Descendants of Robert and Jane Scott Nichols or The Ransom Nichols Ancestors and Cousins

The following charts were developed by Joyce Nichols Ritter with help from Louise Nichols Danforth. They were intended to be part of a Nichols Family History that was never completed. However, other parts of their work can be found in the Nichols History section.

Ernie Danforth July 2008

Chart 1
Descendents of Robert & Jane Scott Nichols
Robert Nichols Married Jane Scott 1
b:Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland2   b:1785, Ireland
d:   d: Nov. 26, 1858
g:   g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls, NY
1. John Nichols 1805-1872   5. Mary Nichols
2. Rosanna Nichols 1807-1884   6. Scott Nichols 1820-1894
3. Jane Ann Nichols 1810-1879   7. Daniel Nichols 1821-1908
4. Robert Nichols 1813-1890    
1. John Nichols Married Elizabeth Ch. II
b: 1805, Ireland   b: 1800, Ireland
d: Aug 31, 1872   d: April 11, 1885
g: Union Cemetery, Ft. Edward, N.Y.   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
2. Rosanna Nichols3 Married Robert Warnock Ch. III
b: 1807, Ireland   b: About 1810
d: Dec 22, 1884   d: About 1855
g: Moss Street Cemetery, Hudson Falls   g:
3. Jane Ann Nichols Married William Hunter Ch. IV
b: 1810, Ireland   b: 1798, Ireland
d: May 23, 1879   d: April 4, 1868
g: Moss St Cemetery, Hudson Falls   g: Moss St Cemetery
4. Robert Nichols Married Susanna Brisou Ch. V

1 If the Wash. Co, 1850 Census which gives Jane Nichols as age 65 and living with Daniel Nichols’ family, is
correct then this would verify her birth year as 1785. In 1855 she is not listed with Daniel Nichols’ family, but a
Jane Nichols, age 71, was living with Michel Boyle and his 3 young children (all under age 6) who had come to the
town of Argyle just 2 months earlier. It also said she was widowed and had been a resident in the Town of Argyle
12 years, perhaps coming after here husband died and arriving about 1843. It is possible to speculate that Michel
Boyle is the widower of her dau. Mary Nichols, and that Jane went to live with him and care for the children when
he came to Argyle. No mention is made of either Jane Nichols or Michel Boyle in the Wash. Co. 1860 Census.
Clifford Carlisle gave her death date as 1858, but Louise says the date on the stone looks like 1868. Have not yet
tried to verify death date (See also Notes at the end of this chart)

b: 1813, Ireland   b: 1812, Ireland
d: September 23, 1890   d: July 7, 1889
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft. Edward
5. Mary Nichols4 Married Michel Boyle5
b:   b:
d:   d:
g:   g:
6. Scott Nichols Married Ann Davidson Ch VI
b: 1820, Ireland   b: 1826
d: 1894   d: 1884
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
7. Daniel Nichols Married Jane Davidson Ch VII
b: Sept. 25, 1821 Nov 1845 b: 1819
d: March 14, 1908 Framingham, Mass6 d: 1910
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Note: Mrs. Bradway said we are related to Starbucks, a family local to the Hudson Falls, area.

Louise says she does not know how.
4Only knowledge of Mary is that she was mentioned by Emma Smith (granddaughter
of John Nichols, see Chart II) to Jane Bradway and that she had married a man named Boyle.

5 The 1855 Washington Co. Census (#30) says that a Michel Boyle, age 33, was born in Ireland,
was widowed and lived in Wash. Co. 2 months with his children; John, age 6, Mary J, age 4,
and Robert age 2 all born in Mass; also Jane Nichols, age 71, born in Ireland and widowed,
who lived in Washington Co 12 years. This could very well be Jane Scott Nichols who had
lived with Daniel Nichols in Argyle at time of the 1850 Census and was age 65 then.

6 This information is from Mrs. Bradway. She believed that perhaps they were
brought here by the textile mills who paid their passage if they would work in the
Framingham mills

If the 1850 Census is correct, which given Jane Nichols as age 65 and living with Daniel
Nichols’ family, then this would verify her birth as 1785. In 1855 she is not listed with Daniel
Nichols’ family, but a Jane Nichols, age 71, was living with Michel Boyle (a widower) and his 3
children (all under age 6 and all born in Mass.) who had come to the Town of Argyle just 2
months earlier. It also said she was widowed and had been a resident in the Town of Argyle 12
years, perhaps arriving about 1843.

It is possible to speculate that Michel Boyle is the widower of her daughter Mary (or Catherine)
Nichols, of whom nothing specific is known (only hearsay), and that Jane went to live with him
and care for the children when he came to argyle. No mention is made of either Jane Nichols or
Michel Boyle in the Washington Co. 1860 Census. [Jane’s death date may be either 1858 or

In support of the above, FTM Family Archives Marriage Index: Massachusetts, 1633-1850,
shows Michael Boyle married Catherine Nichols on 6 Dec 1845 in the Town of Framingham,
County of Middlesex, one week after Jane’s son, Daniel Nichols, married Jane Davidson on 29
Nov 1845, at the same location. The record for both of these marriages is contained in the
Family History Library at Salt Lake City, UT, on Film #0873783.

Chart II
Descendants of John and Elizabeth Nichols
1. John Nichols7 Married Elizabeth Dixon (?)
b: 1805/06, Ireland8   b: 1800, Ireland9
d: Aug 31, 1872 age 66   d: Apr 11, 1885, Age 85
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
a. Jane Ann Nichols 1832-   d. Sarah Maria Nichols 1838-1924
b. Robert D. Nichols 1833-1916   e. Martha Nichols 1840-
c. Elizabeth Nichols 1835-1919    
a. Jane Ann Nichols Married William Davidson11
b: 1832 Jan 19, 1854 b: 1829, Ireland
d: Hudson Falls, NY d:
g:   g:
Children of Jane Ann and William Davidson: John, Robert, and Martha Frances.
b. Robert D. Nichols Married Huldah Eldridge
b: 1833   b: 1844
d: June 17, 1916, Age 83   d: Sept 20, 1914, Age 7012
g: Union Cemetery, Ft. Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
7 According to John Nichols’ application for U.S. citizenship on Aug. 26, 1840,
he was about 34 and born in County Cavan, Ireland and was married to Elizabeth. He was by
profession a farmer. Sailed from Dublin 1 April 1830 and arrived in Quebec sometime in the
months of July or August, following which he came to the town of Argyle, NY.
The statement is not clear whether he was married to Elizabeth when he came from Ireland
or whether he married her after he arrived. The application is signed with his mark. John
became a U.S. citizen on 27 August 1844.

8 John’s age is given as 45 in the 1850 Census (under Hartford) which would make
his birth 1805. But, as noted in footnote above, in 1840 he says he was 34 which would make
his birth year 1806, and this date is reconfirmed by the Union Cemetery Records
(Sec 6, Lot 137) which state that he died in 1872 at age 66.

9 Carlisle’s information gave Elizabeth’s birth year as 1805 and this would seem
to be confirmed by the 1850 Census (Book 2 under Hartford) in which her age is given as 45.
But Union Cem. Record (Sec. 6 Lot 137) says Elizabeth died in 1885 age 85 and the grave marker
says 1886, age 86, which indicate her birth year was about 1800.

10 According to the Wash. Co.
1850 Census, all John and Elizabeth’s children were born in New York State.

11 William Davidson could have been a brother of Ann and Jane Davidson, wives
of Scott and Daniel Nichols

12 Robert D and Huldah Nichols’ ages at time of death obtained from Union Cem.
Records (Sec 6, Lot 137)

Children of Robert D. and Huldah Nichols
(1) Emma Francis Nichols Married George S. Smith13
b: 1875 Feb 9, 1911 b: 1873
d: 1952, Age 77 Hudson Falls, NY d: 1945, Age 7314
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Emma and George Smith had no children
(2) Jay Nichols15
d: Feb. 15, 1879, Age 3 months
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
(3) Robert Eldridge Nichols16 Married Nina Wheeler
b: Aug 22. 1881   b:
d: 1974, age 93   d: 1980, age 81
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Robert E. and Nina Nichols had one child, Helene, still living in 1998.
c. Elizabeth Nichols17 Married Osborn Winn18
b: 1835   b: 1828, Mass19
d: 1920, age 8520   d: 1919, age 91
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Elizabeth and Osborn Winn:
13Emma and George Smith had a farm on Dix Avenue, near South Queensbury

14 Emma and George Smith’s ages at death obtained from Union Cemetery Records
(Sec 6 Lot 137). This record would also make George’s birth year as 1872.

15 This child of Robert D. and Huldah Nichols was found in Union Cemetery
Records (Sec 6 Lot 137) and there is a grave marker with the dame information.

16 Robert E. Nichols worked his father’s farm on McDougall Road until he
was in his eighties. His daughter still lives there (1998). Ages at time of death, Union
Cemetery Records, Sec 20, Lot 16A, wife Lot 16B.

17 Elizabeth was Ransom’s grandmother. The Osborn Winns lived in the house on
County Route 43, south of the Scott Nichols place on the east side of the road.

18 This Osborn was spelled without and “e”. Some late names added an “e”.

19 According to Wash. Co 1850 Census, Osborn was living in Hebron with
probably a brother and was a cooper. He was born in Mass. and was 23 at the time.

20 According to grave marker and Cem. Records, Elizabeth died in 1920.
Osborn’s age also from Cemetery Records(Sec 6 Lot 137)

(1) Elizabeth (Libby) Winn Married Asa Bristol
b: 1855   b: 1859
d: 1927, Age 72   d: 1927, age 6821
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Libby and Asa Bristol had no children
(2) John Ransom Winn Married Louise Eldridge
b: 1858   b:
d:   d:
g: Morningside Cem, Hartford, NY   g:
John R. and Louise Winn had one child, Herman
(3) Martha Jane (Jen) Winn22 Married Scott Nichols
b: May 16, 1860 Jan 9, 1877 b: Jan. 10, 1850
d: Nov 3, 1933, Age 78   d: July 25 1935, Age 8523
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Jen and Scott had two sons, Ransom and Adelbert. For details about them see CHART V.
(4) Warren Winn
b: 1866
d: 1868
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward24
(5) Luella Winn Married 1st Norman Barber
b: Nov 14, 1871   b: 1871
d: 1951, Age 80   d: 1919, age 4825
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
  1935 2nd Benjamin Poole
Luella (Aunt Ella) had no children by either husband
21 Union Cemetery Records. (Sec. 6 Lot 137)

22 Jen Nichols was Ransom’s mother. Jen was a granddaughter of John and
Elizabeth Nichols and her husband, Scott Nichols, was a son of Robert Nichols, brother to John.

