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Andson Nicholson

Andson Nicholson[1]

Male 1822 - 1870  (48 years)

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  • Name Andson Nicholson 
    Born 1822  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence circa 1828  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Nicholson family moved from Ohio to Vermilion County, Illinois, sometime between 1828 and 1830 
    Residence 1830  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • CENSUS: 1830
      Vermilion County, Illinois
      John Nicholson is enumerated on the 1830 census, Vermilion County, Illinois, with a male age 5-9 living in the household. This is the correct age bracket for Anson.
    Residence 1840  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • CENSUS: 1840
      Vermilion County, Illinois
      John Nicholson is enumerated on the 1840 census, Vermilion County, Illinois, with a male age 15-19 living in the household. This is the correct age bracket for Anson.
    Individual Note Apr 1844  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Administrator of the estate of John Nicholson, deceased  
    • Anson, along with mother Ruth, served as administrator of father John's estate. Administrator's bond dated 16 April 1844
      Ruth Nicholson, Andson Nicholson, Josiah Morgan, and Zachariah Morgan, of the county of Vermilion, state of Illinois, bound in the penal sum of $2,000
      Ruth and Andson Nicholson administrators of goods, etc of John Nicholson, deceased
      Ruth signed with "x"
    Individual Note 20 Jun 1844  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anson purchased many items at John Nicholson's estate sale 
    Property Oct 1847  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    purchased Lewis and Ary Stevens' interest in two tracts of land owned by John Nicholson; SE quarter of Section 34, Township 19N, Range 11 W 
    • PURCHASED INTEREST IN LAND: 1847
      11 October 1847: Lewis Stevens and Ary Stevens, his wife, formerly Ary Nicholson, heirs at law of John Nicholson, deceased, in consideration of $111, conveyed their interest in 2 tracts of land in Vermilion County to Anson Nicholson. The tracts of land are described as follows:
      1. West half of southeast quarter, Section 34, Township 19 N, Range 11W
      2. East half of southeast quarter, Section 34, Township 19 N, Range 11 W

      Book I Page 549
      quick claim deed

      these land descriptions match the descriptions for the land John Nicholson acquired at public domain land sale, in the 1830s.
    Property 12 Mar 1849 
    Cash Sale 
    • Andson paid $50 this day for the NWSE portion of Section 12, Township 18N, Range 11W of the 2nd PM. Pursuant to 1820 Cash Entry Sale act; patent issued January 1, 1850
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    Residence 1850  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anson Nicholson, 26 years old, born in Ohio, enumerated on census in home of Ruth Nicholson; farmer; owned real estate valued at 140 
    • CENSUS: 1850
      District 1, Vermilion County, Illinois
      Ruth Nicholson, 57 years old, born in Pennsylvania. Value of real estate: 800. Cannot read or write
      Anson Nicholson, 26 years old, born in Ohio. Farmer. Value of real estate: 140
      Lucinda Nicholson, 29 years old, born in Ohio. Cannot read or write
      John Nicholson, 20 years old, born in Illinois. Farmer. No real estate. Attended school within the year
      Marinda Nicholson, 18 years old, born in Illinois
      Ellen Nicholson, 11 years old, born in Illinois. Attended school within the year
    Occupation 1850 
    farmer 
    Property 1 Jan 1850  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • PURCHASED LAND: 1849 -1850
      Anson purchased 40 acres of land in Vermilion County under authority of the April 24, 1820 Cash Entry Sale (3 Stat. 566). This act allowed an individual to purchase public land from the United States government at the price of $1.25 per acre.

      A Register of Receipts by the receiver of public moneys shows Andson Nicholson of Vermilion County paid $50.00 on March 12, 1849 for the NWSE Section 12; Township 18-N; Range 11-W; 2nd PM.

      A federal land patent was issued to Anson on January 1, 1850.
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    Property 20 Mar 1852  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    purchased Samuel and Lucinda Rush's interest in two tracts of land owned by John Nicholson; SE quarter of Section 34, Township 19N, Range 11 W 
    • PURCHASED INTEREST IN LAND: 1852
      20 March 1852: Samuel Rush and Lucinda Rush, his wife, formerly Lucinda Nicholson, heirs at law of John Nicholson, deceased, in consideration of $100, convey their interest in 2 tracts of land in Vermilion County to Andson Nicholson. The land descriptions match that as described in the Lewis and Ary conveyance, in 1847, as follows:
      1. ? (west) half of the south east quarter of Section 34, Township 19 N, Range 11 West
      2. East half of the south? (east) quarter of Section 34, Township 19 N, Range 11 West

      **these land descriptions match the descriptions for the land John Nicholson acquired at public domain land sale, in the 1830s. Clearly, Anson was buying out his sibling's interest in their father's land.
    Individual Note 19 Sep 1853  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Surety For Mary Anderson's Guardian Bond: Mary Anderson, appointed guardian of Melissa, Mary Ann, Sarah Ellen, and Minerva Anderson, minor heirs of Edmund Anderson, deceased, filed her guardian's bond, in the sum of 1700, with Andson Nicholson, Wm. Whittaker, and John Whittaker sureties 
    Individual Note 2 Jul 1855  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    appointed administrator of estate of Mary Anderson, dcd; posted administrator's bond; Jacob Erwin, Lewis Stevens, Wm. Whittaker securities 
    Medical Information (Fact Jan 1856  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In letter written January 7, Anson stated that he had "been nearly blind with sore eyes for nearly six months" At time he could only tell people by their voice. Reported eyes presently "a good deal better, but not entirely well yet" 
    Individual Note Jan 1856  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    in letter to half-sister Elizabeth, Anson noted that "grandmother is living with us. She is well, but childish and troublesome"
    Given his relationship to Elizabeth is through Ruth Wright Sharp Nicholson, presume grandmother is Ruth's mother
     
    Individual Note 7 Jan 1856  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    letter to Amos and Elizabeth Henthorn 
    • LETTER TO AMOS AND ELIZABETH HENTHORN
      January 7, 1856

      "Danville, Ill.
      Jan. 7, 1856

      Dear Brother and Sister,
      I now take the opportunity to inform you that I am in moderate health at present. Hoping that these few lines will find you all enjoying the same. The rest of our family are moderate well but Josephine. She has been complaining a day or two but I hope she will not be down, but she is in bed for the present.
      Now dear friends I must fill your hearts once again more with sorrow by telling of the death of one of our friends. Nathan Booth departed this life the fourth of this month. He died very suddenly. He complained a little on Saturday with a sore throat and a pain in the head, but they thought him not dangerous ill. On Sunday he got worse and in a few hours was speechless. He lived til the next day noon in a tremendous agony of pain and never spoke so as to be understood. The disease appeared to be in his left legs and side. I did not see him while he was sick. I was on the Salt Fork and just got home a little while after he had died and the first thing that saluted my ears after I got home was that Nathan was dead. It ran like a knife through my heart. Margaret and the children are tolerably well and while they .. the loss of a departed friend, I hope their loss was his gain. The folks at the Salt Fork were all well a few days ago. The friends here as far as I know are well. John Whittaker was married about a month ago to Mrs. Anne Adams. I will just say that I have been nearly blind with sore eyes for nearly six months and a good part of the time so bad that I couldn't tell my nearest neighbor except by their voice. They have got a good deal better, but not entirely well yet.
      Grandmother is living with us. She is well, but childish and troublesome. We have the coldest winter I ever saw. It shut up the day before Christmas and has been extremely cold ever since with a good deal of snow. I have nothing more in partiuclar to write, so no more at present but remain your affectionate brother unto death.

      Andson Nicholson"

      ** Elizabeth is Anson's half-sister**
    Individual Note 7 Apr 1856  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    in his letter to half-sister Elizabeth, Anson noted that "Mother and Grandmother are both very poorly."
    presume this is Ruth Wright Nicholson and her mother 
    Individual Note 7 Apr 1856  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    letter to Amos and Elizabeth Henthorn 
    • LETTER TO AMOS AND ELIZABETH HENTHORN
      April 7, 1856

      "Danville, Vermilion, Illinois
      April 7th, AD 1856

      Dear Brother and Sister,
      I now take the present opportunity to inform you that I am well at present. Hoping these few lines find you all enjoying the same God's blessing. Mother and Grandmother are both very poorly. They have had gawre (?) but they have got it broke. The rest is tolerable health at present. Now dear friends my heart doth ache and my hand doth tremble while these few lines I write to think of our late departed friend. Sister Margaret left this world the third day of this month. She died very sudden. She had a child one day but we did not think her bad until the next morning one of the children came after me to go down and when I went I found her out of her head. I waited a short while and then started after a dr. and I rode to Georgetown and back as quick as I could and when I got back I found her dead.
      Little Joseph, one of Margaret's twins, died the 30th of last month. He died very sudden too. We think he had the quinsy. Little Lewis has the ague. The rest of the children is well. We have got Jacob, Critan and Lewis is at John Sirend's and Anson is at William Booth's.
      Delila has got a fine son. They call him George Washington. He was born the 27th of last month. We have not heard from the Salt Fork since the first of Feb. We have had a very cold winter and spring. There is ice a foot thick yet along some of the small branches. Wheat is worth from 75 to $2 a bu., corn 20 cents, potatoes $1 a bu. Stock is not quite so high as it has been. No more at present but remain your affectionate brother until death.

