The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: January 30

WILLIAMSBURG, January 30, 1772.
[Marriages.] JOHN HATLEY NORTON, Esquire, to Miss SALLY NICHOLAS, eldest Daughter of Robert Carter Nicholas, Esquire, Treasurer of this Colony.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) January 30, 1772

About this entry:

John's father wrote him from London in a letter dated 29 January 1772, " I have already assured you that yo. Had my free Consent, & only desired you would not deceive the young lady by promise of residing altogether in Virg. a. wh. I cou'd not consent to . . . If . . . she shall return to England with you in a reasonable time I am perfectly satisfied & shall have equally the same regard for her as if she was my own Daughter." John Hatley and Sally made their home in Virginia. His father died in 1777.

Sources: John Norton & Sons, Merchants of Va

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