James Nicholson1

#14387, (1796-4 September 1866)
FatherDonald Nicholson1
MotherMary Margaret MacDougall1 (c 1770-c 1841)
ChartsNicholson Family 1 - descendants
Last Edited15 Mar 2023
WikiTree ID:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nicholson-4684.
James Nicholson
Source: Ancestry user grace nickel
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James Nicholson may have been born in 1796 at Kilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland.2 He may have been born in 1796 at Portree region, Isle of Skye, Scotland.3,1,4 He was the son of Donald Nicholson and Mary Margaret MacDougall.1

James Nicholson married Margaret McDonald circa 1822 at Isle of Skye, Scotland.3,5 As of March 1841, James Nicholson was also known as James Nicolson.6,7 His occupation was recorded as being a blacksmith in the census.6

They was recorded as head of household in the 1841 census at Duntulm, Kilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland.6

His wife Margaret died before March 1851, leaving him a widower. His occupation was recorded as being a blacksmith in the census.7

He was recorded as head of household in the 1851 census at Duntulm, Kilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland.7 James lived in 1854 at Inverness-shire, Scotland.8

James emigrated from Liverpool on 29 July 1854 on the 'Hornet'. Also on board were four of his children aged 28 to 16, as well as a Malcolm Nicholson who may have been a family member.8,9 James arrived at Geelong, Victoria, on 23 October 1854.8
James (and presumably his spouse Margaret) lived in November 1854 at Mount Misery Browns Diggings, in Smythesdale, Victoria.10

James, as the father of the bride, attended the wedding of Mary and Neil McPhie in her father's house in a Prebyterian ceremony at Mount Misery Browns Diggings on Tuesday, 11 November 1856 at Smythesdale, Victoria.. .10,11 James Nicholson was a blacksmith.3
Nicholson family (from left William Nicholson, Flora Nicholson, John Ross, James Nicholson, Amalia Carlina Koch, Margaret MacDonald, Charles McLean Nicholson Samuel Nicholson)
Source: Ancestry user grace nickel

James died on 4 September 1866 at Durham Lead, Victoria, of 'debility and old age'.3,1 His body was interred at Geelong Eastern Cemetery on 7 September 1866 at Geelong, Victoria. For an unknown reason he was buried 50 miles from where he died. He is buried in Plot EAS-PRES-OLD-C6-807-377.3,4


Margaret McDonald (c 1806-b Mar 1851)


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  2. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree/person/tree/…
  3. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 7920/1866.
  4. [S466] Find a Grave (http://www.findagrave.com) Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/165180303/james-nicholson : accessed 02 May 2021), memorial page for James Nicholson (1796–5 Sep 1866), Find a Grave Memorial ID 165180303, citing Geelong Eastern Cemetery, Geelong, Greater Geelong City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by Ron M (contributor 48458376) .
  5. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree/person/tree/… (suggests date of 1822).
  6. [S552] National Census for Scotland, 1841 (online image) Civil parish: Kilmuir; County: Inverness; Address: Dunterlm [Duntulm]; Occupation: Black Smith; Parish Number: 112.
  7. [S960] Online transcription of the National Census for Scotland, 1851 (online image) Parish: Kilmuir; ED: 6; Page: 4; Line: 11; Roll: CSSCT1851_26; Year: 1851.
  8. [S930] Victoria Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, Public Record Office Victoria Name: James Nicholson; Nationality: Scottish; Departure Place: Liverpool; Arrival Date: 23 Oct 1854; Arrival Place: Geelong, Australia; Ship: Hornet.
  9. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Information supplied by William 'Bill' Clarke from the Highland and Island Emigration Society (HIES) https://www.ancestry.com.au/mediaui-viewer/tree/86207554/…
  10. [S264] Victoria, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 3798/1856.
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