Thomas Nicholson 1520-1595 in Newcastle, England & Isabel Ward (d. 1584) m: 1549
John Nicholson & Anne Barber - m: in 1507 - daughter of: Robert Barber
John Nicholson, Sr. & Elizabeth Hayward - m: 1480 in Kinston on Hull - daughter of: William Hayward & Jean Wilcocks
Edmund Nicholson was a freeholder when Marblehead became a town on May 2, 1649. The Nicholsons were one of the original families that petitioned Salem for their own town. He was living in Marblehead as early as 1644.
Edmond came to America possibly as early as 1644. He is first recorded at Marblehead, MA in 1646 when his eldest son, Christopher, received a small bequest from the estate of George Pollard. He and Elizabeth probably came to America in company with her brother, Francis Simson. The brothers-in-law owned property together, and had various business dealings together, although Edmond Nicholson was a fisherman.
Edmond was not a Quaker although his wife, Elizabeth had certain leanings toward the religion and was brought into court at least three times. It is known that her brother, Francis Simson, was also brought into court and fined for the same reasons and finally moved to Rhode Island to escape persecution.
Edmond drowned sometime between 4 Jun, when he appeared in court, and 27 Nov when Elizabeth, his wife, and Christopher Nicholson, his son, were appointed to administer his estate which was valued at 150 pounds, with 54 pounds in debts. It was ordered that 10 pounds be paid to each of the six children when he reached 21 years of age, or married with the consent of their mother. Edmond was a fisherman and died by drowning. His wife and two sons, in a celebrated witchcraft case, were accused of causing the drowning on June 26, 1660.
His estate consisted, in part, of the following; 1 house with outhouses and land, a boat fit to go to sea and a canoe, 1 cow with hay, 1 bed with bolster, pillows, rug and blanket, 9 yards ticking, 10 sheets and pullovers, 1 piece of white kersie, wearing apparel, 2 rugs, 2 pair blankets, 1 bolster and 2 pillows, 1 chest and box, 1 fowling piece and 3 axes, 1 sword, 1 iron pot, 2 iron kettles, 3 bras kettles and 2 scilletts, pewter, earthen ware, wooden and lattin ware, 3 wheels, lome, sleies, wheel with barrell and other lumber......(detailed pg 324 Vol I, Probate Records, Essex Co MA).
The following is per Sewells "History of the Quakers": May 18, 1660
Henry Bacheller and (June 26th) the wife of Edmond Nicholson, the wife of William Vincent, Samuel Salmon, and other Friends are prosecuted. (So she was in court even before he died).
Before May 1660, pg 24:
Whereas Joseph Nicholson and Jane his wife, (Edmond's son) being two Quakers banished this jurisdiction upon pain of death, and returning some time since into this jurisdiction, were called before the Court, where manifesting their desire to go to England the Court granted liberty to the aforesaid persons for three days to depart this jurisdiction either for England or elsewhere, the said persons accordingly repairing to the ship then bound for England, but by reason of its fullness of the ships lading cound not obtain their passage.
and on their return tendering themselved to the Governor to be secured in prison until they may get passage for England, another ship being bound for England the undertakers whereof being willing to transport the said persons, the Court grants the said persons liberty to pass for England by the next opportunity, and in the interim to be secured in prison, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.
The court understanding that several inhabitants of this jurisdiction have lodged the Quakers now in prison, do order that the secretary issue out a warrant to the several persons and send the same by messenger of purpose to bring them all with speed to this court to answer to their offence therein.
Then on May 30 1660, pg 419:
Whereas Joseph Nicholson and Jane his wife, Quakers, formerly banished this jurisdiction on pain of death (and being contrary to the sentence of the court, found within the same), were apprehended and committed to prison; this court having called the said Joseph and Jane his wife before them and examined them on grounds of their not departure, do judge meet so far to declare their farther clemency as yet to give them respite on penalty of their former sentence, to depart this jurisdiction by the next fourth day, and if they or either of them after that day shall be found in any part of the same, they shall again be apprehended by any magistrate, commissioner or constable or other person and brought to the prison at Boston, where they shall be kept close prisoners and being legally convicted thereof, shall be put to death.
It is ordered that the Quakers now in prison shall there
remain until the next Court of assistance and then they shall be tried
by a jury accordingly as the law provides in that case.
Don't know what the charges exactly were against them, other than fact they were Quakers. The above mentioned book, tells of the many atrocities the Quakers were put through in this time period.