J.F. Nicewander Farm

Location: Three miles southwest of Maurertown, Virginia, on Route 654.

Built: circa 1788


Probated 29 Jan 1789: Henry Miller bequeathed to his son, Mark Miller, the upper part of his plantation, it being the part whereon the dwelling and barn stands. Will made November 19, 1788. Will Book B, page 538

3 Oct 1817: Henry Hockman and Henry Artz, Sr., executor of the last will of Mark Miller, deceased, sold to Jacob Huddle 216 acres for 1810 pounds. Deed Book X, page 508

26 Mar 1845: Barbara Huddle, widow and relict of Jacob Huddle, deceased, Abraham Hockman and Catherine, his wife, Abraham Crabill and Rebecca, his wife, Abraham Strackler and Ann, his wife, and Christian Farrer and Sarah, his wife, heirs at law of Jacob Huddle, deceased, sold to Amos Crabill. Deed Book VV, page 56

1 Jan 1855: Amos Crabill and Barbara A., his wife, sold to Ellis Bowman. Deed Book 2, page 344

6 Sep 1859: Moses Walton, trustee for Ellis Bauserman and wife, and Abraham Strickler and Jacob Copp, sold to George Shaver. Deed Book 6, page 8

30 Apr 1880: George Shaver, Sr., and Mary, his wife, and George H. Shaver, Jr. and Sarah, his wife, sold to Samuel A. Shaver. Deed Book 20, page 40

14 Apr 1893: Samuel A. Shaver and wife sold to D.L. Shaver, George F. Shaver and S.J. Shaver, jointly, the Marsh Farm. Deed Book 41, page 186

19 Nov 1907: D.L. Shaver and Mary E. Shaver, his wife, sold to J.F. Nicewander and S.C., his wife, 140 acres of land for $5500. Deed Book 68, page 267

11 Sep 1934: J.F. Nicewander and S.C., his wife, sold to Chester C. Epard and Lydia, his wife for $3200. Deed Book 114, page 480

Physical Description

This L-shaped frame house with metal gabled roof has three brick inside chimneys. There are sixteen windows with twelve 10x12 panes and no shutters. There are two porches with small turned posts and two front doors with two vertical panels each.

There are eight large rooms with ceiling heights of nine feet. There are two boxed or concealed stairways and a cellar with a hard packed ground floor under the entire house. All doors are of pine wood and have two vertical panels with common hinges and outside iron locks. The walls are plastered and papered and the floors are of approximately six inch boards.

Historical Significance

Marck Miller was listed in the census of 1785 as head of a family of six. This list was made up by Michael Speagle.

Jacob Hottel, Jr., (Huddle) was born two and one half miles southeast of Maurertown, in 1766; he died prior to March 12, 1845.

During the Revolutionary War, he was subject to draft into the service of the colonies, but being a Mennonite with conscientious objections to military service, he endeavored to escape or elude conscription by hiding in the mountains east of his home. By this means he escaped military service during the Revolution. Warfare was strictly forbidden in the doctrines and customs of his church.

The Marsh Farm adjoins the home place he bought from the Marck Miller heirs for 1810 pounds. The house built by Mark (Marck) Miller burned after the Civil War. It was built of logs. The present (1937) house was built on the original foundation, but is a frame house.

Source: Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project, 1937

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