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James Nichols

James Nichols came c1862 with Emily Perrey 1842 - 1871 #8706 aged 29 daughter of Sarah Ann and James Perry of Monmouth, and lived at Maryborough, Balaclava, Alma,
6 Children 1. James Alfred Nichols 1863 #8913
2. Charles Nichols 1864 #16407 - 1865 #1552 lived 4 months
3. Annie Nichols 1865 #23215 - 1878 #9061 lived 12 years
4. Emily Nichols 1867 #16226
5. Bessie Nichols 1868 #24460
6. Charles Nichols 1870 #24335
5. Bessy Nichols 1868 wed 1891 to Benjamin Thos Cloke

John Francis and Elizabeth Nicholls

The Panama came Oct 1854 with 278 Assisted British Immigrants
John Francis Nicholls 23 came Oct 1854 on the Panama with Elizabeth Tullock 25 and they lived at Muntham, Casterton, Sandford then back to Casterton
8 Children 1. Unnamed Female Nicholls 1854 #276M born at Sea
2. John Francis Nicholls 1856 #9407
3. Thomas Henry Nicholls 1857 #15863
4. Elizabeth Jane Nicholls 1859 #8501
5. William James Nicholls 1861 #3350
6. Unnamed Female Nicholls 1862 #19561
7. Phillipa Tallack Nicholls 1865 #1200
8. Emily Nicholls 1867 #7005
2. John Francis Nicholls 1856 #9407 wed 1881 to Harriet Greed, lived at Sandford
3 Children 1. Emily May Nicholls 1882 #11763
2. Francis Herrick Nicholls 1884 #20185
3. Sophia Harriet Nicholls 1886 #11286
3. Thomas Henry Nicholls wed 1886 #7051 to Rhoda Mcquitty 1868 #5462 born at Scarsdale

John and Mary Nichols

Sharing same names - “John Nichols, one of 260 convicts transported on the Henry Porcher, 29 August 1834? Convicted at Leicester Assizes for a term of life on 25 March 1834.
“Mary Middleton, one of 130 convicts transported on the William Bryan, 13 June 1833? Convicted at Norfolk. King’s Lynn Quarter Session for a term of 7 years on 15 April 1833.

John Nichols - Nichols Point at Mildura is named after him.
John Nichols born about 1829
John Nichols c1829 - 8 Mar 1914 aged 85, wed 20 Feb 1853 to Mary Middleton 20 May 1835 - 5 Dec 1920 aged 85, died at Mildura, daughter of George Middleton and Mary Lynch and came to Port Adelaide, South Australia 1837 on the Coromandel, which left London 1 Sep 1837 and arrived at Holdfast Bay 12 Jan 1837 and was 1st migrant ship after proclamation of the province. See Coromandel passenger list includes George Middleton and wife Margaret Hayes, Ann Middleton, Mary Middleton.
Their children were born at Moorna via Wentworth, NSW
12 children 1. John George Nichols 1855 - 1929
2. Mary Nichols 1857
3. Emily Jane Nichols 1859 - 1941
4. Margaret Coromandle Nichols 1862
5. Eliza Fanny Nichols 1864 - 1917
6. Henry Thomas Nichols 1866 - 1948
7. Adelaide Nichols 1868 - 1946
8. Randolf Edward Nichols 1871 - 1941
9. Violet Nichols 29 Jul 1873 - 16 Mar 1874
10. Maude Mary Nichols 1874 - 1925
11. Fanny Ada Nichols 1877 - 1948
12. George Nichols 4 Apr 1881 - 23 Aug 1935
1. John George Nichols 26 Nov 1855 - 3 Dec 1929 wed 14 Oct 1884 at Moorna Station, Wentworth to Isabella Cameron 27 May 1860 - 1 Feb 1929, daughter of Helen Anderson and Alexander Cameron of Saltoun, Scotland
9 children 1. John Henry Nichols 1885 - 18 Feb 1941
2. M Alexander Cameron Nichols
3. M George Donovan Nichols
4. M Arthur William Nichols
5. F Ruby Helen Nichols 18 Aug 1892 - 11 Dec 1967 born in Wentworth, N.S.W. died in Caulfield, Vic
6. M Andrew Mildura Nichols
7. M Leslie Murray Nichols
8. F Daniel Albert Nichols 16 Mar 1900 - 4 Dec 1955 born in Wentworth, died in Sydney, N.S.W. Daniel was employed as postman.
9. F Esther Moorna Nichols
1. John Henry Nichols 1885 - 18 Feb 1941 wed 27 Oct 1910 to Eleanor Florence Gough
1 child 1. John Hamilton Cameron Nichols 16 Apr 1911 in Wentworth, N.S.W., Australia. He died on 2 Jun 1945 in Papua New Guinea. He was buried in Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea. He married Mary Helene.
2. Mary Nichols 20 Jun 1857 wed 14 Mar 1878 to James William Davies, and then 31 Mar 1880 to James William Coombes
12 children 1. Mary Jane Davies 1879
2. Ethel Coombs
3. Lionel Elmore Coombs (dau) 9 Sep 1882 in Ral Ral, S.A. She died in 1946.
4. Winifred Una Coombs
5. Herbert Marmaduke Coombs was born on 15 Jun 1886 in Qld. He died on 26 Jul 1886 in Qld,
6. Thomas Oliver Coombs was born on 26 May 1887 in Qld. He died in 1939.
7. James L Coombs was born in 1889 #37172 - 1890 #8064 in Milparinka, N.S.W.
8. Ariadne Coombs dau 1892 #35132 in Tibooburra, N.S.W. She died unknown.
9. Florrie Coombs 1894 #33540
10. John Richard Coombs 1896 #26157 - 3 Aug 1947 aged 51, born in Tibooburra, NSW and died in Toowoomba, Qld,
11. Violet A Coombs 1898 #26088 - 1899 born and died in Tibooburra, NSW.
12. Hugh James Coombs 30 Sept 1899 - 18th Feb 1951 aged 51, born at Cunnamulla, died in Brisbane