      Andson Nicholson"

      **Margaret is Margaret Sharp Booth, sister of Elizabeth, half-sister of Anson
      **Delila is the wife of Anson's brother, John Nicholson.
    Individual Note 15 Jan 1857 
    Andson Nicholson, administrator of estate of Mary Anderson, deceased, paid Wm Whitaker $16.14 
    Residence 1860  Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anson Nicholson, 38 years old, born in Ohio, enumerated on census as head of household; farmer; owned real estate valued at 3300; personal estate valued at 200 
    • CENSUS: 1860
      Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
      Anson Nicholson, 38 years old, born in Ohio. Farmer. Value of real estate 3300; value of personal estate 200
      Ruth Nicholson, 78 years old, born in Pennsylvania
      Josephine Nicholson, 11 years old, born in Ohio
    Individual Note Jan 1860  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    defendant, along with John Nicholson and William Anderson, in lawsuit brought upon a promissory note by Judd and Roberts; judgment for plaintiffs $49.84 (original demand 82.25, offsetg by 32.41) 
    • Anson Nicholson, John Nicholson, and William Anderson were defendants in a lawsuit brought upon a promissory note by Judd and Roberts in January of 1860

      Silvester Judd and ... Roberts, doing business in anem and style of Judd & Roberts
      vs.
      Anderson Nicholson, John Nicholson, and William Anderson

      January 27, 1860
      Demand $82.25
      Suit brought upon a promissory note and a summons issued returnable on the 6th of February 1860 at one o'clock p.m. given to Charles Canaday const. to serve
      Summons returned by Charles Canaday const., service by reading to defendant February 3, 1860. Const. fee: 95 cents
      And now on this 6th day of February 1860 the hour of trial having arrived and the parties being present, defendants admitted the claim of plaintiffs to be just but produced an offset of 32.41 cents which was allowed by plaintiffs, leaving a balance due the plaintiffs of $49.84 cents. And it is therefore considered by me that the plaintiffs recover of the defendants the sum of forth nine dollars eighty four cents debt and all costs of suit.
      John Newlin, JP

      July 6, 1860 Received ten dollars on above judgment per Henry Kyger and .... S.R. Judd
      May 1860 Received five dollars on above. S.R. Judd

      * this judgment was then filed in September of 1870 as a claim against the estate of Anson Nicholson
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      12: Judgment in favor of Judd & Roberts in lawsuit upon a promissory note they brought against Anson in 1860.
    Individual Note 31 Dec 1862 
    Andson Nicholson this date, for value received, promised to pay Mary A. Anderson $62.13 + 10% interest; payment in twelve months 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:

      1: Twelve months after date for value received I promise to pay Mary A. Anderson sixty two dollars and 13 cents with ten percent interest from date. Witness my hand and seal this 31 day of December 1862. Andson Nicholson. Admitted IN Payton, administrator
    Military 1 Jul 1863  Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    listed in Civil War Draft Registration as "Anderson" Nicholson, farmer, living in Danville Township, 44 years old, born in Ohio; no prior military service listed 
    Residence 1865  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    A. Nicholson is enumerated on state census as head of household; 1 male age 30-40, 1 female under the age of 10, a age 20-30 in home; live stock valued at 300; grains valued at 150; enumerated consecutively with John Nicholson 
    • 1865 Illinois State Census
      Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois
      A. Nicholson
      Males: 1 age 30 - 40
      Females: 1 under the age of 10; 1 age 20 - 30
      Value of Live Stock: 300
      Value of Grains: 150
      *enumerated next to John Nicholson
    Guardianship 4 Mar 1865 
    Andson Nicholson received $270.18 from Jacob Gants, guardian of Minerva Anderson, full balance of moneys due Minerva from gant on his final account filed in county court. AN signed as "subsequent guardian" 
    Individual Note 2 Jul 1869 
    Jacob Redman, guardian of Minerva Redman, formerly Anderson, received $45 from Andson Nicholson, guardian of Minerva Anderson, now Redman 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      2: Received July 2, 1869 of Andson Nicholson "garden" (guardian) of Menerva Anderson now Menerva Redman, Forty Five dollars a part of the money ... in my hands as a garden of the said Menierva Redman formerly Menerva Anderson. Jacob Redmon and Minerva Redman
    Residence 1870  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anson Nicholson, 49 years old, born in West Virginia, enumerated on census as head of household; farmer; owned real estate vlaued at 5000, personal property valued at 500 
    • CENSUS: 1870
      Vermilion County, Illinois
      Anson Nicholson, 49 years old, born in West Virginia, farmer, real estate valued at 5000, personal estate valued at 500
      Isabell Nicholson, 28 years old, born in Illinois
      Emma Nicholson, 5 years old, born in Illinois
      Inez Nicholson, 2 years old, born in Illinois
    Occupation 1870 
    farmer 
    Medical Information (Fact 28 May 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    operation on eyes 
    Medical Information (Fact 20 Jun 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dr. Jenkins began daily visits to tend to Anson 
    Property 24 Jun 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Acquired Land 
    • by indenture dated this date, Francis M. and Virginia Parish conveyed all but 28 acres of the southeast quarter of Section 24, Township 19N Range 11 W to Andson for the sum of $1500; John Nicholson a witness
    Vermilion County, Illinois
Deed Book 22 Page 258
    Vermilion County, Illinois Deed Book 22 Page 258
    Will 24 Jun 1870  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    executed will; named wife Isabelle A. Nicholson; mentioned town lot (Lot 2 Block 1 McRobberts and Walkers addition to Danville) & farm (SE1/4 S34 T19 R11W), on which was a dwelling house and orchard 
    • Anson executed a will on June 24, 1870, transcribed as follows:

      In the Name of God Amen
      I Andson Nicholson of the Town of Danville in the County of Vermilion State of Illinois of the age of forty eight years and being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:
      First I give and bequeath to my wife Isabelle A. Nicholson such of my personal property as she may choose to keep for her own use to be accepted and received by her in lieu of her specific allowance and the balance of my personal property to be sold by me executor and the proceeds to be applied on the payment of my debts and also lot No. two in block No. 1 ... in McRobberts and Walkers addition to the town (now city) of Danville in the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois to be also sold by my said executor aforesaid on a credit of six months and the proceeds thereof to be also applied on my just debts and if all of the above described property both personal and real should not sell for a sufficient amount to pay all of my debts then and in that case I want my said executor to rent my farm on which I now live to wit the south east quarter of section thirty four Township nineteen north of Range eleven west except twenty eight acres off of the north end of the west half of said quarter section off said all in the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois at public sale to the person that will pay the residue of my debts for the rents and proffits of the said farm for the shortest term of time. Except the dwelling house in which I now live together with the orchard and field in which the orchard stands which I reserve for my said wife.
      And I hereby revoke all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty fourth day of June AD 1870

      Andson Nicholson (seal)

      The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Anson Nicholson as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto:
      James Prather
      Francis M. Parish
    Medical Information (Fact 28 Jun 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dr. Jenkins last visit 
    Died 28 Jun 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Anson died between June 28, 1870 (last doctor's visit) and June 30, 1870 (when coffin purchased)
    • rumors that Anson met his death by foul play; Isabelle and John Robinson suspected of having caused his death
    • DOCTOR'S BILL
      In amongst the probate papers from Anson's estate is the following doctor's bill, for visits Dr. Jenkins made during Anson's last sickness. The bill shows that Dr. Jenkins performed an "operation" on Anson's eyes on May 28, 1870. Nearly a month later, on June 20, 1870, Dr. Jenkins began making daily visits to tend to Anson. He last visited Anson on June 28, 1870.

      Anson Nicholson
      Dr. J.M. Jenkins
      May 28, 1870 Operation on Eyes 1.00
      June 20, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 21, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 22, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 23, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 24, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 25, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 26, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 27, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      June 28, 1870 Visit and med 5.00
      ------
      46.00

      I hereby certify that the visits here were in attendance on Anson Nicholson in his last sickness. JM Jenkins MD
    Individual Note 30 Jun 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    for $40, estate purchased coffin from Joseph S. Schreder, Furniture of All Kinds, Warehouse, No. 43 Main Street 
    Individual Note Jul 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dead Guy Down Well: on or about July 28, 1870, a man by the name of John Robinson died in a well located on Anson's prperty; apparently died from the "damps" while cleaning out well; well behind house on farm, about 1 mile from Kyger Mill 
    • DEAD GUY DOWN WELL
      July 1870

      On or about July 28, 1870, about a month after Anson died, a man by the name of John Robinson died in a well located on Anson's property. From all accounts, it appears Mr. Robinson died from the "damps" while cleaning out the well.



      Years later, Mr. Robinson's wife, Anna Saunders Robinson Williams Bensinger Tackabarry, applied for a widow's pension on her late husband, John Bensinger's, service in the Civil War. As part of the application, Anna had to prove that her first husband, John Robinson, was dead. An investigator traveled to Vermilion County in 1925 and interviewed a number of people living in Grape Creek regarding the circumstances of Mr. Robinson's death. The following excerpts are from the investigator's report.



      Anna Tackabarry Deposition
      February 16, 1925:
      Q. What was the name of your first husband?
      A. JOHN ROBINSON.
      Q. Where did you marry him?
      A. At Kansas Station, Edgar County, Illinois. I was close to 18 years old I believe. I cannot tell the date of the marriage. We were actually married by a preacher but I cannot think of the name of the preacher who married us. I did not live with him very long. He and I lived at Brazil, Clay County, Ind. and he was a coal miner. We went to Marshall, Clark County, Illinois on a visit and he wanted me to go home, my parents lived there, and he went out on Grape Creek that county to clean out a well, on the place of a man named KEIGER. They had a water mill, ground corn, etc. That was a deep well and they offered $10 or $20 for a man to clean it out. My husband, ROBINSON, being a coal miner, thought he could do that, but he was killed by the damp in the well.
      Q. How do you know he was killed there?
      A. Because they sent me word about it but they told me not to come to the funeral because he was all 'busted', he fell back when they were drawing him from the well and that bursted him and killed him, he was cruelly mangled. His body was buried in the KEIGER graveyard. He and I had no trouble. He was never in the army. I do not know anything about ROBINSON's people, he came from Liverpool, England. I do not know whether there is any record of his death. Grape Creek was a coal mine and there was a store down below there run by a man named BOONE. It was kind-o southeast of Danville.

