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Ottawa County Obituaries - 1880's

Sandusky Register
June 12, 1884

The funeral of Mrs. Roswell Nichols took place on Wednesday last at 10 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. R.T. Stevenson, of Sandusky, which were very impressive. Mrs. Achsa Scott Nichols was born at Lebanon, New Hampshire, March 29th, 1806. She married Roswell Nichols January 16, 1831, and lived at Charmount three years. They then moved to Northfield, Ohio, in May, 1834, where they remained ten years, after which they removed to North Bass, and arrived in a sail boat May 22, 1844. Therefore they have lived together about 53 years, having celebrated their golden wedding in 1881. Mr. Nichols has the deepest sympathy of the entire community in this the hour of deep affliction, and how consoling to think that

Earth hath no sorrows
Heaven cannot heal.

In behalf of Mr. Nichols I desire to express sincere thanks to all who so kindly aided during his wife's illness; also to the choir for the singing and to each and every one for the deep sympathy manifested.

Sandusky Register
February 21, 1885

The Late Roswell Nichols
North Bass Isl'd, Feb. 19, 1885

After an illness of nearly four months the destroyer of all earthly pangs, death, has removed from our midst one of our oldest and most highly esteemed friends and neighbors. His death occurred at half-past eleven p.m. the 14th inst. Mr. Nichols was the son of David Nichols and Mary Johnson, and was born at Charmount, Franklyn Co., Mass., Dec. 9th 1806. Here he lived until 28 years of age. He was married to Achsah Scott, Jan. 16th, 1831. They lived at Charmount three years, from which place, in May, 1834, they moved to Northfield, Ohio, where they remained ten years and then moved to North Bass. They arrived here in a sail boat May 22d, 1844. The family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, with one child, and Mrs. Nichols' mother. They were the first family who settled upon the island and were the only family for five years. Here they commenced actual pioneer life, with all its hardships and privations. In the following September Mrs. Nichols mother went back to Northfield, and for five months Mrs. Nichols saw no woman's face save her own. Thus almost solitary and alone did they live for five years until another family made its appearance on the island. Dr. C.D. Townsend, then a young man acting as agent for A. Champion, of Rochester, N. Y., leased to Mr. Nichols the whole island, consisting of about 800 acres, for ten years, the consideration being that he, Mr. Nichols, pay the taxes. A few years later he bought of Horace Kelley one hundred and fourteen acres of land at a little less than five dollars per acre, on which place he has resided since 1849. The funeral of the deceased took place at the late residence Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and was largely attended, only eight months and twelve days from the day his wife was buried. Thus we have laid away in the silent graves grandpa and grandma Nichols, as they were called, but their kind acts and noble deeds can never be forgotten.

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