Benjamin NICHOLS


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1. Elizabeth OSMOND


  • Born: 12 Apr 1773 3
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth OSMOND on 7 Jan 1805 in St George Hanover Square, Westminster 1
  • Died: 2 Nov 1848, Farnham, Surrey 3 4
  • BuriedMale: 6 Nov 1848, St Andrew, Farnham, Surrey 5 6

bullet  Notes:

Henry was the younger of the two sons of Benjamin Nichols (qv), the proprietor of the Bush Inn in Farnham. Henry's birthplace is not known, although his mother died in Northington in Hampshire where his father was a 'yeoman' prior to moving to Farnham. Henry was a hop planter and wine and spirit merchant, and lived at 4 The Borough, and then at 4 Castle Street. He also purchased 5 Castle Street. He had four children with his wife Elizabeth Osmond (qv). Their two oldest sons John and Ben were twins: John was first an surgeon and apothecary in Basingstoke, and then a farmer in Seale in Surrey - he married his cousin Eliza Osmond but did not have any children. Ben was a solicitor at 5 Castle St, and a bachelor. The third son Henry took over his father's wine business at 4 Castle Street - Henry jnr married but also did not have any children. Henry snr's youngest child and only daughter was Eliza (qv), who married Alfred Stevens (qv), and their children were the Nichols family's main beneficiaries.

PCC: Henry Nichols PROB11/2086 dated 24-1-1849

Additional sources:
Census data
Pigot's Directory of Surrey 1839
Heather, P. (2019). The Town of Farnham. Vol 1 A History of The Borough and Castle Street. Farnham and District Museum Society.


Henry married Elizabeth OSMOND, daughter of John OSMOND and Rebecca MONGER, on 7 Jan 1805 in St George Hanover Square, Westminster.1 (Elizabeth OSMOND was born on 27 Nov 1773 in Warminster, Wiltshire 3, christened on 25 May 1774 in St Denys, Warminster, Wiltshire,7 died on 16 Jan 1856 in Farnham, Surrey 3 4 and was buried on 22 Jan 1856 in St Andrew, Farnham, Surrey 6.)



1 Church Register, St George Hanover Sq, Westminster Archives ref Mf 21.

2 Church Register, St Andrew Farnham, Surrey County RO Mfc (baptism of daughter Eliza).

3 Charles H Chase et al, <i>Chase Family History</i> (Unpublished compilation).

4 Church Register, St Andrew Farnham, Surrey County RO Mfc (burial).

5 Monumental Inscription, W Lightbody (1930) MIs of St Andrew's Parish Church, Surrey County RO ref 7093/1/3/7.

6 Church Register, St Andrew Farnham, Surrey County RO Mfc.

7 Church Register, St Denys Warminster, SoG ref Mfc 106653.

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