Where in North Carolina are you?I grew up in Alamance County, NC just south of Caswell where my Edney Tapscott lived and worked. We are descendants of Henry Tapscott and his wife Ann Edney.Henry had paid for his passage from England to the New World, by apprenticing himself to learn to be a ships carpenter and joiner.
The following is from Heinnigs Book on free persons of color
9. Richard2 Nickens (Elizabeth1, Richard1), born in August 1705, was "6 years old next August" on 16 May 1711 when he was apprenticed by his mother Elizabeth Nigings of Lancaster County to Henry and Ann Tapscott in Northumberland County to be a joiner carpenter [Orders 1710-13, 21]. He was probably the Richard Nickens who was number 37 in the Muster Roll of Major William Shergold's Regiment of Currituck County, North Carolina Militia in the 1750's, in the same list as Simon Shewcraft, a witness to Edward1 Nicken's 1735 Lancaster County will [Clark, Colonial Soldiers of the South, 657-8]. He was called "Richard Nickins of Currituck County Tailor" on 26 March 1751 when he purchased 70 acres in Pasquotank County on the south side of Great Swamp near the Great Swamp Bridge on 26 March 1751 [DB B:144]. This land is located in present-day Camden County. He purchased 50 acres adjoining this land near the Great Swamp in adjoining Currituck County on 19 April 1768, another 50 acres adjoining this land a year later on 1 September 1769, and another 120 acres on 1 June 1771 [DB 2:44, 135, 318]. His 2 February 1774 Currituck County will was proved 20 June the same year. His wife Rachel and son Edward were his executors. His estate consisted of several hundred acres of land, a slave woman named "Sooke," and four guns. He left land "near the great swamp" in Pasquotank County to his daughters and his shoemaking tools to Edward. The will mentioned his children and grandchildren: Philip, Edward, Roland, and Proskate Nickens [WB 1:92-94]. "
I am just getting into researching the Edney family, and find all of this most interesting.