From on 12 Nov 2013
Hi, I am trying to find where John Nichols married Mary Middleton, 20 Feb 1853. I am a descendent of
2. Mary Nichols 20 Jun 1857 wed 14 Mar 1878 to James William Davies, and then 31 Mar 1880 to James William Coombes (in Adelaide, SA)
Daughter 1. Mary Jane Davies (14 Sep 1879 – 17 Feb 1937) m Henry Jackson 6 Dec 1900 in Tibooburra, NSW
Mary Coombs is buried with Mary Jane in Cunnamulla, Qld. (refer to picture enclosed in email)
As the oldest daughter, she lived with Mary Jane’s family until her death in 1947.
Mary's tombstone reads:-
In loving memory of our dear mother Mary Jane Jackson, died 17th Feb 1937, aged 58 years, also our dear mother and grandmother Mary Coombs died 23rd June 1947, aged 96 years. "Sadly missed."
Mary's father is William Davies who died trying to save a person drowning in flooded waters.


From on Monday, 17 June 2013
Hi, Just wanted to thank you for all the research you have done and shared, with others who are trying to find their families.
My name is Maria Simpson nee Coombs.
John & Mary Nichols are my Gr Gr Grandparents, as well as John George & Sarah Coombs nee Middleton.
James William Coombs & Mary Jane Nichols are my Gr grandparents.
Hugh James Coombs & Alice Maude Ramsey are my Grandparents.
My parents are Thomas Oliver Coombs 31 May 1930 wed 10 June 1950 to Veronica Gladys Brooks
I was born 31 May 1951, on my father's 21st birthday. Thank you once again, Regards, Maria Simpson
Thomas Ramsey and Mary Ann
1. Edward Thomas Ramsey 1880 #19535 born at Narrabri
2. Alice Maud Ramsey 31 Dec 1883 #18889 - 24 Dec 1960, born at Gunnedah, died in Brisbane.
Alice Maud Ramsey was 16 when she wed 1899 to Arthur Robert Barwick in Dubbo and had 10 children.
Alice then married Hugh James Coombs and their son Thomas Oliver Coombs was born in Cunnamulla 31 May 1930 and died 22 July 2006 in Penrith NSW.


