The Descendants of Jonas NICHOLLS born 1769.


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3. James Clement NICHOLLS [316] (James2, Jonas1) was born in 1838 in England, died in Aug 1904 in Eketahuna Wairarapa New Zealand at age 66, and was buried behind Anglican Church Nireaha Eketahuna Wairarapa New Zealand.

General Notes:Granddaughter, Helen NICHOLLS, says he was from Morley, nr Leeds,Yorkshire, and owned a woollen Mill. Had attended St Mary the Virgin,Morley, York.

Abt 1865 James married Sarah Celina GARRATT, and had 9 children.

In January 1881 he and his family (wife & 7 children) left Plymouth,sailed on 'Norfolk', and arrived in Wellington on 1 April 1881.
(Can't find births on Yorkshire fiche; found 2 births 1882 & 1887NZ)

In 2002 found a book. On cover - 'St Cuthberts - 50 years of a rural parish Eketahuna'. On inside - 'A short history of the parochial district of Eketahuna' by RG Lockhart, M.A. Copied a chapter.

"James was the first Postmaster and manager of the store at Nireaha which became the name of the settlement in honour of Nireaha Tamaki, the paramount Maori chief of the lands to the west of the Makakahi river.

The Nicholls family had Church of England services in their own home; later, with others, they worshipped at the public school. When in 1898, the Rev John Walker came to Eketahuna, James and his sons became stalwart supporters and acted as lay-readers. Later in 1903 sufficient money had been collected to encourage Nicholls to begin his life's dream of building a church for which he had already given the site."

Eketahuna County - Public Memorials:
Nireaha -
Buried behind the Anglican church at Nireaha are Mr James Nicholls and Mrs Nicholls. Both died in 1904.
Nireaha is a dairy farming community located 8 km northwest of Eketahuna, below the eastern slopes of the Taraua range. It was named after a Maori Chief.

In the Golden Jubilee Souvenir History of the Nireaha Co-op. Dairy Co.Ltd 1904 - 54, we read:
A short history of Nireaha written by T B Mason in 1923:
"The first Anglican church was built in 1903. The late Mr James Nicholls gave the site and undertook the work, and it was due to his untiring efforts that we have this place of worship in our midst. At their deaths, Mr & Mrs Nicholls were buried in the ground adjoining this church."

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: James was a Catholic Apostolic reader.

James married Sarah Selina GARRATT [317] [MRIN: 190], daughter of Joseph GARRATT [10753] and Lucy [10754], about 1865 in England. Sarah was born 18 Jan 1845 in Lichfield Staffordshire England, was christened 18 Jan 1845 in Lichfield Staffordshire England, died in Jan 1904 in Eketahuna Wairarapa New Zealand at age 59, and was buried behind Anglican Church Nireaha Eketahuna Wairarapa New Zealand.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 6 M    i. James Clement NICHOLLS [259] was born 23 Feb 1866 in Yorkshire England, died 30 Dec 1953 in Waipukurau Wairarapa New Zealand at age 87, and was buried 01 Jan 1954 in Waipukurau Cemetery Waipukurau Wairarapa New Zealand.

+ 7 F    ii. Ethel Mary NICHOLLS [3102] was born about 1868.

+ 8 M    iii. Bernard NICHOLLS [3113] was born about 1871 in England.

   9 F    iv. Alice NICHOLLS [3114] was born about 1874 in England.

+ 10 F    v. Edith Elizabeth Sarah NICHOLLS [3115] was born about 1876 in England and died in 1986 about age 110.

   11 M    vi. Ilbert Edward August NICHOLLS [3117] was born 07 Apr 1875 in England and died 16 Sep 1916 in Somme France at age 41. The cause of his death was Killed in Action, WW1.

General Notes:Anthony Bishop says born 1883 in Wellington, NZ. (not in fiche)

Attended Te Aro School, Wellington 1886-89.

Dentist in Palmerston North, NZ.
In NZ Government Gazette 1922 - maybe had a son named Ilbert
Can't find a marriage in NZ.

Probate filed 29 June 1917 - Probate No. 21160 Wellington Court.
(Wellington Archives)

In an eMail, dated February the 8th, 2005, Sylvia [Taylor] Robertson gives the following Information:

1. His birth is 7 April 1875 in England. The year has been altered to 1876, and Tony thinks it is because Ilbert had to be under 40 on joining up in 1915. Changing it to 1876 made him 39.
2. He was killed in action on 16 September 1916 in Somme, France.
3. On enlisting, he was living at 107 Church St East, Palmerston North, and was a Dentist.
4. He was 5' 6 3/4", weighed 147 lbs, had fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.
5. His next of kin was his brother, James C NICHOLLS, of Brae View, Hatuma, Waipukurau.
6. He was a private in the NZ Expeditionary Force. 1st Battalion, No. 10203.

   12 M    vii. Richard Ernest Garratt NICHOLLS [3116] was born in 1880 in England and died in 1956 in New Zealand at age 76. Another name for Richard was Dick.

General Notes:Richard Ernest Garratt NICHOLLS (Uncle Dick). Married Alice Maude des LANDES (who was born in Jersey) in 1910 NZ.
(by Alan NICHOLLS)

In 1919 lived in Wellington South.

Richard married Alice Maude DES LANDES [3135] [MRIN: 1946], daughter of Unknown and Unknown, in 1910 in New Zealand. Alice was born in Jersey Channel Islands England.

+ 13 M    viii. Arthur Valentine Richardson NICHOLLS [3118] was born in 1882 in Wellington Wellington New Zealand, died in May 1965 in Hamilton Waikato New Zealand at age 83, and was buried 29 May 1965 in Purewa Cemetery Auckland New Zealand.

   14 F    ix. Emma Hilda Isabel NICHOLLS [3119] was born in 1887 in Wellington Wellington New Zealand and died after 1986 in England.

General Notes:Attended Nireaha School in 1899 & 1900.

She was still alive in Chiswick in 1986 aged 100.
No children NZ - IGI & CD Index.

Emma married William Robert BAIRD [3140] [MRIN: 1948], son of Unknown and Unknown, in 1923 in New Zealand. William died about 1935.

General Notes:Possible death 1935.
Auckland, Farmer, Probate No. 56807, Wellington Court, filed 12 July 1935.
(Wellington Archives)

5. Ann NICHOLLS [3109] (James2, Jonas1).

Ann married HINSCLIFFE [3100] [MRIN: 1934], son of Unknown and Unknown.

Children from this marriage were:

   15 F    i. Lilian HINSCLIFFE [3111] .

   16 F    ii. Mary HINSCLIFFE [3112] .

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