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OLD PHOTOGRAPHS SERENDIPITY & COUSIN CONNECTIONS

Old photographs with unnamed faces gaze at me asking to be identified and treasured. Labeled photographs ask for their story to be revealed and shared. I’m fortunate that several of my ancestors saved and passed on so many pictures. However, … Continue reading

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FAMILY HEIRLOOMS – MASONIC MEDAL

THOMAS A. NICHOLS – MASONIC MEDAL     The NICHOLS family has just one other heirloom besides the Latin Bible noted in the preceding blog.  It’s a  Masonic Medal awarded to Thomas A. NICHOLS in 1882 by the Pennsylvania, Anthracite Lodge F&AM … Continue reading

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Family Heirlooms -Latin Bible- 1581

FAMILY HEIRLOOMS Thanks to the prompting of a fellow Genealogy Blogger, Jeanne Bryan Insalaco of Everyone Has a Story, a blogging theme for November is to write about our family heirlooms and share their origins and stories. Those of us … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Orphans

When Helena Knerr Nichols died in 1875, Thomas A.  Nichols was left to raise three children: Matthew 18, Bertha 13, and Charles 10. They were old enough to help care for themselves. When Lillian Bull Nichols died in 1888,  64-year … Continue reading

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THOMAS A. NICHOLS – Part X – THE MYSTERY OF LILLIE BULL

Three years ago, during my first Thomas Nichols fact-finding trip to the National Archives, I thought Thomas had disappeared from the Civil War records.  The Civil War pension register identified a Thomas A. Nichols with three children, Mary, Florence and … Continue reading

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Thomas Ackley Nichols Part IX

THOMAS ACKLEY NICHOLS PART IX When I started this blog about Thomas Ackley Nichols it was Memorial day and I wanted to honor a Civil War ancestor by recounting his sacrifices and his tale. My intention was to complete his … Continue reading

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THOMAS A. NICHOLS PART VIII

THOMAS A. NICHOLS PART VIII When adversity smacks you in the face you can succumb to it or surmount it. Sometimes you get stuck somewhere between. I would like to think that Thomas’s determination and perseverance permeates my genes. My … Continue reading

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