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Early Lancaster Co. Nicken/Nickens Family
This will be of interest to those researching early Nicken/Nickens in Virginia or who are descended from them and are interested in their origins. On a recent revisit of Lancaster County records I found a record that may change our understanding of the family history.
It has been assumed that the 1713 record where Edward Nicken stated he was son of Richard Nicken and asked for administration of his father’s estate was a record for the death of Black Dick/free Dick/Richard Yockenhawken and that Edward Nicken was therefore the son of Richard and Criss. The circumstantial evidence was pretty compelling.
However, there is a record showing that Richard Yockenahawken died in 1706, and administration was granted to his wife Criss Yockenahawken (spelling of name in record). Therefore Richard Nicken who died in 1713 was not Richard Yockenhawken which means Edward Nicken was apparently not the son of Richard and Criss.
Just as an additional side note, this record also means that free Dick/Richard did not have a second wife as some researchers have proposed.
So were the Yockenhawkens and Nickens the same family at all? Are all the name similarities a coincidence? Are there other ways to interpret this? Any thoughts appreciated.
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