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Benjamin Nichols

Birthplace: Dorchester County, MD, United States
Death: March 04, 1843 (73)
Carroll County, TN, United States
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Son of Benjamin Nichols, R-L21 and Darcus Nichols
Brother of Isaac Nichols

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About Benjamin Nichols


  • •Name: Benjamin Nichol

  • •Sex: M

  • •Birth: 12 OCT 1769 in Dorchester Co., MD

  • •Residence: 1796 NC

  • •Residence: C. 1798-1810 Davidson Co., TN

  • •Residence: C. 1811-1827 Wilson Co., TN--see Notes for Benjamin & son David

  • •Death: 4 MAR 1843 in Carroll Co., TN

  • •Occupation: Farmer

•Note: Benjamin's first son John W. Nichol told the 1850 Fulton Co., KY census-taker that he was born in North Carolina. Second son David was born in Davidson Co., Tennessee; from this it can be deduced that Benjamin and family moved into Tennessee from North Carolina between June, 1796 and October, 1798.

Davidson Co., TN deed records furnished by the county's Metro Archives confirms that on 27 Nov 1802 Benjamin Nichols bought 70 acres in the White's Creek district of the county, a few miles NW of Nashville, from the Rev. Jesse Walker. Walker, who came to Tennessee from the Guilford/Rockingham Co. area of North Carolina around 1796, went on to become a famous pioneering Methodist circuit rider. Benjamin sold the land to Absalom Hooper on 4 Jan 1810, probably shortly before moving SE to Wilson County; the Hoopers also were from Guilford Co., NC.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has a Benjamin Nichols on page 20 of the 1805 Tax List for Davidson County; he is not listed earlier anywhere. [2009]

The will of Absalom Hooper of Davidson County, TN made 15 Aug 1811, recorded 25 Aug 1813, left his son Absalom "70 acres bought from Benjamin Nichols."

From the "Democratic Clarion & Tennessee Gazette" of Nov. 26, 1811: "Benjamin Nichols, on Pond Lick, [near present-day Gladeville, SW Wilson Co., TN] has taken up a bay mare. On Nov. 2, 1811, the horse was given an appraisal value of $20." [Eddleman, General Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers 1803-1812].

On 16 Dec 1811, Benjamin Nichol bought land in Wilson Co., TN, from Acquilla Suggs, consisting in part of 190 acres covered by Tennessee Land Grants #13881 and #13882. [Mary J. Sanders, Genealogist, Lebanon, TN, 1984]

"....It was on the east bank of Pond Lick Creek and approximately one mile north of the Lick, that George Avery, William Anderson and John Hancock, trustees for the Methodist Conference, secured one acre, including a spring, from Benjamin Nichols on November 18, 1815 for the purpose of building a Methodist Meeting House...." [from Robert L. Martin, "Giliad (sic) Meeting House" in "The Chronicle", Vol. V, No.1 [Feb. 1983], pub. by Mr. Juliet-West Wilson Historical Society, Mt. Juliet, TN] [R. B. Nichol Note: On 28 February, 1829 Benjamin Nichol, now in Carroll Co., sold land in Wilson County, "12 acres less 1 acre where the Gilead Meeting House now stands on Pond Lick Creek."--his surname is consistently recorded as "Nichol" in Carroll Co., possibly because his eldest son, John W., was highly literate and respected.]

Uriah "Ute" Sherrill, Polly Sullivan's first husband, is believed to have died in Wilson Co. near the end of 1819. His estate was inventoried there 22 Jan 1820. On 24 Feb 1823, just weeks after he married Polly, Benjamin Nichol executed a bill of sale in which he purchased the following from the Uriah Sherrill estate: shoe hammer, 75 cents; flax wheel, 50 cents; 4 chairs, $1.37 & 1/2; hames & chaines [?] $1.68 & 3/4; set pewter plates, $2.43 & 3/4; 1 strainer, 75 cents; 1 water pail, 26 cents; 1 churn & tray, 50 cents; 1 skillet, $1.06 & 1/2; 1 pot, $1.00; 1 large pot hook, $1.18 & 3/4; 1 feather bed, $12.96 & 1/2; another feather bed, $10.36 & 3/4; 1 beehive, $2.50 & 1/4; another beehive, $2.50; 1 heifer and 1 filly, no price given; 1 knife box, smoothing iron, 81 & 1/4 cents; 1 meat bag, 57 cents; young hogs, $3.75; lot of bacon, $10.36. [R.B. Nichol Genealogical Files: Letters from Wanda L. Clark, Genealogist, 27 March 1985]

April 28, 1843: "...BENJAMIN NICHOL died Carroll Co., Tenn., March 4, 1843; born Dorchester Co., Md., 1769; moved to Cumberland [middle Tenn.] in 1806." --from Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths: The Southwestern Christian Advocate 1838-1846 By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith; see online:

According to 1845-48 court documents dealing with settlement of a debt owed by Benjamin's son James Fletcher Nichol [see Notes under his name], the Nichol family farm in Carroll Co. consisted of 133 acres on the east side of the Big Sandy River "near Pleasant Exchange." Pleasant Exchange, a village just south of the Carroll/Henderson Co. line, is now called Wildersville.

R. B. Nichol Notes: DNA evidence brought to light in 2007 indicates that this Benjamin was related to, probably a descendant of, John Nicoll(s) who settled in the northern part of Dorchester County, MD around 1682. This section became part of Caroline County in 1773. The surname is usually spelled "Nicolls" or "Nicholls" in Colonial Maryland records, though John Nicoll's will spells it without the 's'. The family remained in that area throughout the 18th Century, between the Choptank River and Marshyhope Creek, where old maps show a village called Nichols about three miles NNW of Federalsburg. [See 1895 map in Pictures* file.] A few parcels of land in the area were owned by another Nichols family based in neighboring Talbot County, but these were of the gentry and Anglican by faith, and apparently were unrelated to Benjamin's line.

I have a working theory that there was a political/religious split in this family at the time of the American Revolution, because no descendants of the original Benjamin took the Patriots' 1778 Oath of Allegiance, while descendants of his brothers John, Jr., and Isaac were on record as supporting the Revolution.

Father: Benjamin Nicoll b: C. 1717 in probably in Dorchester Co., MD Mother: Darcus Willis

Marriage 1 Susan unknown Children 1. John W. Nichol b: 3 JUN 1796 in NC 2. David Nichol b: 26 OCT 1798 in Davidson Co., TN 3. Thomas Nichol b: C. 1804-10 4. Alvah Alvy, Alva Nichol b: NOV 1806 in TN

Marriage 2 Polly G. Sullivan b: 5 JUL 1786 in Probably in NC •Married: 8 JAN 1823 in Wilson Co., TN Children 1. William Elliot Franklin Nichol b: 25 OCT 1823 in TN 2. James Fletcher Nichol b: 21 JAN 1828 3. Benjamin Houston Nichol b: 10 MAR 1830

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Benjamin Nichols's Timeline

October 12, 1769
Dorchester County, MD, United States
March 4, 1843
Age 73
Carroll County, TN, United States