Donald Nicholson1

#13707, (1 June 1834-11 April 1915)
FatherAlexander Nicholson1 (10 Mar 1808-25 Jan 1871)
MotherMartha Davies1 (6 Nov 1809-4 Apr 1904)
ChartsNicholson Family 2 - descendants
Descendents of Donald Nicholson
Last Edited8 Nov 2013
     (For a brief history and context on the Nicholson family see this page)

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Donald Nicholson was born on 1 June 1834 at Hoylake, Cheshire.1,2,3 He was the son of Alexander Nicholson and Martha Davies.1

He was recorded as living with his mother and siblings Alexander, Thomas and Martha in the 1841 census at Hoose, Wirral, Cheshire.1

He was recorded as living with his mother and siblings Alexander, Thomas, Effie, Martha and Malcolm in the 1851 census at Hoose, Wirral, Cheshire. He was recorded as being 16 years old.2 His occupation was recorded as being a pupil teacher in the census.2

Donald Nicholson married Mary Ann Jones on Saturday, 27 May 1854 at Birkenhead, Cheshire. They were 19 and 23 respectively.4

He was recorded as head of household in the 1861 census with Mary Ann Jones as his spouse at Lodge, Oswestry, Shropshire. He was 26 years old. Also living inthe house were three of his children and his brother's son Alexander.5 His occupation was recorded as being a 'national schoolmaster' in the census.5

Donald emigrated from England in 1868.6 Donald arrived at U.S.A. in 1868.6

His father died 25 January 1871 at the age of 62. Donald was aged 36 when this happened.

He was recorded as living with an Irish woman called Ellen Connolly whom he and Mary Ann were boarding with in the 1900 census at 611 Monroe Street, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. He was recorded as being 65 years old.7 His occupation was recorded as being an editor in the census.7 He was the Managing Editor of the 'New-York Tribune.4'

Donald Nicholson married Gertrude M. Odell, daughter of Mary J.F. Odell, circa 1905.4,6

He was recorded as living with his mother-in-law, his second wife and member sof his second wife's family in the 1910 census at 105 Main Road, Pleasant Valley, New York. He was recorded as being 75 years old.6 His occupation was recorded as being 'own means' in the census.6

Donald died on 11 April 1915 at U.S.A. at age 80.8

Donald ws the subject of an obituary Sunday, 11 April 1915 in the New York Times on 11 April 1915:
Former Managing Editior of The Tribune Exprires at Country Home
PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. April 11 - Donald Nicholson, for many years managing editor of the New York Tribune, under the editorship of the late Whitelaw Reid, died in his home here today. He was 80 years old and had been ill for nine weeks.
Mr. Nicholson was born in Hoylake, England, on June 1 1834. He was the son of a Scotch sea captain, whose influence he had to oppose to follow his preference for books instead of the sea. After struggling against odds to obtain his primary education, Mr. Nicholon graduated with honours from Christ College, Cambridge and later took up preparatory school teaching.
In1868 he came to New York and collaborated with Albert D. Richardson in writing a popular life of General U. S. Grant. Mr. Richardson was on the editorial staff of the Tribune and through him Mr. Nicholson met Whitelaw Reid, then managing editor of the paper under Horace Greeley. Mr. Nicholson then became Mr. Reid's secretary and after Mr. Reid was chosen to succeed Mr. Greeley as editor, Mr. Nicholson became managing editor. He retired on June 1st 1905.
Three children survive Mr. Nicholson."9


1834BirthHoylake, Cheshire1,2,3
1854MarriageBirkenhead, Cheshire4
1861Census (Eng) 1861Lodge, Oswestry, Shropshire5
1915Quotation type 29

Family 1

Mary Ann Jones (14 Sep 1830-27 Aug 1901)

Family 2

Gertrude M. Odell (c 1848-a 15 Apr 1910)


  1. [S397] National Census for England, 1841 (online image) Class: HO107; Piece: 127; Book: 12; Civil Parish: West Kirby; County: Cheshire; Enumeration District: 8; Page: 19; Line: 8; GSU roll: 241254.
  2. [S392] National Census for England, 1851 (online image) Class: HO107; Piece: 2174; Folio: 151; Page: 6; GSU roll: 87165-87167.
  3. [S27] Carroll Nicholson, Some relatives of Carroll and Nancy Nicholson (Kingprint of Richmond, Eng.), p.17 (for date. This source records it as 'Hoylake' which is 1.6 miles distant).
  4. [S27] Carroll Nicholson, Some relatives of Carroll and Nancy Nicholson (Kingprint of Richmond, Eng.), p.17.
  5. [S412] National Census for England, 1871 (online image) Class: RG 9; Piece: 1879; Folio: 40; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542881.
  6. [S707] Federal Census for United States 1910 (online image) Census Place: Pleasant Valley, Dutchess, New York; Roll: T624_937; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0060; FHL microfilm: 1374950.
  7. [S705] Federal Census for United States 1900 (online image) Year: 1900; Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 23, Kings, New York; Roll: 1061; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0407; FHL microfilm: 1241061.
  8. [S27] Carroll Nicholson, Some relatives of Carroll and Nancy Nicholson (Kingprint of Richmond, Eng.), p.15.
  9. [S706] The New York Times, New York, New York, USA, 11 Apr 1915 (page unknown).