Facts and Events
Nicholas Null was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 797.--20th August, 1750. William Burk to Nicholas Null of Co. Lancaster, Peaked Mountain, Boon's Run, 400 acres. Teste: Wm. Williams, John McGuiness, Jacob Nichols.
- Page 308.--16th June, 1752. Jacob Miller, Jr., to Nicholas Null, 400 acres on S. R. Shanando. Between Peaked Mountain and South River; Boon's Run.
- Page 421.--2d July, 1752. Same (Christophel Francisco by Stophel Francisco, his son and attorney) to Nicholas Nutt (Futt), Null?, 415 acres. Same (Part of Jacob Stover's 5000 acres, on Shanandore; corner Nicholas Trout's line, on Cub Run; Morris Pound's line; corner Patrick Wilson; Val. Pence's line; the 3,100-acre lines. These Francisco conveyances are part of Stover's 5,000-acre trac); corner Wm. Peirce and Henry Dooley.
Land Grant Surveys in Virginia:
- Land Grant Survey; Page 3 - Nicholas Null, 220 acres, Lick Run and Boones Run. May 5, 1762. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 2].
- Land Grant Survey: Page 44 - Nicholas Null, 100 acres, South Branch of Naked Creek. Adjoining [George] Carpenter. February 6, 1766. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 17].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 113.--28th January, 1751. Nicholas Null of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, to Jacob Miller, Jr., 400 acres, on So. River Shanandoe, Peaked Mountain, Boon's Run. Teste: Jacob Nicholas, Valintine Pence, Henry Dooley.
- Page 230.--14th May, 1754. Nicholas Null and Margaret, his wife to John Craig, 415 acres on Cub Run, a branch of Shanando, part of Stover's large tract of 5,000 acres, cor. William Pierce and Henry Dooley; line of Nicholas Null's land; line of Stover's 5,000 acre tract.
- Page 193.--21st November, 1759. Nicholas Null and Margaret to Henry Tack £__, 225 acres on Boones Creek, near Shenandore River, part of 400 patented to Nicholas, 1739. Delivered to Henry, November, 1766.
- Page 195.--21st November, 1759. Nicholas Null and Margaret to Chas. Foy £__, 84 acres, part of 400 surveyed for Nicholas on Boon's Run, a branch of main River Shanandore; corner Henry Tack. Signed Nich ( ) Null, Margret ( ) Null. Delivered: Charles, November, 1766.
- Page 344.--16th August, 1768. George ( ) Null and Barbara to Jacob Hamor (or Hammer), £30, 90 acres on Boon's Run, a branch of Shanandore River, patented to Nicholas Null, 15th August, 1764, and descended to George as eldest son and heir; corner Tack's land, Charles Foy's line. Teste: Daniel Smith, Thomas ( ) Burk, Jacob Nicholas, Robert Shanklin (Certified by A. McClenachan, C. A. C., for John Madison, late C. A. C. This is the first, 23d March, 1769). Delivered: Henry Hammer, 30th June, 1792.
- Page 276.--11th March, 1769. George ( ) Null, heir-at-law. Margaret ( ) Null, relict of Nicholas Null. Barbara ( ), wife of George, to Henry Armentrout. £100, 243 acres on Boon's Run, 188 acres being part of 250 acres patented to Nicholas. 25th September, 1762; the other 55 acres being part of 220 acres patented to Nicholas, 15th August, 1764, Hammer's line; Charles Ties (Teas) land; Young's corner. Teste: John Seller. Delivered: Peter Conrod, 25th April, 1784.
- Page 259.--18th May, 1770. George ( ) Null and Barbara ( ) to Conrod Young, part of three tracts belonging to Nicholas Null, deceased, and now by descent vested in said George, corner Charles Foy. Teste: Calem Price. Delivered: Mr. Young, 28th May, 1785.
- Page 61.--18th November, 1767. Daniel Smith's bond (with John Malcom, Benj. Logan) as administrator of Nicholas Null.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 18, 1767. - (347) Danl. Smith, greatest creditor, qualifies administrator of Nicholas Null. Jacob Nicholas, John Coats and Augustine Price, appraisers of Nicholas Null.
- Page 61.--Mr. Smith, Sir: Whereas I am incapable at present of administering on my ded husband estate and my son also and I am informed you are the bigest creditor we desire that you would administer for your own and our good the sooner the better for we cannot at present so therefore we leave it to the mercy of you and the Court so no more at present from your friends. November 16th, to Daniel Smith. George Null, Margaret Null. (Note: this immediately precedes the record above, and was written by Margaret Pence, wife of Nicholas Null and their son George Null).
