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William May Nicol, III
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Birth: May 22, 1803
Carluke, Scotland
Death: Oct. 24, 1885
Stacyville
Mitchell County
Iowa, USA

WILLIAM MAY NICOL,III (82 yrs 5 months and 2 days) (twin) was the fourth child of William May Nicol II (1779- 1850) and Agnes Bronlee (1772-1855)(Scottish immigrants from the Lowlands). He and his twin sister, Agnes "Nancy" Nicol 1803-1877) were born May 22, 1803 in Gillhead, Carluke, Lanarkshire Scotland. (His twin sister, Agnes, married William Austin and when a group of LDS came through Hammond, NY. Agnes and William left the Presbyterian church and converted to become Morman and joined the Mormans going on the historical trek to Utah).

William was 16 yrs old, his family emigrated from Gillhead, Scotland to Hammond, St. Lawrence County, NY around 1820.

By the age of seventeen, William operated a ferryboat between Canada and New York. It was during a trip coming back from Canada that William first met his future bride, Margaret Pollock, dau. of John Pollock and Elizabeth Brown, as he operated the ferry boat on the St. Lawrence River. William saved Margaret Pollock (twelve yrs old at the time) from drowning after she fell overboard into the St. Lawrence River. Their eventual marriage resulted in a happy family of 12 children (six girls and six boys) all of whom were born in Hammond, St. Lawrence County, NY. William married Margaret Pollack on April 29, 1825 in Hammond, St. Lawrence County, NY at the local Presyterian church.

In 1861 William and Margaret and some of their children made the difficult journey across the U.S. to homestead farm land in N.E. Iowa. They settled in Stacyville, Mitchell county, Iowa. They lived there with the exception of 8 years (1869 - 1874) in which they lived and homesteaded in Dickinson County,Iowa and brought with them 3 of their children: Robert Bruce 39 yrs old, Clark Levi 22 yrs and Mattie Nicol 18 yrs old.

When 62 years of age, William Nicol united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he remained a consistent member till his death. Not demonstrative in his religion, he was, nevertheless a good man, and there can be no doubt of his having the confidence of his brethren in the church and community. He was, for the last eight months incapacitated, but until that time he was actively and intelligently interested in all matters social and religious. He was a good citizen, a valuable member of the community, and by men such as he, the early foundations of morality and good government were laid.

William and Margaret's 12 children- Six girls and six boys:

1. Elizabeth Nancy Nicol b. July 24, 1826, in Hammond, St. Lawrence Co., NY. (Had twins) d. August 7, 1909, in West Virginia. Spouse: William Revillo Nichols. (9 children)

2. Agnes Bronlee Nicol b. November 2, 1828, in Hammond, St. Lawrence Co., NY. d. January 23, 1907. Spouse: William Nichols Lynch. School teacher, Lake Park, Iowa and author.(10 children)

3. Margaret Nicol (3 mo.) b. August 12, 1830, in Hammond, St. Lawrence Co., NY. d. October, 1830

4. Robert Bruce Nicol b. August 18, 1831, in Hammond, NY. d. January 22, 1916, in Milford, Dickinson County, Iowa. Spouses: Mary Ann Kelly, Martha E. Fletcher. Civil war soldier(Company I 11th Reg. NY Cavalry). Wounded in his arm during the Civil War. Newspaper Editor (7 children)

5. William Wallace Nicol b. August 18, 1831, in Hammond, NY. d. April 22, 1904, in Little Cedar, Mitchell County, Iowa. Spouse: Altamand Polly Nichols. (2 children)

6. Margaret Ann Nicol b. November 2, 1833, in Hammond, NY. d. December 5, 1923, in Clifty, WV. Buried: Kesler Memorial Presbyterian Cemetery. Spouse: (1)George Bissel Hitchcock,(2 children) (2)John Kesler. (6 children)

7. John Nicol b. October 16, 1836 in Hammond, NY. d. January 26, 1856, in Hammond, NY died of consumption.

8. Violet Catherine Nicol (my ancestor) b. June 6, 1838, in Hammond, DeKalb County, NY. d. January 24, 1914, in Stacyville, Mitchell County, Iowa. Spouse: James Brainard, whose ancestry includes the famous missionary David Brainard during the Great Awakening.(5 children)

9. James Ross Nicol b. February 1, 1841, in Hammond, New York. d. October, 1863, in Civil War battle skirmish near New Berne, North Carolina. Burial place unknown.

10. David May Nicol (Farmer) b. July 31, 1843, in Hammond, NY. d. April, 1922, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. Spouse: Mary Blackler Buried in Angelus Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California (Civil War Union soldier Company K, 27th Reg., Iowa Infantry) (4 children)

11. Clark Levi Nicol b. July 8, 1847, in Hammond, NY. d. March 3, 1919, in Excelsior, Dickinson County, Iowa. buried in Excelsior Cemetery. Spouse: Mary Ellen Anderson.(4 children)

12. Martha "Mattie" Jeanette Nicol b. May 29, 1851, in Hammond, NY. d.October, 1934. Buried in Silver Lake Cemetery in Lake Park, Dickinson County, Iowa. Spouse: John Dickensen. First school teacher in Lake Park, IA. (3 children 1 adopted)

William joined the Methodist Episcopal church, Stacyville, IA at age 62 and remained a consistent member till his death. William loved to write poetry especially for his wife). He was for the last eight months incapacitated, but until that time he was actively and intelligently interested in all matters social and religious. He was a good citizen and valuable member of the community.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William May Nicol (1775 - 1850)
  Agness E. Bronlee Nicol (1772 - 1855)
 
 Spouse:
  Margaret Pollock Nicol (1808 - 1897)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Nancy Nicol Nichols (1826 - 1909)*
  Agnes Bronlee Nicol Lynch (1828 - 1907)*
  Robert Burns Nicol (1831 - 1916)*
  William Wallace Nicol (1831 - 1904)*
  Margaret Ann Nicol Kesler (1833 - 1923)*
  Violet Catherine Nicol Brainard (1838 - 1914)*
  James Ross Nicol (1841 - 1862)*
  David May Nicol (1843 - 1922)*
  Clark Levi Nicol (1847 - 1919)*
  Martha Jeanette Nicol Dickerson (1851 - 1934)*
 
 Siblings:
  William May Nicol (1775 - 1850)**
  Isabella Nicol Austin (1801 - 1852)*
  Agness Nancy Nicol Austin (1803 - 1887)**
  William May Nicol (1803 - 1885)
  Robert Nicol (1805 - 1881)*
  Andrew Nicol (1807 - 1885)*
  James Nicol (1809 - 1825)*
  David Nicol (1811 - 1874)**
  Catharine Nicol Gregor (1813 - 1874)*
  John Nicol (1816 - 1881)*
  Jeannette Nicol Ross (1819 - 1896)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Stacyville Cemetery
Stacyville
Mitchell County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
Record added: Oct 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30641052
William May Nicol, III
Added by: Sandy Bell
 
William May Nicol, III
Added by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
 
William May Nicol, III
Added by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
 
 
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- Suzanne
 Added: Jul. 28, 2012

- Evelyn Rowe Nelson
 Added: Oct. 17, 2008
 
 
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