their daughter Elizabeth Tilley and her husband John Howland.... my pilgrim ancestors. 
John Howland was a servant of John Carver and he almost didnt make it to the new world. He almost was lost at sea when he apparently fell off the boat, but they pulled him back in and here I am today. 
If you stop and think how many times you may have never been born it can be staggering. How many ancestors died sometime after continuing your line? What if they had died before then? If just one of my ancestors had a really bad day centuries ago, I would not be here to write this post for you or to find all these interesting characters in the story of my tree.... 
As a certain cute blonde once said, "The mind boggles"... 
We should take some time every now and then to thank the fates for our lives i suppose. if you believe in fate. 
Any way, John Tilley is my 12th great grandfather and his wife Joan is my 12th great grandmother... 
Found this out when i went to www.RelativeFinder.org. Where apparently someone had found the link before me, but its pretty cool to find an ancestor on the ship, whereas before i could only find cousins at best... 
Maybe there are more surprises on board in this journey; i still have some walls to break through. 
Best of luck to you cousin on your journey. Keep climbing the tree and seeking dead people. 
Family History can be fun.... 
Good bye to you... Fare thee well.... 

John "Mayflower" Tilley (1571 - 1621)
12th great-grandfather
Elizabeth "Mayflower" Tilley (1607 - 1687)
Daughter of John "Mayflower" Tilley
Elizabeth Howland Hicks Dickenson (1631 - 1692)
Daughter of Elizabeth "Mayflower" Tilley
Elizabeth Dickenson Wright (1652 - 1695)
Daughter of Elizabeth Howland Hicks Dickenson
Sarah A Wright
Daughter of Elizabeth Dickenson Wright
Daniel Sr. Wright
Son of Sarah A Wright
Permelia Millicent Millie 6x Wright (1735 - )
Daughter of Daniel Sr. Wright
Isaac Abner SR. 5X Boothe (1758 - 1837)
Son of Permelia Millicent Millie 6x Wright
Abner 4X Boothe (1781 - 1836)
Son of Isaac Abner SR. 5X Boothe
BETSY Elizabeth ANN NANCY 3gg Booth COLLINS (1811 - 1878)
Daughter of Abner 4X Boothe
John Henry 2X Collins (1846 - 1904)
Son of BETSY Elizabeth ANN NANCY 3gg Booth COLLINS
Daniel Joshua Collins (1869 - 1945)
Son of John Henry 2X Collins
May Catherine "Mamie" Collins Nichols (1895 - 1936)
Daughter of Daniel Joshua Collins
"POP" R-M269 (1936 - 2017)
Son of May Catherine "Mamie" Collins Nichols
son of POP 


Friday, November 2, 2018

James and Peggy

My new Ebook available now at Amazon Kindle. The Descendants of my fourth great grandparents James G Wright and Peggy Young.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

dna results for the hancock family tree

changes. changes. changes.
sometimes you do a lot of hard work researching a line and adding all the little details... but sometimes you dont have that one thing. that one little bit of info that makes everything you do fall apart.
i have to make a note here for changes to the family tree because dna results for the hancock family say now that the father of my ancestor benjamin hancock may not be john who married jane holt. some of you out there may be working on this line and need this tip. dna does not lie and it looks like the descendants of ben are not the same as the descendants of john and jane holt hancock. the hancock dna results page says they are in two different groups.
link below. however, after a closer look i find these results inconclusive so they may be proven wrong later. in short, further testing is needed.

hope this helps anyone out there who may need to make the necessary changes. will be having to do some major surgery on my trees in the coming weeks and sad to say good bye to the lines that will be lost in the process, but hey we are still cousins somehow, so i will not be deleting the folks in those lines just making changes to the pedigree view.
best of luck to you in your hunt and keep climbing those trees
and seeking those answers.

hancock ydna results page at ftdna...

Friday, April 13, 2018


Edward III of England is your 19th great grandfather.
→ Mom 
your mother → Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
her father → Burrell H Hancock
his father → Samuel Austin Hancock
his father → Elizabeth Edwards Hancock
his mother → Brice Edwards
her father → Olive Edwards
his mother → Susannah Martin
her mother → John Chiles
her father → Mary Chiles
his mother → Colonel John Page
her father → Isabel Page
his mother → Sir George Wyatt, of Boxley Abbey
her father → Sir Thomas "The Younger" Wyatt, MP
his father → Elizabeth Wyatt, Lady
his mother → Thomas Brooke, 8th Lord Cobham
her father → Margaret de Neville, Baroness Cobham
his mother → Edward Neville, 3rd Baron of Bergavenny
her father → Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland
his mother → John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster
her father → Edward III of England
his father

