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  • ID: I1756
  • Name: James NICHOLSON
  • Surname: NICHOLSON
  • Given Name: James
  • Prefix: Capt.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 May 1781 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
  • Death: 10 Nov 1820 in Easton, Talbot County, Maryland
  • _UID: 0FA08F6F9731D5118680EF90A100BA0B46FC
  • Note:
    1. In 1804, James Nicholson co-owned the firm of "Nicholson & Attwood" which included a grocery store in Centreville and two schooners conducting trade with Baltimore. The business closed in 1806 following the death of his partner.

    From "The Republican Star", 7 Aug 1804

    The Subscribers have commenced business
    under the firm of
    Nicholson and Attwood,
    And have purchases those two fine
    schooners, lately the property of Cap-
    tain Dawson, called the

    WHICH they will run constantly
    as Packets, and Grain Boats, be-
    tween the town of Centreville, and the
    city of Baltimore.
    One of the vessels will leave Centre-
    ville and the other will leave Baltimore,
    on every Wednesday and Saturday pre-
    cisely at 9 o'clock.
    They have rented commodius Gra-
    naries at the landing near Centreville,
    where Grain will be received - and have
    engaged, active, careful skippers, for
    whole good conduct they shall hold
    themselves responsible - The cabins have
    been entirely stripped, and put into the
    best order for the accommodation of Pas-
    sengers, and the utmost attention will
    be paid to keep them clean and com-

    In the course of a few weeks they will open
    at Centreville, a
    And will constantly keep on hand, a
    very general assortment of the best art-
    cles in that line, which they will be able
    to furnish at the most reduced prices.
    They respectfully solicit a share of public
    patronage, and flatter themselves that
    their attention to business, and strict
    punctuality in thier dealings, will give
    satisfaction to those who may be pleased
    to employ them.

    Centreville, July 23, 1804

    From the Republican Star, 4 Sep 1804

    Nicholson & Attwood,
    Have opened a GROCERY STORE at
    CENTREVILLE, and received from
    Baltimore and Philadelphia, the follow-
    ing articles which they will Sell at the
    most reduced prices for Cash or Country
    Old Cognac 4th proff
    French Brandy
    Jamaica &
    Antigua Spirits
    New England Rum
    Apple &
    Peach Brandies
    Best Holland Gin
    Whiskey 6 years old
    Superior do.
    Malaga &
    Port Wines
    Hyson Skin
    Young Hyson
    & Sauchong Teas this springs importation
    Baltimore & Philadelphia Loaf &
    Lump Sugars
    1st, 2d, & sd, quality Brown Su-
    Molasses, Soap & Candles
    1st, & 2d, quality Coffee
    Do. do. Salt.
    Cinnamon, Nutmegs, Cloves, Mace,
    Allspice, Pepper, Cayenne do., Ginger,
    Mustard, Rice, Snuff, Raisins, Almonds,
    Lemmons, Limes, Olives, Capers, An-
    chovies - Porter, and a number of other
    articles too tedius to mention.

    Centreville, Sept. 4, 1804.

    2. Notes from Louis Sudler, Chicago, Il

    James 7-17-1804 QALR James N & Geo Attwood for $5000 buy school Centreville 58T & Farmer 55
    James 7-24-1804 mesna1:465 James N & Geo. Attwood run 2 schooners as Packets C-ville to Balto (see Q,
    James 8-5-1804 mesna1:599 M on Sun. (QA) to "amiable ms Margaret D Emmerson"; by Joseph Jackson;
    James 1805 QA Emory James n & others at Centrevillee fines for chimney fires.
    James 11-5-1805 QALR Occupied Mr. Clayton's storehouse (Geo Attwood w is Anna Maria)
    James 11-22-1805 QA LR James N & Geo Attwood buy schooner "Nancy & Jane"
    James 1-1-1806 QA Emory J.N. appt postmaster Centreville
    James 4-22-1806 mesna2:18 James Nicholson has store in Centreville; ditto 12/16/1806
    James 1-27-1807 mesna2:63 James Nicholson is surviving partner Nicholson & Attwood, Merchants (Attwood d)
    James 3-13-1807 QALR James Nicholson sells schooner "Centreville"
    James 4-18-1807 QA Emory James offers Farmer & Centreville for sale inc grainary, wharf, etc
    James 7-24-1807 QALR James has store in Centreville[on Commerce St] (as does Jos N)
    James 1809 QA Emory James N & Wm Chambers "still in business" [Chambers' wife Esther]
    James 5-27-1810 QALR James H Nicholson to Edw Clayton forSs sells everythng - store, Negro, h~
    cow, calf, except "clothing & wearing apparel of Family" for debts.
    James 7-17-1810 mesna2:275 James Nicholson & Jas O'Bryan QA, ins Debtors, disch. from prison

    3. From Scott Sheads

    James Nicholson (1781-1820), brother of Major William Nicholson (1772-1815), was appointed a Sailing Master of U.S. Barge No. 4 at Baltimore, assigned to the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla under the redoubtable Joshua Barney on August 31, 1813. Nicholson served with the flotilla until his discharged on April 15, 1815, having participated in the escalating naval duel on the Patuxent River in the summer of 1814,the unsuccessful defense of Washington and victory at Baltimore in September.
    [Abstracts of Service Records of Naval Officers, 1798-1813,? Roll 3, M-330, (April 1813-August 1825.) National Archives]

    4. Not listed in 1810 Census

    5. There is a James Nicholson listed in the 1820 Census (taken in January) in Easton, Talbot County

    Males: <10=2; 26-45=1
    Females: <10=3; 10-16=3; 26-45=2

    6. There is a Margaret NIcholson listed in the 1830 Census in Talbot County. Margaret was the name of James' wife which suggests that the James Nicholson listed in Talbot County in 1820 may be this James Nicholson.

    Males: 10-15=1
    Females: 10-15=1; 15-20=2; 40-50=1

    There also was a Mary E. Nicholson listed just above Margaret Nicholson. Could this be Mary Emmerson Nicholson, widow of William Hopper NIcholson?

    Females: 15-20=1; 20-30=1; 40-50=1

    7. November 11, 1820
    Paper: Easton Gazette (Easton, MD)

    Death notice
  • Change Date: 11 Jan 2013 at 16:55:53

    Father: Joseph NICHOLSON Jr. b: 17/28 Feb 1732/1733 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
    Mother: Elizabeth HOPPER b: 11/18 Nov 1739 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland

    Marriage 1 Margaret D. EMMERSON b: 1785 in Of Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
    • Married: 4 Aug 1804 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
    • Note:
      Margaret Emerson found in:
      Marriage Index: Maryland, 1655-1850
      Married: Aug. 04, 1804 in: Talbot Co., MD Record type: This is a county court record. Gender: F More about: This record can be found at the County Courthouse Easton, MD. Spouse name: Nicholson, James Spouse gender: M
    1. Has No Children Ann C. NICHOLSON b: 1806 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
    2. Has Children Esther (Hester) NICHOLSON b: 11 Jan 1810 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland

    1. Title: Wedding announcement in newspaper
      Text: Aug 7 1804. Married Sun evening last by Joseph Jackson, James Nicholson of QA Co to the amiable Miss Margaret D. Emmerson of this town.
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