Thomas Nuzum 1706-1791


Birth: Sep. 29, 1706
County Wexford, Ireland
Death: 1791[1]
Chester, Delaware County,
Pennsylvania, USA

Huguenot Cross

Huguenot Cross[3]

THOMAS NUZUM was born at Co. Wexford, Ireland 29 September 1706; died at Nether Providence, Chester, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania before 28 July 1791 when his will was proved; buried at Sandy Bank Cemetery, Berwyn, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania [Charles E. Haggerty, The Nuzum Family History Revised, David G. Nuzum, Publisher, Keyser, West Virginia, p. 1-2, 1983][2].

Thomas married in Ireland, before 1734, Elizabeth ____; Elizabeth died circa 1775.

Thomas leased his farm near Dublin in 1752 to a gardener for sixty guineas annually for three generations, as it was illegal at that time to sell real estate in Great Britain, and came to America with his wife and only child Richard. They settled at Nether Providence, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania, amongst Quakers, near the families of the Worralls, Kirks, and Taylors, all of which marry into the Nuzum family. Here Thomas engaged in farming, probably selling his produce in Chester and Philadelphia [Charles E. Haggerty, The Nuzum Family History Revised, David G. Nuzum, Publisher, Keyser, West Virginia, p. 1-2, 1983][2].

Thomas Nuzum served in the Revolutionary War.

Thomas Nuzum served in the Revolutionary War[6].

From “Joseph Dickinson and Family” pg. 114-116: Thomas Nuzum and family settled in Nether Providence, Delaware County, PA. and in the year 1752 took out his naturalization papers (?) the same being in possession of Mrs. Mary Kauffman of Berwyn, Pa. (1921). There lived on an adjoining farm John Worall and his wife, Hannah (Taylor[4]). They had three daughters who became part of the history of the Nuzum family, taken up in their proper places. Also, John Kirk lived nearby.

Thomas and his son Richard witnessed a will in Delaware Co. Pennsylvania in 1764. BRIGGS, RICHARD. Upper Providence. Cordtwiner. November 4, 1762. February 13, 1764. To wife Mary and son Thomas Briggs all real estate during her life and at her death to Thomas, paying to son John £10. Also to Richard, Agabus, Elizabeth and William Briggs and my daughter Mary Briggs £10 each as they arrive to the age of 21. Executors: Wife and son Thomas. Witnesses: Thomas Nuzum, John Moore, Richard Nuzum. [Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834].

Even though Thomas NUZUM settled in the midst of Quakers he was not a member of that society.

Thomas’s will, dated 7 April 1789 at Nether Providence, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, was proven 28 July 1791. The will mentions son Richard, grandson Thomas, and James KERR, weaver [Will Book A, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, page 63].

With an Awfull Reverence to the Almighty Being, I, Thomas Nuzum, of the township of Nether Providence, and County of Chester, being weak in Body but of Sound and well disposing mind and memory-Blessed be God for the Same, and all other of His mercies and favors, Considering the Certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time thereof. As for Settleing such temporall estate as the Lord in His mercy hath been pleased to Bless me with-Make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following:Imprimis-My will and mind is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and Satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as may be after my decease.

Item-I give and bequeath to my son Richard Nuzum and to his heirs and Assigns the plantation which I now live on with my personal estate excepting such things that are hereinafter excepted. First, I except the Stone House-the Smith shop and coal house-the Dutch fan in the Barn-the coals and shop tools and all the unwrought iron-the wagon and all my gears-a pair of a Chest of drawers-my Coat with the Silver buttons-a plow and Harrow-my Silver spoons two horses, two cows-the Brass Kettle and large Iron Pott-half the Pewter-the Bed Bedding and bedsteads which I commonly lay upon myself-also half the sheep-a Diaper Table Cloth-three of the Best Chairs-all of which I except these Articles and do give the above excepted Articles to my Grandson Thomas Nuzum and to his heirs and Assigns forever.

Item-I give and bequeath also to my grandson Thomas Nuzum his heirs and Assigns forever, fifty acres of Land which I bought of Andrew Johnson, be the same more or less.

Item-My will is that James Kerr, weaver, shall have the weavers Shop as long as he pleases to work in or occupy the same-and he the said James Kerr to have free ingress & regress to and from the same without any hindrance or molestation.

And I do hereby make and Constitute my grandson Thomas Nuzum my whole and Sole executor of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other will or wills made by me and declaring this to be my last will and testament-In witness whereof I the said Thomas Nuzum have hereunto set my hand and seal in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and eighty nine 1789.

Thomas Nuzum Memorial, Nuzum Cemetery, Colfax, WV

Thomas Nuzum Memorial, Nuzum Cemetery, Colfax, WV

Thomas Nuzum, (Seal) Signed sealed and published and declared by the said Thomas Nuzum the testator as & for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto in the presence and at the request of the testator.

William Walton
Isaac Taylor
Jacob Dingee

April the seventh in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred eighty nine 1789.

This day viz. 29th day of July Anno Dom. 1791 came before me William Walton and Isaac Taylor two of the witnesses to the foregoing will, who being severally sworn and affirmed did declare & say they were present at and saw the same will Executed and Signed Sealed and published & that to the best of their understanding and belief he was at the time of Sound & disposing mind and memory.

Wm. R. Atlee-Regr.

I do hereby certify that the within is a true copy of Thomas Nuzums will taken from the Compared with the original filed in the Registers office. Witness my hand and seal of office.

Jas. Barnard, Reg.

Borough of Media Historic Site. Part of an original land grant from William Penn to William Taylor in 1682. Donated in July 1690 by Thomas Powell to the Thomas Minshall Friends Meeting for use as “A Burying Place”. The oldest graves are marked by rough field stones and date from 1704. Buried here are various members of the Taylor family whose descendant, Zachary Taylor, became the 13th President of the United States in 1849. Media Borough Council, 1977.

Family links:
Elizabeth Nuzum (1710 – 1775)*
Richard Nuzum (1734 – 1822)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial: Sandy Bank Burial Ground
Media Delaware County Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Tom Brocher
Record added: Dec 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82469708

More Info:

Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War Veteran

1. Geni– Thomas Nuzum
Birthdate: September 29, 1706
Birthplace: Dublin, Wexford, Ireland
Death: Died July 28, 1791 in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

2. Haggerty, Charles E., The Nuzum Family History, Revised, David G. Nuzum, Publisher, Keyser, West Virginia,

3. Huguenot Cross wiki. Nuzums were Huguenots, originally from France, who emigrated to Ireland about 1660.

 This is a small cemetery, but most of the graves are marked by only rough field stones, the others with very eroded limestone markers. Only a handful are barely readable.

This is a small cemetery, but most of the graves are marked by only rough field stones, the others with very eroded limestone markers. Only a handful are barely readable.

4. This is probably the same Taylor family as Zachary Taylor, the 13th POTUS. See footnote on Sandy Bank Burial Ground, above.

5. My blog post on Nuzum Family history details some of the Huguenot history.

6. DAR Record– Thomas Nuzum
NUZUM, THOMAS Ancestor #: A085296
Birth: 9-29-1706 CO WEXFORD IRELAND
Service Description: 1) OVERSEER OF POOR, 1777.

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