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Re: Nickens Family African Amer. Patriots of the R

Greetings Lloyd,

The list published in the D.A.R. publication is incomplete. There was a William Nickens who was a drummer for three years. It is not clear if he and William Nickens the seaman are one and the same, just as it is not clear if John Pinn , the Cherokee soldier, and John Pinn the seaman are one and the same. This shold be of interest to Denise. If Lewis Nickens b. 1809 was a child of either James Sr. or Jr., or of Elizabeth, then she is a Pinn.

There were either four or five different James Nickens in the army and navy. One claimed to have served in both. There are records of two James who enlisted within months of each other. A third enlisted later, I think 1781. James Nickens , father of Hezekiah and James, is found in navy records as James Bateman. It is he who is the father of Jemima Bass ( see 1833 Norfolk County Indian Certificates and 1900 and 1910 Special Indian Census. Further, it is possible that "the boy James Nickens" and "James Nickens the brother of Hezekiah" may be one and the same. This James was brought back to Lancaster after Hezekiah's ship was sunk.

Then there is the James Nickens who went to Nova Scotia, Canada during the war. I have no idea who he was, or whether he left from Virginia or North Carolina.

Hezekiah was captured when his ship was sunk in the Nansemond River. War records show him as killed in action, but he shows up after the war as an indigent Loyalist seaman in England.

In North Carolina Malachi, his brother Carter, and their cousin Edward Nickens served in the Army. Althouth they share the same surname, it is doubtful that they were all related.

James Nickens

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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