I know that I've been in touch with some of you with a recent find I witnessed in a certain book.George Wingate Chase's The History of Haverhill [a town in northeastern Massachusetts] contains a reference to a "James Nimock" in a list of heads of households in 1745.An adult male with the same first name as Richard Nimocks's brother, James, and of course, the right surname, and of the proper age to be a father to these boys in colonial Massachusetts - well the possibility that he isn't our dream figure is quite slim.
Tonight, I made a similar find.I found a "James Nimock" in 1743 in Londonderry, New Hampshire (just across the state border and not far north of Haverhill).He is listed as a witness for the will of James Adams, in 1743.This date is of course smack dab between the two brothers' births (1742 and 1744).This find is out of "Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire, Vol. 3, 1741-1749, State Papers Series, Vol. 33, The Rumford Press."
I know we've all been told that Richard and James are in fact immigrant orphans whose parents died during the voyage from the British Isles.But where did this claim originate?Family tradition?Some records I've never come across?Please email me - I'd love to discuss the possibilities.