Nickels

 

 
The Nickels Family History

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Margaret Busch (Bersch) and John Nickels
Margaret Busch (Bersch) and John Nickels

Below is the little bit of information that I’ve learned about my Nickels roots.  When I began researching, all I knew was that my father was Neal Keppel, his father was Stanton and his grandfather was John.  I’ve learned the rest through census information, birth and death certificates.  My father told me that my grandfather was a buck sargeant in WWI, so I found his draft card.  He said my grandfather was German, and he lived in Pennsylvania.  After my father’s death, in the box of papers my step mother sent me, I found a newspaper article with a picture of him and that he was the oldest worker at Fleetwood Craftsmen's, Inc. in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.  The article was written during WWII, so he was alive then. 

    “Fleetwood War Industry Workers Receive Awards:

    The oldest and youngest employee of the Fleetwood Craftsmen's, Inc., are shown above as they receive lapel pin awards, replicas of the army-navy "E" flag which was presented to the Fleetwood Firm for Efficiency in war production.  Presentations wre made at public exercises in Fleetwood Fire Company auditorium.  In the group are, left to right, Carl F. Constein, 22; John Nickels, 83, youngest and oldest employee of the firm, who were chosen by their fellow workers to represent the employees on the stage during the exercises.  Lieut. Col. Thomas H. Stilwell, commanding officer of the East Pennsylvania District Third Service Command, Philadelphia, who presented the pins, is also shown on photo.  The plant, operating on three shifts, is making air mattresses and other necessary war equipment.  (Eagle Staff Photo.)”

I’ve recently learned that he died about September 5, 1945, but I don’t know the date of death of his wife, Margaret Busch (Bersch).

My Great Great Grandfather John Nickels, immigrated to this country in 1850, from Germany.  I learned this from the census reports, but haven’t found a record as yet.  He was married to Annie Marie Loesch, but I don’t know if the marriage was in this country or in Germany before immigration.  Their son, John, was born June 1859 in New York.  I believe it was New York City, but have no documents to show this.  He married Margaret Busch (Bersch), who was born October 1863.  They had 4 sons (one was my grandfather) and 2 daughters.  This family is in the outline below.  The family resided in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, including John and Annie, who died in Bayonne in 1901 and 1908 respectively. 

I could never understand how my family ended up in Cleveland, Ohio.  I think I finally learned.  According to the 1920 census, John and Margaret lived in Cleveland, Ohio.  My grandmother, Kathleen Ramona Keppel died in 1920 after giving birth to my father, leaving the young husband to care for a baby.  Stanton, Kathleen and Neal all lived with Kathleen’s family in Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey at the time of Neal’s birth, and Kathleens subsequent death in October 1920.  Her father died in 1921 (see the Keppel pages), probably leaving the family heartbroken.  I think my grandfather moved to Cleveland with baby Neal so that his mother and father could help him with the baby.  Stanton remarried the woman I knew as my grandmother.  By 1930, John and Margaret were living in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.  I guess I have to wait a few more years to get the 1940 census!

Descendants of John Nickels

1   John Nickels b: Jan 1826 in Germany d: 17 Nov 1901 in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey b: Jan 1826 in Germany d: 17 Nov 1901 in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey

.  +Annie Marie Loesch b: Jul 1834 in Germany d: 17 Jan 1908 in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey b: Jul 1834 in Germany d: 17 Jan 1908 in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey

..... 2   John Nickels, Jr. b: Jun 1859 in New York d: in Fleetwood, Berks County, Pennsylvania b: Jun 1859 in New York d: in Fleetwood, Berks County, Pennsylvania

.........  +Margaret Busch (Bersch) b: Oct 1863 in New York  b: Oct 1863 in New York

............. 3   Walter Nickels b: Oct 1885 in New York  b: Oct 1885 in New York

............. 3   Arthur Nickels b: 14 Jun 1886 in New York d: Sep 1962 in New Jersey b: 14 Jun 1886 in New York d: Sep 1962 in New Jersey

............. 3   John Nickels, Jr. b: Feb 1889 in New York  b: Feb 1889 in New York

............. 3   Stanton Nickels b: 12 Jul 1891 in New York, New York d: 24 Jan 1966 in Cuyahoga County, Berea, Ohio b: 12 Jul 1891 in New York, New York d: 24 Jan 1966 in Cuyahoga County, Berea, Ohio

.................  +Kathleen Ramona Keppel b: 26 Aug 1894 in Oakland, California d: 07 Oct 1920 in Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey b: 26 Aug 1894 in Oakland, California d: 07 Oct 1920 in Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey

.............  *2nd Wife of Stanton Nickels:   

.................  +Susana Margaret Schultz b: 12 Dec 1899 d: Sep 1983 in Alliance, OH b: 12 Dec 1899 d: Sep 1983 in Alliance, OH

............. 3   Viola N. Nickels b: Aug 1893 in New Jersey  b: Aug 1893 in New Jersey

.................  +Unknown Fisher   

............. 3   Madeline Nickels b: 20 Sep 1898 in New Jersey d: 07 Dec 1993 in 91977 Spring Valley, San Diego, CA b: 20 Sep 1898 in New Jersey d: 07 Dec 1993 in 91977 Spring Valley, San Diego, CA

.................  +Unknown Osterstrom   

I’ve searched for the other Nickels children but haven’t found them yet.  I have some pictures that I believe are the brothers of Stanton, but it’s only a guess.  If this family is familiar to anyone, I would really appreciate an email in response.

Stanton Nickels with 2 of his brothers

Stanton Nickels with 2 of his brothers

Stanton again with 2 of his brothers

Stanton again with 2 of his brothers

John Nickels

John Nickels

John and Margaret Nickels

John and Margaret Nickels

Margaret Busch (Bersch) Nickels

Margaret Busch (Bersch) Nickels

Margaret Busch (Bersch) Nickels

Margaret Busch (Bersch) Nickels

Margaret Busch (Bersch) and John Nickels

Margaret Busch (Bersch) and John Nickels

Stanton in WWI

Stanton in WWI

Stanton in WWI

Stanton in WWI

Stanton in WWI

Stanton in WWI

Stanton in WWI

Stanton in WWI

 

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