Sergeant Francis Nicholson

Male 1758 - 1803  (45 years)


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  • Name Francis Nicholson 
    Title Sergeant 
    Born 13 Apr 1758  Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service Jan 1776 - 31 Dec 1780  Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    American Revolution
    Col. Samuel B. Webb\'s Regt.
    Battle of Rhode Island - 1778
    Battle of Springfield,NJ - 1780
    Army of the Hudson - Dec 1780 
    Pension Record - Nicholson, Francis (American Revolution)
    Pension Record - Nicholson, Francis (American Revolution)
    Provided by Perry Streeter ( www.perry.streeter.com )
    Died 09 Dec 1803  Salem, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Francis served in the American Revolution from January 1776 apparently
      until 31Dec1780, having attained the rank of Sergeant. He first
      enlisted in Capt. Hale's Company as a Private, in the State Regt. at
      Boston under Col. Eratus Wolcott from Jan. to March 1776. Francis
      joined Lt David Smith Co. at Peekskill,NY on 13 Apr 1777 and there
      served under the command of Gen. Eratus Wolcott as part of the 1st
      Connectcut Brigade and served until the 19th of May 1777. His time
      between his enlistments from 1776 to 1778 is not completely documented
      in Connecticut records. It is stated that he joined Smith's Company
      at Peekskill, therefore he must have been there prior, although the
      last record of his enlisted ended March 1776. Secondly, after May
      1777 there is no record of Francis in service until he is in the rolls
      as a Sergeant in Capt Wrights Co. in Col Enos' Regiment, on the
      Hudson, stationed at West Point. From there, Sgt. Franics Nicholson
      enlists in Capt Walker's Company on 21 July 1778 under the command of
      Col Samuel B. Webb. During the summer of 1778, Webb's Regiment is
      attached to Varnum's Brigade and marched to Rhode Island, engaging in
      the battle there of 29 Aug 1778, known as the Battle of Rhode Island,
      at Newport. Webb's Regt. was "commended for its conduct," in the
      battle. They remained in Rhode Island until the fall of the
      following year, when they were sent to the winter quarters in
      Morristown,NJ and assigned to Stark's Brigade. They were present at
      the Battle of Springfield,NJ, which took place in June of 1780 and
      assigned by Gen Greene, to reinforce Lee's Dragoons, during the
      battle. A few months later the Regiment, with Sgt Nicholson, returned
      to New York and served with the main army on the Hudson until 31
      December 1780 when it was reorganized for the next formation. Col.
      Samuel B. Webb's Regt. was transferred to the Connecticut Line and
      designated the 3rd Connecticut. Sgt Nicholson was with this Regiment
      until the close of the war as stated in his application for invalid
      pension, dated 1792. According to this document he first became
      disabled in 1781, suffering from "weakness and debility, occasioned by
      smallpox, and excessive fatigue and hardships." Although he
      apparently continued his service in the 3rd Connecticut as noted in
      his widows pension record dated 1837, his oldest son Edmund, recalls
      "...that he has ever since his recollection heard his parents relate
      the fact that when an infant his father being home on a furlough, took
      his mother the said Rachel Nicholson to see the French Army then
      encamped at Hartford..." (Edmund was born February 1782).
      Papers pertaining to Francis' Revolutionary War service record
      were featured on the PBS television series, Ancestors, in 1997.
      Also on PBS, in the television series, The Woodwright's Shop, the
      woodworking tools of Francis Nicholson of Glastonbury, Connecticut
      were featured; he was characterized as a master plane-maker.
      Unfortunately, the compiler(Perry Streeter) has had little cooperation
      to date from PBS in learning more about the ultimate sources of this
      information.
    Person ID I198  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 30 Oct 2011 

    Father Ambrose Nicholson,   b. 15 Apr 1733, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1807, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Margaret Hills,   b. Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 13 Jun 1756  Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F501  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rachel Loveland,   b. 06 Aug 1762, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Feb 1843, Salem, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 07 Feb 1781  Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edmond Nicholson,   b. 01 Feb 1782, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Sep 1860  (Age 78 years)
    +2. Jonathan Loveland Nicholson,   b. 14 Oct 1783, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1869, Hornellsville, Steuben Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Mynis Nicholson,   b. 01 Sep 1785, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Polly Nicholson,   b. 22 Jul 1787, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Cleora Nicholson,   b. 13 Aug 1789, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Fandina Nicholson,   b. 27 Aug 1791, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Kezia Nicholson,   b. 09 Nov 1793, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1794, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Zenas Nicholson,   b. 21 Nov 1795, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Kezia Nicholson,   b. 17 Feb 1799, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1802, Canaan, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     10. Ambrose Nicholson,   b. 19 Feb 1802, Canaan, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Apr 1758 - Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - American Revolution Col. Samuel B. Webb\'s Regt. Battle of Rhode Island - 1778 Battle of Springfield,NJ - 1780 Army of the Hudson - Dec 1780 - Jan 1776 - 31 Dec 1780 - Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 07 Feb 1781 - Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 09 Dec 1803 - Salem, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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