23 Union Cem. Records, Sec. 2, Lot 51

24 Information on the grave marker. Confirmed by Union Cem. Records (Sec 6, Lot 137)

25 Union Cem. Records (Sec 6, Lot 137)

d. Sarah Maria Nichols Married Robert Nichols26
b: 1838 May 7, 1874 b: 1839, Ireland
d: Apr. 24, 1924, Age 86 Hudson Falls d: Sept 22, 1924, Age 8327
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Sarah and Robert Warnock
(1) Elmer Warnock
b: Oct. 18, 1875
d: Oct. 22, 1955, Age 8028
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
(2) Clarence Warnock
b: Sept 29. 1877
d: Nov 7, 1959
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
e. Martha Nichols29 Married Germond Mosher
b: Jan 4, 1840 July 4, 1867 b: Nov. 4, 1843
d: Jan 28, 1913   d: Apr 25, 1920
g: Prospect Hill Cem. Argyle   g: Prospect Hill Cem. Argyle
Children of Martha and Germond Mosher
(1) Cora Elizabeth Mosher Married Hilton Niles Fowler
b: Aug 17, 1873 Jan 25, 1899 b: Apr. 15, 1873
d: Dec 31, 1949 Adamsville, NY d: March 16, 1951
g: Prospect Hill Cem. Argyle   g: Prospect Hill Cem. Argyle
Children of Cora and Hilton Fowler:
(a) Mildred Adeline Fowler
B: Sept 4, 1900
26 The Robert Warnock place is located on the McDougal road near Smith’s Lane.
Sons Elmer and Clarence Warnock, lived there until they died

27 Ages at death for Sarah and Robert Warnock obtained from Union Cem. Records.
(Sec. 8, Lot 79)

28 Age obtained from Union Cem. Records (Sec. 8, Lot 79)

29 All data for Martha and Germond Mosher’s family obtained from Mabel Bissell’s
family Bible when Louise and Joyce visited on Feb, 3, 1995.

(b) Harold Mosher Fowler
b: Apr. 15, 1902
d: Sept 1, 1906
(c) David Wing Fowler Married Hazel Morehouse
b: Dec 25, 1904   b:
d: Dec 14, 1943   d:
g:   g:
(d) Raymond Germond Fowler
b: Apr 22, 1907
(e) Mabel Martha Fowler Married Harry Bissell
b: Sept 7, 1909 May 6, 1933 b: Oct 2, 1909
d:   d:1995
g:   g:
(f) Howland Hilton Fowler Married Helen Marie Saville
b: Jan. 1, 1913 June 22, 1933 b:
d: Jun 11, 1946   d:
g: Prospect Hill Cem., Argyle   g:
Chart III
The Warnock Family30
3. Rosanna Nichols31 Married 1. Robert Warnock
b: 1807 in Ireland   b: About 1810, Ireland
d: Dec. 22, 1884   d: About 1855, Ireland
g: Moss St Cemetery, Hudson Falls   g:
Brothers/Sister of Robert Warnock
2. Ellen Warnock 1811-1881   4. John Warnock 1816-1906
3. James Warnock 1814-   5. William Warnock 1822-1906
Children of Rosanna Nichols and Robert Warnock32
a. Robert Warnock 1839-1924   d. John Warnock 1848-
b. Catherine Warnock 1841-1921   e. Mary Warnock 1854-1926
c. Ellen Warnock 1843-1902    
a. Robert Warnock Married Sarah Nichols33
b: 1839 May 7, 1874 b: 1838
d: Sept 22, 1924, age 85 Hudson Falls, NY d: Apr 24, 1924, Age 8634
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Robert and Sarah Warnock were Elmer and Clarence. See Chart II
b. Catherine Warnock Married Joseph Carlisle35
b: Oct 23, 1841, Ireland 1860 b: May 9, 184136
d: Nov 8, 1921   d: May 3, 1903
30 The Warnocks originally lived in Belfast, County Antrim, N. Ireland.
Their son, Robert came to the United States about 1865. The other children
came in 1871.

31 Rosanna, or Rose Nichols was the second child of Robert and Jane
Scott Nichols (Chart I) and sister of John, Jane Ann, Robert, Mary, Scott,
and Daniel Nichols,

32 All were born in Ireland

33 Sarah was a sister of Elizabeth Nichols Winn, both daughters of John
Nichols (Chart II) It appears, then that Robert and Sarah were own cousins.

34 Union Cem Records, Sec 8 Lot 79

35 This family came to the United States in 1873 and settled in Adamsville, NY

36 Joseph Carlisle was born in Kerry Duff, County Down, N. Ireland

g: Moss St Cemetery, Hudson Falls   g: Moss St Cemetery, Hudson Falls
Children of Catherine and Joseph Carlisle
(1) Robert Warnock Carlisle37 Married Ida May Barker
b: Mar. 27, 1866 Adamsville b: 1872
d: May 1, 1943   d:
g: Moss St. Cem. Hudson Falls   g:
(2) Margaret Jane Carlisle
b: Jan. 29, 1868
d: 1895
(3) Joseph John Carlisle Married Edith Marshall
b: Dec. 28, 1869 1900 b: 186538
d: Nov. 30, 1950    
(4) Alexander Warnock Carlisle39 Married Millie
b: Nov. 28, 1871    
d: Mar 25, 1954    
(5) Anna R. Carlisle
b: Nov. 13, 1873
d: Mar. 25, 1954
(6) Thomas Huston Carlisle40 Married Ruby G
b: May 15, 1876   b: abt 1881
d: Jan 26, 1958    
(7) Samuel D. Carlisle
b: July 3, 1879
d: Jan 2, 1952
37 Robert Carlisle was also born in Kerry Duff, County Down, N. Ireland. Robert
and Ida had two sons, Ernie (Ernest Royal) b: May 1892 and Bun (Alonzo Getty) b: May
1894 and two daughters Isabella b: Oct 1899 and Bertha b: 1906

38 Information from the 1900 U.S. Census

39 According to the 1930 U.S. Census Alexander and Millie had a son, Harold who
married Cora and they had two sons Harold Jr and Milton and a daughter Barbara. Alex, Millie,
and Harold’s family all lived on First St in Glens Falls in 1930.

40 This Carlisle was the father of the Rev. Thomas John Carlisle b: 1914 who,
in turn, is the father of the Rev. David Carlisle (one of twin brothers), the Presbyterian
minister in Argyle in the mid to late 1990’s. Thomas and Ruby also
had a daughter Elizabeth b: 1916

(8) Ernest Garfield Carlisle Married Ann Bailey
b: Sept 28, 1881   b: abt 1884, New York State41
d: Sept 6, 1959    
(8) Elizabeth Carlisle
b: Nov. 27, 1883
d: Dec 19, 1884
(9) Katherine Carlisle42
b: abt 1884
c. Ellen Warnock Married William M. Randall
d. John Warnock Married Mary Jane Nichols43
b: May 11, 1848 Jan 5, 1871 b: Aug 17, 1843
d: Hudson Falls, NY d: Troy, NY
G: Oakwood Cem., Troy   g: Oakwood Cem., Troy
Children of John and Mary Warnock:
(1) Susan Nichols Warnock44 Married James Todd
b: May 1, 1867, Argyle NY Jan 1895 b: 1868
d: Oct. 27, 1965, Fultonville, NY   d: 1938
g: Prospect Hill, Cem. Argyle   g: Prospect Hill Cemetery
Susan and James Todd had a son, Willard, buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery
(2) Anna Warnock Married Edward Newton45
b:   b:
d: After 1942 in Virginia   d: Sept 25, 1933 in Va
g: Virginia   g: Virginia
Anna and Edward Newton [?] had no children
41 Information from the 1910 U.S. Census

42 The only information on Katherine comes from the 1910 U.S. Census where
Katherine and her mother are both listed as living with Thomas and Ruby in the town of Moreau

43 Mary Jane Nichols was the daughter of Robert and Susan Nichols. See Chart V.

44 Louise Nichols Danforth lived with cousin Susie Todd while going to
high school in Argyle during the winter when roads were bad. Jim Todd was a farmer,
but had sold the farm and retired to Argyle. Louise thinks he worked
on some town roads. Willard the Todds only child did not marry until his later years.
Susie Warnock was only a half sister to the other Warnock children.

45 This man’s name may be Edward Nounan. See footnote on Chart V

(3) Millie Warnock Married Chester Barker (2nd Hus)
b: Oct 10, 1872 Dec 1, 1921 b: Oct 20, 1866
d:   d: Feb. 6, 1951
g: Oakwood Cem, Troy, NY   g: Union Cem. Ft Edward
Minnie and Chester Barker had no children
(4) Robert Alexander Warnock Married Anna Malone46
b: Oct 30, 1876   b:
d: Nov. 1, 1966, Troy NY   d: Before 1959
g: Troy, NY   g: Troy, NY
Robert and Anna had no children
(5) Ida Warnock
g: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY
(6) Henry J. Warnock Married Mata (?)
b: 1889  
d: Jan. 27, 1961, Gloversville, NY    
g: Oakwood Cem. Troy, NY    
Henry and Mata Warnock had one child, Elizabeth.47
(7) Charles Whittemore Warnock
b: Feb 13, 1883, Adamsville, NY
g: Oakwood Cem. Troy, NY
(8) James Warnock Married Mary Agnes Veshia
b: 1886   b: May 5, 1903
d: June 3, 1956   d: Sept. 25, 1946
g: Troy, NY   g: Troy, NY
Children of James and Mary Warnock;
(a) James Francis Warnock who died Oct 12, 1947
(b) Rosemary Arlene Warnock Married Frederick Shear
46 Louise used to visit Rob and Anna when she was in nurses training
at Albany Hospital. They used to take her out to dinner when she went to
Troy to see them.

47 Elizabeth married a man named Young and had one child, Anna Mae Young.

Children of Rosemary and Frederick Shear were: Frederick (1951), Marianne (1956),
Marlene (1959), and James (1965).
e. Mary Warnock Married John Harford
b: Oct 10, 1854, Belfast Apr. 28, 1874 b: Apr. 16, 1850, Edinburgh
d: Dec 21, 1926 Hudson Falls, NY d: Dec 20, 1940
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Mary and John Harford:
(1) George   (5) Edythe
(2) Lena   (6) Raymond
(3) Lillian   (7) John W. (died as infant)
(4) Edwin   (8) Ethel
Chart IV
Descendants of Jane Ann Nichols and William Hunter
4. Jane Ann Nichols Married William Hunter48
B: 1810, Ireland   b: 1798, Ireland
D: May 23, 1879   d: April 4, 1868, Age 7049
G: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls   g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls
a. James Hunter 1831-1856   f. Sarah Hunter 1842-
b. Jane Hunter 1833-1902   g. Scott Hunter 1845-
c. Mary Hunter 1835-   h. Margaret Hunter 1850-
d. Robert Hunter 1837-   i. Martha Hunter 1852-1861
e. Eliza Hunter 1840-1911    
James Hunter      UnMarried (?)
d: June 27, 1856, Age 27
g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls
b. Jane Hunter Married John Davidson50
b: 1833 Before 1848 b: 1823, Ireland
d: Oct 27, 1902   d: Aug 25, 1871
g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls   g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls
Children of Jane and John Davidson:
(1) Ellen Jane Davidson51 Married John Nichols
b: 1848 Mar 15, 1876 b: Dec 6, 1846
d: Oct 12, 1885 Hudson Falls, NY d: Sept 18, 1923
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
48 William Hunter and his wife Jane Nichols Hunter must have come to Washington
County between 1842 and 1845 because the sixth child, Sarah, was born in Ireland in 1842
and Scott, the next child, was born in Washington County in 1845. William Hunter’s name is
on Donald’s deed for the piece of land on the back place that borders on the Hines Road – a
piece of land spoken of as Hunter’s Knoll.