      Perry Sanders Deposition
      February 16, 1925
      (brother of Anna Tackabarry)
      Q. How many times has this claimant been married?
      A. She has been married four times. She was first married to a man named JAMES [sic] ROBINSON; where she married ROBINSON I cannot tell for a positive fact. Yes, sir, I saw ROBINSON. She and ROBINSON lived together around Marshall, Illinois. No children, claimant never had any children. ROBINSON died, or got killed in a well, the damps in a well killed him somewheres in around Marshall, Illinois.

      Martha A. Leibrick Deposition
      February 17, 1925
      (sister of Anna Tackabarry)
      "The claimant's first husband was a man named JOHN ROBINSON, married him at Perrysville, Indiana, I think, but don't know because I was not there among them. They did not separate, he got killed in a well from the 'damps'. That was at KIGER's Mill on the Big Vermillion, in Vermillion County, Illinois. It was closer to Danville that he lost his life.

      Anna Tackabarry Deposition
      February 26, 1925:
      Q. The witnesses in your claim say you and ROBINSON had separated. Is that correct?
      A. No, I had gone to Marshall, Clark County, Illinois to the house of my mother (now deceased) and my husband ROBINSON was on Grape Creek on the KIGER place to clean out a well. We had lived there at Grape Creek. While I was at home, my mother's home, ROBINSON was killed in a well on the KIGER place and after his death it was reported that he and I had separated. My folks would get angry with me once in awhile and throw it up to me that we had separated.
      Q. How do you know ROBINSON died there?
      A. Why, Mr. Kiger wrote me that he was dead and sent me some money. There were two of those Kigers, TILLMAN KIGER and JOHN KIGER. Mr. KIGER sent me somewhere about 20 or 25 dollars. There was a newspaper account of his death and I kept it a long time but it got burned in a fire. I cannot give the date. This occurred near Danville, Illinois.

      Ruth Nimrick Deposition
      April 16, 1925
      (sister of Anna Tackabarry)
      "ANNA's first husband was JOHN ROBINSON, to whom she was married in Paris, Illinois, as I remember--I think that she was working in that City, and he was a coal miner and they were married there, and they lived in Paris, and in Kansas Station, and later in Brazil, Ind., and then I remember of the claimant coming home--coming to father's home near Marshall, and I understood that ROBINSON was dead--that he got killed in a well from the damps. I heard of his death at the time, but my father was sick and none of us were able to go to the funeral. I don't remember that claimant was at home prior to the death of ROBINSON, as I don't remember that they were separated--heard nothing of the kind. It may have been that ROBINSON was in Grape Creek, and was not living with my sister just at the date of his death, but as to that I don't remember, but remember hearing of the death of ROBINSON, and then remember of the claimant being at our home
      ...
      "I heard of the death of ROBINSON at the time, and understood that he died at Grape Creek from having gone into a well and was killed by the damps--poisonous gases in the well. He was an Englishman and was not afraid to undertake anything, and I never questioned his death, and that was long before she married WILLIAMS.

      Levi A. Wilson Deposition
      April 16, 1925
      Grape Creek, Vermilion County, Illinois

      "I am 75 years old, P.O. address RFD 6, Danville, Illinois. I am living at
      Grape Creek, and retired on account of poor health. Have lived here since the close of the Civil War, and remember of the death of a man named JOHN ROBINSON, who died in a well on the property of Mrs. ANSON NICHOLSON, in Grape Creek, and not far from where I was then living. Mrs. NICHOLSON was a widow and the well on her property was a deep well and was needing cleaning out, and she got this man JOHN ROBINSON to go into the well to clean it out, and he was overcome by the damps, and was brought up to the surface by men who pulled his body up with long poles to which hooks had been attached. I well remember the incident and of his dead body--saw his body when brought to the surface, but I did not attend his funeral. I remember that there was a crowd of people at the home of the widow NICHOLSON when his body was brought out of the well, and as I now remember the party who went for the Coroner at the date of his death, rode my horse, but don't remember the name of the man who went for the Coroner. I remember that DAN WILSON, deceased, gave me 50 cents for the use of my horse, and I was thinking that it was for to bring the Coroner but it is a long time ago, and I may not have this exactly right, but that's the way I remember the matter--don't remember the details, but I do personally remember of the fact of his death, and that he died in the well on the property of the widow NICHOLSON, and that the damps was the cause of his death--that he died in the well and was brought up a corpse, and I think that his body was buried in the Nicholson Graveyard, but am not absolutely positive where he was buried. I have not thought of him for years, but well remember the fact of his death, as I saw him at once when his body was brought out of the well.
      Q. What was the date of death of JOHN ROBINSON?
      A. I don't know the date, but it was after the close of the Civil War, as we came here to Grape Creek at the close of the Civil War, and he died some time after we came here, but no way of getting at the date. I don't think that it was many years after the close of the war. I only knew him as JOHN ROBINSON, and did not know any of his people. I never heard that he was a married man, and did not know where he had formerly lived--he must have been living about here some two or three years, and he was a mattress maker--made mattresses out of corn husks, and he and JOE MANUAL worked together and bached together, but he is dead. I well remember going to his shack where he was making mattresses and he sang a song of the "Little Brown Jug" and he loved the contents of the jug, too. I heard nothing about his family, if he had one. I remember being at the well when his body was brought up, but I don't remember that his body was dropped or mangled, but he was brought up naked as I remember--body pulled up with a long pole with a hook at the end--poles spliced together to make one long enough to reach him, and it was a deep well. There were great crowds of people at the well when he was brought up, and I remember many, but they are dead. Miss TRESSIE KYGER is now living on the property where the well is located in which JOHN ROBINSON lost his life. Everybody then living here knew of the fact of his death--the community was shocked and excited over it. He did not die at Kygers Mills, but the Mills were only about one mile from the house where he lost his life, as I am telling you. ROBINSON went into the well of the widow, NICHOLSON, widow of ANSON NICHOLSON, but she is dead. The KYGERs are all dead, DAN, TILLMAN, HENRY and JOHN are all dead. They ran a Water Mill in about one mile of where ROBINSON lost his life. WILLIAM BOONE kept a store in the neighborhood, but he is dead--died only a few months ago. I am not related to the claimant, never heard of her, or that JOHN ROBINSON was married."; witnesses CLARA PRIDRENARE [?] and EVELYN WILSON; signed by his mark X LEVI A. WILSON.

      Terrissa Kyger Deposition
      April 16, 1925
      Grape Creek, Vermilion County, Illinois

      "I am past 70 years of age, P.O. address and residence Grape Creek, Illinois. Occupation, keeping house and unmarried. I am the daughter of HENRY KYGER, and I have lived in the neighborhood all my life, and I remember that many years ago a man named JOHN ROBINSON was working about here, and I saw him occasionally and also remember that he went into a well where this house stands, but at that time the property was owned by ANSON NICHOLSON, and the man JOHN ROBINSON was overcome by the damps, and died here, altho I did not see his dead body, but I heard of it at the time and I was then living at Kygers Mills, something like one mile from here. While I don't remember the date of the death of JOHN ROBINSON, I think it was after the close of the Civil War, but I have no way of fixing the date. I was a grown woman, and was living at the home of my father. I was not specially acquainted with JOHN ROBINSON, but knew that he was working about here, and went into the well to clean it out, and lost his life by the damps, and that's all I know of the matter. While I rather think that his body was buried in the neighborhood, I don't remember where. Don't remember who buried his body, and I did not know any of his people--just knew him as JOHN ROBINSON, and did not know he was a married man, and never heard that he had a wife. I don't know where he had lived prior to coming here, and don't remember how long he was about in the neighborhood. I understood that he died from the poison damps in the well, that he didn't live but a short time after going into the well, and was brought up dead. While I did not see his dead body, and did not attend his burial, I well remember of the fact, and it was talked about in the neighborhood, and was well know by all at that time, but most all are dead that knew of his death, but the fact of his death was well known by all.
      signed by Terrissa Kyger.

      America M. Blakeney Deposition
      April 16, 1925
      Vermilion County, Illinois

      "I am 83 years old, P.O. address RFD 1, Grape Creek, Ill. Occupation,
      keeping house, and a widow--husband was HUGH BLAKENEY. I have lived in the immediate neighborhood all my life, and I remember hearing of the death of a man called JOHN ROBINSON many years ago--no way of getting at the date. I did not see his dead body, and was not at the burial, but I heard of the fact of his death at the time, as it was talked of at the time. The fact of his death was well known by the whole community at that time. I have seen this man JOHN ROBINSON, but I had no special acquaintance with him. I did not know any of his people, and don't know where he had formerly lived. He was not a married man while here to my knowledge or at least I did not know that he had a wife, and had not heard that he had been married. He and JOE MANUAL bached together, but MANUAL is dead--well, I understood that he and MANUAL bached together. I understood that he was staying at the home of the widow of ANSON NICHOLSON, and there was a deep well that needed to be cleaned out, and he went into the well to clean out the well, and died of the damps. This is all I know of the matter, but it was well known at the time and was talked about. No sir, I don't remember the date he was killed--no way of getting at the date. I now remember that my youngest child was a baby--less than one year old. I went to see ANSON NICHOLSON, who was sick, and died soon after I went to see him, and it was only a few weeks after the death of ANSON NICHOLSON until JOHN ROBINSON went into the well and met his death. The baby I am telling you about was called HAWS BLAKENEY. He is commonly called 'Dr.' BLAKENEY, and signs his name D.H. BLAKENEY. He was born May 8, 1870, and as I remember, my son was less than one year old when JOHN ROBINSON lost his life.

