Nichols Family Papers, 1728-1894
Ms 23

Summary Information

Repository
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Creator
Nichols family
Creator
Nichols, Samuel Allen, 1790-1864
Creator
Nichols, Susan Warner, 1828-1911
Creator
Scambler, Jasper
Title
Nichols Family Papers, 1728-1894
ID
Ms 23
Date [inclusive]
1728-1894
Extent
1.5 Linear feet (3 boxes, 134 items, 3 oversize items)
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Biographical/Historical note

The papers in this collection belonged to the descendants of the Nichols family who settled in Stratford, CT in the middle 1600's. As early land holders, many continued as farmers. Others were millers, storekeepers, smithies, shoemakers and school teachers. Samuel Allen Nichols (1789-1864) was a storekeeper and the Town Clerk for Fairfield from 1837-1863. For a published genealogy see: History and Genealogy of Old Fairfield, Vol. I, Part II by Donald Lines Jacobus, Fairfield, CT, 1930.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection is housed in three boxes and has three oversize items. Box I, Folder A-C contain deeds. Financial, contractual and probate papers are in Folder D. Folder E contains correspondence, legal papers and certificates. Of particular note is a negro girl contract from Ebenezer Nichols dated 1804. Folder F contains a recipe book and Folder G holds the diaries of John J. Nichols (1838-1922).

Box II contains account books of Peter Nichols and Samuel Allen Nichols (1790-1864). Box III contains diaries and verse books belonging to Susan Warner Nichols (1828-1911).

Oversize Item A is a 1785 illustrated navigation copy book of Jasper Scambler. In Oversize Item B are two account books. Oversize Item C holds Samuel Allen Nichol's account book.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Rd.
Fairfield, CT
203-259-1598

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

Use of the material requires compliance with the Fairfield Museum and History Center regulations.

Custodial History note

The items in this collection were given to the library by E. Perkins Nichols, the estate of Elizabeth H. Nichols and unknown sources.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Martha Rockwell in June 1983.

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Controlled Access Headings

Occupation(s)

  • Blacksmithing--Connecticut--Fairfield.

Personal Name(s)

  • Nichols, Ebenezer
  • Nichols, Ephraim
  • Nichols, Peter, fl. 1772-1782

Subject(s)

  • Account books--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Diaries.
  • Genealogy.
  • General stores--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Merchants--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Navigation--Early works to 1800.
  • Probate records--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Real property--Connecticut--Fairfield County.
  • Receipts(financial records)
  • Shoe industry--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Slaves--Connecticut.
  • Weaving--Connecticut--New Milford.
  • Women--Connecticut--Fairfield--Diaries.
  • Writs--Connecticut.

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Collection Inventory

Box I   7 folders

 Folder A Deeds 1728-1788   22 items

Other Finding Aids note

See the box for a more detailed list of items in the folder.

 Folder B Deeds to Ebenezer Nichols 1789-1798   23 items

Other Finding Aids note

See the box for a more detailed list of items in the folder.

 Folder C Deeds 1799-1868   25 items

Other Finding Aids note

See the box for a more detailed list of items in the folder.

 Folder D Financial, Contractual and Probate Papers   34 items

Other Finding Aids note

See the box for a more detailed list of items in the folder.

 Folder E Correspondence, Legal Papers, and Certificates   14 items

Other Finding Aids note

See the box for a more detailed list of items in the folder.

 Folder F Books   2 items

Recipe book n.d. 

E. H. Nichol's receipt book 1866-1868 

 Folder G Diaries   5 items

John J. Nichols 1861, 1867, 1882, 1889-1890   4 items

Martha Nichols 1867 

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Box II   3 folders

 Folder A Account books of Peter Nichols 1771-1777   2 items

 Folder B Account book and diary   2 items

Account book of Samuel Allen Nichols 1835-1836 

Diary of Samuel Allen Nichols, a journey from Fairfield to Geneva, NY and return n.d. 

 Folder C Papers from Samuel Allen Nichol's account book 1827-1834 

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Box III   5 folders

 Folder A Diary of Susan Warner Nichols 1886 

 Folder B Diaries of Susan Warner Nichols 1850, 1903, 1904, 1909   4 items

 Folder C Friendship books of Susan Warner Nichols 1851, n.d.   2 items

 Folder D Miscellaneous 

Nichols genealogy chart 

Photocopy of letter from F. W. Seward regarding Captain Hanford Nicholls 1862 

 Folder F Diaries and Marriage Certificate   3 items

Diaries of George W. Nichols 1848, 1849   2 items

Marriage certificate 1839 

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Oversize Item A 

Biographical/Historical note

This is a 2,000 page copy book with many hand-drawn diagrams and water color illustrations. A genealogy chart in Box III, Folder D, connects the Nichols and Scambler families.

The Elements of Navigation by Jasper Scambler, educated in the Royal Mathematical School, Christ's Hospital, London, MDCCLXXXV 1785 

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Oversize Item B   2 items

Ephraim Nichols account book for shoe repairs 1820-1829 

Henry Nichols blacksmith account book 1839-1860 

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Oversize Item C 

Samuel Allen Nichols account book 1827-1834 

Custodial History note

This item is from accession number L88.Aug.17.

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