49 Ages from Moss St. Cemetery Records at Wash Co Historian’s Office.

50 It appears that John Davidson was a brother of Ann and Jane Davidson who
married Scott and Daniel Nichols, respectively.

51 See Chart V

(2) William Davidson
b: 1850
(3) Sarah Ann Davidson
b: 1854
d: 1875
(4) James Davidson
b: Feb 14, 1858
d: 1933
(5) John Henry Davidson
b: Jan 7, 1860
(6) Robert Davidson
b: 1862
d: 1926
(7) Jane Davidson Married Nelson Laraway52
b: 1864 1885 b: 1862, Kingsbury53
(8) Frederick Davidson Married Sarah Harford Dodge
b: 1866    
d: 1941    
g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls    
c. Mary Hunter Married James Lattimore
b: 1835, Ireland   b: 1836
Children of Mary and James Lattimore: Martha, William, Ida, and Joseph
d. Robert Hunter
b: 1837, Ireland
e. Eliza Hunter Married James B. Toles
b: 1840, Ireland Mar 9, 1862 b:
d: Sept 27, 1911   d:
g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls   g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls
f. Sarah Hunter
b: 1842
52 Jane and Nelson Laraway were the parents of Ida Laraway who became the
second wife of Will Carlton, who, until his death, was an undertaker in Hudson Falls,
NY. They also had a daughter Ruth b: 1893

53 Information from 1870 U.S. Census

g. Scott Hunter
b: Nov. 10, 1845, Washington Co, NY
h. Margaret Hunter
b: Dec 2, 1850, Washington Co, NY
i. Martha Hunter
b: Jan 18, 1852
d: Dec 18, 1861
g: Moss St Cem, Hudson Falls
Chart V
Descendants of Robert and Susan (Susanna) Nichols
4. Robert Nichols54 Married Susan Brisou55
b: 1813, Ireland   b: 1811/12
d: Sept 23, 1890   d: July 7, 188956
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward57   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
a. Robert Nichols 1841-1930   e. Susan Nichols 1848-1927
b. Mary Jane Nichols 1843-   f. Scott Nichols 1850-1935
c. Daniel Nichols 1845-   g. Wm. Henry Nichols 1853-1857
d. John Nichols 1846-1923    
a. Robert Nichols Married Elizabeth Hill
b: Apr 24, 1841, Ireland58   b: 1849
d: 1930, age 89   d: 1917, Age 6859
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Robert and Elizabeth Nichols60
54 It had been supposed from Clifford Carlisle’s information that Robert was the
second child of Robert and Jane Scott Nichols and born in 1806. But based on research by
Joyce Nichols Ritter, John was born in 1813 or 1814, thus making it unlikely that Robert
was born in 1806. Furthermore, the 1850 Census says that Robert was born in Ireland and was
living in Argyle and was 36 years old at the time the census was taken, which would make
his birth year around 1813-1814. This places Robert as the fourth or fifth child of Robert
and Jane, depending on when Mary was born, whom we know little about except that she was
supposed to have married a man named Boyle.

55 The Kingsbury Town Clerk’s office said this is the spelling she got from the old
death records. However, she said it could also be Brison. Susan’s parents’ names were John and
Susan. Death record says Susan Nichols was 78 years old when she died.

56 Petition for Letters of Administration by husband, Robert Nichols, to Washington
Co. Surrogate’s Court says that Susan died in 1889 not 1890 as previously believed. Depending
on her birth month, this still fits with her age given in Death Certificate as age 78.

57 At the moment it is assumed that Robert and Susan Nichols are buried in the
Scott Nichols lot as “Mother” and “Father.” Union Cemetery records do not show any record of
Robert and Susan’s burial, but the Death Cert says Susan was buried there, but Robert’s
doesn’t mention burial place. Additional research must be done on this.

58 The 1850 Census says Robert was born in Ireland and was 9 years old at the time
the census was taken. The rest of Robert and Susan’s children were born in NY. This tells us
that Robert and Susan came to the U.S. probably in 1842. Previously we had Robert being born
in Scotland (?), probably based on Ransom Nichols’ belief that he had heard something to that
effect. However, the 1860 Census Record says this Robert was 18 and was born in Ireland.

59 Ages and Elizabeth’s maiden name obtained from Union Cemetery Records (Sec 9, Lot 76)

(1) James H Nichols Unmarried  
b: 1866    
d: 1922, age 5661    
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward    
(2) Walter P. Nichols Married Ida F. Purdy
b: 1868   b: 1864
d: 1948 age 80   d: 1943, age 7962
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
(3) Albert Nichols Unmarried  
b: 1870    
d: 1934, age 6463    
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward    
b. Mary Jane Nichols Married John Warnock64
b: Aug 17, 1843, Wash Co NY Jan 5, 1871 b: May 11, 1848, Ireland
d: Troy, NY Hudson Falls, NY d: Troy, NY
g: Oakwood Cem, Troy, NY   g: Oakwood Cem, Troy, NY
Children of Mary Jane Nichols
(1) Susan Nichols65 Married James Todd
b: May 1, 1867 Jan 1895 b: 1868
d: Oct 27, 1965   d: 1938
g: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Argyle   g: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Argyle
Susan and James Todd had one son, Willard.
Children of Mary Jane and John Warnock
60 We believe James H. and Albert Nichols, the unmarried sons of “Uncle Rob”,
ran the hotel and tavern in Fort Edward near the railroad station. Have not been
able to confirm as of Feb 1994.

61 Union Cemetery Records Sec 9, Lot 76.

62 Union Cemetery Records Sec 9, Lot 76.

63 Age from Union Cemetery Records Sec 9, Lot 76.

64 John Warnock was the son of Rose Nichols Warnock, sister of Robert
Nichols, hence Mary Jane and John must have been own cousins.

65 Susan Nichols took the name of Warnock after her mother married. Susan Nichols
Warnock Todd’s Willard, became and undertaker and practiced in Fultonville, NY. Willard
had no children.

(2) Anna Warnock Married Edward Newton66
b:   d:
d: After 1942 in Virginia   d: Sept 25, 1933 in Va
Anna and Edward Newton had no children
(3) Minnie Warnock Married 2nd Chester Barker
b: Oct 10, 1872 Dec 1, 1921 b: Oct 20.1866
d:   d: Feb 6, 1951
g: Oakwood Cem, Troy, NY   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Minnie and Chester Barker had no children
(4) Robert Alexander Warnock67 Married Anna Malone
b: Oct 30, 1876   b: 187668
d: Nov 1, 1966   d: Before 1959
g: Troy, NY   g: Troy, NY
Robert and Anna had no children.
(5) Ida Warnock
(6) Henry Warnock Married Mada69
b: 188370 1899 b: 1889
Henry and Mada had one child, Bettie, who was born about 1914.71
(7) Charles Whittemore Warnock
b: Feb 13, 1883
(8) James Warnock Married Mary Agnes Veshia
b: 1886   b: May 5, 1903
d: June 3, 1956   d: Sept 25, 1946
66 Not sure of the spelling for Newton. Another possible spelling is Nounan.
This information came from Susie Todd’s family who are all dead now, so there is no easy way
to check it.

67 Robert and Anna Malone Warnock lived in Troy, NY. Robert worked for the
Post Office. This is verified by the 1930 U.S. Census. Louise thinks Henry did too. This is
verified by the 1910 U.S. Census.

68 This birth date comes from the 1930 U.S. Census.

69 According to the 1930 U.S. Census, Henry was married to Mada. He was still
delivering mail, but they were living in Denver, Colorado. Mada was born in New York State,
but both of her parents were born in Denmark.

70 This date is from the 1910 U.S. Census which indicates that Henry and Minnie
were living with Robert in Troy at the time. It indicates that he was single. I question
is marriage in 1899 at age 16.

71 This information comes from the 1930 U.S. Census.

c. Daniel Nichols72 Married Anna
b: Jan 11, 1845   b: 1851
Children of Daniel and Anna Nichols
(1) Sherman D. Nichols
b: 1872
(2) Henry W. Nichols
b: 1874
d. John Nichols Married Ellen Jane Davidson
b: Dec 6,1846 1846 Mar 15 b: 1848
d: Sept 18, 1923 Hudson Falls, NY d: Oct 12, 1885
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of John and Ellen Nichols
(1) Earl Nichols
b: Feb 1, 1877
e. Susan Nichols73 Married William H. Dennison74
b: 1848 Dec 24, 1866 b: 1835
d: 1927 Argyle, NY d: 1923
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Susan and William Dennison
(1) Allen Dennison Married Sarah75
b: 1868   d:1900
(2) Alice Dennison
b: 1870

72 No one has found out anything about this brother of Grandpa Scott Nichols.

73 Louise did not remember any of the Dennisons. She did remember Uncle Roy
speaking of Aunt Sue Dennison and of his going to her funeral.

74 According to the 1880 U.S. Census, William Dennison was a farmer in
Greenwich. Both of his parents were from Ireland. They had two children Allen b: 1868,
and Alice b: 1870. The 1990 U.S. Census still lists William as a farmer, but he is now
living in Kingsbury.

75 This information comes from the 1930 U.S. Census. Sarah was 22 years younger
than Allen. The 1920 Census lists a granddaughter Ruth b: 1900 living with Susan and William.
I am guessing this was Allen’s daughter by a first wife. Allen and Sarah had a 5
year old daughter Helen in 1930.

f. Scott Nichols Married Martha Jane Winn76
b: Jan 10, 1850 Jan 9, 1877 b: May 16, 1860
d: July 25, 1935 Age 85 Hudson Falls, NY d: Nov 3, 1933, age 7877
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Scott and Martha Jane (Jen) Nichols:
(1) Adelbert Nichols Married Agnes Waite
B: April 18, 1878   b: 188278
Children of Adelbert (Uncle Del) and Agnes Nichols
(a) Aldwin Scott Nichols Married Edna Newton79
B: May 30, 1905    
D: May 28, 1988    
G: Mettowee Cem, Granville, NY    
(2) Ransom Nichols Married Minnie Whittemore80
B: Dec 18, 1879 June 15, 1904 b: Mar 9. 1885
D: July 6, 1949 Age 70 Hudson Falls, NY d: Dec 3, 1952, Age 6781
G: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   G: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of Ransom and Minnie Nichols – See Special Chart
g. William Henry Nichols82 B: 1853  
D: Sept 9, 1857    
G: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward    
76 Martha Jane Winn (Jen) was granddaughter of John Nichols. Hence Scott and
Martha Jane were second cousins or first cousins once removed.

