CHARLES NICHOLS, second son of Simeon and Esther (Fairbanks) Nichols, was born September 3, 1824, in the town
of Owego. Simeon Nichols and his father, Caleb, came to Tioga county in 1791, locating on the Jewett Flats near
Apalachin where they had purchased several hundred acres. The family at that time consisted of eight children,
of whom Simeon was the second child. Caleb Nichols died in 1804, and soon after Simeon sold the farm and purchased
what, is now the Mersereau farm near Mutton Hill. In 1820 Simeon married Esther, daughter of Samuel Fairbanks.
They had six children; George, Charles, Mary Ann, died at twenty one years of age; Olivia (Mrs. George Fox), Rachel
(Mrs. Amos Knapp of Apalachin), and Justus, who is the only surviving member of that family. On January 4, 1837,
Mrs. Nichols died, and two years later Simeon married Merca, a daughter of Matthew Billings. They had. two children;
Enoch, living at Olean, N. Y., and Washington, living on Mutton Hill. Simeon died May 16, 1856, aged 93 years.
In the spring of 1839 Charles left home with his sister Rachel. They rented a house, and he made his beginning
by working farms on shares. He soon purchased a farm and added to his possessions each year until at his death
he was one of the most extensive farmers in the county. He was married on November 24, 1850, to Abigail, daughter
of Morris and Elizabeth Barton. Four children were born to them: Althea, Gerden and Gerden J. died in infancy,
and Emma Louise, born May 28. 1865. Mr. Nichols was a member of Friendship Lodge, No. 333, F. & A. M. He died
October 27, 1889, at his home farm on the south side near Hiawatha Island. Emma Louise, his surviving child, was
married June 27, 1890, to Truman, son of Henry and Hannah Orton, who moved to Owego in 1886 from Lisle, N. Y. Mr.
Orton was born June 26, 1865. In 1892 Mrs. Orton erected a handsome dwelling upon the homestead, and has christened
the farm "Fairview."
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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