An American Family History

Rebecca Beard Nicholson

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

Rebecca (Rebeckath) Beard was born about 1659 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She was the daughter of Richard Beard and Rachel Robins.

She married John Nicholson several years before 1681 when her father died and left her and her sons part of Indian Range.

Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on John and Rachel Nicholson.

In the early 1700s, her nephew, Richard Clark, terrorized Annapolis.

Children of John Nicholson and Rebecca Beard:
  • Rebecca Nicholson Ricketts
  • Elizabeth Nicholason Welsh
  • John Nicholson
  • Rachel Nicholson Cheney
  • Susanna Nicholson Hopper
  • Richard Nicholson
  • Children of Richard Beard and Rachel Robins:
  • Ruth Beard
  • Rachel Beard Stimpson Proctor Kilburn Freeborn
  • Richard Beard, Jr.
  • John Beard
  • Rebecca Beard Nicholson
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland was established in 1650.



    from Maryland Marriage Records Bac-Bot, Annie Walker Burns, p.142.
    Beard, Rebecca John Nicholls (also spelled Nichols) Dau Richard Beard Anne Arundel County 1682 (year of court record).
    Ref: Warrants B S Liber 3 folio 253;
    Liber W C No 4 folio 251 Land Office, Annapolis.


    Abstracts of Land Records Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Vol I, edited by Rosemary B. Dodd and Patricia M. Bausell, p.17.

    Deed of Gift Page: 106
    Grantors: Richard Beard, AA Co., Gent., son and sole heir of Richard Beard late of AA Co., of Annapolis City, decd.
    Grantee: Col. John Nicholson
    Date: 29 Aug 1681
    Date Recorded: 19 Mar 1705
    Consideration: love, goodwill and affection Richard Beard, decd., had for his daughter Rebecca, lately intermarried with John Nicholson and to loving sister of Richard Beard
    Signature: Richard Beard ...
    Other Pertinent Information: Rerecorded at request of Col. John Nicholson.

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