77 Union Cemetery Records Sec 2, Lot 51

78 Information from 1920 U.S. Census

79 Glens Falls Post-Star listed Edna’s name as “Newton”,
but it also spelled Aldwin as “Aldewin”. This obit was listed under Hampton, NY

80 This woman was always known as Minnie, but her given name was Mary Calista.

81 Union Cemetery Records Sec 2, Lot 51.

82 We have assumed over the years that William is buried in the Scott
Nichols lot in Union Cemetery. This is only one marker with William on it. However, when
William died, Scott would have been only 7 years old, making it unlikely. There is no
record officially of William’s burial there. There is also another marker with
“Lettie” on it beside William in this lot, also without official record. Perhaps these
two are buried elsewhere with only markers in their memory. We have no other
information about them.

Chart VI
Descendants of Scott and Ann Davidson Nichols
6. Scott Nichols Married Ann Davidson
b: 1820, Ireland   b: 1826, Ireland
d: 1894, Age 74   d: 1884, Age 5883
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
a. Abraham Nichols 1854-   d. Scott Nichols 1865-
b. Charles Nichols 1860-   e. Margaret Nichols 1868-
c. Robert Nichols 1861-1861   f. Jessie Nichols 1870-1942
a. Abraham Nichols Married Louisa Wakeman
b: 1854   b: 1852
d:   d: Nov 23, 1933
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward84   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
b. Charles H. Nichols
b: Apr 23, 1860
d: 1926, Age 6685
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
c. Robert Nichols
b: Mar 22, 1861
d: Aug 17, 1861
d. Scott Nichols
b: 1865
e. Margaret Nichols
b: Apr 23, 1868
f. Jessie Nichols Married George Philander
b: 1870   b: 1868
d: 1942   d: 1944
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
83 Union Cemetery Records Sec 3, Lot 23.

84 Cemetery Record gives name as Abram Nichols buried in Sec 3 Lot 23

85 Cemetery Record Sec 3 Lot 23

Chart VII
Descendants of Daniel and Jane Davidson Nichols
7. Daniel Nichols Married Jane Davidson86
b: Sept 1821, Ireland Nov 29, 1845 b: 1819, Ireland
d: Mar 14, 1908, Age 87 Framingham, Mass d: 1910, Age 9187
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
a. Robert John Nichols 1846-1854   d. Ellen Nichols 1852-1861
b. William Nichols 1849-1911   e. Catherine M. Nichols 1855-1861
c. Jane Ann Nichols 1850-1861   f. Marion Nichols 1859-
a. Robert John Nichols
b: Oct 22, 1846
d: June 18, 1854
b. William Nichols Married Hannah McBride
b: Apr 1, 1849 Troy, NY b: Feb 18, 1871 Northern Ireland88
d: June 21, 1911, Age 62   d: 1938, Age 67
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
Children of William and Hannah McBride Nichols:89
(1) Jane Davidson Nichols Married Clarence Bradway90
b: July 17, 1896 July 23, 1913 b: Nov 1889
d: 1993, age 97   d: Dec 1975, Age 8691
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward
86 Daniel Nichols, the seventh child of Robert and Jane Scott Nichols, was born
in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. He came to the United States about 1844 (1839 according
to 1900 Census Records) and married Jane Davidson in November 1845 in Framingham,
Massachusetts. They worked in the woolen mills there. Later they moved to Argyle, N.Y.
where all of their children were born. Their first son, Robert John died at age 9 years.
Three of their daughters, Ellen, Catherine, and Jane Ann died of diphtheria. William also
had diphtheria but he recovered under his mother’s care. The doctor would not allow the
girls to have liquids. The mother thought that was why the girls died. The mother was so
upset by the experience that they moved to Fort Edward and later to West Hartford-on
the Hartford-Smith’s Basin road. The house known as the Hathaway House was built by
William Nichols. The Bush family lived there later. William Nichols operated a stone
quarry at this location.

87 Union Cemetery Records Sec 6, Lot 135.

88 Hannah McBride Nichols was born in Baileborough, County Caven, Ireland.
Her immigration year was 1874 according to the 1910 U.S. Census, though the 1900 Census
has an immigration date of 1882.

89 The 1900 Census lists a Catherine Nichols, daughter age 21 living with William
and Hannah. Since Hannah would have been 7 when Catherine was born, William may have been
married previously, but it is more likely her age should have been listed as 1 or 2.

Children of Jane and Clarence Bradway
(a) Karl Nichols Bradway Married Judith Clough92
b: Mar 22, 1934   b: 1939
(b) Dorothy Bradway Married Gerard Geroux
d: Jan 1993    
(c) Elinor Bradway Married Richard Guiles93
b: Apr 27, 1928 Mar 28, 1948 b: 1926
(2) Catherine Maria Nichols Married Marcus Bovee
(3) Ella May Nichols    
b: 189894    
d: 1910, Age 12    
(4) Marion Nichols Married Ellis Eldridge95
b: 190696    
Children of Marion and Ellis Eldridge
(a) Dan Eldridge
(b) Huldah Eldridge
(c) Lena Eldridge Married (?) Moore
(d) Ellis Eldridge
90 I (Ernie Danforth) remember the Bradways from Zion Episcopal Church in
Hudson Falls. They were older members when we were kids. I also remember Mom talking
about how they were cousins, but I never really understood the connection.

91 Union Cemetery Records Sec 8, Lot 135.

92 According to the U S Public Record Index Karl and Judith were living at
17 Catherine St, Hudson Falls, 2008

93 According to the U S Public Record Index Elinor was living at 39
Longview Dr, Queensbury, 2008

94 Information from the 1900 U.S. Census

95 Eldridge Records should be in the town of Hartford. See Chart II,
Robert D. Nichols/Huldah Eldridge and John Ransom Winn/Heonise Eldridge. The Eldridge
farm was located on Route 196.

96 Information from the 1910 U.S. Census (spelling of last name McHols)

(5) Ruth Nichols
b: 190297
(6) Margaretta E. Nichols Married Earl Hoskins
b: 1904    
d: 1987 Age 83    
(7) Daniel Nichols Married Ruth Brooks
b: 1905   b: 1905
d: 1987   1984
g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward   g: Union Cemetery, Ft Edward98
(8) William Nichols Married 1st Marjorie Woodell
b: 190899    
Child of William & Marjorie Nichols – James Nichols, Argyle, NY (as of 1988)
(9) Harold Nichols Married Josephine Graham
b: 1912100    
c. Jane Ann Nichols
b: Dec 26, 1850
d: Dec 18, 1861
d. Ellen Nichols
b: Dec 7, 1852
d: Dec 16, 1861
e. Catherine Maria Nichols
b: April 14, 1855
d: Dec 14, 1861
f. Marion Nichols101 Married Ellis Austin Eldridge
b: May 21,1859 1875 b: July 22, 1850
d: Nov 17, 1939   d: Feb 26, 1934
g: Baptist Church, N. Hartford   g: Baptist Church, N. Hartford
97 Information from the 1910 U.S. Census (spelling of last name McHols)

98 Cemetery Records, Sec 15, Lots 29 and 30

99 Information from the 1910 U.S. Census (spelling of last name McHols)

100 Information from the 1920 U.S. Census. According to this census
Hannah was remarried by 1920 to a man named Hugh Maloney

101 Information from Hulda Ellingsworth, granddaughter, 91 Montrary Rd.,
Queensbury, NY 12804, tele 793-0365


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Editors Note: At the Nichols Family Reunion in July 1989, Doris Nichols suggested that biographies of the first generation family descendants of Ransom and Minnie Nichols be prepared in some sort of resume style. Families of deceased first generation member were asked to do the best they could on these resumes. Joyce Jolley Nichols prepared and outline of pertinent points that should be covered as a minimum. Briefly, the following is that outline.

Date it was prepared

  1. Full name and maiden name, if applicable
  2. Current address
  3. Date of birth and location of birth
  4. Date of death (if applicable), cause of death, and location of remains
  5. Formal education, including
    • Elementary school
    • High school and year graduated
    • Advanced school or college, year graduated and degree earned
    • Significant happenings (not job-related), e.g. marriage, military service, community service, recognition, etc.
      Occupational history; With a paragraph for each job held, starting with the most recent and working back to the first. For each job, show

      • Location
      • Years in that position
      • Brief description of duties and responsibilities
      • Range of pay rate
      • Highlights (awards, commendations, interesting episodes, important people you met, etc)

The incomplete results follow, some surprising and enlightening, some not so surprising and, perhaps, amusing. The information will follow the above outline as near as possible. Enjoy.

Ransom Nichols

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  1. Ransom Nichols by Donald Nichols – July 11, 1990
  2. Current address: Heaven
  3. DOB: Dec. 18, 1879 at Adamsville, NY
  4. DOD: July 8, 1949; killed in automobile accident. Buried at Sandy Hill/Fort Edward Union Cemetery.
  5. Education:
    • he attended Adamsville District School but received no high school education. Sometime later, he attended sandy
      Hill Business School, but we do not know whether he received a degree. (He did like to use shorthand occasionally.)
  6. Happenings:
    • Married June 15, 1904. Sept 12, 1899, he set up an exhibit of his wire fencing (Aided by Dell and Grandpa) at
      Washington County Fair. Still have exhibit of such fence west from top of lane-home place- and pasture. Still some
      staves around farm yet. (Excerpt from 1899 Diary.)
    • Farming: Worked on the farm (Scott and Martha Jane’s farm) until he began business “school”
      November 13, 1899. He says (Diary again) “Commenced learn shorthand today. Studied until half past nine
      tonight.” Worked on farm when home, while in school. Incidentally, Diary game and exhibit of his shorthand
      following Dell’s marriage, Dec. 27, 1899. (Wish I could read his shorthand.)
    • I am not sure of the date he bought farm (present home farm) house where D. Scott lives. (now occupied by
      Merle, Doris, Rhue, and James) No doubt it was about the time he married Mary Calista Whittemore (6/15/04). He
      considered himself a farmer until his death, 7/8/49.
    • Almost immediately he started having children-in addition to farming. Can’t tell you too much about that. I wasn’t
      there at the beginning.
  7. just realized I should have read the instructions before starting this. Here goes:–
  8. Occupational History
    • 7-8-49 Manager of Adirondack Farmers Exchange (A.F.E. or Exchange). Started as manager, 1924 and farming.
      Before manager, he was one of the prime movers in forming A.F.E. Canvassed in addition to farming and lived it
      at home. Following A.F.E. formation as Coop. become director. Following unhappy manager experience, he
      became manager. Roy became active farmer at home (with help of some kids that happened to be available).
    • This occupation continued until his death. A few of his outside activities that I know about, as I remember
      them, are as follows:

      1. Clerk of District 12 Argyle
      2. Mason
      3. Grange
      4. Plowed snot C. Holmes Road, Ridge Road form town line to district school
      5. Repaired above roads as needed
      6. Draft Board (county) WWII
      7. Gee! I can’t remember what else – Dairymen’s League, etc.
  9. The beginning got there first-apologies.

