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Isaac Nichols

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Isaac Nichols

Birth
Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
9 May 1803 (aged 82–83)
Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Purcellville, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
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Modern description of the Nichol's Home

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Meeting House Farm encompasses 90 acres of Middleburg Hunt Territory in Loudoun County. The Quaker-style stone house was built in 1744 by Isaac Nichols, one of the original trustees of the Goose Creek Friends' Meeting. Beam ceilings, large fireplaces and tightly fitted stonework, which are characteristic of Quaker design, appear throughout. The house was totally reconstructed in 1987 and received the Loudoun County Historic Preservation Award in 1988.

The first floor has an entrance hall, a living room with window seats , a dining room with a stone fireplace, a kitchen and break fast room and a two-story solarium. Upstairs, the master suite has a study with custom-built bookcases. The two additional bedrooms have corner fireplaces. A long hall leads to a covered porch, which steps down to the tiered terraces and the pool. The residence is surrounded by flagstone terraces, wisteria-covered porches and expansive lawns. Pastures are enclosed by four-board fencing, and six horses can be accommodated in the centuries-old stone barn.

SOURCE: Extract from September 1999 Architectural Digest, 'Extraordinary Properties on the Market.'


Isaac was the son of Thomas Nichols and Mary Ludford, who came to Virginia from Staffordshire, England.

Isaac married Margery Cox on 26 March 1742 at the Hockessin Friends Meeting House in New Castle County, Dleware.

When Isaac brought his bride, Margery Cox, of eighteen months to Loudoun County, Virginia, he entered upon a tract of land which became the very heart of the realm of Goose Creek Monthly Meeting. Here he selected a site overlooking Goose Creek, on which he built a stone house which is still standing and occupied to this day (1969). Quoting from "Legends of Loudoun Valley" by Joseph V. Nichols, the Patriarch of Purcellville, Isaac Nichols "was a successful business man and was the father of nine children, all of whom lived to mature years. He was uncompromising in his Quaker doctrine and unswerving in his observance of the more sombre side of the Quaker discipline." Isaac died in Loudoun County, VA, in 1802 and Margery in 1806, both leaving wills. Isaac owned several thousand acres of land near Lincoln, VA, and left a considerable estate.

The Will of Isaac Nichols
Loudoun Co., VA Will Book G, pp 27-32
Will Written, 22 Oct 1800; Codicil Added, 13 Dec 1802; Executed, 1803

Be it remembered this twenty-second day of the tenth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred that I Isaac Nichols of the County of Loudoun and the state of Virginia being advanced in age and weak in Body But of sound disposing mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of him in this World do make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form following

Viz First I give and Bequeath to my beloved Wife Margery Nickols the sum of Six hundred pounds and the mare and saddle which she commonly rides, also the room which usually lodge in and the privilege of the Kitchen and Celler and as much of the Household furniture as she shall judge necessary, one Cow and my Executors shall furnish her with a sufficient quantity of Hay Grain and Pasture for her said horse and Cow and likewise what fire wood she wants cut and hauled to the door.

[Secondly] I give and devise to my son William the tract of land whereon he lives to him his Heirs and Assigns forever and also one hundred pounds to be paid out of my personal Estate.

[Thirdly] I give and devise to my eldest daughter Mary Hoage wife of Solomon Hoge two hundred Acres of my land lying in Fauquier and Loudoun County which I purchased of John Rector and Robert Scott joining Robert Donaldson's to her her heirs and Assigns forever, also the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid out of my personal Estate.

[Fourth] I give and devise to my Daughter Catherine Hatcher her Heirs and Assigns forever a tract of Land lying in Campbell County Virginia that was purchased of Andrew Bryan and also the sum of Three hundred pounds to be paid out of personal Estate.

[Fifth] I give and devise to my daughter Rebekah Hatcher two hundred Acres of my land lying in Fauquier and Loudoun County which I purchased of John Rector, Stephen McPherson and Robert Scott to her her Heirs and Assigns forever and also the sum of One hundred and eighty pounds.