3. Emily Jane Nichols 4 Jul 1859 - 29 Sep 1941 wed 24 Dec 1882 to William George Pike
4 children i Clara Nichols 1877 wed Isaac H Stevens in 1906 in Broken Hill, N.S.W.,
2. George Nichols (Pike)
3. John Hamilton Pike 22 Jul 1883 in Lake Victoria, N.S.W., christened on 14 Nov 1883, died unknown.
4. Henry Richard Pike
4. Margaret Coromandle Nichols 25 Feb 1862 wed 1882 to Henry Murphy and c1886 to Thomas Dugan
9 children 1. Maud M Murphy 1883 in Wilcannia
2. F Margaret Ann Dugan 9 Feb 1887 in Crystal Brook, S.A. She died unknown.
3. M Thomas Dugan 9 Sep 1889 in Crystal Brook, S.A. He died unknown.
4. F Ethel Jane Dugan 12 Feb 1892 in Crystal Brook, S.A. She died unknown.
5. F Mabel Mary Dugan 22 Nov 1894 in Crystal Brook, S.A. She died unknown.
6. M William James Dugan 16 May 1897 in Crystal Brook, S.A. He died unknown.
7. F Agnes Dugan 27 Jun 1900 in Crystal Brook, S.A. She died unknown.
8. F Linda Dugan 6 Oct 1902 in Crystal Brook, S.A. She died unknown.
9. F Irene Dugan 4 May 1906 in Merriton, S.A., died on 10 Feb 1912 in Merriton, S.A.
5. Eliza Fanny Nichols 21 Sep 1864 - 2 Mar 1917 wed 13 Dec 1880 to William Taylor Groat, lived at Wentworth when Ethel was registered
14 children 1. F Mary Taylor Groat
2. M William Thomas Fletcher Groat wed Maude E
3. M George Henry Groat 11 Jan 1886 in Ardrossan, S.A., died in Wentworth, N.S.W.
4. M John Andrew Groat Vic 1887 #25544 born at Axedale
5. F Ethel Maude I Groat NSW 1889 # 35471 born at Wentworth NSW
6. F Ada Betres Groat 1891 wed 1909 to Donald C Baird
7. F Adelaide Jane Groat 1893 wed 1914 to Edward T Cook
8. M Frederick James Groat
9. F Ruby Edith Groat 9 Jul 1899 - 8 Aug 1903 born in Mildura, Vic, died in Wentworth, N.S.W.
10. F Eva Kitty Mildura Groat 25 Jul 1901 in Mildura, Vic. She died unknown.
11. F Lilian May Groat 30 Nov 1902 - 16 Jan 1903 born in Mildura, Vic, died on in Wentworth, N.S.W.
12. F Louisa Wentworth Groat 7 May 1904 - 1905 in Wentworth, N.S.W.
13. F Janie Eliza Fanny Groat 13 Feb 1906 - 27 Feb 1906 in Wentworth, N.S.W.
14. M Gordon Francis James K Groat 24 Nov 1907 - 1908 in Wentworth, N.S.W.
6. Henry Thomas Nichols 25 Sep 1866 - 17 Jun 1948 wed 13 Apr 1892 to Christina Mary Rosenthal 21 Dec 1867 - 30 Oct 1895, born at Collingwood
2 children 1. F Moorna Mavis Nichols
2. M Adrian Murray Nichols
7. Adelaide Nichols 5 Nov 1868 - 16 Jan 1946 aged 77, wed 18 May 1887 to Edmund James 1858 - 1934 #14811 aged 76, son of unknown Oliver and Edmund James, died at Mildura
He may be Edmund James born 1860 #12417, son of Sarah Mcenghey and Edward James who appear to have married earlier in 1860 - 1860 #1872 as Sarah Mcaughey and Edmund James.
8 children 1. F Violet Maud James 1888 - 23 Sep 1904 born in Wentworth, N.S.W. died in Mildura, Vic, aged 16
2. F Olive Mary James
3. F Dorothy Muriel James
4. F Ruby Ada James
5. F Ivy Oliver James
6. F Esther Margaret James 1896 - 1896 in Mildura, Vic.
7. F Lilian Esther James
8. M Edgar Oliver James
8. Randolf Edward Nichols 9 Apr 1871 - 8 Jul 1941 wed 29 Jul 1896 to Mary Johnston 7 Jul 1874 - 25 Jul 1965, family lived in Mildura, Victoria
8 children 1. F Mary Elless Nichols
2. F Ada Vera Nichols
3. F Gwendoline Middleton Nichols
4. F Millicent Hope Nichols 23 Apr 1903 - 26 Apr 1903
5. F Muriel Edith Nichols Mar 1907 - 18 Dec 1907
6. M Alfred John Nichols 13 Nov 1908 - 1980 died in Heidelberg, Vic
7. M George Johnston Nichols 12 Jun 1913 - 11 Sep 1977 died in Robinvale, Vic
8. M Lindsay Gordon Nichols 23 Aug 1915 - 4 Mar 1964
10. Maude Mary Nichols 1874 - 1925 wed 21 June 1893 to Robert Ransom
11. Fanny Ada Nichols 2 Oct 1877 - 24 Dec 1948 wed in Wentworth, N.S.W. 6 Sep 1895 to Michael Joseph Edgar Downes and lived in Beechworth, Vic, Australia
1 child 1. Joseph Edgar Downes was born in 1896 - 1897 in Mildura, Vic.