Mary Calista Nichols (Minnie)

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  1. Mary Calista Nichols (Minnie) maiden name – “Whittemore”, by Donald Nichols – July 12, 1990
  2. Current address: Heaven
  3. DOB: March 9, 1885
  4. DOD: Dec 3, 1952; Uremia. Buried at Sandy Hill/Fort Edward Union Cemetery Union Cemetery.
  5. Education:
    • Adamsville District School
    • Sandy Hill Academy-Graduated 1903
    • Sandy Hill Training Class
  6. Happenings:
    • Married June 15, 1904
    • Taught school Hines District, 103
    • Bore 10 children. Helen Luella died age 18 mos. Grange, Red Cross.
    • She kept her kids clean.
  7. Occupational History For: Mother, Mama, Minnie, Min (her husband) (This is going to be easier.)
    • Following receiving teacher certificate, taught school in the Hines District-the corner of Town Line road and Hines
      Road-one year. She lived with the Hines family (I believe Mr.Hines was trustee for above mentioned school district).
      The above coincident together with the fact that Ransoms grandfather’s land cornered on the aforesaid Hines road
      might have led to the happening of June 15, 1904. One might conclude that maybe Ransom was a pretty fast worker
      both on the farm and off since it was just over the hill to the lower place, out the cornier on the Hines Road. And it
      was only a short piece up the road to the school (Hines) and Hines home.

      From there it was all downhill – marriage – the Will Robertson farm, house and children and children and children,

      Of course, there is more to it than that. Referring back to the other party in the “Nichols” family, starting at a—–g
      (you didn’t think that Ransom did all those things by himself, did you? He had a party with him every step of the
      way. I don’t mean to infer that it was all roses. There were hills and valleys, as you may guess. May I say your
      inference would be definitely correct. But I guess “Min” would not have had it any other way.

      Yes, author drops a tear here.

Ruth Jennie Tilford

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  1. Ruth Jennie Tilford -maiden name, “Nichols” by ? -May 11, 1990
  2. Current address: Deceased
  3. DOB: June 1, 1905 at Argyle, New York
  4. DOD: August 10, 1966; congestive heart failure. Buried at North Argyle Church Cemetery
  5. Education:
    • Ridge District School #12
    • Argyle Academy, graduated 1925
    • Teaching Training Class, Hudson Falls, N.Y. 1926. No degree necessary
  6. Happenings:
    • Married June 29, 1927 to Lester N. Tilford
    • Raised five “wonderful” children; Helen Louise Cameron, Barbara Cobb; Martha Sumner, L. Nelson and Charles R.
    • Active in 4-H, Home Dem Bureau, Church and Grange
  7. Occupational History
    • Housewife, Mother and Farmer’s helper, when necessary
    • Teacher at Hook School House, Argyle, two years 1926-28

Lester Nelson Tilford

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  1. Lester Nelson Tilford, Sr. by ?-May 11, 1990
  2. Current address: Deceased
  3. DOB: Dec 9, 1895 at Argyle, New York
  4. DOD:Jan 23, 1970; Heart attack. Buried at North Argyle Church Cemetery
  5. Education:
    • Argyle Hook School House through 8th grade
  6. Happenings:
    • Married Ruth Nichols 6/29/27
    • Active in Farm Bureau, Grange
    • GLF, Dairyman’s league, North Argyle
    • U.P. Church Elder
    • Part in Argyle Community Play, “Path Across The Hill.”
    • Fathered five children (see names under Ruth’s Bio)
  7. Occupational History
    • Farmer in Argyle, New York (mailing address at the time was Smith’s Basin) Born and raised on the family
      homestead. Worked as a farmer till the farm was sold in the early 1960’s. Lived on the farm till his death.

Florence Minnie Stanley

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  1. Florence Minnie Stanley maiden name Nichols, by Sharlene Reynolds – July 14, 1990
  2. Current address: Deceased
  3. DOB:: April 22, 1908 at Home (Argyle, N.Y.)
  4. DOD: cancer. Buried at Albany Rural Cemetery
  5. Education:
    • North Ridge School
    • Argyle High School, graduated 1925
    • Training Class, 1927, Teacher
    • Canton/St. Lawrence, 1929 Dietician
    • Oneonta, 1931, Grade School Teacher
  6. Happenings:
    • Married Theodore L. Stanley Oct 23, 1937 at Zion Episcopal Church, Hudson Falls, N.Y. by Rev. Hugh Hooper.
      Witnesses were Louise E. Nichols Danforth and Carol Stanley.
  7. Occupational History
    • Teaching grade school in Hartford, N.Y. 1 year, $17/mo. It was decided that she was making too much money, so
      she had to give back $3.00.
    • Teaching at North Ridge Grade School, $20-$25/mo.
    • Substitute teacher in Greenwich, N.Y. Can’t remember the pay

Theodore Lewis Stanley

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  1. Theodore Lewis Stanley by Sharlene Reynolds (?)-July 14, 19900
  2. Current address: Deceased
  3. DOB: Jan 31, 1911
  4. DOD:Mar 6, 1978 cancer. Buried at Albany Rural Cemetery
  5. Education:
    • Elementary & high school: Greenwich Central
  6. Happenings:
    • Military Service – entered 1945. After basic training, went to California, then Philippines.
    • From there went to Tokyo as mail person. (One time a package came in with cocoa butter. They thought it was
      chocolate. They ate some. To their surprise, it didn’t taste like candy!
  7. Occupational History
    • Mark Pettys, auto mechanic, Greenwich, N.Y. – 6 months
    • Gas attendant, Fort Edward, N.Y.
    • Metropolitan Life Insurance, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Donald Charles Nichols

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  1. Donald Charles Nichols – May 21, 1990; maiden name, None (that I know of)
  2. Current address:R.D. #1, Box 1701, Fort Edward, N.Y. 12828 (Since deceased)
  3. DOB::May 2, 1910 at (the usual) home
  4. OD:: Not applicable (I think); cause of death “not applicable”, location of remains (not much left)
  5. Education:
    • Ridge School District #12
    • Argyle High School, graduated 1928
    • Cornell University, 1932, BS (No remarks, please)
  6. Happenings:
    • Marriage, Yep, July 24, 1936
    • Military Service, No
    • Community Service, yes – Extension Service, Agriculture Conservation, Farm Bureau, Zion Church Vestry, Argyle
      Planning Board, Emergency Squad. Recognition, Yeah – some people recognized me, occasionally
    • [Ed. Note: For explanation of yeses and no’s see item 6 at the beginning of
      the biographies section.]
  7. Occupational History
    • FARMER. ’37 – (Let you know when the time comes.) Retirement – 1975 (active that is). I call myself “Farmer
      Retired” (you may disagree – don’t care). Having (mostly) a long mane, too. Had a little help on the way. If I didn’t
      say so, I might hear some rapping on the ceiling and sidewalls. “Hoeing” was pretty tiring, now that I think
      about it. – I might add gardening, housework, mowing lawns. Did I mention being cared for by wife and kids?

      If you have made it this far, I’ll go on.

    • Before farming – GLF assistant store manager and manager, Nov. 1932-Sept 1934 (Albany, Latham(?), Coxsackie,
      Albany (got let out (dispensed with)).
    • After GLF “Griffin Lumber Company” yard salesman – one year, I guess.
    • After Griffin Lumber Co. – Armour & Co., delivery trucking (route) “They are Swift, be we are Armour!”
    • After Armour – Extension Service and manager of Soil Conservation Service, ’35, ’36, ’37, part-time farm, part-time
      Soil Conservation Service. In this period, introduced HON [Harold] to Soil Conservation Service, and did he ever
      take it from there.
    • Now we are back to Forest Ridge Farm

Jean Marian Nichols

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  1. Jean Marian Nichols maiden name, Rosbrook, by Donald Nichols – May 21, 1990
  2. Current address:Heaven (mailing address unknown)
  3. DOB::Nov. 17, 1910 at Long Island – Northport, N.Y.
  4. DOD:: Nov. 23, 1988; heart. Buried at Albany Rural Cemetery – College Plot
  5. Education:
    • Rochester Elementary School
    • East High, Rochester, Graduated 1927
    • Cornell University, 1931, BS degree
  6. Happenings:
    • Married 1936
    • Floriculture – definitely one of her better interests.
    • Other interests – everything in the book
  7. Occupational History
    • 1 1/2 Adirondack Credit
    • 1 1/2 years house work
    • 1 1/2 law library Rochester
    • After Griffin Lumber Co. – Armour & Co., delivery trucking (route) “They are Swift, be we are Armour!”
    • Recognized as housewife, framer and mother (to six, no less)
    • Jean took an extra year at Cornell (5 years). If she had not, the story might have been altogether different. Our last
      year at CU, we both took a course in “Business Law”, I think. It was an 8 o’clock class. Waiting table in the fraternity
      house, I was usually a little late (Jean was too, occasionally). That’s why she noticed me – I had noticed her before.

      After graduation, went back to Rochester, where her father (Fred) was Law Librarian. She worked for some time
      there. After GLF, Don had time to take Les (of the Les and Es combo) to Cornell and got he established temporarily.
      Then he, Don, went to Rochester, following some correspondence and visited Jean. Don went back to Argyle and
      Jean came back to Ballston Spa to a housekeeping job – to a job with Glens Falls Credit Co. Then married in 1936. Set
      up housekeeping in Grandpa Scott’s. From Grandpa Scott’s to Roy and Elsie’s back at Forest Ridge Farm.