- Page 99.--3d December, 1767. Nicholas Null's estate appraised, by Jacob Nicholas, John Couts, Archd. Huston.
- Page 293.--16th March, 1770. Nicholas Null's estate sold at vendue--To Abram Wright, Augustine Price, Henry Null, Honekil Hoofman, Paushton Ostler, Gill Price, Ponshton Hostler, John Ferrel (Terril), Hauverstine Price, Patrick Dickson, George Null, William McBush, Peter Brinninger, Windle Weaver, Francis Kirtley, Wm. Munger, Alvenious Bowyer, Samuel Muncey, Peter Bunginger, Thos. Birk, Philip Williams, Henry Bingaman. Cash from Charles Fry, John Couch. By Windle Sivers' bond, from Archibald Hughston. By Charles Rush's note, Nicholas Shirley.
Processioning List of 1767/68
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 446.--1767-68: Processioned by John Coutts and John Miller, viz: For John Miller, for John Fudge, for John Munge (Conrad Fudge present), for Geo. Hufman, for Geo. Gunrod, for Henry Dick, for Peter Brunemer, for Henry Lung, for Francis Kirtley, for Christopher Cisling, for Boston Nester, for Jerod Peterfish, for Stephen Hanceberry, for John Sellers, for Jacob Runkle, for Nicholas Null, for Charles Fie, for Daniel Link, for Daniel Price, for David McComis, for John Burk, for Mathias Cersh, for Jacob Hammer
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 294.--17th August, 1749. James Wood, Gent of Frederick, to William Burk, 4000 acres. Patented to James, 22nd September, 1739. On South River, near peaked Mountain, Boon's Run. Delivered: Nicholas Null, 25th May, 1753. Teste: Isaac Perkins, John Neill, James Porteus, Valentine Sevier.
- Vol. 2 - 1750, September 5th--William Burke, 400, joining a 400-tract he bought from Colonel Wood, and Neal's land. July 14th, 1752, Nicholas Null, on above entry, laid two rights; he now lives on it.
- Page 499.--15th August, 1752. Henry Purkey and Margaret to Abraham Eastes, of Caroline County, 110 acres on South River, Shanando; corner George Boon; corner James Barton. Teste: Nicholas Trout, Nicholas (X) Null.
- Page 43.--5th January, 1754. William Burk's will--Sons, John and William, tract purchased of John and Lewis Neal; son, Thomas, tract purchased of George Hayl, and entry adjoining called Long Meadow, 400 acres; daughter, Catherine Burk, alias McCommus; daughter, Judea Burk (infant), tract at mouth of Naked Creek. Judea is to be under care of Mrs Matteson. Thomas is to be under care of Mr. John Matteson. Testator's (?) Thomas' (?) interest in estate of David McCommus. Son William to learn trade of blacksmith. Sister Bridget Burk, living out of this Colony. Executors, John Matterson and Gabriel Jones. Teste: Nicholas Null, Thos. Smith, Daniel Remy. Proved, 16th May, 1754, by all witnesses.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1755. - Jacob Miller vs. Jacob Thomas.--Miller bought land in December, 1740 (prob. s/b. 1750), from Nicholas Null, who had bought from Jacob Thomas, who died January, 1752, leaving his only daughter Elizabeth, an infant, his heir-at-law. Samuel Patton vs. Nathan McClure.--Bond dated 1753.
- Page 207.--16th November. 1757. Elizabeth Couts' (late widow of Jno. Harmantrout) bond as administratrix of John Hannantrout, with sureties Henry Perkey, Nicholas Null.
- Page 358.--8th February, 1759. Vendue of John Wingord's (Vinegard) estate--To Henry Colar, Christopher Kishlinger, Christopher Wingord, Ludwick Francisco, Augustine Price, Tetrach Couch, Conrad Bloze, Frederick Ermantrout, Jacob Nicholas, Margt. Wilmouth, Brice Russell, Alvenus Byar, Jacob Parsinger, Charles Man, Nicholas Millberry, Jno. Craig, Danl. Price, Jno. Fuge, Jacob Man, Henry Perkey, Nicholas Null, Jas. Laird, Charles Ty (Fy?), Paslin Hover, Valentine Cough, Valentine Cook, Valentine Pence, Robt. Scott, Jacob Man, Stephen Conrad, Christian Tetrach, Valentine Butcher, Peter Herman, Wm. Beard, John Couch.
