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Mercy Nichols (Reynolds)

Birthplace: South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island
Death: before December 27, 1738
Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Reynolds, of Plymouth & Kingstown and Deborah Reynolds
Wife of Thomas Nichols
Mother of Hannah Deborah Edmunds; Mary 'Mercy' Coggshall; Frances Nichols; Deborah Vaughan; Susannah Pierce and 8 others
Sister of John Reynolds; James Reynolds; Joseph Reynolds; Hannah Wells; Henry Reynolds, Sr. and 4 others

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About Mercy Nichols

Mercy Reynolds

  • Born: Dec 22, 1664 prob North Kingstown, Washington, RI
  • Died: Before Dec 27, 1738 in Rhode Island, USA
  • Daughter of James Reynolds & Deborah
  • Married: Thomas Nichols in 1684 in Kent County, Rhode Island

The children of Thomas Nichols and Mercy Reynolds are:

  • Hannah (1684),
  • Mercy (1686),
  • Deborah (1688),
  • Susannah (1690),
  • Mary (1693),
  • James (1693),
  • Elizabeth Nichols (1695-1737),
  • Francis (1697),
  • Comfort (1701),
  • Thomas (1702-1825) and
  • Benjamin (1703).


Negro slavery was prevalent in the Rhode Island Colony in the time of James and he evidently owned several negroes, most of whom he gave to his children in his lifetime. Deeds show April 3, 1692, he gave negro slave, Elizabeth and her child sucking at her breast to his son-in-law Thomas Nichols and Mercy (Reynolds), his wife. April 16, 1695 of a negro "born in my house" by the name of Tom or Thomas, of Jay, of Doogint to his son, James. And on January 25, 1698/1699 of a negro John to son, Francis. In his will, he bequeathed a negro girl Betty to his daughter, Deborah Sweet. Before he died, James expressed a wish that all his former slaves be given their freedom when they reached 30 years of age. This wish was honored by the grantees.

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Mercy Nichols's Timeline

December 22, 1664
South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island
March 9, 1684
Age 19
East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
October 26, 1686
Age 21
East Greenwood, Kent, Rhode Island
November 29, 1687
Age 22
Kent, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
February 17, 1688
Age 23
East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
Age 25
East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island
March 19, 1693
Age 28
East Greenwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
March 16, 1695
Age 30
East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island
November 29, 1697
Age 32
East Greenwood, Kent, Rhode Island