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Ruhamah Nickerson (Jones)

Birthplace: Bass River, Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in East Harwich, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Teague Jones and Ruhamah Jones
Wife of Capt. Joseph Nickerson
Mother of William Nickerson; Joseph Nickerson; Josiah Nickerson; John Nickerson and Jeremiah Nickerson
Sister of Jeremiah Jones; Josiah Jones; Elizabeth Eldridge; Teaque Jones II and Samuel Jones

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About Ruhamah Nickerson

Added by Elwin C. Nickerson about My Great Grandmother- Note citations below. In 1735, the town of Harwich was "Ordered to pay for Her care" while she lived with John Eldridge. Why Was The TOWM (Monomoy) ordered to pay for her care, if she was such a blight on society?? Ruhamah's husband, Joseph, died between 1725 and 1731 in Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts,, leaving her a widow. Ruhamah departed this life after 1735 at Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Ruhamah was laid to rest in Burial Hill, Monomoit, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. She lived to a “great age” and at the end of her life spent all of her time sitting in a chair. At her death it was decided by the town to bury her in “the same crooked position. Citations

  1. [S290] Nickerson Family Association, The Nickerson Family, page 23 - His wife, Ruhamah, apparently was one of the most colorful if not the most admirable of our ancestors! She was a "great beauty", but "of a disagreeable nature" and delighted in harassing others, so that both her Indian and white neighbors tried not to offend her. It is said that, if provoked, she would play havoc with their washing, their choice plants, and the fruits of their harvest. She was ready for an argument or a fight at any time. She was even suspected of complicity when Edward Bangs' barn was burned - after they had quarrelled. Upon subsequent trial, Ruhamah was said to be ill and unable to attend court. For Joseph, an adverse action regarding security for his wife would cause him to lose his estate and render them destitute for life. This affair was decided favorably after he petitioned for an abatement.
     Ruhamah lived to a "great age", and had remained sitting for so many years that, at her death, it was thought best to bury her in "the same crooked position" - on Burial Hill, south of Ryder's Cove where many early Nickersons were buried. /ECN/
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Ruhamah Nickerson's Timeline

Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 27
Yarmouth, Ma.
Age 28
Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Age 32
Harwich, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 35
Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Age 36
Harwich, Barnstable County, Plymouth Colony
November 21, 1735
Age 85
East Harwich, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Harwich, Barnstable, MA