B. Nicholas

Known Name(s)

B. Nicholas


Park St. Abingdon, VA

Establishment Type(s)

Tourist Home

Physical Status


Detailed History

On the 1940 census, Bessie Nicholas is about 52 and the head of her household. She has no income, did not work in 1939, and owns the same house she owned in 1935. Her sister Nannie, 40, lives in the household and is a maid in a private home.

Bessie T. (4/29/1887 - 1/14/1967) and Nannie C. (8/19/1896 - 4/19/1991) Nicholas, granddaughters of James and Jane Nicholas, are buried in Abingdon's Nicholas Cemetery. This African-American cemetery is located on the southeast portion of Abingdon on a hill overlooking I-81 between exits 17 and 19. To access the cemetery, take Deadmore south from Main Street for half a mile, pass Nicholas Street to an unnamed lane on the left. Head east on that lane for 2/10 of a mile to a fenceline and then south to the top of the hill. The original owners of the cemetery obtained the property from Wyndham Robertson. Many thanks to Gabe Cristofari, Planner with City of Abingdon, for providing this information from “High On A Windy Hill Vol. II Cemeteries of Washington County, VA," Page 282. Found at Historical Society of Washington County, VA in Abingdon, VA.

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