Wilson Nicholson was born in Sunderland, Co. Durham, in 1769. After a narrow escape from the Press Gangs, he came to settle in Rochdale, Lancashire, where he married and raised a family in Blackwater Street. He was well known locally as a shoemaker; his wife Sarah made a living bleeding the sick with leeches. Two of his daughters became shoemakers. One daughter, also a leecher, married a Scottish soldier, newly returned from the West indies. His son pioneered the introduction of gutta percha rubber for footwear and invented several uses for it, culminating in the invention and patent of the modern day cricket ball. Wilson Nicholson died in 1852, aged 83, and is buried at St. Chad's, Rochdale.
Wilson was our 4xgreat grandfather. We know little about his family in Sunderland, save that one of his parents lived to the age of 99. Our research into this fascinating family is ongoing and we would welcome any new information.
We have gathered the information presented here from a variety of sources; census reports, BVRI, IGI, parish records, BMD certificates and old local press reports. Should you be able to add to or amend any information on this site, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email to email@example.com first omitting the 7 in the address.
Anne Stobbs, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Vivian Dubé, New South Wales, Australia.