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Nichols Family Fonds
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1859-1915; 1973 (Creation)
- Nichols, Joshua Levi
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30.0 cm of textual records. - 18 leather-bound diaries. - Approx. 43 photographs. - 1 photo album.
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Joshua Nichols was born in Bridgewater, Vermont, son of Jonathan Nichols and Deborah Coolidge. As a young man, his hip was broken by a falling tree and he remained crippled for the rest of his life. To earn a living, he became a salesman (peddler) of Currier and Ives prints in Northern Vermont and the Eastern Townships. He eventually went around the province, even as far as Kamouraska and Rivière-du-Loup. He married Jemima Carter, daughter of William Carter and Thankful Turner, in 1879 and came to live in Potton Township. They had a son, George, in 1880 and he lived in Mansonville.
The diaries were bought at an auction by someone in Mansonville area and Mr. Harry Shufelt bought them from this man and loaned them to Howard Eldridge for some time. Mr. Eldridge typed copies of them. He then brought them to the Museum to be placed there for safe keeping as per instructions from Mr. Shufelt on August 22, 1973.
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The fonds consists of primary and secondary source documents relating to the Nichols family of Potton Townships. They include documents, photographs and diaries of Joshua Levi Nichols, his wife Jemima Carter and their son George Nichols.
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Acc. numbers: 73-71; 81-21; 94-01.
Donors: Harry B. Shufelt (brought by Howard Eldridge), Ruby Eldridge and Kenneth Jones.
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The personal bible of Joshua Nichols can be found in the Bible Collection.
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Creation: February 2023.
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