- Page 515.--17th February, 1761. Elizabeth Thomas, infant, only daughter and heir-at-law of Jacob Thomas, deceased, by John Madison, her guardian, to Jacob Miller, Jr. Whereas Jacob, in 1751, purchased of Nicholas Null 185 acres on Cub Run on Shanandoe River for £25 sometime prior being purchased by Null from Jacob Thomas and it was agreed that Jacob Thomas should convey to Jacob Miller, but Thomas died intestate, leaving Elizabeth, only child and heir; chancery suit brought, and on May, 1755, decree for conveyance by Elizabeth, 185 acres, part of Francisco's 3000 acres, and whereon said Miller now lives. Delivered: Jacob Miller, May, 1769.
- Page 107.--13th October, 1761. Henry Perkey's (German) will, farmer Wife, Margaret; eldest son, Jacob, tract purchased of Mary Pond, 360 acres on the tract purchased of John Wilson if other is lost; daughters, Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth; daughter, Elizabeth, 135 acres on Lick Run joining Nicholas Null; daughter, Ann, a tract on Shanando joining Elizabeth; sons, John and Henry. Executor, wife Margaret. Dated at end 2d November, 1761. Teste: Robt. Hook, James Bruester, Patrick Wilson. Proved, 17th February. 1761 (should be 1762), by the witnesses. Margaret qualified, with James Waite, James McClure. Margaret's mark ( ).
- Land Grant Survey; Page 3 - George Null, 64 acres, Lick Run. Adjoining Perkey, Nickolus Null, Ann Perkey. May 5, 1762. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 2].
- Page 146.--16th October, 1762. Same (John Bingeman and Elizabeth ( ) of Broomfield in Culpeper Co.) to Thomas Stanton, £61, 460 acres by patent to John, 20th June, 1753, on Woods River at Poplar Camp. Teste: Nicholas ( ) Null, Thomas Stanton, Jr.; Richard Stanton, Jno. Hume. Delivered: Thomas Madison, 1770.
- Page 452.--19th August, 1766. Mary Owler's bond (with Nichs. Null, Calem Price) as administrator of Wm. Owler.
- Page 501.--18th March, 1767, recorded. Valentine Pence's estate to Peter Miller, executor--Paid Henry Long, who married one of Valentine's daughters, her legacy; paid Jacob and Adam Pence, their legacies; paid Jacob Nicholas as exla of Mathew Sharpe. Received from Conrad Peterfish, Jno. Counts, Christian Teter, Jacob Moyer, Christopher Reisling, Nicholas Null.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 23, 1767. - (378) Nicholas Noll vs. John Craig.--Plaintiff's death abates suit.
- Vol. 1 - OCTOBER, 1769 (B). - Nicholas Null vs. John Craig.--Chancery. Bill filed, 1767. Revived, 1768, November. Nicholas Null, orator. Revived by George Null, eldest son and heir. Nicholas Null, late of Pennsylvania, but now of this Colony, came to Virginia, 1750. Applied to William Burk for a piece of land which Burk had bought of James Wood of Frederick. John Craig had a claim on the land. Null was a German. Valentine Pence was brother-in-law of Nicholas Null.
- Vol. 1 - OCTOBER 21, 1769. - (59) George Null, eldest son and heir of Nicholas Null, vs. John Craig. Decree in chancery for plaintiff for 400 acres.
- Page 410.--26th October, 1769. John Craig and Sarah ( ) to George Null, eldest son and heir of Nicholas Null, deceased, £15, 400 acres on Shanandore between river and Peaked Mountain patented to said John Craige, 16th May, 1765, Boone's Run; this tract was formerly patented to James Wood, but was forfeited for non-payment of quit rents and cultivation.
Information on Nicholas Null
From "Historical papers and addresses of the Lancaster County", Vol. 25, pg. 152:
- The bond of Philip Charles Carson shows that he lived in the Township Tulpehocketn, Lancaster County Pa., on May 6, 1742, when he executed his bond to Nicholas Doack, of the same place, who assigned it to Nicholas Null, who removed from Lancaster County, Pa., to Augusta County, Va., in 1750, and settled on the Shenandoah River in what is now Rockingham County, Virginia. See Null vs. Carson and Null vs. Craig. Court Papers 418.