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Re: Whitehurst-Nichols-Hewitt, PA Co., VA
Posted by: C.A. Critchell Date: June 18, 2000 at 19:34:25
In Reply to: Whitehurst-Nichols-Hewitt, PA Co., VA by Shawn Hewitt of 998

Hello,
The Nichols were transported to Virginia by William Richard Whitehurst, who recieved land grants for the transportation. They were probably loosely indentured servants. The Whitehurst,Nichols/Nicholas, and Goldsmiths were all Quakers. They intermarried in the first generation. They were probably puritanical or tending to what would become Non conformist, when the first Quakers made it to Virginia they joined that church. Eastern Shore Quakers were very persecuited(Sic) by the then goverener and were jailed, killed, and socially harrassed for their faith. The second generation seems to have become good Anglicans and are much associated with Lynhaven Parish in Princess Anne Norfolk.
Hope this helps.
C.A.Critchell


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