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1888 Engraving DR. ANDREW NICHOLS Essex County Danvers Mass. Genealogy History

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Antique 1888 steel engraving bookplate!


Dr. Andrew Nichols was born in the northern part of Danvers. His father was Major Andrew Nichols, an efficient and progressive farmer. He introduced the Lombardy Poplar into this section of the country, his farm being lined with them. His mother was Eunice Nichols, the daughter of John Nichols and Elizabeth Prince. The first of his ancestors in this country was William Nichols, born about 1596, who took grants of land in "Brooksby" (now Peabody), and settled on them in 1638.

Andrew graduated Phillips Academy, in Andover, and in 1804, he studied with Dr. Waterhouse, at the famous Longfellow Mansion at Cambridge, and attended the course of lectures at the Harvard Medical School in 1806 and 1807. He commenced the practice of his profession in Peabody in 1811. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1811, and was for many years president of the Essex South District Medical Society. He was a charter member and first master of Jordan Lodge of Masons, and during his whole life an active member. He was a distinguished botanist. He was the first president of the Essex County Natural History Society in 1836, which, with the Essex Historical Society of 1821, formed the Essex Institute of 1848. He was active in the temperance cause.

He married his cousin, Ruth Nichols, daughter of Deacon John and Sarah (Fuller) Nichols, of Middleton, June 1, 1809; she died without issue, March 31, 1832. On Oct. 3, 1833 he married Mary Holyoke Ward, daughter of Joshua and Susanna (Holyoke) Ward, of Salem.


Portrait with signature facsimile.

This is from a collection of bookplates rescued from a badly damaged two volume 1888 first edition set entitled "History Of Essex County Massachusetts, With Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers And Prominent Men." By D. Hamilton Hurd.

For provenance, you will receive a copy of the title page. We also leave the edge untrimmed, which provides origin provenance.

The approximate entire bookplate size is 7.5 x 10.5 inches or 19 x 27 cm. The backside, or verso, is blank.

Very good. See images for condition, some have spots, foxing, tears, etc.


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