[Sixth] I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Lydia the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds. Also a lot of ground lyind the town of Alexandria the same where one Samuel Crage now lives and is Tennant the same to remain in the hands of my Executers during her derangement and by them the annual interest from Rent drawing therefrom be applied for her [ ? ] during her Derangement. If through divine favour she should be restored to her perfect understanding the above mentioned sum of money and Lot of land shall by my Executors be restored for her her heirs and Assigns forever, Otherwise at her death the same shall be equally divided between her three sisters, Mary Hoge, Caty Hatcher, Rebekah Hatcher and my three sons Isaac, Samuel, William and Children of Ruth Pancoast deceased one share divided among [ ? ]

[Seventh] I give and devise to my son in Law John Pancoast two hundred Acres of Land to him his Heirs and Assigns forever to be laid off three men chose by my Executors and himself and to be the same Land whereon he now lives in consideration wherof I order him to pay his two sons Joshua and John Pancoast one hundred and fifty pounds each as they arrive at full age to demand it and unto my Grandaughter Lydia Pancoat I give and bequeath the sum of seventy five pounds. And to my grandaughter Ann Pancoast I give and bequeath the sum of seventy five pounds to be paid by my Executors when they shall arrive at lawful age to demand the same and in case either of the two before mentioned sons of of John Pancoast or either of their sisters die at nonage I direct their shares to be equally divided among the surviving Brothers or sisters.

[Eighth] I give and devise to my two grandsons Isaac and Samuel Nickols sons of William and their Heirs and Assigns forever four hundred Acres of Land to be laid off in two separate surveys each - and of supposed equal quantity of my other adjoining lands to be laid off by five Juditious men chosed by my Executors and legatees each survey being the same whereon they now live.

[Ninth] I give and Devise to my two sons Isaac and Samuel Nickols all the remainder of my Lands lying in Loudoun County and Elsewhere with all my Mills and appurtenances therunto belonging which hath not before been devised to them their Heirs and Assigns forever and also my lot of Land in the Town of Alexandria with all the Buildings theron which I purchased of Caleb Whitacre.

[Tenth] I likewise divise to my said son Isaac and Samuel and their Heirs and Assigns all the remaining part of my personal Estate after paying just Debts and the before mentioned legacies. I give and bequeath to my two sons Isaac and Samuel to be equally divided between them and if luck so happen that any part of Debts due me from Josiah Watson shall be recovered it I direct my Executors to divide it between my children William, Mary, Catharine, Rebekah, Isaac, Samuel and my GranDaughters Lydia and Anne Pancoast equally according to the former partion of my personal Estate devised to them.

Lastly I do hereby constitute nominate and appoint my two sons Isaac and Samuel Nickols Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and disannulling all former Wills or [ ? ] by me made.

Signed sealed Published and Ceclared by the siad Isaac Nickols the day and year first above written to by his last Will and Testament In the presence of

Isaac Nickols

Isaac Hatcher
Abiah Myer
Mary McCullah
Edith Gaither


Be it remembered this thirteenth day of the twelfth Month in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two that I Isaac Nickols of Loudoun County and state of Virginia do make and publish this as an after cluase and a certain and necessary alteration as far as Relates to the clause or devise made in the forepart of the above instrument in behalf of my Eldest son William Nichols deceased I lock by two seals to my last Will as it now stands meaning only the Revoke and disannul the clause or paragraph of giving by Will the Tract or parcel of land to my Eldest son William now deceased the circumstance being changed makes it necessary that my Will be altered. Therefore I give and devise all that tract or parcel of Land whereon my above said son William Nickols lived in hs life time to his the said William Nickols Youngest son William my Grandson to him his Heirs and Assigns forever with all the Houses and profits thereunto belonging but do withold from the latter William Nickols the sum or part of personal Estate devised to my above said son William and in lieu thereof do cancel all bonds or other debts against my avove siad son William in favor of the later William my Grandson he the said William Nickols my grandson yielding and paying to his Mother Sarah Nickols widow of my deceased son William the sum of fifteen pounds a year and every year during her natural life and no langer also that Sarah the said Widow shall be and remain to be in possession of that Room in the stone dwelling House called her where she had used to lodge without let or molestation as long as she may live. I likewise devise and order that William my grandson furnish his mother the above said [ ? ] widow with a sufficient portion of meat and Grain for each year also her Horse and Cow summering and wintering with her fire wood cut and hauled to her room door with every other accommodation necessary for his Mothers care and comfort.

Signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Isaac Nickols to the his Will as far as relates to the changing of that tract of land from his son William to his Grandson William Nickols.

In the presence of

Isaac Nickols

Nathan Spencer
Isaac Nickols
Robert McCullah

The Court held for Loudoun County May the 9th 1803 this last Will and testament of Isaac Nickols decd. was proved by the affirmation of Isaac Hatcher and Abiah Myer two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and the codicil therto annexed was also proved by Nathan Spencer and Isaac Nickols the subscribing witnesses thereto and together with the Will aforesaid are ordered to be Recorded

And on the motion of Isaac and Samuel Nickols the Executors therin named who made oath thereto and together with Blackstone Janney and Joshua Gore their Executor securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of twenty thousand dollars with Condition as the Law directs certificates granted them for Obrtaining a Probate thereof in due form.

