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Alexander Nicholson

Alexander Nicholson

Male 1849 - Aft 1910  (> 62 years)

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  • Name Alexander Nicholson  [1
    Born 13 Oct 1849  Thurso, Caithness Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1910  Holstein, Iowa, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I10997  My Relatives
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father James Nicholson,   b. 22 Jun 1802, Walls & Flotta, Orkney Isles Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Christina Stuart,   b. Abt 1800 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4279  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Park,   b. 1851, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Holstein, Iowa, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 21 Jun 1871  South Ronaldsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Nicholson,   b. 1871, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Jessie Nicholson,   b. 1875, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Alexander Nicholson,   b. 1876, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Emma Nicholson,   b. 1879, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Margaret Nicholson,   b. 1880, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F4277  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [ParkOrkney.FTW]

      at marriage 'Berridale'
      at 1881 census at Roeberry Cottage, South Ronaldsay a Farm Servant
      by 1895 in Iowa
      The old world has given to the new many upright, honorable men who have
      brought with the qualities of industry, thrift and enterprise, which constitute
      the basis of good citizenship. To this class belongs Alexander Nicholson, who
      was long numbered among the leading agriculturists of Ida county and is now
      living retired in Holstein, having well earned a period of leisure. A native of
      Scotland, he was born October 13, 1849, and his parents, James and Christina
      (Stuart) Nicholson, were lifelong residents of that country. In their family
      were nine children: Thomas who became widely known as the builder of
      Marshall Field's great store in Chicago and is now deceased; Alexander; John, who was for many years a foreman in the railroad shops at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and
      has passed away; James, who, like his brothers, became an expert stone-cutter and successful building contractor and is now deceased; David who followed the bricklayer's trade for many years and is now living retired in Chicago;
      William, who is engaged in farming in Michigan; Jessie and Donald, who have passed away; and Stuart, who established his home in California and there spent the remainder of his life.
      To Mr. And Mrs. Nicholson
      were born ten children: Elebeth, who is the wife of Frank McCrey, of Schaller, Iowa; Christina now Mrs. Edward Swanson, of Florida; Jessie, who married John Gordon of Streator, Illinois; Alexander, Jr., who lives in Plumgaard, Lyon county, Iowa; Emma, the wife of Theodore Copland, of Cushing, this state; Margaret, who was united in marriage to Charles Copland, of Holstein; Mary, the wife of William Hegerdorn, of Sioux City, Iowa; Cora, now Mrs. Clifford Conover, of Holstein; Blenda, deceased; and Viva, who is the wife of Edgar Linder, of Holstein.

      Mr. Nicholson is an earnest member of the Presbyterian church and exercises
      his right of franchise in support of the candidates of the democratic party.
      He takes the interest of a good citizen in public affairs but has never
      entered politics. His life has been one of simplicity, devoid of all affectation,
      and his moral worth is indicated by the high regard entertained for him by the
      residents of Holstein and Ida county.

      Alexander Nicholson was educated in his native land and when nineteen years
      of age was sent to the isle of South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney group, to
      teach the fishermen how to cultivate the soil and develop the agricultural
      resources of that region. He devoted twelve years to that work, in which he was
      very successful, and the Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland awarded him
      a gold metal in recognition of his services. In 1882 Mr. Nicholson sought
      the opportunities of the United States and spent one year in Chicago. He then
      continued his journey westward and acquired a tract of land in Buena Vista
      county, Iowa, where he lived for about fifteen years, developing one of the fine
      ranches of that section On the expiration of that period he moved to Ida
      county and eventually became the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred and
      twenty-four acres. He brought to his occupation a scientific knowledge of modern
      agriculture and an intelligent. Open and liberal mind, and aided in raising
      the standards of farming in his district. Through unceasing application and
      good management he accumulated a substantial competence and in 1910 was able to retire, building a beautiful home in Holstein, where he has since resided.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] ParkOrkney.FTW.
      Date of Import: 5 Nov 2007