      Report of Bureau of Pensions Inspector, Charles A. Hughes
      April 22, 1925

      "It is further shown by competent testimony that claimant's first husband died of poison gases in a well at Grape Creek, Vermillion County, Illinois about the year 1870--the summer of 1870, altho have been unable to get the exact date of his death--the fact is shown beyond any question-one witness, Mr. LEVI A. WILSON, saw his body removed from the well, and others living near, knew of the fact from a general understanding of it at the time. I have failed to find any record evidence of his death, as there are no death records dating that far back, and the Coroner's records only date back to 1887, but I think that the evidence herewith is sufficient to show beyond question that JOHN ROBINSON died the summer of 1870. I saw HAWS, commonly called "DOCK" BLAKENEY, mentioned by his mother, and he says that he was born May 1870, and his mother says that ROBINSON met his death when her baby was small, and she thinks the summer following his birth in May 1870.
      ...
      The reputation of LEVI A. WILSON, TERRISSA KYGAR [sic], and AMANDA M. BLAKENEY is good. All were rather timid, and were afraid that they would say something that would not be correct, and I think that all of these people have stated the facts just as they knew it to be.
      It appears that ROBINSON did not die in a well on the property of the KYGERs, but on the property of the widow of ANSON NICHOLSON, deceased, and the property now occupied by deponent TERRISSA KYGER. I could have looked into the well where ROBINSON lost his life, had I gone to the rear of the home of TERRISSA KYGER, but I was hurried for time, and didn't see that my looking into the well would change the status of the case.
      The KYGERs who owned the Mill, commonly called KYGER's Mill, are all dead. They were DANIEL, TILLMAN, HENRY and JOHN. The Mill was standing then about one mile from the place where ROBINSON lost his life, and along those days the entire community was often spoken of as "Kyger's Mill". The Mill collapsed about 1900, just about the time DANIEL KYGER died. I saw his widow, now SARAH HARKELROD, a pensioner, Danville, Ill., but she tells me that she did not marry KYGER until 1872, and did not remember ROBINSON, or of his death, but she is old and memory is very poor.
      I learned that a sister of DAN KYGER, Mrs. SARAH UNDERWOOD, is living at Georgetown, Ill., but she never lived at Grape Creek, and if she knew of the death of ROBINSON, it would only be hearsay, and I did not see her. I was also told that HARRISON PARISH, now living in Allerton, Ill., was living in Grape Creek when ROBINSON lost his life, and would probably remember of the fact, but in view of the testimony already secured, I did not think it necessary to see him.
      I found several other who said that they had heard the matter of ROBINSON's death talked of--the Coroner, Mr. COLE, aged not over 40, says that he heard, when at Grape Creek, of the death of ROBINSON.
      WILLIAM BOONE, who kept a general store in the immediate vicinity of Grape Creek died only a few months ago, and his widow was not married to him until in more recent years, and was not at Grape Creek until years after ROBINSON met his death, as is fully shown herein, ie, the fact of the death of ROBINSON is well shown.
      The well where he lost his life was on the NICHOLSON property, but all that family are dead--ANSON NICHOLSON died only a short time prior to the death of ROBINSON, and his widow passed away years ago. I heard rumors that ANSON NICHOLSON met his death by foul play and that his wife and ROBINSON were under suspicion of having been instrumental in causing his death, but this is only gossip, and immaterial in this case.
    Probate Aft Jun 1870 
    Jacob Redman filed claim against AN estate, for 270.18 - amt in AN hands (as guard) belonging to MInerva Anderson, 200 interest on same, and 300 rents recd from lands 
    Probate Jul 1870 
    John Nicholson made $45 claim against Anson's estate, for nine days and nights (watching??) during Anson's sickness 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      5: Claim against Andson Nicholson estate. June 1870. Wa?? on Andson Nicholson in sickness. Nine Days and Nights. $45 Dollars. John Nicholson
    Probate 9 Jul 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    will produced to court; proven on oath of James Prather and Francis Parish, subscribing witnesses to will 
    • The two witnesses to Anson's will, James Prather and Francis Parish, appeared in court on July 9, 1870, to prove up Anson's will:

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In the County Court of said County In Probate, June Term AD 1870
      Personally appeared in open Court James A. Prather and Francis M. Parish subscribing witnesses to the annexed instrument writing, purporting to be the Last will and Testament of Anson Nicholson, late of said County, deceased, who, being duly sworn according to law, do depose and say, self, that they were present and saw the said Andson Nicholson sign said will in their presence, and that they believe that the said testator was of sound Memory, of lawful age, and under no constraint when he signed said will.
      James A. Prather
      Francis M. Parish

      Subscribed and sworn to in open Court this 9th day of July AD 1870
      John W. Dale, County Court.
    Probate 15 Jul 1870  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    G. Wheeler Jones, M.D., made $18.60 claim against estate, as balance due for services rendered Isabelle in August of 1868 (original bill 21; paid $5 in March 1869; plus 2.60 interest, leaving 18.60 due) 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      6: Danville, Illinois, July 15, 1870. G. Wheeler Jones, M.D.
      August 10 & 16, 1868: for professional services rendered wife: 21.00
      March 20, 1869: credit cash: $5.00
      Balance: 16.00
      Interest: 2.60
      Amount due: $18.60
    Probate 22 Jul 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anson did not specify an executor; Isabelle relinquished her right to be executor; court appointed Isaac N. Payton as administrator, who took administrator's oath this date 
    • Although Anson in his will mentioned an "executor," he never named one.
      Isabelle relinquished her right to be the administrator:

      Estate of Andson Nicholson Deceased
      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County

      In County Court, June Term, AD 1870
      To Hon. R.W. Hanford, Judge of the County Court of Vermilion County
      I, Isabel A. Nicholson, widow of Andson Nicholson late of said County, deceased, do hereby relinquish and renounce all right, claim and preference which I may have to administer upon the estate of the said deceased.
      Witness my hand this 9 day of July AD 1870.
      Isabel A. Nicholson "X" her mark
      Widow of Andson Nicholson
      Late of Danville, deceased

      Attest:
      B.O. Anderson

      ~~~~
      The court appointed Isaac N. Payton to be the administrator. Mr. Payton took the administrator's oath on July 22, 1870.

      Administrator's Oath
      Estate of Andson Nicholson Deceased
      State of Illinois
      County of Vermilion
      In County Court July Term AD 1870
      I do Solemnly Swear that I will well and truly administer all and singular the goods and chattles, right, credits and effects of Andson Nicholson deceased, and pay all just claims and charges against his estate, so far as his goods, chattels and effects shall extend, and the law charge me; and that I will do and perform all other acts required of me by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities.
      Isaac N. Payton
      Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 22 day of July AD 1870
      J.W. Dale, Clerk of Court
    Probate Aug 1870 
    circa this date; AJ Belknap made claim for 42 days services taking care of stock after Anson's death; charged 1.50/day, for total of $63 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      4: A.J. Belknap, for 42 days services taking care of stock after decease of said Nicholson. 1.50 per day. $63.00. Admitted IN Payton Adm
    Probate 27 Aug 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Court appointed Martin Lafferty, Francis. M. Parish, and Perry O'Neal to appraise the goods, chattels and personal estate of Anson Nicholson 
    • The Vermilion County court appointed appraisers on August 27, 1870; appraisers oath taken same day

      Book C Page 132
      Warrant, Oath, Estimate

      Warrant to Appraisers
      Estate of Andson Nicholson Deceased
      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In County Court, August Term AD 1870
      To Martin Lafferty, F.M. Parish, and Perry O'Neal of the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois - Greeting:
      This is to authorize you, jointly, to appraise the goods, chattels and personal estate of Andson Nicholson late of the county of Vermilion and State of Illinois, deceased, so far as the same shall come to your sight and knowledge, each of you having first taken the oath hereto annexed; a certificate whereof you are to return, annexed to an Appraisement Bill of said goods, chattels and personal estate, by you appaised in dollars and cents; and in the said bill of appraisement you are to set down in a column or columns, opposite to each article appraised, the value thereof.
      Witness John W. Dale Clerk of the County Court for the said County of Vermilion at his office in Danville this 27th day of August 1870 and the Probate Seal of said Court hereunto affixed.