Teste C. Binns
Modern description of the Nichol's Home

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Meeting House Farm encompasses 90 acres of Middleburg Hunt Territory in Loudoun County. The Quaker-style stone house was built in 1744 by Isaac Nichols, one of the original trustees of the Goose Creek Friends' Meeting. Beam ceilings, large fireplaces and tightly fitted stonework, which are characteristic of Quaker design, appear throughout. The house was totally reconstructed in 1987 and received the Loudoun County Historic Preservation Award in 1988.

The first floor has an entrance hall, a living room with window seats , a dining room with a stone fireplace, a kitchen and break fast room and a two-story solarium. Upstairs, the master suite has a study with custom-built bookcases. The two additional bedrooms have corner fireplaces. A long hall leads to a covered porch, which steps down to the tiered terraces and the pool. The residence is surrounded by flagstone terraces, wisteria-covered porches and expansive lawns. Pastures are enclosed by four-board fencing, and six horses can be accommodated in the centuries-old stone barn.

SOURCE: Extract from September 1999 Architectural Digest, 'Extraordinary Properties on the Market.'


Isaac was the son of Thomas Nichols and Mary Ludford, who came to Virginia from Staffordshire, England.

Isaac married Margery Cox on 26 March 1742 at the Hockessin Friends Meeting House in New Castle County, Dleware.

When Isaac brought his bride, Margery Cox, of eighteen months to Loudoun County, Virginia, he entered upon a tract of land which became the very heart of the realm of Goose Creek Monthly Meeting. Here he selected a site overlooking Goose Creek, on which he built a stone house which is still standing and occupied to this day (1969). Quoting from "Legends of Loudoun Valley" by Joseph V. Nichols, the Patriarch of Purcellville, Isaac Nichols "was a successful business man and was the father of nine children, all of whom lived to mature years. He was uncompromising in his Quaker doctrine and unswerving in his observance of the more sombre side of the Quaker discipline." Isaac died in Loudoun County, VA, in 1802 and Margery in 1806, both leaving wills. Isaac owned several thousand acres of land near Lincoln, VA, and left a considerable estate.

The Will of Isaac Nichols
Loudoun Co., VA Will Book G, pp 27-32
Will Written, 22 Oct 1800; Codicil Added, 13 Dec 1802; Executed, 1803

Be it remembered this twenty-second day of the tenth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred that I Isaac Nichols of the County of Loudoun and the state of Virginia being advanced in age and weak in Body But of sound disposing mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of him in this World do make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form following

Viz First I give and Bequeath to my beloved Wife Margery Nickols the sum of Six hundred pounds and the mare and saddle which she commonly rides, also the room which usually lodge in and the privilege of the Kitchen and Celler and as much of the Household furniture as she shall judge necessary, one Cow and my Executors shall furnish her with a sufficient quantity of Hay Grain and Pasture for her said horse and Cow and likewise what fire wood she wants cut and hauled to the door.

[Secondly] I give and devise to my son William the tract of land whereon he lives to him his Heirs and Assigns forever and also one hundred pounds to be paid out of my personal Estate.

[Thirdly] I give and devise to my eldest daughter Mary Hoage wife of Solomon Hoge two hundred Acres of my land lying in Fauquier and Loudoun County which I purchased of John Rector and Robert Scott joining Robert Donaldson's to her her heirs and Assigns forever, also the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid out of my personal Estate.

[Fourth] I give and devise to my Daughter Catherine Hatcher her Heirs and Assigns forever a tract of Land lying in Campbell County Virginia that was purchased of Andrew Bryan and also the sum of Three hundred pounds to be paid out of personal Estate.

[Fifth] I give and devise to my daughter Rebekah Hatcher two hundred Acres of my land lying in Fauquier and Loudoun County which I purchased of John Rector, Stephen McPherson and Robert Scott to her her Heirs and Assigns forever and also the sum of One hundred and eighty pounds.