Louise Elizabeth Danforth

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  1. Louise Elizabeth Danforth maiden name, Nichols – Jan. 21, 1990
  2. Current address:R.D. #1, Box 1677, Forth Edward, N.Y. 12828
  3. DOB::Dec. 5, 1914, at Argyle, N.Y.
  4. DOD::
  5. Education:
    • District #12, Town of Argyle
    • Argyle High School, graduated 1932
    • Albany Hospital Training School, 1936, R.N.
  6. Happenings:
    • Married Oct. 25, 1941
    • 4-H Leader 1947-1990, still going
    • Hartford Youth Commission, Chairman, about 8 years
    • Took care of my mother 15 months after I finished Training
  7. Occupational History
    • My first real job after finishing Nurses Training was at Glens Falls Hospital form December 1937 until October
      1941. I worked as a general duty nurse (floor nurse) on the surgical floor, semi-private doing bedside care. I
      usually worked 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with hours off during the middle of the day when
      things were quieter. Sometimes we had to work 3-11 to relieve the nurses who worked that shift for their day
      off. We worked six days a week but we were paid on the basis of a 30-day month. We received $75 per month, I
      believe, including meals and laundry (uniforms). After a year we got one week of paid vacation. If we were sick
      we were docked a day’s pay. We were supposed to work an 8-hour day but we had to stay until our work was
      done. (An 8-hour day was an improvement on our training days when we worked 9 ½ hours a day with two days
      off a week. A half day meant we worked from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and had the rest of the day to ourselves
      if we didn’t have classes.)
    • After I was married I quit work but I went back to work after my husband went in the army in December 1942. I
      did just about the same work on the same floor as I had done before I was married. The work was harder
      because nurses were in short supply. I quit work when Red came home in March of 1946. We did get some pay
      increase during the war. I finally made $135 a month plus 3 meals a day and laundry. I got a little more than
      some because I had been there longer. I had to do a little charge (?) work because there were so few who knew
      the floor. I hated charge work. The charge nurse made only $10 per month more than the regular duty nurse.
    • In 1974 I went to work part-time in a nursery school and day care for $2 an hour. I worked four hours a week at
      first, bringing home $7.50. Later I got more work and made $1800-$2000 a year. I worked there about five years. I
      liked the work even though I often was black and blue from being kicked; kids shoes hurt. Finally the nursery
      school closed because the state regulations became too strict to make the school profitable.
    • I didn’t go back to work again until after Red died and then only part-time. I never went back to nursing.
    • A year later I took a baby (3 months old) into my home to care for. I had him until he went to kindergarten. I only
      had him school days; his folks were both school teachers and they left him when they went to work and picked
      him up on their way home. I used to get $11 a day to take care of him. I also had a little girl some for a couple
      years when her mother taught at Skidmore College. She came only three days a week.
    • After that I had a small nursery school (5-6 preschoolers for two hours twice a week) for a couple years.
    • Now I am retired

Lawrence “Red” Danforth

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  1. Lawrence “Red” Danforth -by Louise Danforth, Feb. 1990
  2. Current address: Heaven
  3. DOB:September 19, 1913, at Hopkinton, N.Y.
  4. DOD:May 28, 1973; cardiac embolism. Buried at Morningside, Hartford, N.Y.
  5. Education:
    • Hopkinton Grade School
    • Potsdam & St. Regis Falls, graduated 1931
    • College-none
  6. Happenings:
    • Married October 25, 1941
    • U.S. Engineers, Dec 1942- Mar 1946
    • Staff Sergeant
  7. Occupational History
    • Lawrence (known by his family as Red because of his red hair and freckles when he was a little boy) graduated
      from high school during the Depression when there were not many jobs. He worked for farmers milking cows
      and did some construction work on roads. I believe he worked on the road up Whiteface Mountain. His father
      died in March of 1937. They were in debt for the home farm and the farm across the road. Milk prices were not
      that good and the boys couldn’t see their way out of the mortgages so they lost all of it to the bank, even the life
      insurance. The boys and their mother moved into a house in Nicholville.
    • Because the boys didn’t have much work, Red came to work at Union Bag in Hudson Falls; his uncle was
      superintendent of the Fenimore mill. This must have been in 1939 or 1940. He worked in the heater room (the
      part of the mill where the pulp was prepared for the papermaking process). I don’t know what he made, but
      when we were married, it seems as though he was making $1400 to $1500 a year.
    • When Red was in school, he played a lot of basketball and some semi-pro basketball. He tore a cartilage in his
      knee. It bothered him off and on., but it was so bad that the doctor operated on it in May 1941 in the Glens Falls
      Hospital. That is where I met him and we were married five months later-just about 6 weeks before Pearl Harbor.
    • Red worked a t Union Bag until it closed late in the summer of 1942. He went to work for Scott Paper in South
      Glens Falls but only for a few weeks.
    • Because his mother had died in July, the reason he had been deferred for military service, he was drafted and
      entered the U.S. Army, December 1942. We had been married 13 months. He went to Fort Belvoir and was in the
      Engineering Corps. He stayed there all during the war. He expected that he would be shipped out with each
      group he trained, but he never was. When the war was almost over, he discovered that his record showed his
      bad knee made him ineligible for overseas duty. If we had know that, I would have joined him down there; but as
      it was I stayed and worked in Glens Falls Hospital and met him in New York when he had a weekend pass. He got a furlough to come home a couple of times a year. Red
      LouiseIn March 1946 he was discharged and came home. We were living in this house (at least our things were
      here and we came home when he got a furlough). We had to dig through snow drifts to get into the house but we
      built a fire, got the electricity turned on and we were home at last. April 1, 1946 he went back to work for Scott
      Paper but this time in the Fort Edward mill (Scott had bought that mill during the war and was just beginning to
      get it well underway). When the war broke out in 1941 rubber suddenly became very scarce, so Red had a chance
      to by an old Terraplane with fairly good tires for $25. ($45?) He bought it. During the war, when cars were so
      scarce, we sold our better car and kept the Terraplane. It still ran and we drove it for a year or two – the floor
      boards were gone, the windshield had no defroster on it. He did get a ride to work part of the time with a man
      who lived in Hebron. Eventually we got a car, a new Ford. Someone had his name on tow waiting lists and tow
      came through at the same time. We got one of them.
    • Red worked for Scott Paper for over 30 years. I didn’t work. We planned to raise a family but Beth wasn’t born
      until 1950. Red went on the paper machine as back tender, then paper maker. They asked him to take the
      foreman’s job but he refused it because he could make more money with his overtime that he could as foreman.
      Besides, the foreman did not have union protection and was often made the scapegoat when things went wrong.
      He had to work tower work (7-3, 3-11, 11-7) with 2 days off between shifts. The pay was good and the benefits
      pretty good. The union came in and organized the plant, but there never was a strike. Red was union president
      for a number of years-too many. People used to call him day or night whenever they had an argument with the
      boss. One girl called him at 2 a.m. one night. Even after he gave up the presidency he worked on the negotiating
      committee for years until the day he died.
    • His hobbies were sports and gardening. He did bowl some and he followed baseball, basketball and football.
    • He always had a nice garden. He raised strawberries and raspberries. He even had a few purple raspberries,
      yellow sweet raspberries and black caps. He also grew grapes-mostly blue Concords, but some sweet green
      grapes. He used to make a lot of grape juice. Some people bought them to make wine. He sold a lot of
      raspberries and strawberries.
    • He died when he was 59. At that, he was older than any other member of his immediate family.

Esther Margaret Nichols

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  1. Esther Margaret Nichols maiden name Smith – July 1994
  2. Current address:Current address: 6109 63rd Ave., Riverdale, MD 20737-1991
  3. DOB:September 19, 1913, at Hopkinton, N.Y.
  4. DOD::
  5. Father was a mining engineer. Before the twins were 2 years old, the family moved to Massapequa, Long Island, NY where seven children of Katherine Kaufman Smith and Warren Slocum Smith were raised. Attended Massapequa Elementary School, Baldwin High School, and Cornell University – EstherBS Home Economics. Mother was the 4-H club Leader – 4-H club work and 4-H camp were truly enjoyed. First job was dietitian for one summer at 4-H camp. Swimming at Jones Beach, backpacking in the Adirondacks were recreation of youth. Spent a year as dietitian of the cafeteria at Plattsburg (then) Normal School. Met Les at Outdoor Cooking 4-H Training Camp June 1941 near Cornell. Letter-writing, visiting – engaged Pearl Harbor Day 1941 – married Easter, 5 April 1942. Lived in Fonda for a few months at McDuffy Boarding House til Les was conscripted to serve WW II fall 1942. Went to Farmingdale Tuberculosis Sanitarium – dietitian for 3 ½ years til Les returned from England, France, went by RR to San Bernardino before Les was to ship overseas – we had a couple of weeks. He finally shipped out of NY. Les had week’s leave that we spent at the folks cottage on Lake Cosayuna.
  6. We spent a month on the farm with Mother and Dad Nichols while Les interviewed for a 4-H Agent. We went to Orange County where we lived some 5 years. Four sons were born – Warren Slocum 2 Feb 1947, Merle Ransom and Malcom Roy 24 Feb 1949, and Ralph Corwin 9 June 1950.
  7. His experiences in the war convinced Les he wanted to work to promote peace. 1951 we went to Maryland where he directed the International Farm Youth Exchange for the National 4-H Club Foundation. The boys grew up in Riverdale, Maryland. Years of PTA, scouting, and entertaining hundreds of young people for U.S. farms and some 52 countries around the world. The boys all attended University of Maryland. Shawn (Warren/Buddy) went to Star King Seminary to be a Unitarian minister. He has one daughter, Sonamara, born 19 Dec 1971. Merle is a letter-carrier, U.S. Post Office. He married Doris Nichols and they have a son, Rhue, and have adopted James Daniel. Mak’s degree is performing arts. He stage-managed at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Ralph has PhD in Microbiology from George Washington University and works in the lab at NIH (National Institutes of Health). He married Mary Jan Mulligan. Their daughter, Kelsey was born 20 July 1991. Mary Jane graduated cum laude, Law School, University of Baltimore.
  8. At age 70 Esther retired from sub-teaching at Bladensburg High School for some 20 years. 1992-93 Es’ mother has been living with us – she was 100 years old 2 April 1992.

