NICHOLSONs of Spryfield, Halifax County, Nova Scotia—Various Records



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Church Records (all spellings copied as in the records)

Brunswick Methodist Church (now United Methodist Church), Halifax

  1. Margaret Agnes Bertha Clarke, d/o Charles and Mary, born 2 Nov. 1873, baptised on 11 Jan. 1881
  2. Charles Melvin Clarke, s/o Charles and Mary, labourer, Halifax, born 4 Nov. 1874, baptised on 11 Jan. 1881
  3. Margaret Clark, adult, bapt. 28 Apr. 1907, of Halifax. No other information.
  4. William Melvin Clark, s/o Charles and Mary, Halifax, born 3 Sept. 1905, bapt. 25 Jan. 1906.
  5. Christine Fisher, d/o Alexander and Elizabeth, b. 14 Dec. 1900, bapt. 5 Feb. 1901.
  6. Lottie Fisher, d/o Alexander and Jane, b. 21 Dec. 1897, bapt. 2 Nov. 1898.

J. Wesley Smith Church, Halifax (this church no longer exists)
  1. Baptism: Fisher, Louisa Florence, d/o Edward and Mary A., tinsmith, b. 18 Dec. 1882, bapt. 19 Feb. 1883.
  2. Baptism: Fisher, George William, s/o Alexander and Jane, bapt. 20 Aug. 1889.
  3. Baptism: Myrtle Nicholson, 5 Apr. 1911, bapt. 5 Apr. 1911, 16 Agricola Street, d/o John Frederick Nicholson & Phoebe Downing.
  4. Baptism: Samuel John Downing Nicholson, b. 2 May 1912, bapt. 13 Aug. 1912, Halifax, s/o d/o John Frederick Nicholson & Phoebe Downing.
  5. Marriage: 5 Apr. 1911, John Frederick Nicholson, son of George and Christina Belle (Shaw) Nicholson, b. 23 Mar. 1891 (1901 census); d. 19 May 1959 to Phoebe Downing, d/o Joseph and Emma (Verge) Downing, of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.

Emmanuel Anglican Church of England, Spryfield
  1. Marriage: 28 May 1928, George Wm. Oakley, carpenter, age 30, bachelor, Spryfield, s/o Frederick James and Sarah (Nicholson), to Alice Maud Relf, age 18, single, d/o Edward and Edith (Slaunwhite), b. Halifax.
  2. Marriage: 27 Sept. 1934, Daniel Burton Nicholson, age 35, bachelor, Builder, s/o George William and Christina (Shaw), to Constance Ruth Dentith, age 25, spinster, d/o Rev. Arthur Francis John and Flora (Pattison) Dentith.  Wit: Hazel Grandaline Nicholson, Spryfield, and Clarence Denery Nicholson, Spryfield.
  3. Marriage: 8 Sept. 1937, Roy Lounds, age 27, bachelor, chauffeur, s/o Mathew and Ethel (Wilneff) Lounds, to 1Hazel Grandeline Nicholson, age 29, spinster, b. Halifax, d/o George William and Christina (Shaw) Nicholson, Spryfield.
  4. Marriage: 2 Apr. 1948 Alexander Walter Nicholson, age 22, s/o John Frederick and Phoebe (Downing) Nicholson to Mary Elizabeth Tanner, age 19, d/o Herbert Victor Tanner and Bessie Garrit all of Spryfield.
  5. Marriage: 28 Feb. 1946 Arthur Earl Feltham, age 23, Spryfield, s/o Alfred and Gertrude (MacFarlane) Feltham to Gwendolyn Gladys Nicholson, age 24, d/o John Frederick and Phebe (Downing) Nicholson.
  6. Marriage: 18 May 1952 Russell Stillman Hatfield, age 32, s/o Frank and Thelma (Noble) Hatfield, to Ruth Evelyn Nicholson, age 35, d/o John Frederick and Phebe (Downing) Nicholson.
  7. Baptism: 22 Sept. 1935, Flora Frances Nicholson, b. 24 July 1935, Spryfield, d/o Daniel Burton and Constance Ruth (Dentith) Nicholson.
  8. Burial 15 Jan. 1941, Sarah Elizabeth Oakley, age 84, Spryfield, pneumonia, d. 13 Jan. 1941, buried Spryfield. From Snow’s Funeral Home I copied the year as 1940, however 1941 should be the correct year.
  9. Burial 26 Apr. 1946 Hazel Grandeline Lounds, age 39, Spryfield, buried Spryfield.
  10. Baptism: Francis Ainsley Nicholson, “adopted child” of Charles and Mary Nicholson, 25 Nov. 1913, bapt. 18 May 1914 by Rev. A.F. Dentith.  So, there he is, but it does not give his actual parents names.
1Ed. note: She was adopted, parents as yet unknown.  Witnesses: Hugh Alexander Geizer and Vida Viola Nicholson, Spryfield.

