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Derek Nicholas (#47980463)
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Bio Photo My name is Derek Nicholas. I am among the descendants of slaves owned by the Cabell family. My 3rd great grandfather "Old John" Nicholas born 1798 was a slave/farm labor of John Sydnor Horsley in Curdsville, Buckingham, VA - John Sydnor was the great grandson of Mary Cabell and William Horsley of the "Travelers Rest" estate in Buckingham.

Nathaniel Francis Cabell, born 1807 inherited Old John Nicholas, and resided at Liberty Hall on the Swan Creek Plantion in old Warminster, Nelson, VA

The son of Old John Nicholas was my 2nd great grandfather Washington Nicholas, born 1840, who also resided at Liberty Hall. His son (my great grandfather) William Nicholas born 1868, resided next door, on the Midway Mills plantation owned by Gov. William Cabell.

My close relatives and kinfolk resided on the plantations across James River Rd. (rte. 56) at Union Hill, Soldiers Joy, Rock Cliffe, Variety Mills, and Montezuma in Norwood. They were owned by the son inlaw and relative of N.F. Cabell, who name was William Daniel Cabell.

The Cabell family donated the land for our first African American Churches of Lovingston, Nelson, VA, where much of the family lines are buried in the churches graveyards, and behind their residences. - I am forever greatful to the Cabell family for leaving me such a vast array of documented family history, enabling me to find my ancestors and relatives throughout Nelson County.
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Candice Johnson
Finding a connection

I don't even know where to start. I was randomly searching information on my mom just to see what comes up. She passed in 2001. I stumbled upon this site. Actually in shock. I began research on how it came about, just clicking on the last names under the pictures, checking on who uploaded them and my grandfathers as well. Cabells.....I've heard of the Cabell family. Several times... mentioned with Bowlings and Toms. Is there a connection? Please email me at
Added by Candice Johnson on Apr 13, 2016 6:38 AM
Roger D. Hardesty
Excellent Research
I wondered whether you were aware of the group, Coming to the Table. Descendants of slaves are coming into relationship with descendants of slave owners. They have a facebook presence as well as a web site. I'm helping a group of 'linked descendants' start a blog: they are pairs of folks, white and African American, who know they share ancestry of a slave owner, or know their ancestors were slave and slave owner.
Added by Roger D. Hardesty on Aug 28, 2013 2:23 AM
Renata Dogan
Interesting Bio
Hi Derek,

I spoke to you on I just happen to be looking in Va Cemeteries and stumbled upon your profile. Is it safe to assume that you Steve (your newly found cousin) are getting acquainted? Well I hope so, I have met a few distant relatives off of this website too. I have some research to do in the state of Va. I hope you don't mind me contacting you if I have a few questions about sources. Otherwise, take care and it was great to chat with you!

Added by Renata Dogan on Jun 11, 2013 2:46 PM
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Dear Derek Nicholas,

Thank you for doing it well.

One phrase was not used as we are all Americans living legally in the Americas. It is two continents and now the Catholic Pope comes from South America. Is he a South American ?

Nelson County to me is one of the nicest places on earth. It still has many undiscovered botanical items. Even the American Chestnut still has larger specimens that no where else does.

Keep up the great research!
Added by A AAA American at Find A ... on May 07, 2013 1:45 AM
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Hi Derek!

Wow, what a fascinating journey you have been on to discover your ancestors. I applaud you! What a great job you have done! I so enjoyed reading your bio.

Thank you for posting the photo of the headstone for St. George Tucker.

You sound like a dedicated researcher and if there is ever any way I can be help to you, please don't hesitate to contact me.

All the best,
Added by SheWalksTheseHills on Mar 12, 2013 10:21 AM

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