Samuel Nicholls

From on Thu, 10 Mar 2005
My G-Grandfather Joseph the youngest son of Samuel Nicholls and Elizabeth Pryor/Prior also came to Australia, arriving with his family in 1889, he settled in Ballarat.
My 'cousin' Jan Wood in England has been helping with our Nicholls research and just recently we discovered that Robert Box (who arrived in Victoria with his children in 1858) was the husband of William, Samuel and Joseph's eldest sister Jane Pryor/Prior Nicholls. This of course means that there are descendants of four branches of Samuel and Elizabeth's family living in Australia.
Samuel and Elizabeth had
William, Samuel and Joseph who each came to Victoria
eldest daughter Jane Pryor/Prior Nicholls who wed Robert Box and died before 1858 when Robert brought the children to Victoria
John who lived at times in both Devon and Wales,
Phillip who was an Innkeeper at Melindwr, Wales,
Elizabeth who married and lived at Tavistock
and Mary Ann who married and went to South Africa with her husband and son.
William was actually married three times. His first marriage to Anne Woolcock(s) was in Wales 27 March 1848. They had three children Martha Woolcock(s) Nicholls - born 1848, William (I have just received his birth certificate) and another child - still trying to find the birth for this child. William travelled to Australia with his brother Samuel on the John and Lucy - 1854. For some reason his wife and children did not accompany him. Anne died in 1856, I don't know what happened to the children.
Warmest regards,
Athalie Taylor
Launceston, Tasmania

Samuel Nicholls and Elizabeth Prior of Travistock, Devonshire, England had two sons who first helped their father after he opened up lead mines at Cardinghamshire, Wales in 1838
1. William Nicholls born 20 Jan 1828 arrived in the Colony 1854 and settled at Stony Creek 1857.
2. Samuel Nicholls born 9 Jul 1830 arrived in Victoria 1854 and settled at Tarnagulla

The brothers wed sisters Ellen and Emily Treloar, daughters of Nancy Whitburn and Henry William Treloar, also Elizabeth Treloar when widowed, wed widower William Nicholls.

William Nicholls 20 Jan 1828 - 2 June 1897, buried at Tarnagulla, wed (1) 27 March 1848 to Anne Woolcock(s) was in Wales and she died in 1856
(2) on 19 Aug 1859 to Emily Treloar who died at Karaka in New Zealand on 24 May 1871, while William was manager of a mine there.
William wed (3) on 13 Feb 1875 to Elizabeth Ann Tregonowan, nee Treloar, and had one son, Herbert. Elizabeth died 30 Apr 1919.
10 children 1. Martha Woolcock(s) Nicholls - born 1848
2 and 3. See note above
4. Jane Nicholls 6 Nov 1859 wed 1880 #1658 to Samuel Box
5. Henry Treloar Nicholls 12 Jul 1861 - Apr 1932 wed Sarah Elizabeth Robinson
6. Phillip Nicholls Feb 1863 - Dec 1880 aged 17
7. Albert Charles Nicholls 7 Oct 1864 - 13 Jul 1932 wed Louisa Emily Renshaw
8. Frederick William Nicholls 30 Sep 1867 wed Jane Elizabeth Whimpey
9. Emily Nicholls 20 Aug 1869 wed Robert Irvine
10. Herbert Joseph Nicholls 1878 #12172
Samuel Nicholls 9 Jul 1830 - 6 Nov 1917, wed c1858 to Ellen Treloar 20 Feb 1841 - 24 Sep 1924
8 children 1. Elizabeth Nicholls 1859
2. Alfred Samuel Nicholls 1861 - 25 Jul 1925
3. Catherine Jane Nicholls 1863
4. William James Nicholls 22 May 1864 - 4 Mar 1937
5. William Nicholls 1866
6. Robert Whitburn Nicholls 8 Sep 1867 - 15 Aug 1942 wed Lillian May Hare
7. Leonard Charles Nicholls May 1869 - 9 Apr 1870 lived 11 months
8. Ellen Mary Nicholls 1870 wed Edward Heathfield
4. William James Nicholls wed 1894 to Mary Munro Grisold 1865,
4 children 1. Bruce Grisold Nicholls 1896 #2477
2. Victor James Nicholls 1898 #25508
3. Ralph Whitburn Nicholls 1902 #2256
4. William Samuel Nicholls 1907 #22517



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