St. Agnes’ Roman Catholic Church, Halifax

Baptisms of more Nicholsons, this time some of the children of Daniel Bertram and Veronica Elizabeth (Power) Nicholson...the children were baptized all the same day, 12 Sept. 1918, the sponsor for all children was John Kline.

  1. Gordon Wesle, b. 26 Dec. 1914; a note added stated he married Margaret Marie Doyle 25 Oct. 1938
  2. James Alfred, b. 22 Apr. 1910; note stated he married to Mary Ann...(surname looks like Day, but difficult to read) at St. Patrick’s Church, Halifax
  3. Cecil Michael, b. 2 Feb. 1907
  4. Donald Harold Bernard, b. 3 Mar. (unfortunately the year is faint and not legible)
  5. Baptism: Francis Ansley Nicholson, s/o of Charles and Mary Fisher Nicholson, 25 Nov. 1913, bapt. 20 May 1921 by Rev. P.F. Martin, sponsors Kathleen Burns and Sophie Kline.

St. George’s Anglican Church, Halifax (Baptisms)
  1. Fisher, Catherine, d/o Alexander and Jane, of Leahyville, a tinsmith, b. 6 Apr. 1884, bapt. 17 Oct. 1884
  2. Fisher, Alice Maud, d/o Alexander and Elizabeth Jane, 34 Cunard Street, a labourer, b. 25 Jan. 1891, bapt. 23 Mar. 1891
  3. Fisher, Sarah Jane, d/o Alexander and Jane, 30 James Street, a labourer, b. 2 Mar. 1893, bapt. 5 Apr. 1894
  4. Fisher, David Everard Laurin, s/o 2Daniel and Rebecca, Oxford Street, a tinsmith, b. 16 Apr. 1883, bapt. 23 July 1883
  5. Fisher, Mary Lillian, d/o Daniel and Rebecca, Beech Street, a tinsmith, b. 3 Oct. 1884, bapt. 29 Oct. 1884
  6. Fisher, Odetha Catherine, d/o Daniel and Rebecca, tinsmith, Beech St., b. 11 June 1886, bapt. 25 Aug. 1886
  7. Nicholson, Cecil Michael, s/o Daniel and Elizabeth, 25 Bauer St., Labourer, b. 28 Feb. 1907, bapt. 29 Feb. 1908. 
  8. Nicholson, Harry Gerald, s/o Daniel B. and Lizzie, 82 Agricola St., teamster, b. 3 May 1906, bapt. 30 May 1906. 
  9. Nicholson, Charles Geoffrey, s/o Daniel Herbert and Elizabeth, 62 Maynard St., Labourer, b. 17 Sept. 1904, bapt. 8 Oct. 1904. 
  10. Nicholson, Clarence Bertram, s/o Daniel B. and Elizabeth, 38 Stairs St., truckman, b. 28 Sept. 1903, bapt. 21 Oct. 1903.
2I copied this fellow because he was a tinsmith, and that seems to be the trade of most of those Fishers.  He may or may not be a brother to your Mary Fisher.

