Capt James Nichols

Birth
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Dec 1785 (aged 76)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 44917592 · View Source
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James, son of Capt. Cyprian Nichols, Jr. and Mary Spencer, bapt. Feb. 2, 1708/9 at the Hartford 1st Chh. and died at Hartford Dec. 18, 1785, Æ. 77. He was buried two days later at the Ancient Burying Ground Dec. 20, 1785.

On Jan. 12, 1737/8, James m. Mary Wadsworth at the Hartford 1st Chh., dau. of Joseph Wadsworth and Joanna Hovey, bapt. Oct. 18, 1713 at the Hartford 2nd Ch. She d. July 27, 1783 at Hartford and was interred at Hartford's Ancient Cemetery.

There are no children of record by the marriage. James' brother William died at sea in Sept. 1767 and William's widow d. at Hartford in Oct. 1771. James and wife Mary apparently adopted and raised several of brother William's younger children.

Capt. James Nichols was a large holder of negro servants, the term slave not used in describing any of them in the records. But, on July 5, 1761 Capt. Nichols had baptized at the Hartford 1st Chh., "Peter, Caesar, & Boston, Negro Children, Servants to Captn. James Nichols..." On June 20 1762 James had baptized "Tom, Negro servt to Captn James Nichols..." On Aug. 25, 1764 James had baptized "Lydia, negro servt to Captn James Nichols..." and finally on June 14, 1767 James had "Mime, Negro servt to Captn James Nichols being sick," privately baptized. In the first three instances he publicly engaged "to bring them up in the Christian religion."

On Apr. 29, 1774 Capt. James Nichols gave "Boston" and Boston's wife "Rose" their freedom followed in Oct. 1783 with James selling "Boston" a parcel of land at Hartford (HartLR, 8:250, 16:317 and 16:113).


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  • Created by: Don Blauvelt
  • Added: 29 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44917592
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt James Nichols (2 Feb 1709–18 Dec 1785), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44917592, citing Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939) .