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Nicholson, Jordan, and New Galilee: Milestones Special Issue

Milestones Vol 30. No. 2

James Nicholson House, New Galilee--Nicholson was a large property owner in the late 1790s and owned three slaves. He later freed the slaves and granted them property in his will. In 1840 it became the home of the freed slave, Betty Mathers, and her husband, Henry Jordan. This was the property that eventually became New Galilee. Jordan Run flows through the town.


Jordan Homestead--Original home of the three Nicholson slaves in what is now New Galilee. It was built about 1780 and was still standing in the 1920s.

(Worthy of note: A Thomas Silliman of New Galilee was a recorded "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.)