Person:William Nicholls (9)

Watchers
  1. William Abraham Nicholls1857 - 1891
  2. Jesse Nicholls1859 - 1935
  3. Frederick Nicholls1861 - 1892
  4. Mary Ann Nicholls1863 - 1935
  5. Alfred Nicholls1866 - 1910
  6. Sarah Nicholls1868 - 1940
  7. Arthur Daniel Nicholls1871 - 1947
Facts and Events
Name William Abraham Nicholls
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1857 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
Census[2] 7 Apr 1861 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandNomansland
Christening[3] 27 Oct 1861 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
Census[4] 2 Apr 1871 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandNomansland
Census[5] 3 Apr 1881 Derby, Derbyshire, England30 Park Street
Death[6] 1891 Derby, Derbyshire, England

William Abraham Nicholls was born in 1857 at Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire. He was the son of a straw plaiter called Susan Warner and an agricultural labourer called Daniel William Nicholls. Susan and Daniel were not married, and so William's birth was registered under the name of Warner, but all other sightings of him use the surname Nicholls (or Nichols). Despite not being married, Susan and Daniel went on to have another six children together after William. It is not clear why they did not marry.

The 1861 and 1871 censuses each find William living at Nomansland in Wheathampstead. In the 1871 census, when he was thirteen years old, he was working as an agricultural labourer. Later that year his mother Susan died, and before the year was out William's father had married Susan's half-sister, Maria Wright (formerly Hornet), who thus went from being William's aunt to also being his stepmother.

Some time between 1871 and 1881 William left Wheathampstead and moved about 100 miles north to Derby. The 1881 census finds him living at 30 Park Street in Derby and working as a slater.

William appears to have died in Derby in 1891, aged 34. His father outlived him.

References
  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    b. William Abraham WARNER, June Quarter 1857, St Albans Registration District, Volume 3a, page 252, mother's maiden name blank

    Cannot be certain if this is him - certainly all his siblings were registered under their mother's surname of Warner, and this is about the right time. Need to obtain birth certificate to be sure.

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1861 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG9; Piece 927; Folio 43; Page 10, 7 Apr 1861.

    Address: No Mans Land, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Daniel Nichols, head, married, male, 27 [1833/4], Labourer, b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Susan Nichols, wife, married, female, 26 [1834/5], Wife of labourer, b. Harpenden, Hertfordshire
    William Nichols, son, male, 3 [1857/8], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Jesse Nichols, son, male, 2 [1858/9], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

  3. Baptisms register, in Church of England. Wheathampstead Parish Registers. (Hertford: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies).
    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Wheathampstead in the County of Hertford in the Year 1861
    No.When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParent's NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    ChristianSurname
    501861 October 27thWilliam Nichols Daniel
    &
    Susan
    Nichols

    Warner
    Nomansland, WheathampsteadLaborerOwen W. Davys, Rector

    Baptised same day as his brother Frederick.

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1871 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG10; Piece 1376; Folio 51; Page 18, 2 Apr 1871.

    Address: No Man's Land, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Daniel Nichols, head, married, male, 37 [1833/4], Ag Labourer, b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Susan Nichols, wife, married, female, 36 [1834/5], Straw plaiter, b. Harpenden, Hertfordshire
    William Nichols, son, male, 13 [1857/8], Ag Labourer, b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Jessie Nichols, son, male, 11 [1859/60], Ag Labourer, b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Frederick Nichols, son, male, 9 [1861/2], Ag Labourer, b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Mary Ann Nichols, daughter, female, 7 [1863/4], Straw plaiter, b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Alfred Nichols, son, male, 5 [1865/6], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Sarah Nichols, daughter, female, 3 [1867/8], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Arthur Nichols, son, male, 1m [1871], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: . (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG11; Piece 3394; Folio 80; Page 8, 3 Apr 1881.

    Address: 30 Park St, Derby (St Peter), Derbyshire
    George Hewitt, head, married, male, 42 [1838/9], Signalman (Rail), b. Girlsmoore, Leicestershire
    Elizabeth Hewitt, wife, married, female, 37 [1843/4], b. Breedon, Leicestershire
    Samuel B. Hewitt, son, male, 13 [1867/8], Scholar, b. Worthington, Leicestershire
    William S. Hewitt, son, male, 11 [1869/70], Scholar, b. Worthington, Leicestershire
    John K. Hewitt, son, male, 8 [1872/3], Scholar, b. Derby, Derbyshire
    Mary Ann Hewitt, daughter, female, 6 [1874/5], Scholar, b. Derby, Derbyshire
    Martha L. Hewitt, daughter, female, 3 [1877/8], Scholar, b. Derby, Derbyshire
    Charlotte Hewitt, daughter, female, 1 [1879/80], b. Derby, Derbyshire
    Henry Wilson, cousin, unmarried, male, 28 [1852/3], Labourer, b. Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire
    Robert Dixon, lodger, widower, male, 62 [1818/9], Chemist Druggist Dentist, b. Lancaster, Lancashire
    William Nicholls, lodger, unmarried, male, 22 [1858/9], Slater, b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Henry D. Crabtree, lodger, unmarried, male, 20 [1860/1], Labourer, b. Girls Moore, Leicestershire
    Frederick North, visitor, married, male, 44 [1836/7], Traveller (Com), b. Bradford, Yorkshire
    Caroline North, visitor, married, female, 43 [1837/8], Traveller (Com), b. London, Middlesex

  6. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    d. William NICHOLS, June Quarter 1891, Derby Registration District, Volume 7b, page 404, aged 34 [1856/7]