Early Settlers of Union
Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Revolutionary War Soldier--part 1
Last week we looked at the life
of Revolutionary War soldier, Michael Tanner, who was buried in the Old Choestoe Cemetery.
Another Revolutionary War
is that of John Nicholson who was buried at the Pleasant Grove
Baptist Church Cemetery
District. To access the cemetery and see
this grave marker, travel from the square in Blairsville west on (old)
76 for about 7.8 miles. The church was
founded in 1842. Although the old
gravestone shows neither a birth date nor a death date for John
family records attest to his birth being on May 1, 1762 or 1763 in Old
County, NC (present-day Warren County).
Family history also indicates that John Nicholson died December 20, 1858
96. If he did live to this ripe old age,
his birth date then would have been in the year 1762.
John Nicholson had moved from Hall County, Georgia to Union County, Georgia
to live with his son Alfred whose farm was in the Harmony Grove section
Arkaquah District. Another son,
lived in the Fodder Creek section of Towns County, Georgia. In 1858, John Nicholson was at the home of
his daughter, Mrs. Lewis Akins in the Coosa District near Pleasant Grove Church. This daughter’s name was Luvicia, b. 1802 and
called Vica. The family buried their
father in the nearby church cemetery.
Travel arrangements were not conducive then to transporting the
Hall or Habersham
County where one
spouses had been buried in the many moves of the family.
John Nicholson (May 1, 1762 or
20, 1858), was a son of William Nicholson.
The Nicholsons had first settled in Virginia prior to the Revolution and
large land holdings there. The family
migrated to North Carolina
prior to the Revolution. It was in Bute County (later named Warren County),
N. C. where John was born.
John Nicholson, Sr. enlisted in
Revolution from Bute County,
first term of enlistment began in 1780
and lasted for three months. He was
under the command of Captain John White and in Colonel Eaton’s North
Regiment, with General Caswell. This
Regiment was at the Battle of Camden when General Gates was defeated. This first three-month term was as a
substitute for someone else. He mustered
out on the Adkin
His second enlistment of three
in 1781 as a private under General Greene, in the N. C. Regiment
Captains Flewallen and Norsworthy. The
Regiment was in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
After this three-month service, he was
discharged at Ramey’s Mill.
His third three-month enlistment
Colonel Linton in the North Carolina Troops.
He was discharged at Tarborough.
For the fourth enlistment, again
months in 1782, he served in Captain Cox’s Company of the North
Regiment under Colonel Sevier. His
honorable discharge came on the Tennessee River
in North Carolina. Altogether, Private Nicholson served a year
during the Revolution.
John Nicholson made application
Revolutionary War pension on November 2, 1832. He
was then a resident
of Hall County, Georgia.
He had been counted in the 1830 census of Hall County,
along with his son, John Nicholson, Jr. (1802-1884).
The pension was granted and Private John
Nicholson received $40.00 per year until his death for his
service. By the 1850 census, John, Sr.
was living in Cherokee County,
household of his youngest son, John Nicholson, Jr. who had married
Allred in 1827. That same year, 1850,
John Nicholson, Sr. paid taxes in Union County, Georgia
on land he owned, with his son-in-law, Lewis Akin, making the tax
From the records, it would seem
Nicholson, Sr. traveled about a lot. The
aged soldier was probably moved from one child’s home to another to be
for by them in his dotage. Reaching age
96 in those years was an accomplishment within itself.
We can imagine that he had colorful stories
to tell his children and grandchildren as he re-lived his four-term
in the Revolution. The battles of Camden and
Courthouse no doubt loomed large in his memory as he recalled the North Carolina
mustered out to protect their freedom and to win independence.
on the life and times of John Nicholson, Sr.]
Jones; published Feb. 26, 2004 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville,
Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian.
She may be reached at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708
Updated August 25,
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