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Halifax
  1. Baptism: Florence Nicholson, d/o Charles and Mary (Fisher) Nicholson, b. 9 Jan. 1884, bapt. 17 Feb. 1903.
  2. Marriage: 19 Feb. 1903, Timothy Burns, s/o James and Catherine (Charlton) Burns to Florence Nicholson, d/o Charles and Mary (Fisher) Nicholson.
  3. Marriage: 15 June 1909, George Murphy, s/o Dennis and Isabel (Bellefontaine) Murphy to Mary Sutherland, d/o John and Matilda (Nicholson) Sutherland.  Notes in record give birth dates; George born 19 July 1881 in Chezzetcook; Mary b. 11 May 1886, Halifax. More notes on Sutherlands, taken from interview with descendant by Ross McKay, Mary Ellen (Nicholson) Murphy died 25 Aug. 1968 in Wolfville Nursing Home, Wolfville, NS. Buried Mount Olivet Cemetery.
  4. Baptism: Burns, Mary Kathleen, d/o Timothy and Florence (Nicholson), b. 25 July 1903, bapt. 6 Sept. 1903. 
  5. Baptism: Burns, Florence Lillian, d/o Timothy and Florence (Nicholson), bapt. 30 Sept. 1906. 
  6. Baptism: Sutherland, Elizabeth, John and Charlotte (Nicholson), b. and bapt. 11 Aug. 1890. 
  7. Baptism: Sutherland, Mary Ann, d/o John and Charlotte (Nickleson), b. 10 Oct. 1892, bapt. 8 Nov. 1892. 
  8. Baptism: Sutherland, William George, s/o John and Matilda Charlotte, bapt. 10 Sept. 1893. 
  9. Baptism: Sutherland, Margaret Ann, d/o John and Charlotte (Nicholson), b. 1 Jan. 1895, bapt. 13 Jan. 1895. 
  10. Baptism: Sutherland, Michael Duncan, s/o John and Charlotte (Nicholson), b. 11 Oct. 1897, bapt. 22 Oct. 1897. 
  11. Baptism: Sutherland, Florence Matilda, d/o John and Matilda (Nicholson), b. 18 Apr. 1902, bapt. 20 Apr. 1902.  She married Joseph Hibbert Foster 22 May 1919, according to note in this Baptism: record.

St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Halifax
  1. Nicholson, Dorothy Grace, d/o George and Margaret, b. 6 Oct. 1915, bapt. 7 Nov. 1915, 44 Dresden Row.
  2. Nicholson, Margaret Claire, d/o George W. and Margaret J., b. 15 Oct. 1917, bapt. 28 Oct. 1917; soldier, 66th Reg.
  3. Jessie Christina Shaw Nicholson, illegitimate child of Florence Nicholson, b. 7 Nov. 1900, bapt. 22 Dec. 1900, North West Arm.
  4. Clarence Roy Nicholson, s/o Charles and Sarah, b. 23 Jan. 1902, bapt. 31 Jan. 1902, North West Arm, labourer.
    These are all Charles William’s and Emily’s children, spelled as recorded:
  5. Nicholson, Ernest Alfred, b. 17 Jan. 1896, bapt. 25 Sept. 1896, St. Marg’ts Bay Rd., labourer.
  6. Nicholson, Hellen May, b. 5 Apr. 1897, baapt. 31 May 1891.
  7. Nicholson, Edith Myrtle, b. 24 Aug. 1898, bapt. 5 Sept. 1898.
  8. Nicholson, Charles Frederick, b. 3 Sept. 1899, bapt. 19 Sept. 1899.  (This must be the the child who died and was buried at Camphill cemetery)
  9. Nicholson, Emily Agnus, b. 13 Nov. 1900, bapt. 22 Dec. 1900, North West Arm, carpenter.
  10. Nicholson, Gladys Muriel, b. 29 June 1902, bapt. 21 Sept. 1902.
  11. Nicholson, Elizabeth Florence, b. 28 Aug. 1903, bapt. 7 Dec. 1903.
  12. Nicholson, Charles Edward, b. 26 June 1905, bapt. 31 Aug. 1905.
  13. Nicholson, Rose Edna, b. 3 Aug. 1907, bapt. 3 Oct. 1907.
  14. Jessie Grandline (or Granoline) Nicholson, d/o Charles William and Emily Margaret, b. 24 Oct. 1908, bapt. 17 Jan. 1909, lived St. Margaret’s Bay Road, father a carpenter.
  15. Marriage: 21 Jan. 1921, John Wellesley Nicholsion, age 27, bachelor, s/o Charles and Mary (Fisher) Nicholson, married Margaret Smith, age 22, single, d/o Andrew and Mary (McTigue) Smith, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
  16. Marriage: 22 Nov. 1920, Blum, Ernest, d/o Edward and Mary (Nicholson) Blum, age 22, bachelor, married Mary Louisa Smith (Henneberry)3, age 18, single, d/o George and Mary Henneberry (Smith).
3It looks like Mary Louisa’s mother may have married a Henneberry after she was a Smith, but I don’t know for sure what the brackets mean.

