Biography of Orville A. Nichols
Madison County, NY Biographies





Nichols, Orville A. p o. Mile Strip, was born at Mile Strip, May 13, 1841, a son of Rufus H. and Tacey (Culver) Nichols, who had six children named Diederick R., Frances M., Riley Newton (deceased), Riley, Samuel C., and Orville A. By occupation Rufus H. followed farming, with the exception of six years, when he was at Peterboro and worked as a miller. Rufus H. was a son of Samuel and Catharine (Hess) Nichols. They had two children: Rufus H. and Catherine, wife of Samuel Frisbee. Orville A. Nichols was educated in the town of Fenner and in Peterboro Academy. His early life was spent on the farm with his father, with whom he has been associated in business many years. When about twenty five years of age he married Lovisette Jenette, daughter of Nathan Lamb, and they have two children: Fred. F., and Florence M., wife of Herbert A. Bristol, and one deceased, Claude. Samuel Nichols, sr., was in the Revolutionary war and was wounded in the right leg at the battle of Monmouth. His first wife was Hannah Residue, who was Samuel, jr.'s mother. He later married Sybil Baldwin and she was a widow of David Cranson. August 19, 1862, he enlisted in Co. B, 157th Regiment and was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville in the right forearm and was discharged for disability in October, 1863. He is a member of Reese Post, G. A. R., No. 34, of Canastota. He has always taken an active part in town affairs, has been justice of the peace for twenty years, and also collector. He has always taken a great interest in the school of which he has been trustee many terms and was its trustee when the school house was rebuilt. He is a contributing and supporting member of churches.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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