Harold Osborne Nichols

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  1. Harold Osborne Nichols – July 4, 1994
  2. Current address:15 Kathern St, Cleveland, NY 13042
  3. DOB:May 25, 1919 at home farm, Ridge Road, Argyle, NY
  4. DOD:May 28, 1973; cardiac embolism. Buried at Morningside, Hartford, N.Y.
  5. Education:
    • Graduated from Argyle High School in 1939; also job related courses
  6. Happenings:
    • Married Jane Louise Burch 9/30/1939
    • was classified 4-F in World War 2 draft because of heart murmur
    • 5 children – Sandra Jane, Karren Louise, Ransom Charles, Doris Jean, and Denise Ann.
    • 1949 was a sad year. Karren died at Easter in the recovery room after a tonsillectomy; Dad was killed in the car
      accident in July’ we moved from Argyle to Kirkville in early fall (thats a story in itself); Jane had a miscarriage a
      couple of weeks after we got “settled” in Kirkville; then to complete the year (though it was 1/9/50) the story and a
      half garage just back of the house burned to the ground.
    • Other significant happenings might be over 50 years a Granger and a free and Accepted Mason.
  7. Occupational History
    • March 1937-December 1938; Car salesman for Warren Auto in Glens Falls, Olds dealer. No salary but had the use
      of a used car with gas furnished. Commission was $15.00 for a new car and 10% of the selling price of a used car,
      not to exceed $10. Hours were long, pickings were slim but 5 cents bought a cup of coffee, 10 cents would get you
      a mug of beer with plenty of peanuts, popcorn, cheese and crackers, etc., 25 cents would buy a lunch of Hamburg
      or hotdog, pie and coffee. My important accomplishments-taught Florence to drive and sold her a car (tried to
      teach Louise but failed that one). But the real “big one” was when I introduced Florence to Ted Stanley (My only
      success in the Cupid business).
    • December 1938-November 1942; Ran a gas station in Argyle (north end of village, by the bridge) profit was
      $800-$1000 per annum. I planned to open by 7:00 a.m. and stay open until 9:00 p.m. seven days a week. Closing
      would be later if there were any customers around or any work to finish. Gas sold 6 gallons for $1.00, oil 15 cents
      a quart. To make ends meet (Jane and I were married in ’39 and good pork chops cost 15 cents a pound) we had
      to moonlight. While Jane tended station, I ran a wholesale small tanker truck; drove school bus; worked for the
      undertaker, Morrie Kilmer; and drove snow plow for the town. In 1940 I started part time work for AAA (see next
      segment). Closed station in ’42 due to rationing.
    • April 1940-October 1942; Farm Checker for Agricultural Adjustment Agency (AAA), a New Deal agency in the US
      Dept. of Agriculture. Pay ranged from $3.50 to $5.00 per day, furnish my own car, no mileage. The job was to visit
      farms to see that they properly carried out the conservation practices that they received payment for. In some
      cases we had to actually measure fields. I had to drive 17 miles to start work in the territory assigned to me. It
      may be interesting to note that the car I drove (1933) Dodge cost me $35. I bought used tires for it at 25 cents a
      piece. Of course the gas came out of my own pump.
    • February 1842-November 1943; Farm Placement Representative, War Manpower Comm., US Employment
      Service. Pay range $2178-$2448 per annum.
    • I was to find help to work on farms. Because of the war, most able-bodied people were either in the military, in
      war plants or in a critical occupation. I recruited school kids, housewives and anyone else who was still alive and
      breathing. I recruited prostitutes from Saratoga for a vegetable farm in Easton. For general farm work I had
      three New Zealand Air Force officers who were on R&R in NYC; there was the NYC Fireman on vacation; and
      many other interesting men and women. I think most all crops in Washington and Warren Counties got
      harvested that fall. I was let go when the funding ran out.
    • November 1943-October 1945; County Assistant in Conservation (Washington County), the Agency was still AAA
      at this time Salary range $7.70-$*.80 per day + 3 cents per mile.
    • I worked 6 days a week and averaged 3 to 4 night meetings. There was a war on and everyone was expected to
      “give”. I worked under a 3-man County Committee of farmers. Dad served as Chairman of this committee for
      years. He resigned when I took this job. Our agency was the only straight-line line from Washington to farmers
      on the land. Because farm products were so vital to the war effort, we got many and varied assignments. We
      made recommendations to draft boards re farm deferments; to rationing boards re gas, building materials, tires,
      fertilizer, etc. We made subsidy payments to dairymen. We helped promote increased production and carried out
      many other war-related activities.
    • October 1945-August 1956; Fieldman, NY State Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation (ASCS). This is the
      same Agency as the last segment, just a name change. Salary range $2980-$6250 per annum plus travel.
    • I served as liaison between the State Office and from 7 to 12 county offices. During my tenure in this position, at
      different times, I served 39 of the 56 agricultural counties in the State. This was during the post WW-2 period.
      Our mission was to slow down an agricultural plant that was geared up to supply the food chain for ourselves
      and our allies while at war and immediately after. We certainly found that it was easier to get American farmers
      to go for “more” than it was to coax them to produce less.
    • August 1956-September 1961; Program Specialist for New York State ASCS Office. Salary range $6390-$9475 per
    • My job was to adapt National programs and procedures to State operations. I would supplement or expand the
      overall instructions to make them apply to New York State. I was responsible to review the accuracy and
      effectiveness of the operation of my assigned programs.
    • September 1961-July 1967; During this period I held titles of: Program Specialist; Section Head; and Assistant
      Branch Chief. This was all in the field of Price Support Programs in ASCS Agency of USDA, National
      Headquarters. Salary range $10,635-$16,675.
    • Our work was to transform legislation into regulations and working instructions to implement the will of
      Congress. We would take part in the training at all levels, review the operations in State and County offices,
      study the effectiveness and report our findings to the Secretary of Agriculture.
    • As you can see from the job titles, I progressed from the “specialist” level to “supervisory” positions. I would
      point out that I felt pretty good about eh promotions since they came in a Democratic administration and I
      have always registered Republican.
    • I will mention two “highlights” that occurred during this segment. The most important would be receiving a
      “Superior Service Award” in 1966. Since I was one of 83 that year, out of thousands of USDA employees, I
      considered it quite an honor (no money). But I can show you a medal and a certificate signed by Orville
      Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture (a Democrat).
    • The other deals with a letter I composed to a Minnesota farm couple. One of our functions was to prepare
      answers to mail dealing with our area of responsibility. None of them were signed at my lowly level but were
      passed up through the various bureaucratic channels for initials and finally signature. So a letter could be
      stopped at any level and returned for rewrite. Since Sec. Freeman was from Minnesota, he insisted that all
      correspondence going to Minnesota be personally signed by him.
    • So I had this 2-page letter of complaint that was my “baby” to answer. I considered it a tough one and so
      procrastinated until it couldn’t wait any longer. I called my secretary in and dictated a reply. She brought me a
      rough draft and it sounded pretty good to me so I said “finalize it”. I wasn’t surprised when the Deputy Division
      Director (the second stop) called for me to come to discuss the letter. He told me he was going to initial it by
      wanted me to know that it would never be signed – the reason being that is was just not of Secretary caliber,
      the language was just too plain.
    • The upshot was that not only did the Secretary sign it, but he had copies made and sent to the heads of all the
      Department agencies. His handwritten note said – “Congrats should be passed on to the writer.” I heard later
      that he got a response from the farmer saying “we didn’t mean to complain, we think you are doing a great
    • July 1967-July 1969; Assistant to the Director, Farmers Program Division, ASCS, Washington, D.C. Salary
    • At this point I switched from program operations to personnel work in the area of employee development and
      training. This Division had a very large staff. The work was such that most of our new employees come in from
      field offices. My job was to help them get oriented, trained and adjusted to working at the national level.
    • July 1969 —- ; Chief, Employee and Development Staff (Farmer Program Division). Salary $22,239- per annum. I
      supervised six professional and two clerical employees. Our work was to develop and implement training
      programs for ASCS personnel in Washington and in the field. At that time there were approximately 18,000
      full-time employees plus another 80,000 committeemen who worked part time.
    • Deputy Director, Operations Evaluation and Improvement Division; Salary ??? I consulted with and assisted
      the Director and served as Acting Director in his absence. Our Division was responsible for examining and
      evaluating all operating functions of the Agency both in Washington and in the field. We would then develop
      improvements and recommend needed changes.
    • Retired from USDA June 1973 – Age 54 with 31 years of service.
    • After 1 ½ years of retirement (during which I completed a project that I had started about 40 years before –
      namely, to teach Louise to drive), I took a part time consulting job with the National 4-H Council. My work
      was with the International Farm Training Program. They paid me $55 per day and expenses.
    • The program was to bring young agricultural folks from the Philippines and Poland to this country to live and
      work on farms to learn about our methods of production. The highlight for me was when I had a chance to
      spend a week in Warsaw, Poland to meet and talk with potential candidates and program leaders. I worked
      in this until 1980.
    • My work history since 1980 has been purely volunteer. This has proved the most challenging, time
      consuming and difficult of any segment of my whole career. It is good that I learned a little on the way to
      this stage or I’m afraid I couldn’t survive.

Dorothy Harriet Alberding

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  1. Dorothy Harriet Alberding maiden name Nichols – Mar 16, 1990
  2. Current address:5106 Wood Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33541
  3. DOB:Feb 25, 1921, at Argyle, N.Y. at home
  4. DOD:
  5. Education:
    • 8 Grades
    • 4 years high school, graduated 1937
    • Oneonta State Normal School, 1949, certified to teach elementary grades K-8. Had to get 30 more hours for
      permanent certification within 10 years.
  6. Happenings:
    • Married Derwin Alberding May 30, 1941 in Argyle, N.Y.
    • Had 2 children:
      • Johann June 23, 1942
      • Myron, March 28, 1944.
        (Myron killed in boating accident July 10, 1973)
    • Johann married Feb 22, 1964.
      She had 2 children, Stephen and Sherry.
      Stephen drowned May 20, 1979.
  7. Occupational History
    • Only job was 1 year as 1st grade teacher at Argyle, N.Y. at the salary of $800 per year – the minimum salary for
      elementary teachers in N.Y. State at that time. I almost took a job in Vermont for $625 – a one-room school and 8
      grades. It would have paid my board and room. Teaching jobs were hard to find then and they didn’t hire
      married women teachers. My class was the last class of the 3-yr. Normal School. After that you went 4 years
      and got a Degree of BE. In both cases 30 more hours of education was required within 10 years of graduation
      to keep your teaching certificate.
    • After marriage my only job was helping Derwin with the farm work. We retired in 1978. Our farm was dairy. First
      we went to Clayville, N.Y. in partnership with Dewin’s Dad for 8 years. We moved to our own farm in Red Creek,
      N.Y. in 1950 after Derwin’s Dad died. Derwin wanted land with less stones than the home farm. In Clayville we
      also raised certified seed potatoes as well as having a dairy. We sold our dairy when Myron died in 1973. He was
      in partnership with us then. We raised calves for veal for a while as well as corn to sell. The last 3 years, just corn.
    • After Derwin retired in 1978 we sold our farm (but not the tenant house) and bought a home in Zephyrhills, Fla.
      We had built a camp in Canada about 35 miles north of Kingston, Ont., on Devil Lake in 1975. We lived in 3 places
      for a while; Florida, tenant house in Red Creek and our camp in Canada. Three places were too much, so we sold
      the Red Creek tenant house and now spend 7 months in Florida and 5 months in Canada – fishing.
    • I have done a lot of sewing, crocheting, knitting and making tied quilts. Mother would call them comforters.
      Most of the quilts have been made to raise money for the Red Creek Presbyterian Church in which I have
      served as organist, choir director, elder, trustee, and treasurer. Sometimes janitor, too.

