- Samuel Willard Crompton
Nicholson, James (1736–02 September 1804), naval officer, was born in Chestertown, Maryland, the son of Joseph Nicholson and Hannah Smith. Even though he came from a distinguished family, little is known of his early years except that he was educated in England. He joined the Royal Navy and was present at the British fleet’s siege of Havana in 1762 at the end of the Seven Years’ War (known in America as the French and Indian War). In 1763 he married Frances Witter, and the couple moved to New York City. They had eight children. Little is known of his activities between 1763 and 1775....