[Sixth] I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Lydia the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds. Also a lot of ground lyind the town of Alexandria the same where one Samuel Crage now lives and is Tennant the same to remain in the hands of my Executers during her derangement and by them the annual interest from Rent drawing therefrom be applied for her [ ? ] during her Derangement. If through divine favour she should be restored to her perfect understanding the above mentioned sum of money and Lot of land shall by my Executors be restored for her her heirs and Assigns forever, Otherwise at her death the same shall be equally divided between her three sisters, Mary Hoge, Caty Hatcher, Rebekah Hatcher and my three sons Isaac, Samuel, William and Children of Ruth Pancoast deceased one share divided among [ ? ]

[Seventh] I give and devise to my son in Law John Pancoast two hundred Acres of Land to him his Heirs and Assigns forever to be laid off three men chose by my Executors and himself and to be the same Land whereon he now lives in consideration wherof I order him to pay his two sons Joshua and John Pancoast one hundred and fifty pounds each as they arrive at full age to demand it and unto my Grandaughter Lydia Pancoat I give and bequeath the sum of seventy five pounds. And to my grandaughter Ann Pancoast I give and bequeath the sum of seventy five pounds to be paid by my Executors when they shall arrive at lawful age to demand the same and in case either of the two before mentioned sons of of John Pancoast or either of their sisters die at nonage I direct their shares to be equally divided among the surviving Brothers or sisters.

[Eighth] I give and devise to my two grandsons Isaac and Samuel Nickols sons of William and their Heirs and Assigns forever four hundred Acres of Land to be laid off in two separate surveys each - and of supposed equal quantity of my other adjoining lands to be laid off by five Juditious men chosed by my Executors and legatees each survey being the same whereon they now live.

[Ninth] I give and Devise to my two sons Isaac and Samuel Nickols all the remainder of my Lands lying in Loudoun County and Elsewhere with all my Mills and appurtenances therunto belonging which hath not before been devised to them their Heirs and Assigns forever and also my lot of Land in the Town of Alexandria with all the Buildings theron which I purchased of Caleb Whitacre.

[Tenth] I likewise divise to my said son Isaac and Samuel and their Heirs and Assigns all the remaining part of my personal Estate after paying just Debts and the before mentioned legacies. I give and bequeath to my two sons Isaac and Samuel to be equally divided between them and if luck so happen that any part of Debts due me from Josiah Watson shall be recovered it I direct my Executors to divide it between my children William, Mary, Catharine, Rebekah, Isaac, Samuel and my GranDaughters Lydia and Anne Pancoast equally according to the former partion of my personal Estate devised to them.

Lastly I do hereby constitute nominate and appoint my two sons Isaac and Samuel Nickols Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and disannulling all former Wills or [ ? ] by me made.

Signed sealed Published and Ceclared by the siad Isaac Nickols the day and year first above written to by his last Will and Testament In the presence of

Isaac Nickols

Isaac Hatcher
Abiah Myer
Mary McCullah
Edith Gaither


Be it remembered this thirteenth day of the twelfth Month in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two that I Isaac Nickols of Loudoun County and state of Virginia do make and publish this as an after cluase and a certain and necessary alteration as far as Relates to the clause or devise made in the forepart of the above instrument in behalf of my Eldest son William Nichols deceased I lock by two seals to my last Will as it now stands meaning only the Revoke and disannul the clause or paragraph of giving by Will the Tract or parcel of land to my Eldest son William now deceased the circumstance being changed makes it necessary that my Will be altered. Therefore I give and devise all that tract or parcel of Land whereon my above said son William Nickols lived in hs life time to his the said William Nickols Youngest son William my Grandson to him his Heirs and Assigns forever with all the Houses and profits thereunto belonging but do withold from the latter William Nickols the sum or part of personal Estate devised to my above said son William and in lieu thereof do cancel all bonds or other debts against my avove siad son William in favor of the later William my Grandson he the said William Nickols my grandson yielding and paying to his Mother Sarah Nickols widow of my deceased son William the sum of fifteen pounds a year and every year during her natural life and no langer also that Sarah the said Widow shall be and remain to be in possession of that Room in the stone dwelling House called her where she had used to lodge without let or molestation as long as she may live. I likewise devise and order that William my grandson furnish his mother the above said [ ? ] widow with a sufficient portion of meat and Grain for each year also her Horse and Cow summering and wintering with her fire wood cut and hauled to her room door with every other accommodation necessary for his Mothers care and comfort.

Signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Isaac Nickols to the his Will as far as relates to the changing of that tract of land from his son William to his Grandson William Nickols.

In the presence of

Isaac Nickols

Nathan Spencer
Isaac Nickols
Robert McCullah

The Court held for Loudoun County May the 9th 1803 this last Will and testament of Isaac Nickols decd. was proved by the affirmation of Isaac Hatcher and Abiah Myer two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and the codicil therto annexed was also proved by Nathan Spencer and Isaac Nickols the subscribing witnesses thereto and together with the Will aforesaid are ordered to be Recorded

And on the motion of Isaac and Samuel Nickols the Executors therin named who made oath thereto and together with Blackstone Janney and Joshua Gore their Executor securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of twenty thousand dollars with Condition as the Law directs certificates granted them for Obrtaining a Probate thereof in due form.

Teste C. Binns


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