Derwin Charles Alberding

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  1. Derwin Charles Alberding – by Dorothy Alberding, Mar. 17, 1990
  2. Current address:5106 Wood Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33541
  3. OB:July 28, 1916 at Clayville
  4. DOD::
  5. Education:
    • 8 Grades
    • 4 years high school, graduated 1934
    • Cornell University, 1931, BS degree
    • Cornell College of Agriculture, 1940 BS. Certified to teach Agriculture and Science in high schools. Had to get 30 more
      hours within 10 years to keep certification.
  6. Happenings:
    • Married Dorothy in 1941-May 30th.
    • Won many honors for a high-producing dairy herd
  7. Occupational History
    • Taught 2 years in Argyle Central School-Agriculture, Science, and Industrial Arts. Farmed 8 years in partnership
      with his father in Clayville, N.Y.- dairy and potatoes. The potatoes were seed potatoes. After his dad died, moved
      to Red Creek, N.Y. in 1950 where he had a dairy farm until Myron died in 1973. For 5 years raised corn for sale and
      for 2 years bought calves to raise for veal. The dairy herd was sold in 1973.
    • He earned $1900 in his teaching position – the highest teaching salary in his class because he also taught science.
      There were 8 periods in a school day in those days and he had a class every period. Saturdays he visited the
      homes of his Ag class to check on their projects. His job was a year round job with 2 weeks of vacation. Summers
      he visited his Ag boys and helped with their projects. He also was Boy Scout leader. It was expected of teachers
      in those days to enter community activities. Also acting as chaperones at school affairs was expected with no
      extra pay.
    • He retired from farming in 1978. His favorite sport since he was about 7 years old has been fishing, which he has
      done much of at our camp on Devil Lake near Westport, Ont. Canada. When we’re in Florida, he occasionally
      goes deep sea fishing from a party boat in the Gulf out of Tarpon Springs.
    • He served as trustee and elder and sometimes janitor in the Red Creek Presbyterian Church.

Roland Whittemore Nichols

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  1. Roland Whittemore Nichols by Barbara Roberts – Jan.15, 1990
  2. Current address:
  3. DOB:July 28, 1916 at Clayville
  4. DOD:May 26, 1986, lung cancer. Remains at Memorial Garden at Thornfield Conference Center, West Lake Rd., Cazenovia, NY 13035
  5. Education:
    • Ridge Road School, graduated 1940
    • Cornell University, graduated June 1950, BS in Agriculture
    • Virginia Theological Seminary, June 1964, Masters in Religion.
  6. Happenings:
    • Married to Barbara R. Foss, Dec 7, 1947
    • military service from Spring of 1946 to October of 1947, part of Military Police in Philippines.
  7. Occupational History
    • Following graduation from High School, he attended college at Cornell University at Ithaca, NY for 1 ½ years until
      World War II broke out, then he came home to work for his brother, Donald, on the Nichols Farm in Argyle, NY.
    • In 1946 he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines for a year. Probably received $150 per month as a
    • He married Barbara Foss on December 7, 1947. In January of 1948 he went back to Cornell University to finish
      studies for a degree in Agriculture and graduated in June of 1950.
    • He went to work for Eastern States Farmer’ Exchange in Pittsfield, Mass. In June of 1950; was transferred to the
      Eastern States store in Great Barrington, Mass. in January of 1951. In the summer of 1951 he promoted to being
      a field man, took training for this, and we moved to West Brattleboro, Vermont, where he served territory in
      Vermont and Keene, N.H. Ken was born in Brattleboro, Feb. 12, 1952. In June of 1952 he was promoted to the
      Executive Branch of Eastern States, and he worked in the mill office in Buffalo, N.Y. for a little over a year. In
      1953 he was promoted to Asst. manager of the mill in Huron, Ohio, and we moved there in the summer of 1953.
    • We remained there six years, bought property, and built a home. And Kathie was born Sept. 23, 1955.
    • He became disillusioned with Eastern States in 1959, and changed jobs. Went to work for a small feed
      company, I L Richer, in New Berlin, N.Y., and we moved there early in 1959, and Michael, our youngest son, was
      born there in 1960.
    • During our years in Huron, Ohio, and the move to New Berlin, N.Y., Roland became very involved in the
      Episcopal Church, and his Christian Faith grew, and he struggled with a knowing desire to become a
      clergyman, but kept dismissing any such idea because of a wife and four children, and his age of 38.
    • He finally shared this desire with me, and we felt it was a “call,” and with God’s help we could do it. This was
      January of 1961.
    • Between that time and Sept. of 1961, we had conferred with Bishop Walter M. Higby of the Diocese of Central
      N.Y. and Roland was accepted as a postulant, and to study at Virginia Seminary in Alexandria, VA. We had no
      trouble selling our house in New Berlin and found appropriate housing to meet our needs in Alexandria, Va.
      Kathie was six years old at that time and when she learned we would have to five up the luxury of soda pop
      each week, she was disillusioned, she thought about it awhile, and came to her father and said: “Daddy, why
      can’t we buy up all the soda we’ll need right here, now, and take it with us?”
    • The three years in Virginia went well. The children adjusted to their new schools, we all stayed in good health,
      and between Roland and me we found enough part-time work to get through without borrowing money, and
      we didn’t have to cash some stocks that we had.
    • Roland’s first assignment was at Port Leyden, N.Y. as an assistant priest in the Mission Field of Boonville, Port
      Leyden, Constableville, and Forestport, N.Y. He was there 1964-1966.
    • From there he became Priest-in-Charge of the Tompkins-Seneca County Mission Field, and we lived in
      Trumansburg, N.Y. He also served as a Dean of that District for two years.

1Both Kathie and Ken graduated from High School there, and Mike went through sixth grade.

We left there in 1972 (?) where Roland served as Priest-in-Charge of trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, N.Y. for 13 years. Michael graduated from High School there.

In June of 1982 Roland as told that he had chronic lymphatic leukemia. He responded well to oral chemotherapy, but in 1986 developed lung cancer, from which he never recovered.

He was held in high esteem by his parishioners, and people in the community. He was instrumental in getting a Senior center started and low-cost housing for the elderly.

I know that his salary in Fayetteville was around $27,000 in 1986. The other jobs I have no idea what they were, or I’ve forgotten.

I did forget to mention that in August 1981 Roland went on a clergy exchange with a priest in Girton, Cambridge, England for five weeks. Following those five weeks we rented car and toured England, Wales and Scotland for 21 days. A beautiful experience.

Barbara Nichols Roberts

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  1. Barbara Nichols Roberts – maiden name, Foss Jan 7, 1990
  2. Current address:505 E. Franklin St., Fayetteville, N.Y. 13066
  3. DOB:Dec. 7, 1924 at Laconia, New Hampshire
  4. DOD::
  5. Education:
    • Moultonboro, New Hampshire
    • 4 years high school, graduated 1934
    • Laconia High School, graduated June 1941
    • New England Conservatory of Music, June 1945, Bachelor of Music Education
  6. Happenings:
    • Married to Roland W. Nichols, December 7, 1947
    • Married to Royal N. Roberts July 25, 1988
  7. Occupational History
    • First full-time job – Supervisor of Music, Argyle, new York, September 1945-June 1947. Salary 1945-46 $1800 per
      year; 1946-47 $1900 per year. Responsibilities – To supervise music in grades 1-8, 7th and 8th grade chorus, high
      school chorus, high school regents course–elective. I had six students in that. I’m sure that I had Pat, Claire,
      Sheila, and Kalista Nichols in music classes. Also Nelson, Martha and Charles Tilford. Barb Tilford Cobb was a
      junior or senior and Helen Louise Tilford Cameron was in a post graduate course. Joyce Nichols Ritter must have
      been a senior {Ed. Note: No, not with Barb Cobb. In 1946-47 I was in 8th Grade.} because she played piano for a
      small square dance band we had. Other members were Bobbie Sharpe on drums, Roy McQuain, Harmonica,
      Ervin Fowler, Violin, myself, trumpet, and a young Social Studies teach, Teresa McGinnis on guitar. We did have

      I boarded with two other teachers at the home of Cora Smith in Argyle. Paid $10 a week room and board in 1945-
      46 and $12 a week in 1946-47.

      One of the teachers, Barbara Marshland, and myself used to attend some of the local dances and social activities.
      That’s where I met Roland, and in August of 1946 he gave me my engagement ring.

      He was spending 18 months in the Army at that point and was stationed in the Philippines. We were married on
      December 7, 1947, and then went to live in Ithaca, N.Y. for 2 ½ years while he finished his undergraduate work at
      Cornell U. Judy was born September 30, 1949. She wasn’t planned until after June 1950, but surprise!! However, we
      were happy to have her, and that increased our G.I. check each month.

      I forgot to say that during my second year of teaching in Argyle, and Roland was in the Army, I spent many lovely
      weekends with Louise and Red, Florence and Ted, and at Mother and Dad Nichols’, and other times with Harold
      and Jane.

Helen Luella Nichols

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  1. Helen Luella Nichols – by Louise Danforth
  2. Current address: Heaven
  3. DOB:June 5, 1925, at Argyle, N.Y.
  4. DOD:Jan 29, 1927, scarlet fever. Buried at Union Cemetery, Nichols lot.

As the records show, Helen Luella was born in June 1925. She was name Luella after Dad’s aunt, Luella Winn Barber. Dad wanted her named after Aunt Ella, but Aunt Ella never had anything to do with her. For some reason, she was in one of her spiteful moods and was not speaking to any of us at that time. My folks wondered if she thought they named her after her because they thought she would leave her some of her money. Of course, they never thought of such a thing.

Anyway, Helen was a cute blond baby but she did not do at all well on mother’s milk. She was the only one of the ten of us to be raised on cow’s milk. It was a good thing because Mom had her usual asthma that fall. I guess it went into pneumonia and she was in bed all winter. She didn’t show any improvement until spring, when she gradually began to pick up. Helen was cared for by one housekeeper after another. Dad took care of her as well as Mom nights. He helped with chores mornings and then drove a horse to Fort Edward to work all day. He wouldn’t get home until after dark at night.

Helen didn’t get much attention, but she was the happiest little tyke and a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy house.

The next winter we all had scarlet fever. We were quarantined – no one went to school. Donald and Dad moved up here (Danforth house) to stay with Grandpa and Grandma so they could do the milking. Otherwise, the board of health would not allow us to ship milk. When Helen got the disease, she took it very hard. One night Florence, and Mom took care of her all night. Toward morning Mom called for Dad to come home and sent Roy for the doctor. I believe they couldn’t do anything for her and she died the next morning.

Helen’s sojourn with us was short, but we all remember and cherish her happy face and the joy she brought us.

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