      Oath of Appraisers
      You, each of you, do solemnly swear that you will well and truly without partiality or prejudice, value and appraise the goods, chattels and personal estate of Andson Nicholson deceased, so far as the same shall come to your sight and knowledge; and that you will in all respects perform your duty as appraisers, to the best of your skill and judgment
      Subscribed and sworn to this ... day of .... AD 1870
      Martin Lafferty
      Francis M. Parish
      Perry O'Neal

      Isaac N. Payton Notary Public


    Probate 1 Sept 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Appraisers' Estimate For the Widow 
    • circa this date
      Appraisers' Estimate For the Widow
      We, the undersigned, appraisers appointed by the Judge of the County Court of .... County to appraise and value the goods, chattels and personal estate of .... deceased, do hereby make and certify to said Court, the following estimate of the value of each article of specific property allowed by law to the widow, for herself and family, to wit:
      Necessary Beds, Bedsteads and Bedding for the widow and family 60.00
      Necessary Household and Kitchen Furniture 75.00
      One Spinning Wheel 3.50
      One Loom and its Appendages 10.00
      One pair Cards 1.00
      One Stove and necessary Pipe therefore 15.00
      Wearing Apparel for widow and family 60.00
      Milch Cow and Calf 50.00
      Amount 274.50

      One Horse 40.00
      One Woman's Saddle and Bridle 15.00
      Provisions for one year 150.00
      6 Sheep and Fleeces, beign two for each member of the family 15.00
      Food for the above stock six months 50.00
      Fuel for three months 15.00
      Other Property 60.00
      TOTAL 559.50

      Martin Lafferty
      Francis M. Parish
      Perry O'Neal
      Appraisers

      Appraisers' Bill
      Book C, Page 132
      (no date)
      Widow 2 Beds and bedding 18.00
      Widow 2 Chairs and crib 2.00
      Widow Stove and Table and Safe 20.00
      Widow 1 Bbl and Jars and Jugs 2.00
      Widow 1 ?? .50
      Kegs, logs, chain, saw, oxes, 8.00
      Ploughs and old iron 1.50
      Widow 2 sows 15.00
      Widow Cow 35.00
      1 wagon 6.00
      1 sled .25
      Widow 3 hogs 15.00
      Widow 1 hog 5.00
      Widow 1 2 yr old 35.00
      Widow 1 mare 40.00
      Widow 1 mare 40.00
      Widow 1 horse 8.00
      1 set harness 3.00
      2/3 of 15 acres corn 50.00
      2/5 of 8 acres corn 11.50
      5 … corn 2.00
      Widow 34 bushels wheat 27.00
      Widow 25 lbs wool 3.00
      Widow 2 kettles 3.00
      1 cane ill .50
      Widow 15 shoats 35.00
      384.22 (math doesn't add up!)
    Probate 1 Sep 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Isaac N. Payton, administrator, filed inventory of real and personal property of Anson Nicholson; real estate (4 parcels) valued at 2900; personal items valued at 394.70 
    • INVENTORY
      Isaac N. Payton, administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson, deceased, filed an inventory of the all the real and personal estate of Anson, as follows:

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In the Matter of the Estate of Anson Nicholson, Deceased
      The following is a full and perfect inventory of all the real and personal estate of the said deceased, so far as the same has come to the possession or knowledge of the undersigend administrator of said estate:

      Real Estate
      Part of Lot Two (2) of the North East quarter of Section Three (3)
      Township Eighteen (18) North of Range Eleven (11) West containing 10 acres 150.00

      Part of the South West fraction of the South West quarter of Section Thirty five (35)
      Township Nineteen (19) North Range Eleven (11) West containing 22 1/2 acres more or less 200.00

      Part of the South East quarter of Section Thirty four (34) Township Nineteen (19) North
      Range Eleven (11) West containing 115 acres 2,300.00

      Lot 2 Block 3 McRoberts and Walkers Add to Danville 250.00
      ______
      2,900.00

      Chattel Property
      2 Beds and Bedding 18.00
      2 Chairs and Crib 2.00
      Stove Table and Safe 20.00
      1 Bbl, jars, and jugs 2.00
      1 clock .50
      Keg, Log chain, saw, axes, etc 8.00
      Ploughs and old iron 1.50
      2 Sows or Saws 15.00
      1 Cow 35.00
      1 Wagon 6.00
      1 ? .20
      3 Hogs 15.00
      1 Hog 5.00
      1 Two year old colt 35.00
      1 Mare 40.00
      1 Mare 40.00
      1 Horse 8.00
      1 set harness 3.00
      2/3 of 15 acres corn 50.00
      2/5 of 8 acres corn 11.50
      5 acres corn 2.00
      34 bushels wheat 27.00
      25 pounds wool 11.40
      2 Kettles 3.00
      1 Cane Mill .50
      15 Shoats 15.00
      ------
      394.70
      Cash on hand at time of decease (none listed)
      Notes and Accounts: "None"
    Probate 20 Sep 1870  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Isaac Payton, administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson, filed affidavit stating he had given notice by pubication in the Danville Commercial for settling all claims against estate 
    • Isaac Payton, administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson, filed his affidavit on September 20, 1870, stating that he had given notice by publication in the Danville Commercial for settling all claims against the estate.

      Estate of Andson Nicholson Deceased
      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In County Court, September Term 1870
      The undersigned Isaac N. Payton administrator with the will annexed of the estate of Andson Nicholson late of said county, deceased, being duly sworn on his said oath doth depose and say that he has, pursuant to the requirements of Sec. 65 of the 109th chapter of the Revised Statutes, giving notice that he fixed on the present term of this Court, at the Court House in said County, for settling and adjusting all claims against such decedent by publication in a public Newspaper, called the Danville Commercial, published in Danville in said County, and also by putting up a printed notice on the door of this Court House, and five other of the most public places in this County, namely: (left blank), notifying and requesting all persons having claims against said estate, to attend at the present term of this Court, for the purpose of having the same adjusted; said publication having been made, and said notices having been posted, as aforesaid, more than six weeks previous to the first day of the present term.
      Isaac N. Payton
      Subscribed and sworn to in open Court this 20th day of September AD 1870
      John W. Dale, Clerk

      Certificate of Publication in the "Danville Weekly Commercial"
      We, J. & O.E. Harper, publishers of the "Danville Commercial," a weekly newspaper of general circulation, published in Danville, Vermilion County, Illniois, hereby certify that the annexed notice was published 4 consecutive weeks in said paper, the first insertion being on the 28th day of July, AD 1870, and the last insertion being on the 18th day of August, AD 1870

      Administrator's Notice
      Estate of Andson Nicholson, deceased
      The undersigned having been appointed Administrator with the will annexed, of the Estate of Andson Nicholson, late of the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois, deceased, hereby gives notice that he will appear before the County Court of said County, at the Court House, in Danville, at the September Term thereof, on the Third Monday in September 1870, on the second day of the said term, at which time all persons having claims against said Estate are notified and requested to attend for the purpose of having the same adjusted. All persons indebted to said Estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned.
      Dated this 21st day of July AD 1870
      Isaac N. Payton, Administrator with the will annexed
    Probate 28 Sep 1870  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Isaac Payton, as administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson, paid Lewis Stephens a totla of $10.50 for labor (harvesting, thrashing, cutting sugar cane, plowing) 
    • Isaac Payton, as administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson, deceased, paid Lewis Stephens a total of 10.50 for labor:
      Danville, Ill
      Sept. 28th 1870
      Isaac Payton Administrator of the Estate of Andson Nicholson deceased
      To Lewis Stephens
      For 2 days labor (harvesting) at $2 per day 4.00
      For 2 days labor (thrashing) at $1 1/2 per day 3.00
      For 2 days labor (cutting sugar cain) at $1 per day 2.00
      for 1 day labor (with boy and ...plowing) at (no price listed)1.50
      ------
      10.50
    Probate 7 Sept 1871  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notice to Administrator Payton 
    • The Court posted the following notice to Isaac Payton, administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson:

      Estate of Andson Nicholson, Deceased
      To Isaac N. Payton, Administrator with the will annexed of said estate: You are hereby notified to appear before the County Court of Vermilion county and made settlement of your accounts with the said estate, as now required by law, within thirty days from this date, affidavit that you have removed without the limits of this estate having been filed in the said Court, by a person interested in said estate
      Dated at Danville, September 7, 1871
      R.W. Hanford
      County Judge of Vermilion County
    Probate 20 Nov 1871  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Pratt, new administrator, filed administrator's bond; George F. Coburn security 
    • Thomas Pratt filed an administrator's bond with the Vermilion County Court on November 20, 1871.

      Administrator's Bond
      Estate of Andson Nicholson Deceased
      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In County Court, November Term 1871
      Know all Men by these presents, that we Thomas Pratt and George F. Coburn, of the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois, in the penal sum of Twelve Thousand Dollars, current money of the United States, which payment, well and truly to be made and performed, we and each of us bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly by these presents.
      Witness our hands and seals this 20 day of November AD 1871
      The condition of the above obligation is such, that if the said Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non with the will annexed of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Andson Nicholson deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of the said deceased, which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of the said Thomas Pratt as such administrator de bonis non or to the hands of any person or persons for him; and the same so made, do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited in the County Court for the said County of Vermilion agreeably to law, and such goods and chattels, rights and credits do well and truly administer according to law, and all the rest of the said goods and chattels, rights and credits which shall be found remaining upon the accounts of the said administrator.
      The same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto, and further, do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration to be obtained thereon, and the said Thomas Pratt do, in such case, on being required thereto, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him as aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be required of him by law, then this obligation to be void; otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
      Thomas Pratt (seal)
      George F. Coburn (seal)
      Sealed and Delivered in Presence of
      John W. Dale
      Clerk of the County Court

      (de bonis non administrator: When an administrator is appointed to succeed another who has left the estate partially unsettled, the administrator is said to be granted "administration de bonis non, " that is, of the goods not already administered.)
    Individual Note 25 Jan 1872  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Nicholson v. Andson Nicholson: Under oath, Lewis Stevens stated that he attended 1 day and traveled ?? miles as witness in the case, at the January 1872 term of court, at the insistence of John Nicholson 
    • State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In the Vermilion County Court
      John Nicholson vs. Andson Nicholson

