Biography of Simeon Nichols
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





SIMEON NICHOLS, a veteran both of the revolution and of the war of 1812, came from near Hartford, Conn., and settled on Coxe's patent, although he had not nor did he claim any title to the land; but he was of that class of pioneers who were honestly endeavoring to make a beginning in life, and in the light of subsequent events it is fair to assume that Mr. Nichols' hopes were realized, for he became firmly established and was one of the solid men of Owego in later years. He raised to maturity nine children, all of whom, except Simeon, Jr., William, and two sisters, removed to Michigan. Simeon, Jr., was born in Owego in 1796, the year in which the family came to town, and was a farmer, although in the early history of the town he was one of the best pilots on the river. Like his father, Simeon had a large family, and was married twice. His first children were: George, Charles, Justus, Olivia, Rachel, and Ann; and by his second marriage (his wife was Mary Billings) the children were Washington and Enoch. All of his children except Justus, Washington, and Enoch are now dead. George Nichols, the oldest son, was born on the south side of the river, near, the big island, and his life was spent in that locality. He married Marinda Fox, and had one child, Robert Nichols. He is remembered as one of the best businessmen of the town in his day. In 1888, George Nichols bought the "Red Mills," up the creek, in Owego, and they are now a part of his large estate. In 1890 Robert started a large feed store' in the village. In 1890 George and Robert Nichols built the Lackawanna Avenue feed mill, which was moved to the present location near the Lehigh station in 1895, and enlarged and greatly improved. George Nichols died in 1893. The Lackawanna Avenue mill was built by George and Robert, but the subsequent purchase of store and the removal of the mill was conducted by Robert, the present manager of the estate. The store (No. 165 Main street, Owego village,) was purchased in 1894.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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