GEN. MOSES NICHOLS - Commenced practice as a physician in Amherst about 1761; served several years as one of the selectmen and as a representative. At the commencement of the war for independence he took an active part in behalf of the popular cause. He was appointed colonel of the fifth regiment 5 Dec 1776 in place of Colonel Lutwyche, of Merrimack, a loyalist. He commanded the right wing of Stark's army at Bennington and his regiment commenced the attack upon the Hessian entrenchment. In 1778 he was placed at the head of a regiment sent to assist Gen. Sullivan at Rhode Island, and in 1780 he was in command of a regiment at West Point at the time of Arnold's treason. After the close of the war he was appointed brigadier-general of the fourth brigade of New Hampshire militia. On the organization of the state government under the temporary constitution 5 Jan 1776 he was appointed register of deeds for Hillsborough county, and held the office until his death. [Secomb 906]
Memento mori - One eye on Death, one full fixt on Heaven Becomes a mortal, and immortal man - Erected in Memory of the Honourable Moses Nichols Esqr who departed this life, May ye 23rd, 1790: in the 50th Year of his age. Friends & Physicians could not save, My mortal body from the grave: Nor can the grave confine me here, When Christ shall call me to appear.
Hannah Eaton Nichols