Derek Nicholas

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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.

Other close kin of the Mayo, Venable, Woodson, Yancey, Beverly, Megginson, Cottrell, Pryor, Ratcliffe, Christian, Terrell, Braddock, West, Robinson, Jackson, Clopton, Horsley, and Revely lines resided on the many Cabell family plantations, throughout the "Barron's of Buckingham" which was spread along the banks of the James River, consisting of "Elm Cottage, Green Hill, Struman, Buffalo Station, Clover Plains, and Fernley.

Nathaniel Francis Cabell, born 1807 inherited Old John Nicholas, and resided at Liberty Hall on the Swan Creek Plantation 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 of the "Rose, Nunery, Johnson, Ellis, and Bailey" lines, resided on the plantations across James River Rd. (rte. 56) in the Norwood area. Housed on the Union Hill, Soldiers Joy, Rock Cliffe, Variety Mills, and Montezuma plantations in old Norwood. They were owned by the son in-law and relative of Nathaniel F. Cabell, whose name was William Daniel Cabell. Their estates and residences where my kinfolk were housed, extended west to Gladstone, and Amherst, to Lynchburg.

During the late 1800's, into the early 1900's, during the great migration eras, the relatives went to work in the coal mining and the C&O railroad industries, traveling northwest to Clifton Forge, and Logan, West VA. Many still reside in these locations, never to return home to the hometown of Lovingston.

Many extended lines, situated across highway 29, were placed on Thomas, and William Massie's Level Green, Pharsalia, and 3 Springs planations in Massies Mill, Nelson, VA, areas of "Tye River, Hat Creek, and Roseland". These kinfolk lines, consists of the Morse, Vaughan, Loving, Page, Randolph, Napier, Ross, and Braxton connected lines.

The Cabell family donated the land for our first African American Churches of Lovingston, Nelson, VA, such as St. Hebron and St. John Baptist Churches, where much of the family lines are buried in the churches graveyards, and behind their residences. - I am forever grateful 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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