      Lewis Stevens being first duly sworn, deposes and says that he attended 1 day and traveled ... miles as a witness in the above entitled suit at the January Term AD 1872 of the said Court, and that said attendance was at the instance of said plaintiff John Nicholson
      Sworn to and subscribed before me this 25th day of January 1872
      J.W. Dale, Clerk
    Probate 2 Nov 1872 
    Rebecca Lovell made $5 claim against estate for grannery services 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      8: November 2, 1872. Rebecca Lovell vs. Estate of Andson Nicholson deceased, for grannery services: $5.00
    Probate 12 Mar 1873  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Coburn and Grinder received $30 from Thomas Pratt, to be paid to Belle Nicholson 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      9: Danville, Ill., March 12, 1873. Received of Thomas Pratt thirty dollars to be paid to Mrs. Belle Nicholson. Coburn & Grinder
    Probate 28 Apr 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sale Bill filed; net $123.85 
    • SALE BILL
      Book B, Page 97
      (no date, but filed April 28, 1873)

      Article Sold Name of Purchaser Amount of Sale
      Shares and Shade John Lasere 0.25
      Scoop Shovel John Lasere 0.25
      2 Chopping Axes Joseph Stewart 0.25
      1 Log Chain Perry O'Neal 2.45
      Mowing Scythe Levi Wilson 0.10
      Corn Cutters Chains John McArdle 0.10
      Augers John Nicholson 0.25
      Barrells and Kegs James Trosser 0.25
      Cupboard and Chest John McArdle 0.20
      Rubbish John McArdle 0.25
      ? John Nicholson 0.35
      Plows Frank Stevens 0.75
      Wagon John McArdle 3.50
      Sorrell Colt John Nicholson 54.50
      Harness John Stevens 2.00
      Corn and Cane John Nicholson 5.25
      Cane Mill John Nicholson 2.50
      1/3 Shingle Machine at 1.50 John Nicholson 0.50
      2.3 of 15 acres corn James Jasper (?) 50.00
      Boxes Uriah McArdle 0.15
      123.85

      STATEMENT OF LIABILITIES AND ASSETS
      No Date

      Statement of Liabilities and Assets of the Estate of Andson Nicholson deceased

      Liabilities
      Amount of widow's allowance: $559.50
      Amount ... in County Court: $946.39
      Costs Administration (est) $200
      ------
      $1,705.89

      Assets
      Assets in hands of administrator as per
      Sale Bill filed and approved April 28, 1873 $123.85

      Deficit: $1,582.04

      I certify the foregoing statement to be correct
      John W. Dale Clerk
    Probate 17 May 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Summons to Answer Petition 
    • State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      To the People of the State of Illinois to the Sheriff of said County, Greeting:
      We command you, that you summon Isabel Nicholson, Emily Nicholson, Mary Nicholson, and John Kinney, if they shall be found in your county, personally to be and appear before the County Court of said Vermilion County on the first day of June Term thereof, to be holden at the Court House in Danville in said Vermilion County on the Third Monday of June 1873 to answer unto the Petition of Thomas Pratt administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson deceased, on the return day hereof; which said petition was filed in our said Court on the 17th day of May AD 1873, and prays that this Court will order and direct the sale of real estate of said deceased for the payment of debts.
      And have you then and there this writ, with an indorsement thereon in what manner you shall have executed the same.
      John W. Dale, Clerk of our said court, and the seal thereof, at Danville aforesaid, this 17th day of May AD 1873
    Probate 17 May 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Pratt, administrator, filed petition for sale of land belonging to Anson, for payment of debts; summons issued 
    • Thomas Pratt, administrator, petitioned the Vermilion County court for an order authorizing the sale of Anson's land in order to pay the unpaid claims against the estate

      Thomas Pratt, administrator of Estate of Andson Nicholson, deceased, vs. Isabel Nicholson, Emily Nicholson, Mary Nicholson, and John Kinney
      Petition to Sell Land
      Filed May 17, 1873
      J.W. Dale, clerk

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      Vermilion County Court
      June Term AD 1873

      To the Honorable R.W. Hanford, Judge of said court:
      Your petitioner Thomas Pratt administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson deceased respectfully shows unto your honor that the personal property belonging to said decedent at the time of his death amounted to the sum of Three Hundred and eighty-four dollars and twenty two cents according to the appraisement made in pursuance of law, all of which said personal estate came into the hands of Isaac N. Payton the former administrator, and was by said Isaac N. Payton paid out to Isabel Nicholson widow of said Andson Nicholson, as part payment of the sum of Five Hundred and fifty-nine Dollars and fifty cents awarded to her by said appraisers as her specific allowance.
      And your petitioner further shows unto your honor that there yet remains unpaid of said specific allowance the sum of ninety-three Dollars and seventy-three cents, and that claims have been allowed against said estate to the amount of Nine Hundred and forty-six Dollars and thirty-nine cents, and that the probable costs of administration will amount to the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, and that your petitioner knows of no claims yet to be presented against said estate.
      And your petitioner further shows unto your honor that none of the personal property belonging to said estate has ever come to the hands of your petitioner.
      And your petitioner further shows unto your honor that said Andson Nicholson at the time of his death was seized in fee simple of the following described pieces or parcels of land lying and being in the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois viz:
      The South East quarter of section thirty four township nineteen north range eleven west, except twenty eight acres off of the north end of the west half of said quarter section
      Also ten acres described as follows, to wit: beginning at the north west corner of lot two of the west half of the north east quarter of section three township eighteen north range eleven west then east eighty poles thence south 42 degrees west without any variation thirty five poles thence west fifty three poles and eighteen links thence north twenty four poles to the beginning
      Lot two in block three in McRoberts and Walker's addition to the town now city of Danville
      And your petitioner further shows that said Andson Nicholson left him surviving his widow Isabel Nicholson, and Emily Nicholson and Mary Nicholson his children and only heirs at law both of whom are minors.
      And your petitioner further shows that one John Kinney is in possession of said premises as tenant.
      Your petitioner therefore prays your honor for an order for the sale of said premises above described as for so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the claims now unpaid against said estate, and also for the appointment of commissioners to set off the dower of said Isabel Nicholson therein.
      And your petitioner further prays that said Isabel Nicholson and John Kinney may be made parties defendants hereto, and that a summons may issue returnable etc and that your honor will grant such other orders as may be right and just
      Thomas Pratt

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      Thomas Pratt being duly sworn deposes and says that the within petition by him filed is true in substance and matter of fact.
      Thomas Pratt
      Subscribed and sworn before me this 17th day of May 1873
      John W. Dale, Clerk
    Probate Jul 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minor children Emily and Mary, through guardian GF Coburn, answer Thomas Pratt's petition, dated May 1873, for sale of real estate to pay debts of Anson Nicholson 
    • Emily and Mary, through their guardian GF Coburn, filed answer to Thomas Pratt's petition for the sale of real estate to pay the debts of Anson Nicholson

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      July Term of the County Court

      To the Honorable R. Hanford Judge of said Court
      Emily Nicholson and Mary Nicholson by GF Coburn their legal guardian in the matter of the petition of Thomas Pratt administrator for the sale of real estate to pay the debts of Andson Nicholson deceased neither confesses or denies the matters and things in said petition but requires proof of all the matters in said petition
      Emily Nicholson and Mary Nicholson by GF Coburn their legal guardian
    Probate 19 Aug 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    court appointed Joseph Stewart, Greenville Graves, and Reason H. McMillen to allot and set off Isabelle's dower in land 
    • State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      August Term AD 1873
      Vermilion County Court

      Thomas Pratt administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson deceased
      vs.
      Isabel Nicholson, Emily Nicholson, Mary Nicholson, John Kinney, and George F. Coburn guardian of said Emily and Mary Nicholson

      And now comes said petitioner by JB Mann his attorney and the said George F. Coburn guardian of said Emily and Mary Nicholson having entered his appearance in this cause in person and having been made a party hereto, and the court finding that said Isabel Nicholson, Emily Nicholson, Mary Nicholson and John Kinney have each and all been duly notified of the pendency of this cause by service of summons upon each of them more than ten days previous to the first day of this of the present term of this court in all respects as required by law, and the said Isabel Nicholson and John Kinney having failed to file their answers herein as required by a rule of the court heretofore taken upon them, and they each being three times solemnly called come not but make default, it is therefore ordered and decreed by the court that the matters and things in said petition alleged be taken as confessed against them. And sad Mary Nicholson and Emily Nicholson having filed their answer herein by George F. Coburn their said legal guardian denying all the material allegations in said petitions and calling for strict proof of the same.
      And the said cause now coming on to be heard upon said petition the answers thereunto and the testimony and evidence introduced the court finds that the matters and things in said petition alleged are true. And particularly does the court find from the evidence that the personal property of said Andson Nicholson at the time of his death amounted to the sum of three hundred and eighty-four dollars and twenty-two cents according to law, all of which said personal estate came into the hands of Isaac N. Payton former administrator of said estate and by him was paid out to Isabel Nicholson widow of said Andson Nicholson as part payment of the sum of Five Hundred and fifty-nine Dollars and fifty-cents awarded to her by said appraisers as her specific allowance.
      And the court further finds from the evidence that there yet remains unpaid of said specific allowance the sum of ninety three dollars and seventy-three cents, and that claims have been allowed against said estate to the amount of nine hundred and forty-six dollars and thirty nine cents and that the probable costs of administration will amount to the sum of two hundred dollars, and that there are no claims to be presented against said estate so far as is known.
      And the court further finds from the evidence that none of the said personal estate has ever come to the hands of said petitioner.
      And the court further finds form the evidence that said Andson Nicholson at the time of his death was seized in fee simple of the following described pieces or parcels of land lying and being in Vermilion County Illinois, viz:
      The south east quarter of section thirty-four township nineteen north range eleven west except twenty-eight acres off of the north end of the west half of said quarter section. Also ten acres described as follows, to wit: Beginning at the north west corner of lot two of the west half of the north east quarter of section three township eighteen north range eleven west, thence east eighty poles, then south forty two degrees west, without any variation thirty-five poles, thence west fifty three poles and eighteen links thence north twenty four poles to the beginning
      Also lot two in block three in McRoberts and Walker's addition to the town of Danville.
      And the court further finds from the evidence that said Andson Nicholson left him surviving his widow Isabel Nicholson, and Mary and Emily Nicholson his only heirs at law.
      And the court further finds from the evidence that John Kinney is in possession of said land as tenant. And that said Isabel Nicholson is entitled to her dower in the same.
      And the court being satisfied from the evidence that it will be necessary in order to raise funds to pay the indebtedness of said estate to sell all or a part of said lands.
      It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the court that the dower of said Isabel Nicholson be set off and assigned to her in said lands above described and that Greenville H. Graves Joseph Stewart, and Reason H. McMillan be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to assign said dower, and it is ordered that a warrant issue to them and that they report their proceedings herein without delay.
    Probate 19 Aug 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    court ordered lands described in Pratt's petition sold at public auction 
    • State of Illinois
      County of Vermilion
      August Term AD 1873
      Vermilion County Court

