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John Nicholson, the son of Azor and Ruth Henthorn Nicholson, was born on March 23, 1845 (or 1846 or 1847) in Vermilion County, Illinois.


John Nicholson, 4 years old, born in Illinois, is listed in the home of Ruth Nicholson on the 1850 census, District 21, Vermilion County, Illinois.

John Nicholson, 12 or 14 years old, born in Illinois, is listed in the home of Mary Henthorn (his maternal grandmother) on the 1860 census, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.




MILITARY SERVICE


John served during the Civil War as a Private in Company K of the 125th Illinois Infantry and then with the 60th Illinois Infantry.


John joined and enrolled for duty on February 19, 1864, in Danville, Illinois. He enrolled for a period of three years. At the time of enrollment John was a farmer residing in Danville. He was 17 years old, and listed as being born in Vermilion County, Illinois.

John was described as being 5'5" tall, with blue eyes, light hair, and fair complexion.

John was assigned to Company K, and recieved a bounty of $60.

John mustered in on the same date as he enrolled, February 19, 1864, in Danville. He is listed as present on the company muster rolls for March, April, May, and June of 1864.

During this time period of March - June 1864, the 125th Illinois was engaged in operations in and around Georgia. Given that John is listed as "present" on the muster rolls, we presume John was engaged in these operations as well.

The regiment was based at Lee and Gordon's Mills (Chickamauga, Georgia) from December 1863 until May of 1864, and participated in the following operations and battles during that time:

* Demonstration on Dalton, Ga., February 22-27, 1864,
* Tunnel Hill, Buzzard's Roost Gap and Rocky Faced Ridge February 23-25.

The regiment the participated in the Atlanta Georgia Campaign from May 1st to September 8th, 1864, participating in the following operations and battles:
* Tunnel Hill May 6-7.
* Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11.
* Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9.
* Battle of Resaca May 14-15.
* Rome May 17-18.
* Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5.
* Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2.
Pine Hill June 11-14.
* Lost Mountain June 15-17.
* Assault on Kenesaw June 27.
* Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4.
* Chattahoochie River July 5-17.


On July 9, 1864, John was sent to the hospital. His records only indicate that he was 'sick.' John was listed as "absent" and as being sent to the hospital on the company muster rolls for July, August, September, October, November, and December of 1864.

John evidently recovered and rejoined his company. He is listed as being on detached service on the company muster rolls for January, February, March, and April of 1865.

The 125th marched to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Virginia at the end of April - early May, 1865. The regiment participated in the Grand Review on May 24th. We do not know if John was still on detached service, or whether he had rejoined his company. In either event, John, as well as the rest of the 125th mustered out on June 9, 1865, at Washington, D.C. John was then transferred to the 60th Illinois Infantry by order of the War Department. At the time he mustered out of the 125th, John had been paid a bounty of $60, and was due $240. He had also received $90.97 for clothing in kind or money advanced

The 60th Illinois served as provost guard at the headquarters of the 14th Army Corps in Louisville Kentucky from the middle of June until the end of July, 1865. John, as well as the rest of the 60th Illinois, mustered out on July 31, 1865, in Louisville, Kentucky.




John later received an invalid pension; and his wife Lucy a widow's pension after John died.




We are unable to find John on the 1870 and 1880 census, but he could not have gone too far, as he married in Vermilion County, in 1884.

John married LUCY ANN COTTON, on March 23, 1884, in Vermilion County, Illinois.




Lucy was born on August 28, 1852, in Illinois. She was the daughter of ISSAC COTTON and MARGARET PARRISH. Lucy was living in her parents' Georgetown, Vermilion County home in 1880.



John and Lucy lived in Danville for a number of years. They then moved to Pullman, Washington. John and Lucy were the parents of
five children.




CENSUS READINGS

1900 Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
John Nicholson, 54 years old, born March 1846 in Illinois; father born unknown; mother born in Illinois. Married for 16 years. A coal miner.
Lucy A. Nicholson, wife, 49 years old, born August 1852 in Illinois; father born in Kentucky; mother born in Virginia. Married for 16 years. Mother of 5 children, 2 living
Anna Nicholson, daughter, 15 years old, born April 1885 in Illinois; parents born in Illinois. Attending school
Ike Nicholson, son, 8 years old, born Fall of 1891 in Illinois; parents born in Illinois. Attending school




MOVE TO WASHINGTON

The family moved to the state of Washington sometime between 1900 and 1909. John died in 1909, and is buried in the Fairmount cemetery in Pullman.




JOHN'S DEATH & BURIAL

John died on June 11, 1909, in Pullman, Whitman County, Washington. He is buried at the Fairmount Cemetery, located in Pullman. See ...




FURTHER CENSUS READINGS

Lucy and her children remained in Pullman after John's death.

1910 Pullman, Whitman County, Washington
Lucy Nicholson, 57 years old, born in Illinois; father born in Indiana; mother born in Virginia. Widowed. Mother of 5 children, 2 living.
Anna Nicholson, daughter, 25 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois. Single. Teacher
Isaac Nicholson, son, 19 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois. Single. Farmer

1920 Pullman, Whitman County, Washington
Lucy Nicholson, widowed, born in Illinois
Isaac Nicholson
(census very faded)

1930 Pullman, Whitman County, Washington
Lucy A. Nicholson, 78 years old, born in Illinois; father born in Indiana; mother born in Virginia. Age at first marriage: 32
Isaac S. Nicholson, son, 38 years old, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois. Single. Plumber. WW veteran.

1940 Ward 1, Pullman, Whitman County, Washington
408 Dexter Street

Lucy Nicholson, 87 years old, born in Illinois. Widowed. Residence in 1935 - same house; highest level of education - 8
Jo Ettea Knapp, 19 years old, born in Washington, hired girl.
*living next to Ike Nicholson




LUCY'S DEATH & BURIAL

Lucy died on March 10, 1944 in Colfax, Whitman County, Washington at the age of 91. She is buried next to John at the Fairmount Cemetery. See ...





Children of John and Lucy Nicholson



1. Anna Margaret Nicholson, b. April 13, 1885, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois; d. March 19, 1963




2. John Nicholson, b. circa 1886; d. October 13, 1894, Grape Creek, Vermilion County, Illinois

Little John is buried at the Parish Cemetery located in Grape Creek.



Danville Daily News
October 15, 1894






3. Isaac Stanford Nicholson, b. July 29, 1892, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois; d. August 11, 1947, American Lake, Pierce County, Washington.




4. Unknown Nicholson, born and died before 1900.




5. Unknown Nicholson, born and died before 1900.




Fairmount Cemetery
Pullman, Washington















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