Willard Martin Nichols

5 July 1838–20 May 1925 (Age 86)
Harrisburg, Lewis, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Willard Martin

When Willard Martin Nichols was born on 5 July 1838, in Harrisburg, Lewis, New York, United States, his father, Ambrose Nichols, was 25 and his mother, Cynthia Martin, was 22. He married Ellise in 1863, in Chemung, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States in 1880 and San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 20 May 1925, in California, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States.

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Willard Martin Nichols
Clara Jane Burton
Marriage: 18 December 1872
Willard Burton Nichols
Clara Maud Nichols

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 December 1872San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 8
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 10
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    Age 25
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Nichol , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages, e.g. Croatian and Serbian Nikolić (see Nikolic ); see also below.Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (21)

    • Willard Nickols in entry for Nickols, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Willard Nicols, "United States Census, 1910"
    • Millard M Nichols, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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