Elias Dolison “Doc” Nickell

Elias Dolison “Doc” Nickell

Zaleski, Vinton County, Ohio, USA
Death 16 Mar 1935 (aged 77)
Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Burial Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 84133955 · View Source
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Elias Dolison Nickell, known as "Doc," was born on August 30, 1857 in Zaleski, Vinton County, OH. Doc was the eldest child of Andrew Jackson Nickell and Isabella Ramey Nickell.

When "Doc" was five years old, his father, Andrew, enlisted in the Union Army. As Andrew marched out of town, little "Doc" could not have realized that he would never again see his father (who died during the Siege of Vicksburg).

After the Civil War, Doc's widowed mother, Isabella, remarried Issac Brown, who was also a Union veteran. Isaac Brown beleived Doc and his younger brother Bob needed to provide for themselves. As young teenagers, Isaac forced his two stepsons to leave their mother's home.

Doc and brother Bob found their way to the rich and fertile soil of east central Illinois. On their own at a young age, the two brothers worked hard in farming and established themselves in agriculture from McLean, Piatt, Livingston, Ford and Champaign Counties in Illinois.

Doc married Ida Mae Lewis on September 14, 1882. Together, Doc and Ida Mae successfully raised nine children on the farm. Several of their children went on to earn college degrees and more. One became a leader in the chemical industry and another was elected four-terms to a Statewide position in Illinois. Others became successful farmers and community leaders. Doc spent his retirement years at a home he built on East Springfield in Urbana near the University of Illinois Campus. Doc was a Master Mason.

The boy's name Elias is pronounced ee-LYE-us. The name is of Greek and Hebrew origin, and means "the Lord is my God." It is a Biblical name from the Greek form of Elijah.

Doc passed at age 78 on March 16, 1935 in Urbana, IL. He is buried in a family plot at Mount Hope Cemetery in Urbana, IL.

Thus endeth the record of a just and upright Mason.


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