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About Robert Nicholson
Robert Nicolson was born in England; his emigration date is not known. He was a successful tailor and merchant in Williamsburg, Virginia and built a home at the east end of York Street, below the Capitol Building sometime between 1751-1753. He married Mary Waters in 1747. They had eight children; daughter Rebecca was the sixth child and the first girl. She married Charles Copland February 4, 1786 and Maria/Mary was born March 16, 1787. The following year the family moved to Richmond where Copland practiced law.