In the History of Clinton County, published 1882, on page 1129, there is a bio on one of his daughters, which reads as follows:
MRS. ELEANOR NICHOLS, P. O. Clarksville, daughter of Joseph B. and Abigail Gorham, was born in Fairfield County, Conn. in 1803.When quite small, her parents moved to dutchess County, and when sixteen they came west to Oakland, Clinton County, where they bought a small tract of timber land, and erected a log cabin and commenced pioneer life.Her father died April 9, 1832 at the age of sixty-one years; her mother died February 24, 1834, age sixty-nine years.She was married in Oakland December 27, 1821 to William H. Haynes.They had two chlidren -- Mary J. and Marsha E.They removed to Wilmington, where the remained one year and then came to Clarksville and opened a grocery store, corner Main and Pike streets.Mr. Haynes died November 1, 1828, and she again married to Thornton G. Nichols, a native of Virginia, May 22, 1830.They had five children, all living -- Eliza A., Margaret E., James F., Harriet M. and Frances L.Mrs. Nichols has kept the store ever since the death of her husband, with the aid of her youngest daughter.They carry a stock of groceries, flour, feed, notions, etc., valued at $700.Mrs. Nicholas (sic) owns her residence and place of business, also four acres of land adjoining the village.