Biography of Charles Nichols
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Nichols, Charles, and his wife (Eliza Thompson), were natives of Ulster county, Ireland, but their marriage took place in Genesee county, to which region they both came at an early date. Charles Nichols came to Albion about 1835, and was a mason by trade. He died in Albion in 1879, and his wife four years later. Their children were as follows: William H., Martha J., and Charles A. (deceased). William H. Nichols was born in Albion in 1841, and like his father learned the trade of mason, at which he worked until 1862. On August 27, of that year, he enlisted in the 17th New York Battery. and served until the general muster out, June 12, 1865. Returning from the service, Mr. Nichols worked at his trade for a time in Albion and in Titusville, Pa., and in 1867 became connected with the grocery firm of T. Hales & Co.. consisting of Thomas Hales, John Normile, and W. H. Nichols, of Albion. This firm continued until 1881, and then merged into that of Nichols & Normile, the latter doing business until 1888, when it dissolved, Mr. Normile continuing the business. For three years Mr. Nichols was engaged in orange growing in Florida, and now owns an orange grove and other real estate there. He also engaged for a time in the real estate business in Rochester, but in 1891 again returned to the grocery trade, in which, as in other enterprises, he has been successful. On March 16, 1870, William H. Nichols married Sarah Braley, daughter of Nathaniel Braley, of Albion (died January 24, 1879), who bore him three children, two boys dying in infancy and one daughter at the age of ten years. September 9, 1891, he married Emma Webster, of Rochester, by whom he has one child, a daughter. Mr. Nichols is a member and trustee of the M. E. church, and in politics has always been a Republican.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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