Lieut Ira C. Nichols

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Lieut Ira C. Nichols

Birthplace: Clayton, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death: January 27, 1907 (66)
Kennedy, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Place of Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Nichols and Cordelia Holcomb Nichols
Husband of Salina E. Nichols
Father of Edward Ross Nichols
Brother of Maria Elkins; Seth Lee Nichols; Jane Nichols; Andrew Nichols; Mary Laird and 2 others

Managed by: William Owen "Bill" Irwin
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About Lieut Ira C. Nichols

s/o Andrew NICHOLS & Cordelia HOLCOMB.
siblings, Maria, Benjamin, Seth, Jane, Andrew, Mary & Isaac.

spouse, Salina ABBEY, md. 03 Jul 1867 Clayton NY.
children, E. Ross, Lynn A., Leigh S., Mary C. (PALMER) & Edna A. (SAXTON).

residence, Clayton & Kennedy NY.
occupation, lumber business; later, owned and operated a mill
military, Lieutenant, 13th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops.

Civil War Service Record:
Enlisted in Company M, 10th Heavy Artillery Regiment New York on 11 August 1862.
Promoted to Full Lieutenant 2nd Class on 26 February 1865 Discharged for promotion Company M, 10th Heavy Artillery Regiment New York on 26 February 1865 Commission in Company C, 13th Light Artillery Regiment US Colored Troops on 26 February 1865. Enlisted as a Lieutenant 2nd Class on 27 February 1865 Commission in Company C, 13th Heavy Artillery Regiment US Colored Troops on 27 February 1865.

Ira spent his first twenty-two years of his life in Clayton, and then, in 1862, he enlisted in Company M, 10th New York Artillery, and served three years and four months. His superior officers recognized his ability and recommended him for promotion, he was given a Second Lieutenancy in the 13th Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops Heavy Artillery. He was the acting commissary at Cumberland gap; was under fire at Cold Harbor, he spent two months in the trenches during that long siege before Petersburg. While at Eddyville, Kentucky, he was captured by the Confederates but was soon again at liberty.

Immediately after returning from the Army he came to Kennedy and embarked in the lumber business and has been located there ever since. He voted with the Republican party and held several local offices. Mr. Nichols was a public spirited man and did much to build up the town of Kennedy in a material way. The schools were improved by his services on the board of control. In July, 1867, he married Salina Abbey of Clayton New York. their union was blessed with the birth of five children, three sons and two daughters.

Children E. Ross Nichols, b. Oct. 7, 1868; m. Sept. 6, 1893, Merta J. Sample. Children: i. Gretchen, b. June, 1894; ii. Tenis, b. Aug., 1896; iii. Hoyt, b. June, 1901; iv. Kenneth, b. Feb., 1908.

Lynn A. Nichols, b. July 2, 1870; m. Dec. 27, 1893, Maggie Waite. Children: i. Lucille, b. July 4, 1900; ii. Margaret, b. Sept., 1905; iii. Ione C., b. March, 1908.

Leigh S. Nichols, b. June 9, 1874; resides in Kennedy; m. June 24, 1897, Anna L. Crosby. No children.

Mary C. Nichols, b. April 24, 1876; m. Sept. 7, 1908, Ralph Palmer. Children: i. Ference, b. Sept., 1909; ii. Mariam, b. Dec., 1911.

Edna A. Nichols, b. Oct. 23, 1881; m. June 20, 1900, Louis B. Saxton. Child: Rexford N., b. Sept. 7, 1908.

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"On the 1854 Wall Map of Chautauqua County, the village known today as Kennedy was shown as the village of Falconer. A major landowner in the Kennedy area, W. T. Falconer was shown on the 1881 County Atlas with the “Falconer and Nichols“ saw mill and a factory which made sashes and blinds (window shutters). He had been shown on the 1867 County Atlas with a store listed as “Falconer and Earley, Dealers in General Merchandise.” According to the personal notices in the 1881 County Atlas, W. T. Falconer, merchant and dealer in lumber, was born in Sugar Grove, PA in 1824 and married H. Jenny Daily of Brocton, NY. He was a supervisor for the Town of Poland in the years 1859, 1860, and 1863. His colleagues in the lumber business were Benjamin Nichols and Captain Ira C. Nichols, born in Clayton, NY in 1835 and 1840, respectively. Benjamin Nichols had been shown on the 1867 County Atlas as a millwright. Captain Ira C. Nichols had served as a Union officer during the Civil War. By 1867, the village was shown as Kennedy."

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Lieut Ira C. Nichols's Timeline

March 16, 1840
Clayton, Jefferson County, New York, USA
October 7, 1868
Kennedy, Chautauqua County, New York, United States
January 27, 1907
Age 66
Kennedy, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy, Chautauqua County, New York, USA