Simon P Nichols, my fourth great-grandfather, was born October 10, 1780, in Montgomery, Maryland. His parents were Benjamin Nichols, Sr., and Comfort Vanderbilt. His siblings are Thomas in 1769, Prudence Jane in 1770, George in 1774, Benjamin, Jr. in 1776, Ninan in 1778, and Solomon Isaac Nichols in 1781.
After Simon’s birth, it looks like the family was starting to move from Maryland to Massachusetts, and then in 1803, I find them in Harrison County, Kentucky. He first appears as a resident of Pendleton County for his service as an ensign in the 21st Regiment Kentucky Militia from March until December 1806.
It is in Harrison that Simon marries on April 9, 1805, to Margaret E (Peggy) Mitts. They seemed to settle down in Dry Ridge, Grant, Kentucky to start their family. Their children were Nancy Mitts in 1803, Reuben (my 3rd great-grandfather) in 1805, Comfort in 1806, Martha (Patsy) in 1808, Christopher Ninon in 1809, John 1811??, Solomon P 1811, Benjamin Jackson (BJ) in 1815, Mary in 1817, George Washington 1819, Thomas Jefferson 1822, and Susannah Nichols 1824. They lost their beloved Patsy in 1811 at only three years old of an unknown illness. Also, Susannah died when she was only twenty-three years old.
Simon was involved in the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813, which was a pivotal American victory during the War of 1812. This battle took place in Upper Canada. It was against Great Britain and Tecumseh’s Shawnee Indian Confederacy. Since the early 1800s, Tecumseh had sought to form a confederacy of American Indian tribes to halt Americans from taking over American Indian land. Tecumseh died in this battle, and it marked the end of Tecumseh’s Confederacy.
They remained in the Dry Ridge, Grant, Kentucky area to watch their family grow until Simon’s death on June 15, 1856, at the age of seventy-five years old. He was buried in the Simon -Nickell Cemetery located in Grant County, Kentucky. Years ago, this family cemetery was in bad condition and at least thirty-five graves were not marked or had broken headstones.
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