      Thomas Pratt, administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson deceased
      vs
      Isabel Nicholson, et al

      And now again comes said petitioner by JB Mann his attorney and come also Greenville H. Graves, Joseph Stewart and Reason H. McMillan commissioners heretofore appointed by the court to assign dower of Isabel Nicholson in the lands in said petitioner described, and present to the court under their hands and seals their report in writing in the words and figures following viz:

      (Their ... oath and report)

      It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the court that said petitioner as administrator as aforesaid proceed to sell said real estate in said petition and the above report described at public auction at the south door of the building occupied by the clerk of this court, in Danville Illinois, after having advertised the time, place and terms of said sale, for at least four weeks, by posting up notice containing the same together with a description of said premises in at least four public places in said Vermilion County, and also by publishing a like notice in some newspaper of general circulation in said county, four successive weeks prior to said sale. That said sale be made upon the terms of ten per cent cash in hand and the balances in six and twelve months, the purchaser to give note bearing ten percent interest with good personal security, and mortgage on the premises sold. And that said petitioner execute to the purchaser at said sale proper deeds of conveyance for said premises, and that he report his action in the premises to the court without delay. And that this case is continued
    Probate 1 Sep 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Commissioners' Report concerning dower out of lands, listedi n thomas Pratt's petition for sale of land, belonging to estate of Anson Nicholson. Dower could not be made without prejudice to estate; lands worth $3,687 
    • Pursuant to the request of Thomas Pratt, administrator, in his petition to sell real estate, the Court at its August 1873 term appointed Joseph Stewart, Greenville Graves, and Reason McMillen, all of Vermilion County, commissioners to allot and set off Isabelle's dower out of the lands listed in the petition belonging to the estate of Anson Nicholson.
      The commissioners filed their report on September 1, 1873.

      Warrant of Commissioners to Assign Dower
      Estate of Andson Nicholson Deceased
      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In County Court August Term AD 1873
      The People of the State of Illinois to Joseph Stewart, Greenville Graves, and Reason H. McMillen of the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois, Greeting:
      This is to authorize you, jointly, to allot and set off to Mrs. Isabella Nicholson widow of the late Andson Nicholson deceased, her dower out of the following lands and tenements of the estate of the aforesiad Andson Nicholson late of the County of Vermilion and State of Illinois, to wit:
      Part of Lot Two (2) of the North East quarter of Section Three (3) Township Eighteen (18) North of Range Eleven (11) West containing ten acres more or less
      Also part of the South West fraction of the South West quarter of Section Thirty five (35) Township Nineteen (19) North of Range Eleven (11) West containing 22 1/2 acres more or less.
      Also a part of the South East quarter of Section thirty four (34) Township NIneteen (19) North of Range Eleven (11) West containing one hundred and fifteen acres
      Also lot No. Two (2) Block No. Three (3) of McRoberts and Walker's Addition to Danville
      each of you having first taken the oath hereto annexed; a certificate whereof you are to return, annexed to an assignment of Dower to the said Isabella Nicholson.
      Witness, John W. Dale, clerk of the county court for the said County of Vermilion at his office in Danville this 19th day of August AD 1873 and the Probate Seal of said court hereunto affixed

      Commissioners' Report
      September 1, 1873

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In County Court of the August term AD 1873
      Thomas Pratt, administrator de bonis non of the Estate of Andson Nicholson deceased
      vs.
      Isabella Nicholson, et al
      Petition to sell real estate to pay debts

      To the Honorable Raymond W. Hanford Judge of the County Court of Vermilion County, Illinois
      The undersigned Commissioners appointed by the decretal order of the Court rendered in said cause at said term of said court to set off to Isabella Nicholson widow of said Andson Nicholson deceased her dower out of
      " Lot No Two (2) of the North East quarter of Section Three (3) Township Eighteen (18) North of Range Eleven (11) West containing ten acres more or less
      " Also part of the South West fraction of the South West quarter of Section Thirty five (35) Township Nineteen (19) North of Range Eleven (11) West containing 22 1/2 acres more or less.
      " Also a part of the South East quarter of Section thirty four (34) Township Nineteen (19) North of Range Eleven (11) West containing one hundred and fifteen acres
      " Also lot No. Two (2) Block No. Three (3) of McRoberts and Walker's Addition to Danville
      being the lands and tenements described in said petition to sell real estate of said deceased to pay debts an order of said court having been made for that purpose would respectfully report to the court that after each of said Commissioners taking an oath before RW Hanford County Judge of Vermilion County Illinois fairly and impartially to allot and set off to said Isabella Nicholson widow of said Andson Nicholson deceased her dower out of the lands and tenements described in the order of the court for that purpose if the same could be made consistent with the interest of the estate (which oath is hereunto attached and made a part of this report) the undersigned went upon the premises and examined the same and would report that the same and each tract thereof are so circumstanced that dower thereof cannot be made without great prejudice to the interest of the estate and that the said several tracks of land are reasonably worth the sum of Three Thousand six hundred and eighty seven Dollars. All of which is respectfully submitted.
      Given under our hands and seals this 1st day of September AD 1873
      GH Graves (seal)
      Jos. Stewart (seal)
      RH McMillen (seal)

      Commisisoners fees
      3 days each
      Alexander Bowman Surveyors fees
      1 day - $6.00
    Probate 15 Nov 1873  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sale of land listed in Thomas Pratt's petition; Lawrence Ledle purchased town lot; John McBride purchased all other lands. Sale did not go through 
    • State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      Of the (left blank) Term AD 1873
      Vermilion County, Court

      Thomas Pratt administrator of the estate of Andson Nicholson
      vs.
      Isabella Nicholson et al.
      To the Honorable Raymond W. Hanford Judge of said court:
      Your ..ater respectfully reports unto your honor that on the 15th day of November AD 1873 he offered the land in the decree in the above cause described at public sale as prescribed by the terms of said decree. And that one Lawrence Ledle became the purchaser of said lot in the city of Danville for the sum of eighty dollars, and that one John McBride became the purchaser of the balance of said lands, and that each of said parties has refused and failed to comply with the terms of said sale -
      Thomas Pratt
    Probate 10 Feb 1874  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sale of lands described in Thomas Pratt's petition; Henry Kyger bought two parcels, for $2,399.80 
    • Thomas Pratt again offered the lands described in his petition at public sale on February 10, 1874. Henry Kyger purchased two parcels of land, for $2,399.80.
      (although four parcels listed in petition, apparently only three put up for sale. Kyger bought two; the town lot did not sell)

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      December Term AD 1874
      Vermilion County Court

      Thomas Pratt administrator of Andson Nicholson
      vs.
      Isabella Nicholson, et al

      The undersigned petitioner in the above cause respectfully reports that on the 10th day of February AD 1874 he offered at public sale the lands described in said petition and said decree, at the south door of the clerk's office in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, between the hours of ten o'clock a.m. and five o'clock p.m. of said day. That previous to making said sale he advertised the time, place, and terms thereof by a notice published in the Danville Times, a weekly newspaper of general circulation in and for said Vermilion County, for four successive weeks prior to said sale and by posting said notice at the Clerk's office, post office, city building, and Pennsylvania House in Danville, the same being public places in said Vermilion County. And at said sale Henry Kyger bid the sum of Twenty-Three Hundred and ninety-nine 80/100 Dollars for the following described tracts of land mentioned in said decree viz:
      The south east quarter of section thirty-four township nineteen north range eleven west except twenty-eight acres off of the north end of the west half of said quarter section.
      Also ten acres described as follows viz: Beginning at the north west corner of lot two of the west half of the north east quarter of section three township eighteen north range eleven west, thence east eighty poles thence south 42 degrees west without variation thirty-five poles thence west fifty-three poles and eighteen links, thence north twenty-four poles to the beginning.
      There being no bidders for lot two in block three in McRoberts & Walker's addition to Danville the same was not sold. And said Kyger being the highest bidder for said premises above described the same was sold to him and a deed executed to him therefore
      Thomas Pratt
    Probate After 28 April 1874  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Statement of Liabilities and Assets 
    • Statement of Liabilities and Assets of the Estate of Andson Nicholson deceased
      No Date

      Liabilities
      Amount of widow's allowance: $559.50
      Amount ... in County Court: $946.39
      Costs Administration (est) $200
      ------
      $1,705.89

      Assets
      Assets in hands of administrator as per
      Sale Bill filed and approved April 28, 1873 $123.85

      Deficit: $1,582.04

      I certify the foregoing statement to be correct
      John W. Dale Clerk
    Probate 23 Oct 1875  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    complaint filed against Thomas Pratt for failure to settle estate; citation and notice issued 
    • Isabelle filed a complaint with the court in October of 1875, alleging that Thomas Pratt had not settled Anson's estate. The court issued a citation and notice to Mr. Pratt, ordering him to appear before the court in November of 1875, and show cause, if any, why he had not made settlement of the estate.

