Letter from P.J. Nichols of Batavia, OH, replying to Dr. W.D.Fales of Washington DC.Dr. Fales was compiling a history of the Nichols family. He wrote to Nichols all over the country with a list of questions regarding their family, and ancestors.
Nichols and Nichols, Attorneys-at-Law,
Catman Block, Batavia, O.
Batavia, Ohio, March 11th., 1903
Dr. W.D. Fales, Washington DC,
In answer will state that Nathan Nichols came to this County of Clermont from Virginia about 1807.He purchased 800 acres of land in Monroe Township, this county, about 25 miles above Cincinnati, where he died about 1824, aged 75 years.His family consisted of Philip Nichols, William Nichols, John Nichols, Elijah Nichols, David Nichols, and
Nathan Nichols, Robert H. Nichols, Thomas J. Nichols, and Johnathan Nichols,nine sons, he had only two daughters Ester who married Hatton Simmons. His other daughter married James B. Simmons.
His son Philip died in 1861 on the home farm, leaving Thomas L. Nichols, Nathan C, Elisha, Philip A. and Robert H. Nichols and Martha who married Joseph Reed and Mary A. who married Jacob Jackson and Rebecca who married John A. Simmons and Matilda who married John Rogers, the girls are all dead with the exception of Martha, all leaving large families, the boys are all dead with the exception of Robert H. who lives at Baker, Oklahoma.
William, the second son died at home leaving David H., William J. and Thomas Jefferson and two daughters, only William J. is dead, the two others living on part of the old homestead, each having families.
Elijah died at home leaving Thomas Benton, his only son who died and Anna Furgeson and Hannah E. Nichols his daughters, both of whom are living.
David left one son William E. and one daughter Eliza. William is dead.
Nathan is dead and all his children, he has grandsons at Felicity Ohio, William and Jos. G. Nichols.
Johnathan B. died leaving two sons, yet living, Hamilton and William.
Robert was a minister and died without issue.
Thomas L. Nichols the name of my father was a son of Philip, and the grandson of Nathan he died leaving myself, William and Flora White.
The names of my children are Annie Tatman, Hugh L. Nichols and Allen B. Nichols, my two sons are with me practicing law in Batavia.
My son Hugh was State Senator representing four counties and a candidate on the Democratic party for Supreme Judge in 1898.
I am 63 years of age.There are a great many descendents from the old pioneer Nathan, mounting to many hundreds, scattered all over the western country, as well as in the east.There is none of the family ever attained great prominence, but have had unusual good success in business life, and their standing among the citizens everywhere is good.
I think this is about all you care to know and I furnish the same with pleasure, hoping that some day I may see the History I am,
End of Letter
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