b.est. 1725/30 England
Facts and Events
Nicholas Elzey was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
From Ancestry Message Board:
Thomas Elsey states in his ARW pension Application papers that his family moved from Maryland "when he was a boy" to Fauquier County, VA, where they remained until 1770, at which time they relocated to Augusta County. It is from Augusta County that Thomas Elsey enlisted in the Colonial Army "as a minor (under age 21) in 1780. My GGGGrandfather also enlisted at the same time. At the end of the war, my GGGGrandfather Edwrd Elsey married a "Sally" Thompson in 1783.
The next time we find a solid record of Nicholas Elsey is in 1787 (s/b 1778) when he appears with his daughter Mary Elsey in an Augusta County Court record as a witness in a murder trial and in the court records, Nicholas Elsey is described as aged and in need of public assistance for transportation and other support during his appearance at the trial. Although I don't have direct documentation for this conclusion, I believe that this Mary Elsey is the same one who married John Lewis in Rockingham County, VA, in 1781.
The next time we see Nicholas Elsey in the public record is in 1803 in Monongahela County (formerly a part of Augusta Co.), VA, where he is one of the petitioners to the Court for maintenance work on the public road that serves his "presumed" property. I believe that his property was located on the banks of the great Cheat River at the mouth of Elsey Run, a year-round tributary to the Cheat River. Elsey Run is located about 2 miles south of Albright, WV. Source: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ELLZEY/2004-09/1095285247