This is a very complicated family, because there is a good bit of misinformation about them due to "family scandals".Much of the published information in Huxford's POWG is incorrect, although his unpublished notes are good.His series was a subscription series and he often published the sanitized version of events.
Nicey English was one of the 3 young women associated with Cornelius English (the younger) and my best guess would be that she is his sister, daughter of Cornelius and Jane English.There are no records supporting the existance of a Joseph and Margaret English, although that has been widely reported. The Margaret English who appears in the Tattnall records is an unmarried woman, not a widow.
Cornelius English the younger was born abt 1762, most likely to Cornelius English Sr and his wife Jane.They arrived in Georgia from the Drowning Creek area of NC/SC. There may have been older English family members in the group, but it is also poossible they were sons of Cornelius and Jane.
Cornelius Sr died before 1805, as Jane English and her 4 orphans appear on the 1805 lottery list of eligible drawers.Cornelius the younger was an adult, so would not be one of the orphans, but 3 younger women - Lovey, Nicey and Margritte, regularly appear in the records with Cornelius the younger.Although they have sometimes been reported to be widows of other English men, they all appear as spinsters, not widows.
Cornelius married Nancy English, reported to be the daughter of Joseph English, but more likey his widow.Nancy English filed for administration of Joseph's estate, listing his date of death as September 4, 1804.She appears on the 1805 land lottery as Nancy English and her 4 orphans.Sometime about 1805, she married Cornelius English, as both were now administering the estate of Joseph.Four children, all minors, appear in the court records as Joseph English's children - Elizabeth, Nancy, Thomas and Jane.Nicey is not listed as a child of Joseph.A family bible held by the family of Cornelius and Elizabeth's daughter, Lousia Lastinger, also list her mother's sisters as Jane who married John Darsey, and Nancy who married ? Taft.No Nicey.
Huxford reported that Joseph was Cornelius' uncle, and that Cornelius married his cousin Nancy.But it is more likely Joseph was a brother. Joseph's daughter Nancy was only 5 years old at the time of her father's death, so it is not possible Cornelius married her.Cornelius' wife Nancy died about 1812/1813 and a series of issues began, when Joseph English's daughter Elizabeth became pregnant.
Tattnall County:On 23 Nov 1812, Elizabeth English, Cornelius English and Nicey English were bound they will be responsible for the maintenance and education a child Elizabeth English is to have. On the same date, Lovey English indebted herself to the court for $500 and Cornelius English and John Buie indebted themselves for $500, to take and raise a girl child recently delivered by Lovey English.
During May term 1813, Cornelius English, yeoman, and Betsey English, spinster, were indicted for living in fornication on March 1, 1813. On May 11, 1813 both were taken into custody.(Elizabeth's child Mariah was born March 13, 1813).On May 3, 1813, Daniel Brinson of Tattnall County was named the guardian of Jane, Nancy and Thomas English, orphans of Joseph English.
This indicates Nancy was dead, as Cornelius was not also charged with adultery, and that the other 3 minors were removed from his care.Cornelius and Elizabeth were released with court costs because a jury of sufficient numbers could not be assembled.Presumably, they married, as Elizabeth is listed as his wife in his estate records.
The 3 young women stayed with the Cornelius English family for a long while.Lovey English appears in the Tattnall records as the mother of an additional illegitimate child.No marriage record has been found for her, and the children are not named; both are female.She relocated to Lowndes County with the Cornelius English family, where she is listed on the 1840 census still as Lovey English.She presumably died there.
Margaritte English was in court twice to answer charges that she had borne children out of wedlock.She also was in court frequently over other legal issues.She married John Buie and they went to Gadsden County, Florida.Presumably he was the father of her children as he posted the bond.Cornelius and Elizabeth English joined the Buies in Gadsden County about 1845.
Nicey English married John S Whitfield and they eventually relocated to Madison County, Florida.Obviously, she and John married after Nov, 1812 when Nicey appears in court with Cornelius and Elizabeth regarding the child Elizabeth is to bear.
James S English is one of the men in Washington County Ga associated with the English family.Again, my guess would a son of Corenlius and Jane English, but I have nothing to prove that.