Fayette County Genealogy Project

JAMES WITTER NICHOLSON, for whom Nicholson township was named, was born near Nicholson Gap, in Maryland. He was the second son of Commodore James and Frances (Witter) Nicholson and came to New Geneva as manager of Albert Gallatin's glass factory. He was a brother-in-law of Gallatin, married Ann Griffin, and died on his Elk Hill property near New Geneva, October 6, 1851, aged seventy-eight years. His father Commodore James Nicholson, was senior officer in the navy in 1776, and died in New York city September 2, 1804.

Nelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Fayette County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Fayette County, and the boroughs and townships of the county : also, portraits and biographies of the governors since 1790, and genealogies, family histories and biographies of representative men of the county : illustrated.
Author(s): Shepherd, Henry E.; 1844-1929. ; (Henry Elliot),
Publication: Uniontown, Pa. : S.B. Nelson,
Year: 1900

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