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  • ID: I1845
  • Name: James Witter NICHOLSON
  • Surname: NICHOLSON
  • Given Name: James Witter
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 20/21 Apr 1773 in Maryland
  • Death: 6 Oct 1851 in Elk Hill, near New Geneva, Pennsylvania
  • _UID: 68A08F6F9731D5118680EF90A100BA0B9F8C
  • Note:

    Fayette County Genealogy Project

    JAMES WITTER NICHOLSON, for whom Nicholson township was named, was born near Nicholson Gap, in Maryland. He was the second son of Commodore James and Frances (Witter) Nicholson and came to New Geneva as manager of Albert Gallatin's glass factory. He was a brother-in-law of Gallatin, married Ann Griffin, and died on his Elk Hill property near New Geneva, October 6, 1851, aged seventy-eight years. His father Commodore James Nicholson, was senior officer in the navy in 1776, and died in New York city September 2, 1804.

    Source: Nelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Fayette County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Fayette County, and the boroughs and townships of the county : also, portraits and biographies of the governors since 1790, and genealogies, family histories and biographies of representative men of the county : illustrated. Author(s): Shepherd, Henry E.; 1844-1929. ; (Henry Elliot), Publication: Uniontown, Pa. : S.B. Nelson, Year: 1900

    2. 1850 Pennsylvania Census

    Nicholson Township, Fayette County

    James W. Nicholson 77 Farmer $9,000 b. MD
    Mary M. Christian 53 b. VA
    Maria David 45 b. PA
    Elizabeth Griffin 39 b. PA
    Nancy N. Bond 12 b. VA
    James W. Nicholson 12 b. PA
    John M. Nicholson 10 b. PA
    Elizabeth Nicholson 30 b. PA
    Mary L. Nicholson 4 b. PA
    Albert G. Nicholson 26 b. PA

    3. From Louise West, descendant of James Witter Nicholson (

    James Witter Nicholson graduated from Columbia Univ. and moved to southwestern PA to work with his brother -in-law, Albert Gallatin, who built a home there and founded the town of New Geneva, in Fayette Co., PA. They farmed the land, and founded a glass factory, which was relatively successful for a period of time, under James' supervision. James Witter, and son, Thomas, and son, Charles, spent much of their lives in Fayette Co. (I have more details on their lives).


    K. William Bailey (


    Title: "Brief History of the Isaac Griffin Family of Nicholson Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania". Cornerstone Clues, Series: Cornerstone Clues, Volumes: Vol. 3, No. 3 Abbrev: Griffin article, Cornerstone Author: Baker, Gordon C. Publication: Cornerstone Genealogical Society, Waynesburg, PA, August, 1980 Page: page 61
  • Change Date: 11 Aug 2008 at 09:55:18

    Father: James NICHOLSON b: 1737/1738 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
    Mother: Frances WITTER b: 19 Jan 1743/1744

    Marriage 1 Ann GRIFFIN b: 22 May 1776 in Kent County, Delaware or Pennsylvania
    • Married: 1 Jan 1794 in Kent County, Delaware
    1. Has No Children James NICHOLSON b: 16 Nov 1799
    2. Has Children Thomas Witter NICHOLSON b: 10 Apr 1803 in New Geneva, Pennsylvania
    3. Has No Children Mary Ann NICHOLSON b: 15 Apr 1807 in New Geneva, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children Frances Witter NICHOLSON b: 3 Nov 1808 in New Geneva, Pennsylvania
    5. Has No Children Albert Gallatin NICHOLSON b: 3 Jun 1814 in New Geneva, Pennsylvania
    6. Has Children William Few NICHOLSON b: 30 May 1816 in New Geneva, Pennsylvania
    7. Has No Children Maria NICHOLSON b: 3 Jul 1820 in New Geneva, Pennsylvania

    1. Title:
      Author: Vickey Baumli

      Family history taken from Samuel Griffin of New Castle County on Delaware, Planter and the Descendants to the Seventh Generation. Compiled and published by Thomas Hale Streets. Philadelphia, PA, 1905.
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