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      The People of the State of Illinois, to the Sheriff of said County - Greeting:
      Whereas Isabelle Martin (formerly Isabelle Nicholson), widow of Andson Nicholson deceased, by G.F. Coburn her attorney, has filed her praecipe for a citation to issue to Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non of the estate of Anson Nicholson deceased, returnable at the next November Term of the County Court of said County directing him to appear and show cause if any he have why he has not made settlement of said estate. You are, therefore, hereby commanded that you cite and give notice to the said Thomas Pratt administrator as aforesaid, that he be and appear before the County Court of Vermilion County, at a November term thereof, to be holden at the Court House, in Danville, on the 15th day of November AD 1875, then and there to show cause if any he have why he has not made settlement of the estate of the said Andson Nicholson deceased, and further to do and perform what shall then, by the said Court, be required and adjudged. And hereof make due service and return as the law directs.
      Witness John W. Dale Clerk of said County Court and the Seal thereof, at Danville in said County, this 23 day of October AD 1875
    Probate 10 Dec 1875 
    Robert W. Shuman, administrator of the estate of Sarah Shuman, formerly Anderson, received $102 from Thomas Pratt, administrator of Anson Nicholson, on the judgment of Sarah Anderson against estate of Anson Nicholson 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      10: Received December 10, 1875 of Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non of the estate of Andson Nicholson deceased One Hundred and two Dollars on the judgment of Sarah E. Anderson agaisnt said Estate. Robert W. Shuman administrator of the estate of Sarah E. Shuman formerly Sarah E. Anderson
    Probate 16 Dec 1876 
    Isabelle filed complaint with court, alleging Thos. Pratt had not paid her the balance of her specific allowance and had not made final settlement of Anson's estate; court issued citation and ordered Pratt to appear Jan 1877 term of court 
    • COMPLAINT AGAINST ADMINISTRATOR - FAILURE TO SETTLE ESTATE & PAY ALLOWANCE
      CITATION/NOTICE TO APPEAR ORDERED
      Isabelle filed another complaint with the court, in December of 1876, alleging that Thomas Pratt had not paid her the balance of her specific allowance and had not made final settlement of Anson's estate. The court issued a citation and notice to Mr. Pratt, ordering him to appear before the court in January of 1877, and show cause, if any, why he had not paid Isabelle or made final settlement of the estate.

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      The People of the State of Illinois, to the Sheriff of said County - Greeting:
      Whereas Isabella Martin, formerly Isabelle Nicholson, by John Holloway her solicitor has filed her praecipe for a citation to issue for Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non with the will annexed of the estate of Anson Nicholson deceased. You are, therefore, hereby commanded that you cite and give notice to the said Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non with will annexed as aforesaid, that he be and appear before the County Court of Vermilion County, at a ____ term thereof, to be holden at the Court House, in Danville, on the second MOnday of January 1877, then and there to show cause why he does not pay the balance fo her specific allowance and amount due her on her annual allowance in lieu of dower and why he has not put out at interest a sufficient sum of the assets of said estate to secure the yearly allowance and why he does not make final settlement of estate, and further to do and perform what shall then, by the said Court, be required and adjudged. And hereof make due service and return as the law directs.
      Witness John W. Dale Clerk of said County Court and the Seal thereof, at Danville in said County, this 16th day of December 1876.
    Probate 17 Jul 1877  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Coburn filed complaint alleging Thomas Pratt had failed to settle the estate of Andson Nicholson. The court posted notice for Mr. Pratt to appear at next term of court 
    • COMPLAINT AGAINST ADMINISTRATOR - FAILURE TO SETTLE ESTATE
      CITATION/NOTICE TO APPEAR ORDERED
      July 17, 1877

      George Coburn filed a complaint against administrator Thomas Pratt, on July 17, 1877, for Pratt's failure to settle the estate of Andson Nicholson. Mr. Coburn was the guardian of Andson's daughters, Emily and Mary. The court posted notice for Mr. Pratt to appear before the next term of court to settle the estate.

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County, Illinois

      The people of the State of Illinois to the Sheriff of said County - Greeting:
      Whereas, complaint has been made to the County Court of said County on the part of ..Coburn by Evans Wallow his attorneys, that Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non of the estate of Andson Nicholson deceased has failed to settle the estate of said decedent in accordance with law.
      You are, therefore, hereby commanded that you cite and give notice to the said Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non as aforesaid, that he be and appear before the County Court of Vermilion County, at a ____ term thereof, to be holden at the Court House, in Danville, on the Third Monday of August AD 1877, then and there to settle his accounts with the said estate and distribute the moneys remaining in his hands to the persons entitled thereto and further to do and perform what shall then, by the said Court, be required and adjudged. And hereof make due service and return as the law directs.
      Witness, JW Dale, clerk of said County Court, and the seal thereof, at Danville in said County, this 17th day of July AD 1877
    Probate 29 Jul 1877  Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    A.G. Smith, of the Danville Daily Times, acknowledged receipt of $10 from Thos. Pratt, administrator of the estate of Anson Nicholson, in payment for advertising 
    • The following claims and receipts are included in the probate records on file in Vermilion County:
      11: The Danville Daily Times, Danville, Illinois. Received of Thos Pratt, Administrator of the Estate of Anson Nicholson, Ten Dollars in payment for advertising, in full of all demands. A.G. Smith. July 29, 1877
    Probate Aft Aug 1877  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    appeal of court's order approving administrator Thomas Pratt's final report 
    • It appears Isabelle and her daughters appealed the court's order approving Thomas Pratt's final report. The record did not show if and how the court ruled on Isabelle's objections to that final report. Thus, the parties asked the court to make clear its ruling, and if overruling Isabelle's objections, to forward the amended record to the circuit court.

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County
      In the County Court

      The People
      vs
      Thomas Pratt administrator of estate of Anson Nicholson
      Citation to make final settlement

      Whereas the record in said proceedings show that Isabella Martin filed her objections to the final report of said administrator but does not show in what way said objections were disposed of by the court and that said Isabella Martin joined in the appeal from his order of said court approving said final report.
      Now it is hereby agreed by the parties hereto that in case the judge fo said court is of the opinion that said objections of said Isabella Martin to said final account of said administrator wee overruled by the court and that said Isabella Martin joined in the appeal from said order of said court overruling said objections and approving said final account, then in that case the record in said proceeding may be so amended by .... whosing said state fo facts and taht a correct transcript of said amended record be at once sent up to the circuit court of said county
      M. C ... for defendant
      Evan W... attorneys for minor defendants
      John N. Holloway, attorney for Isabella Martin
    Probate Aft Aug 1877  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Isabelle filed complaint with court, objecting to the final account filed by Pratt, alleging that Pratt had never paid her 
    • Isabelle filed a complaint with the court in 1877, objecting to the final account filed by Thomas Pratt, alleging that she had never been paid.

      State of Illinois
      Vermilion county
      Int the County Court ____ Term AD 1877

      The People, etc
      vs
      Thomas Pratt administrator de bonis non of the estate of Anson Nicholson
      Citation to make final settlement

      And now comes Isabella Martin by John Holloway her attorney and says that she is the widow of said deceased and that she has never accepted her annuity allowed by this court in lieu of dower in the lands of deceased and that the administrator Thomas Pratt has never paid her anything on said annuity and she further objects to the final account filed by the administrator herein as being incorrect - and is here ready to point out the errors therein to the court.
      Isabella Martin
      By John A. Holloway her attorney

      (* note - no record that Isabelle ever married a Martin)
    Buried Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Andson Nicholson
    Andson Nicholson
    Person ID I46  My Family Tree
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2021 

    Father John Nicholson,   b. 11 May 1787,   d. 12 Oct 1842  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ruth Wright,   b. 1793, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married circa 1820 
    Family ID F27  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isabelle A. Cox,   b. 1842, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1884, Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 23 Apr 1863  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anson Nicholson - Isabelle Cox Marriage
    Anson Nicholson - Isabelle Cox Marriage
    Children 
     1. Emma A. Nicholson,   b. 20 May 1865, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1906  (Age 40 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Mary Ellen Nicholson,   b. 10 Aug 1867, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1929, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S7939] 1860 Census Vermilion county Illinois.
      Anson is listed as head of household in this census with Ruth, mother age 78 and Josephine age 11, Eveline age 15, SArah age 13, John age 11, Calvin age 9, Albert age 5, and Laura age 4. (Relationship of these children is unknown)

    2. [S7938] 1850 Vermilion County Illinois Census, 21st District.
      Anson is listed in household of his mother, Ruth Nicholson, being 26 years born in Ohio.

    3. [S7968] Will.
      of Anson Nicholson, executed June 1870, notes he is 48 years old

    4. [S33393] Vermilion County, Illinois Deed Books, Book 22 Page 258.

    5. [S7964] Tombstone.
      Tombstone Picture of Anson Nicholson is in files.


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