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Halifax
  1. Marriage of Maurice Power to Mary Darrah, 27 Nov. 1841.  This is from the index of Halifax marriages by Terrence Punch.  I don't believe I looked it up in the church records.

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Halifax
  1. 22 Apr. 1900, marriage of William Hannabury, s/o Robert and Mary (spelled Nickerson) of Spryfield, to Margaret Higgins, d/o Joseph and Ellen (Bower) of Herring Cove, witnesses: William Kirby and Lizzie Power. 
  2. 28 May 1901, marriage of William Kirby, s/o Charles and Johanna (Landrigan) of Halifax, to Irene Power, d/o Jeffrey and Mary (Oakley) of Herring Cove.  Witnesses: Theodore Conway and Bridget Power.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Halifax
  1. Baptism: Daniel Herbert Nicholson, s/o Charles and Mary, a cabinetmaker, Spryfield, b. 21 Mar. 1879, bapt. 27 Apr. 1879.
  2. Baptism: Martha Ann Nicholson, d/o Charles and Mary, cabinetmaker, Spryfield, b. 12 May 1881, bapt. 5 June 1881.
  3. Baptism: Rebecca Florence Nicholson, d/o Charles and Mary, cabinetmaker, Spryfield, b. 9 Feb. 1884.
  4. Baptism: Sarah Elizabeth Nicholson b: December 28, 1855 Baptism: February 10, 1856.
  5. Baptism: Matilda Charlotte Nicholson was born 25 Dec. 1858, bapt. 3 June 1859.
  6. Baptism: George Ebenezer Nicholson b: May 02, 1853 in Spryfield, Halifax, NS Canada Baptism: August 20, 1853

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic, Herring Cove
  1. Marriage 21 Aug. 1877 John Sutherland, s/o Donald and Jessie (Shaw) Sutherland of Louis Cove, Richmond County, to Matilda Charlotte Nicholson, d/o William Nicholson and Mary Allen, of Spryfield.
  2. Sarah Elizabeth Nicholson was baptized as an adult in July 1880 (the date was in Latin), she gave her date of birth as 28 Dec. 1855 and her parents names as William Nicholson and Mary Allen.
  3. Baptism: Power, Nicholas, age 8 days, s/o Maurice and Mary (Darrow) Power, November 1849, no day given; sponsors Patrick Dempsey and Catherine Dempsey.
  4. Baptism: Power, Frederick, age 2 weeks, s/o Morris and Mary (Darrah) power, on 17 Oct. 1851. Sponsors George Brown and Mary Gorman. 
  5. Baptism: Power, Richard Augustine, age 5 days, s/o Maurice and Mary (Darah) Power, on 4 May 1856. 
  6. Baptism: Power, Nicholas Bonaventure, age 3 days, s/o Maurice and Mary Power, on 15 July 1858; sponsors Geoffrey Gorman and Catherine Munroe. 
  7. Baptism: Power, Celestine, age 4 days, d/o Maurice and Mary (Darrah) Power, on 18 Aug. 1861; sponsors Patrick Power and Alice Power.