Friday, April 6, 2018


Sir Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon is your 18th great grandfather.
→ Pop 

your father → Rufus Samuel Nichols, R-CTS1751 
his father → Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother → Michael O. King 
her father → Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → Margaret (Young) Wright 
her mother → Capt. Thomas Cadet Young 
her father → Michael Cadet Young 
his father → Francis Cadet 
his father → William Young 
his father → Thomas Young 
his father → Robert Young, Sir 
his father → Joan Wadham 
his mother → Joan Wadham 
her mother → Lady Jane Tregarthen 
her mother → Lady Elizabeth Trethurffe 
her mother → Sir Hugh de Courtenay, of Boconnoc 
her father → Hugh Courtenay, MP 
his father → Sir Edward de Courtenay, of Godlington 
his father → Sir Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon 
his father

Friday, March 30, 2018


Roger de Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March is your 18th great grandfather.
→ Pop 

your father → Rufus Samuel Nichols, R-CTS1751 
his father → Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother → Michael O. King 
her father → Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → Reverend James Grant Wright, Sr. 
her father → Mary Whitledge Wright 
his mother → William Grant, of Crichie 
her father → Elizabeth Grant 
his mother → William Leslie, X. Baron of Balquhain 
her father → William Leslie, Ninth Baron of Balquhain 
his father → Elizabeth Leslie of Ardoyne 
his mother → Patrick Leslie, of Ardoyne, Provost of Aberdeen 
her father → Patrick Leslie of Logydurno 
his father → Sir William Leslie, 4th Baron of Balquhain 
his father → Isabel Mortimer 
his mother → Bernard Mortimer, of Craigievar 
her father → Sir Edmund Mortimer 
his father → Edmund de Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March 
his father → Roger de Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March 
his father

Friday, March 9, 2018


Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent is your 19th great grandfather. 
→ Pop 

your father → Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother → Martha CALLIE Collins 
her mother → Nancy Rachel Bartlett (KING) 
her mother → Sarah Ann King (Bartlett) 
her mother → Reuben S. BARTLETT 
her father → John??? Garner Bartlett 
his father → WILLIAM BARTLETT 
his father → WILLIAM BERKLEY 
his father → Margaret Bartlett 
his mother → Margaret Brent 
her mother → Anne Peshall 
her mother → Anne Catesby 
her mother → Sir Robert Throckmorton, of Coughton Court 
her father → Katherine Throckmorton 
his mother → Elizabeth Vaux 
her mother → Alice Fitzhugh 
her mother → Alice Montagu (Montacute), 5th Countess of Salisbury 
her mother → Lady Eleanor (the Younger) de Holland, Countess of Salisbury 
her mother → Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent 
her father → Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent 
his father

Friday, March 2, 2018


Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon is your 12th great grandfather.

→ Pop 
your father → Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother → Daniel JOSHUA COLLINS 
her father → Catherine Poff Stump Collins 
his mother → Sarah Wilson 
her mother → Sarah Wilson 
her mother → Margaret Lykins 
her mother → Joseph William Howe 
her father → Lt General (twin) James Howe 
his father → Lt.-Gen. Emanuel Scrope Howe 
his father → Annabella Howe 
his mother → Emanuel Scrope, 1st Earl of Sunderland 
her father → Philadelphia Carey, Baroness Scrope of Bolton 
his mother → Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon 
her father

Friday, February 23, 2018


Ralph de Stafford is your 19th great grandfather.
→ Mom 

your mother → EULA V HANCOCK 
her mother → Vennie Bourne 
her mother → Amelia Millie Ann Bourne 
her mother → William K Vaughan 
her father → Elizabeth Smith Vaughn 
his mother → Anne Glenn 
her mother → Charles Venable 
her father → Abraham Venable 
his father → Abraham Venable 
his father → Thomas Venables 
his father → Frances Venables 
his mother → Sir Hugh Cholmondelay, the Younger 
her father → Sir Hugh Cholmondeley 
his father → Sir Richard Cholmondeley 
his father → Eleanor / Elinor Cholmondeley 
his mother → Anne Tuchet de Audley 
her mother → Margaret Tuchet 
her mother → William de Ros, Lord of Hamlake, Treasurer of England 
her father → Beatrice de Stafford 
his mother → Ralph de Stafford 
her father

Friday, February 16, 2018


Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick is your 17th great grandfather.
→ Mom 

your mother → Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father → Burrell H Hancock 
his father → Samuel Austin Hancock 
his father → Elizabeth Edwards Hancock 
his mother → Brice Edwards 
her father → Olive Edwards 
his mother → Capt Joseph Martin, Sr., of Albemarle 
her father → William Martin, merchant of Bristol 
his father → Capt. John Martin, of Pale Park 
his father → Thomas Martin, of Parkpole 
his father → Robert Martin, of Athelhampton 
his father → Lady Mary Martin 
his mother → James Daubeney 
her father → Alice Hill 
his mother → John Stourton, of Preston, MP 
her father → Jane Basset, of Sapcote 
his mother → Joan Beauchamp, Lady 
her mother → Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick 
her father



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