James Duke Nuckolls

To highlight the life of Thomas and Ann Nuckolls's oldest son, James Duke, we begin with his first marriage on February 13, 1809 to Frances S. Thomasson. She was the daughter of John, Sr. and Frances Cooke Thomasson,(4)It is not known where James Duke and Frances lived from 1809 until they took up residence on the 249 acres his father purchased of Frederick Harris, Jr. Records indicate James's first wife had died by the time Thomas actually conveyed the land on Little River to his son, James Duke. Frances Thomasson Nuckolls was the mother of three known children: Elizabeth D. who married February 23, 1842, John J. Watkins, son of James and Mary Watkins; John B. who married July 8, 1833, Mary -Ann Rennolds, daughter of Reuben and Elizabeth Taliferro Rennolds; Martha Ann who married October 24, 1831, Edmund Nuckolls. (5) James Duke Nuckolls married secondly, March 28, 1821, Martha (Patsy)Bullock, daughter of David Bullock and Jane Terry.(6) The 1850 Census show James and Patsy to be 64 years of age with two small children living in their household; George 7 years old and Samuel 4. These two young children were probably siblings of their daughter, Martha Ann Nuckolls, and her deceased husband, Edmund Nuckolls. In June 1837, James Duke Nuckolls and his wife, Martha, sold their home and farm near Fredericks Hall to Robert S. Cosby, "....... land on which he presently resided" for $2,125.50.(7), James Duke then purchased and moved to the Yanceyville Mill property. The land tax shows that new buildings were added to the 249-acre parcel Cosby purchased of James Duke Nuckolls. Considering the addition of "new buildings", several questions arise to which there seems to be no conclusive answer. Could the one standing chimney adjacent to the present house have been the original house? Did Robert Cosby build the present house and the older one became his slave quarters? The land tax shows no change from James Duke Nuckolls's ownership to that of Robert S.Cosby's even though new buildings were added.


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