Trinity Anglican Church, Halifax
  1. Baptism: Roy Edwin Nicholson, born 24 Jan. 1911, bapt. 28 Feb. 1911, s/o John Alfred and Mary Myrtle Nicholson, Halifax, Contractor.

Marriages of Fishers from Halifax County Marriage Registers

  1. #65, p.199, 1883: Married by license, C of E, Daniel Fisher, age 20, bachelor, tinsmith, Halifax, s/o James and Mary, carpenter, Halifax, to Rebecca Conrod, age 23, spinster, Halifax, d/o Jacob and Mary A., labourer. Witnesses: William Conrod and Margaret Byers. (The Conrods and Byers were both families who settled east of Dartmouth on the eastern shore of N.S., some in East Chezzetcook, some in Petpeswick, some in Conrod’s Settlement).
  2. #312, p. 60, 1887: Married 31 Aug. 1887, by Banns, C of E, Mary Jane Fisher, age 18, spinster, Halifax, born Spryfield, d/o Alex and Jane, tinsmith, to Roderick McLean, age 22, bachelor, labourer, Halifax, born Boulardrie Island, s/o Duncan and Rachel, labourer. Witnesses: William Phalen and Mrs. L. Yeadon. (Iris’s note: Mrs. Laliah Yeadon, wife of Amos, lived in Spryfield).
  3. #124, p. 125, 1889: Married 15 Apr. 1889 by Banns, C of E, Alexander Fisher, age 21, bachelor, tinsmith, born and resides Halifax, s/o John and Mary, tinsmith, to Mary J. Rourke, age 18, spinster, born Haifax, d/o James and Eliza, labourer. Witneses: William Henneberry and Emma Hanes/Hanis. (Iris’s note: His father John probably belongs to James and Catherine Fisher, judging by the name of the male witness and the father’s occupation).
  4. #230, p. 211, 1891: Married 1 July 1891 by Banns, C of E, Henry Boutilier, age 23, bachelor, Halifax, labourer, s/o John and Anna, tanner, to Catherine Fisher, age 20, spinster, Halifax, d/o Edward and Mary, tinsmith. Witnesses: Auguistus Clay and Mrs. Jane Hobin.
  5. #286, p. 293, 1893; Married 22 Aug. 1893 by Banns, C of E, James Fisher, age 21, bachelor, tinsmith, Halifax, born Spryfield, s/o Alexander and Jane, tinsmith, to Emma A. Thorpe, age 21, spinster, Halifax, d/o William and Emma. Witnesses: Effie H.B. Martin and John Clark, Rev. Francis Partridge.
  6. #128, p. 282, 1893: Married 12 Apr. 1893 by license, C of E, John F. Aylward, age 26, bachelor, confectioner, Halifax, born Windsor, s/o William and Elizabeth, carpenter, to Mary I. Fisher, age 22, spinster, born Boston, d/o Edward and Mary Ann, tinsmith. Witnesses: Henry Lawrence and Lizzie Cooper, Rev. F. Partridge.
  7. #74, p. 82, 1896; Married by Banns, Methodist, St. Margaret’s Bay Road, George Fisher, age 21, bachelor, labourer, born and resides Halifax, s/o Alexander and Jane, tinsmith, to Ellen Somers, age 18, spinster, Halifax, d/o Frederick and Catherine, clerk. Witnesses: Charles Nickerson (Nicholson) and Mary Oakley, Rev. W.F. Gaetz.
  8. #289, p. 237, 1900; Married 28 Aug. 1900 by Banns, Methodist, Edward Sullivan, age 23, bachelor, teamster, born and resides Halifax, s/o Michael and Agnes, customs, to Ellen Fisher, age 20, spinster, born and resides Halifax, d/o Edward and Mary, tinsmith. Witnesses: William Davis and Florrie Davis.

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