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Nicholas Sessoms is possibly the second son of Thomas and Elizabeth Smith Sessoms, because according to Colonial tradition, the second son was named after the father of the husband.
Nicholas is first shown on the records of Chowan County, North Carolina when he buys 400 acres of land from his father-in-law, James Boon in 1718. This land adjoins James Boon and Long Branch (Chowan Co. Deed Book W, 1, p. 387, 13 October 1718); and on the same date he buys another 575 acres from Boon "at the north of Bear Swamp, joining George Winn and ye branch" (Deed Book W, 1, p. 388).
In 1718, Nicholas sells 100 acres of this land to John Mitchell, who is most likely his brother-in-law. (Deed Book B, 1, p. 615). In 1719, he sells 80 acres to John Williams, son of William Williams who married Ann Sessoms; and in the same year he sells 100 acres to James Boon. (Deed Book B, p 618 and p. 627).
(When Bertie County was formed from Chowan County in 1722, Nicholas' land, along with the other Sessoms, John Williams, John Mitchell and George Winn, fell within the new county.)
Bertie County records indicate that Nicholas and his wife Elizabeth sold 80 acres to James Page adjoining John Williams (Bertie Co., Deed Book A, p 147). In 1724, he witnessed a deed between Jacob Lewis and John Marner (Deed Book A, p. 255) and another deed between John Sweeney and Captain John Van Pelt (Deed Book O, p. 19). Bertie County records further reveal that Nicholas was granted 420 acres of land by patent dated 1 February 1725, (Deed Book F, p. 350).
So, by 1725, Nicholas was a large landowner. He was also active in county affairs. The Bertie County Court minutes from 1724 through 1739, lists Nicholas four times: Acknowledging deeds, laying off roads, and as overseer of juries.
In the Court minutes for 1740 through 1762, he is mentioned another four times to include the settlement of the estate of John Mitchell, his widow and seven orphans.
In a Court held on 9 September 1742, at the house of Ino Cullins near Red Bend, the records state that "Nicholas Sessums proved his rights to wit:
Nicholas Sessums, Elizabeth Sessums, Samuel Sizemore, Elizabeth Sessums , Ivy Rachel Sessums , Luranna Sessums Nicholas Sessums Jr., Wi1iam Sessums , Anna Sessums Sarah Sessums, Grace Sessums, white persons."
As his will shows, these are Nicholas' wife and children. (Although Samuel Sizemore was shown several times in deeds and other documents with the Sessoms, his relationship was not determined by the compiler.)
In 1744, Edgecombe County was formed from Bertie County and Nicholas was living in that part off Bertie which included the new county. There are several Edgecombe County land transactions between Nicholas and other parties from 1745 through 1753, including this one which names his wife Elizabeth and shows the location of his land: "Nicholas Sessoms and his wife Elizabeth to Samuel Sizemore of Edgecombe County, 20 February 1753, 5 pounds sterling of Great Britain, 140 acres on E. side off Coneto Swamp, Witnesses among others, William Sessoms and Nicholas Sessoms Jr.
The last name of Nicholas' wife Elizabeth has not been identified.
[Note of Kyle VanLandingham: Nicholas Sessums' wife was Elizabeth Hooker, daughter of William Hooker, Sr., of Chowan Co., NC. Elizabeth was first married to Samuel Sizemore, and had one son, Samuel, Jr. After Samuel's death, Elizabeth married Nicholas Sessums. See Hugh Buckner Johnston, "Sizemore of North Carolina and Georgia," Georgia Genealogical Magazine, pp. 140-l4l, Spring, 1981.]
Nicholas Sessoms died between the time his will was made on May 22, 1764, and when it was probated in the October, 1764 Court. This will, which names his wife Elizabeth and his children is quoted below:
"SESSUMS, Nicholas - May 28, 1764. Oct Ct., 1764. Wife: ELIZABETH SESSUMS, use of my whole estate her lifetime; son: THOMAS SESSUMS, furniture, my wearing clothes, 1/2 my still, 1/2 my orchard, horse, and mare for use on plantation; daus: ELIZABETH DUFFIELD, RACHEL PARKER, LURANA DUNN, ANN DUNN, SARAH MARLEY, 5 S each; sons: WILLIAM SESSOMS, 100 A of land joining SIZEMORE'S line in Contenea in Edgecombe Co; NICHOLAS SESSUMS, whole off my estate after my wife 's decease to take care of his younger bro. THOMAS SESSUMS during his life; 1/2 my still and orchard shall help maintain my wife. Exr: NICHOLAS SESSUMS. Wit: JOHN SKINNER, BENJAMIN FAIRCLOTH. "