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 Rachel <I>Loyd</I> Nichols

Rachel Loyd Nichols

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Dec 1869 (aged 68)
Newcastle, Coshocton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Walhonding, Coshocton County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 101649703 · View Source
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Daughter of John Loyd and Mary Brown Baldwin-Loyd, wife of Eli Nichols.


Mrs. Nichols was a highly estimable and intelligent lady, took a deep interest in the effort for human liberty, and wrote many meritorious productions for the press. The following poem:


written by her in 1835, upon the mobbing and killing of Lovejoy, at Alton, Illinois, because of his abolitionism, is inserted by request:

' Fair Alton once, but fair no more,

Thy brow with blood-stained wreaths Is bound ;
Thy days of honor are passed o'er —
Thy virtues now a grave have found.

' Late, as a prosp'rous growing tree,

With goodly branches spreading wide,
Exultingly we looked on thee, —
Thy country's projuise and her pride.

' Or as a brightly dafizling star

The darksome path of evening cheers,
We hailed thee in thy land afar ;
Its light and hope of after years.

' But on thy morning's opening bloom
Vice has eclipsed thy opening day ;
Thy sun has set in sable gloom ;
Oh ! thou hast cast thyself away.

' Not thy wide prairies' fertile soil,

Where Nature's hand profusely showers
Luxuriantly, without thy toil,
Her richest growth of grass and flowers.

' Not all thy splendor— it is vain—

Of wealth, of power, thou need not tell;
Not all thy charms, if demons reign ;
With thee. Oh 1 may we never dwell.

' Thy name is numbered with the vile ;
The clays of earth to thee will cling ;
No one with them in deeds of guile —
Thou art a base, polluted thing.

" The Mississippi rolling by

In surging majesty with might.
Can not, mth all the floods, supply
Half that will wash and make thee white.

" North, by unholy feet are trod

The dearest rights allotted man-
Rights guaranteed him by his God —
Rights dear to all since time began.

" For pleading on behalf of these.

Thy imjuous hands have dared to shed
Blood, which, by heaven's just decrees,
Will be avenged upon thy head.

" Our Lovejoy 's slain, but yet above.
More perfect still each accent flows
Around the mercy-seat of Love,
Where'thou canst never interpose.

" Yes, angel-like, behold him there.
Imploring heaven the work to bless ;
And hear him from yon sky declare
That God will crown it mth success."

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  • Created by: Carrie George-Nichols
  • Added: 3 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101649703
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rachel Loyd Nichols (11 Dec 1800–9 Dec 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101649703, citing Eli Nichols Family Cemetery, Walhonding, Coshocton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Carrie George-Nichols (contributor 47329389) .