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Nicholas Rochester (b. Abt. 1640, d. Abt. 1719)Nicholas Rochester was born Abt. 1640 in Kent County, England, and died Abt. 1719 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.He married Ann.
Notes for Nicholas Rochester:
"Nicholas Rochester came to Westmoreland County, Virginia about 1689. This is the first time any land transactions conducted by Nicholas are found in Virginia.He was married before coming to America and had one known son, William, who came with him." ("Rochester Family History", by G. Anne Campbell Sheriff. copyright 1995)Nicholas Rochester, the first member of the family who came to this country was born in the county of Kent, England, about the year 1640.He came to the Colony of Virginia in 1689, and on 26 Dec of that year he purchased 100 acres of land, in Westmoreland County, from John Jenkins, a planter, who, by patent from Governor Richard Bennet in 1653, had obtained 1,000 acres of land "in consideration of importing 20 persons into this colony.""Nicholas came to the Colony of Virginia in 1689, on Dec. 26th of that year purchased 100 acres of land, in Westmoreland County, from one John Jenkins." (Early History of the Rochester Family, p.5)Nicholas lived on his plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia until his death.On the 26 May 1719, he made a deed of gift of the property to his son William.At this time, being an old man, the following order was made, on 27 May, 1719: "Nicholas Rochester, an ancient person, is . . . acquitt from future payment of liens in this county."(p.6)He died soon after this date.
The land conveyed by John Jenkins to Nicholas Rochester was located in Nominy (or Nomini) Forest in the southeastern part of the county, where is now "Lyell's Store," close to the line of Richmond County, and about three miles from Warsaw, in Richmond County.The deed of the land is not recorded, but is mentioned by date, and description of land, in a settlement of disputed boundary with one John Dunkin, 2 Nov 1726. William Rochester (first), son of Nicholas Rochester, and John Rochester (first), son of William Rochester (first), afterwards purchased other lands on Machodo (or Machotock) River, adjoining the 100 acres bought from John Jenkins in 1689, until the plantation grew to about 400 acres, which descended to the children of the second John Rochester, and was sold by them, in 1798, to one John Gordon, when they migrated to Kentucky.This plantation was situated at Lyell's Store, at the intersection of two roads, and fronting on both.One road leading from Haguew, in Westmoreland county, to Warsaw, in Richmond County, and the other leading from Oldham's Cross Roads, and impinging upon the former.
"The Order Book 1690-1698, Part 3, (1694-1698),page 211a, 29 July 1696, told of Nicholas Rochester being summoned to give evidence in a suit between John Scrimgeon, Indian, and James Orchard on behalf of the Plaintiff and having attended 10 days: It was ordered that John Scrimgeon pay him 400 pds. tobacco."
The family of "Rochester" were resident in the County of Essex, England, in the year 1558, as is proved by the Herald's Visitations' of the County, when the Coat of Arms, "or a fesse between three crescents sa," was confirmed or allowed to the family."
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Record Change: February 20, 2004
Children of Nicholas Rochester and Ann are:
- +William Rochester, b. 1680, Kent County, England, d. October 30, 1750, Westmoreland County, Virginia.