Wednesday, March 3, 2010
JUDAH & ELIZABETH (SMITH) NICKERSON
Judah Nickerson is another one of John and Dorothy (James) Nickerson's 13 children.
Born at Woods Harbor 23 Jun 1801, he married Elizabeth Smith when she was 15 years old and he was 23 (May 6, 1824). He died 17 Feb 1895 at the age of 94. When he was 93his daughter found him down in the well, where he had descended to bring up the water bucket. Judah died 17 Feb 1895; Elizabeth d.10 Apr 1887
The house he built at Clarks Harbor, Nova Scotia, (the year he married Elizabeth) is noted for an unusual huge lion placed in the front yard in 1906 by his grandson, John Nickerson, a noted sculptor and the son of Thomas Newell Nickerson.
There were 13 children born to Judah and Elizabeth:
Zilpha: 6 Feb 1825 - 3 Feb 1898; m. Thomas Newell
Irene: 13 Aug 1827 - 3 Feb 1900; m. William B. Smith
Freeman: 25 Oct 1829 - 13 Aug 1892; m. Lucinda Smith
Ephraim: 26 Jun 1832 - 14 Sep 1915; m. Matilda Smith
Susan Jane:28 Nov 1834 - 27 Jan 1928; m. Lovitt Swim
Joshua: 19 Feb 1837 - 9 Dec 1902; m. Rebecca Brannen
Hannah: 1 May 1839 - 26 Mar 1862; m. Jeremiah Brannen
Edward G: 25 Apr 1841 - 13 May 1841
William Edward:16 Aug 1842 - Sep 1913; m. Sarah Penny
John P.G.: 11 Nov 1845 - 19 Mar 1931; m. Josephine Dobin
James Lendall:16 May 1847 - 5 Sep 1940; m. Ruth Smith
Matilda: 29 Jan 1850 - 2 Jul 1942; m. Robert Colquhoun
Thomas Newell:27 Jun 1853 - 16 Sep 1944 m. Judith Ann Nickerson
As a small child I was awestruck by this huge stone lion but was more comfortable with the smaller sculptured dogs flanking the steps to my great grandfather's hotel. You can see one of them in this 1905 photograph of my father, Robert A. VanAmburg, with his mother, my beloverd Nana Van, Mae (Nickerson) VanAmburg.