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Rev. William NICHOLS

Male 1815 - 1900  (~ 85 years)


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  • Name William NICHOLS 
    Title Rev. 
    Born Apr 1815  Franklin County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jul 1900  Hancock County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Donna Haroldsen .

      (2) A household headed by William NICHOLS is listed in the 1860 census of Richland Township, Rush County, IN. [Note by compiler: The quality of the microfilm image of the census page is poor, and the compiler is not certain that he has read it correctly.]

      William is listed in the 1860 census as a farmer who was then 44 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1816. According to the 1860 census, he was born in IN.

      Listed with William is his wife, Sarah, who was then 44 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1816. According to the 1860 census, she was born in VA.

      Also listed with William is his son, Harrison, who was then 20 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1840. According to the 1860 census, he was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his daughter, Harriett, who was then 16 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1844. According to the 1860 census, she was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his son, Stewart, who was then 14 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1846. According to the 1860 census, he was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his son, Henry, who was then 12 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1848. According to the 1860 census, he was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his son, Charles, who was then 10 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1850. According to the 1860 census, he was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his son, George, who was then 7years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1853. According to the 1860 census, he was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his daughter, Sophrona, who was then 5 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1855. According to the 1860 census, she was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his son, Smith, who was then 8 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1852. According to the 1860 census, he was born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his daughter, Lo??za Nichols, who was then 8 months old; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1859. According to the 1860 census, she was born in IN.

      (3) Richman, George J., History of Hancock County, Indiana, Greenfield, IN: Wm. Mitchell Printing Co., 1916, pp. 142-143:

      [Note by compiler: Set forth below is the text of a speech was given by Rev. William Nichols of New Palestine, IN at a meeting of old settlers of Hancock County, IN.]

      "Ladies and Gentlemen: At old settlers' meetings it is fitting and proper to call up the past and. rehearse memories and events past and gone. I was born in territorial government, long before it became the state of Indiana. My birthplace is in the Whitewater valley, near Metamora. As minister I have lived in three or four counties and traveled over all the middle and eastern part of the state. I could go back in the history of our country and relate the many trials of the past and the building up of the present. I have seen grand movements arise from a wilderness and poverty. We all began there. I see many here today who can recall to memory all this. You can tell incidents startling and true! So can I, but I will content myself by relating a little incident, which, although harmless, impressed me deeply; many have probably experienced similar ones. When four years old, I was terribly afraid of Indians. A large party of them came to father's house to trade. On seeing them, my fear was so great that I slipped away and concealed myself in a hollow stump. As I crawled into the hollow, a grand-looking old fellow espied me and, knowing my design, he came after me; taking me up, he carried me to the front, by the side of all the Indians. I thought I was gone. He meant no harm and wished only to scare me.

      "We have all felt hardships; have seen enterprises of the republic start from the bottom, yes, from the forest. Look over the history of the world; of every republic that has been established yet, will any compare with ours? Being free, the old settlers went to work with energy; into the wilderness they penetrated; cleared the way for progress and a good republic.

      "Young people of today know little of the trials we endured to secure an education. A log hut, windows made by cutting out a log and pasting oiled paper over the hole, was our school house. There we learned to read, write, spell and cipher, and from such places the best men and statesmen of America have risen. Presidents and other high officers there began their upward career.

      "I see many old ladies present. No one deserves to be reverenced more. They have heard the prowling of the wolf and savage and never faltered. Many a mother and sister present can remember when clothing made of deer skin was the best. Well do I remember what pleasure it gave me to don my first pair of pantaloons made of. deer skin. My first coat was of deer skin and, had it not been for the moths and I had I known we would ever thus meet, I could have kept it and worn it today. Thanking you, I will give way to others."

      (4) Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920 [database online], Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004:

      Name: William Nichols
      Date: Jul 27, 1900
      Location: Sugarcreek Township
      Age: 85 yr
      Gender: Male
      Race: W
      Source location: Hancock County Department of Health
      Source notes: The source of this record is the book RH-7 on page 9 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.
    Person ID I13554  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 

    Family Sarah COOK,   b. Sep 1815, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1905, Wayne County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1835  Rush County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850 <http://199.8.200.229/db/marriages_search.asp>:

      Last Name: NICHOLS
      First Name: WILLIAM
      Spouse: Last Name: COOK
      Spouse: First Name: SARAH
      County: Rush
      Date: 9-17-1835
    Children 
     1. Harrison NICHOLS,   b. 1 Nov 1839, Rush County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 7 Apr 1930  (Age > 91 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F6116  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart