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Generation 1.

Children of Wilson Nicholson & Sarah Law.


1.  Unknown daughter.

On Wilson Nicholsonís gravestone, Sarah Parker is described as the second daughter of Wilson & Sarah. 


2.  Sarah Nicholson (1799-1889).

Born in Rochdale.

Occupation:  Ladies' shoe maker.

Married:  William Parker.

By 1828, Sarah was living in Brixton, London.  She was widowed by 1851.  The 1851 & 1861 censuses record her occupation as Ladies' Shoe maker and in 1871, she was a housekeeper to a retired leather manufacturer.  

Died:  Mayall Road, Brixton on 28th February 1889 and was buried with her father Wilson and brother Hamlet at St. Chad's, Rochdale.



3.  Isabella Nicholson b.1803.

Born 18th June 1803.

Isabella's baptism is recorded at St. Chad's 18th Sept. 1835.  

No further information.


4.  Elizabeth Nicholson c1804.

Elizabeth's baptism is recorded at St. Chad's 18th Sept. 1835.  

No further information.


5.  Margaret Smith Nicholson 1805-1865.

Born 16th February 1805.

Margaret's baptism is recorded at St. Chad's 18th Sept. 1835.

Married:  James Nicholson of Auldearn, Nairnshire, a soldier with the Sutherland Highlanders 93rd. Regiment of Foot.  The Regiment was stationed at Rochdale in 1835, following return from the West Indies.  Shortly after, James was invalided out due to liver disease and took up the trade of shoemaker in Blackwater Street.

Margaret was widowed in the 1850's and in 1861 was living with her daughter's family in Failinge.  Her occupation on the 1861 census was 'Bleeder with Leeches'.

Died:  No record available.




6.  Ophelia Nicholson 1805-1866.

Born 16th October 1808.

Ophelia's baptism is recorded at St. Chad's 14th May 1830.

Occupation:  Dressmaker/ shoe maker.

Married: James Hyde at St. Chad's, 22nd December 1832.

Died:  1866 aged 57.



7.  Hamlet Nicholson 1810-1899.

Born 30th April 1810, Blackwater Street, Rochdale.

Baptised 21st October 1836, St. Chad's.

Occupation:  Inventor & manufacturer of the compound cricket ball.

Married:  Ann c1836.

Hamlet started work as a cobbler with his father in 1818.  He later became skilled in working with gutta percha rubber and invented a number of applications for its use.  He was a staunch conservative and left Rochdale briefly for London when his trade suffered due to the actions of the radical movement in Rochdale at the time.  On his return, he invented the compound cricket ball, which he patented in 1860 and sold throughout the world.  

Died:  At Kilner Deyne Terrace, Rochdale, 17th June 1899, aged 89.



8. Hypatia Nicholson b.1813.

Born 21st August 1813.

Baptised 14th May 1830, St. Chad's.

No further information.