The

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Richard b.1817: The very first record of the family name NETTLES was found in Yorkshire , which is located in England. The NETTLES family traces their ancestral roots back to Anglo Saxon origin before the year 1100. From here they branched and migrated, gaining prosperity as a notable family of England and later other countries.

Robert Nettles b.1677:  ROBERT NETTLES came to Gloucester County, Virginia in the l690's or earlier. He was a member of Petsworth Episcopal Parish and he married the daughter of the rector of that parish, MARY VICARIS. Mary's father, THOMAS VICARIS, was rector of Petsworth Parish by Oct. 4, 1677 when his name first appears in the minutes of the Vestry Book.

ROBERT NETTLES was an educated man and apparently intelligent and personable, but with a certain weakness of character. He was a surveyor, a profession to be followed honorably later on by George Washington. ROBERT was a surveyor for the County of Gloucester and later was Road Commissioner. However, he took to hard drinking and the records show that he was dismissed as County Surveyor. On Oct. 2, 1700, Robert was elected as Road Commissioner and on Oct. 4, 1704 he was dismissed for his heavy drinking and being drunk on the job.  ROBERT continued to live in the Parish and in adjoining counties, where he was a surveyor. He died around 1725, leaving his widow, MARY NETTLES, with seven children and very little money. Due to Mary's straightened circumstances, the Parish had to bind out her youngest children. All of the children under the age of 14 were bound out.

Apparently this "bondage" was more in the form of an apprenticeship, and not a lifetime bondage, for we find that all of the children kept their own family name and when they were grown they married and became farmers in their own right. It is likely that all of the families which took the children were members of Petsworth Parish at that time, but as they moved away from Gloucester County they took the Nettles children with them. This had the effect of scattering the Nettles family throughout the South.

These are the seven children of ROBERT AND MARY NETTLES

Shadrach Nettles:

Wayne Co. Tennessee 1820 census shows the following Nettles living there:

James Nettles: page 326-A (would have been 30 in 1820)
2 white males over 0 years but under 10 years of age
1 white male 26 years old and older, but under 45 years of age
2 white females 0 years old and older, but under 10 years of age
1 white female 16 years old and older, but under 26 years of age

William Nettles: page 327-A (would have been 38 in 1820)
1 white male over 0 years but under 10 years of age
1 white male 26 years old and older, but under 45 years of age
1 white female 0 years old and older, but under 10 years of age
1 white female 16 years old and older, but under 26 years of age

Shadrach Nettles: page 328-A (b. 1803 would have been 17-18 in 1820)
1 white male 18 years old and older, but under 26 years of age
1 white female 0 years old and older, but under 10 years of age
1 white female 16 years old and older, but under 26 years of age

Jesse Nettles: page 329-B (would have been 35 in 1820)
3 white males over 0 years but under 10 years of age
1 white male 26 years old and older, but under 45 years of age
2 white females 0 years old and older, but under 10 years of age
1 white female 26 years old and older, but under 45 years of age

Shadrach Nettles: page 329-B (would have been 65 in 1820)
1 white males 45 years old and older
1 white female 16 years old and older, but under 26 years of age
1 white female 45 years old and older

Shadrach L. Nettles:

In the census of 1880 for Ripley Co. Missouri it shows Shadrach L. at the age of 77 living with James Johnson & Sarah (Nettles) Johnson.  He is also shown on the 1850 census in Oregon County, Missouri.

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