Nicholls, William Henry

Birth 1850-6-2 Gerrans, Cornwall no file
Census 1851-- Portscatho, Gerrans no file
Census 1861-- Portscatho, Gerrans no file
Census 1871-- Portscatho, Gerrnas, Truro no file
Marriage 1872-10-24 The Parish Church, St Columb Minor, Cornwall no file
Census 1881-- Portscatho, Gerrnas, Truro no file
Census 1891-- Portscatho, Gerrnas, Truro no file
Census 1901-- Portscatho, Gerrans no file
Census 1911-- Portscatho, Gerrans no file
Death 1915-12-3 Portscatho, Cornwall no file

Relationships

Mother Unknown

Birth

Gerrans, Cornwall

Census

Portscatho, Gerrans

Census

Portscatho, Gerrans

Census

Portscatho, Gerrnas, Truro

Marriage

The Parish Church, St Columb Minor, Cornwall

Census

Portscatho, Gerrnas, Truro

Census

Portscatho, Gerrnas, Truro

Census

Portscatho, Gerrans

Death

Portscatho, Cornwall

Stories

Fire

Cornish Echo and Falmouth & Penryn Times

GERRANS. Fire.—On Monday night a fire broke out at the stables of William Henry Nicholls, carrier, and resulted in serious loss. The fire was discovered shortly after midnight by the coastguard officer on duty. Assistance was then procured and chief officer Pope and coastguards Baker, Wood, Small. and P.C. Pearce were quickly on the spot. The fire however had a complete hold on the premises and a valuable horse which Mr. Nicholls had only recently purchased was roasted to death. A new waggonette and a four wheel carriage were destroyed. The fire had a good hold very quickly owing to the roof being a thatched one. The wind at the time was blowing from the S.W. which was rather fortunate as otherwise the damage must have been much greater. Great sympathy is felt with Mr. Nicholls who is only partially insured.

Damaging a Stable

Cornish Echo and Falmouth & Penryn Times

PORTSCATHO — At Tregony Petty Sessions held on Monday, before Mr. J. Gwennap Moore (in the chair), Rev. A. R. Tomlinson, and Mr. R. Nowell Usticke, William Willmott and Randle Atkins, lads, of Portscatho, were summoned for damaging the roof of a stable, the property at William Henry Nicholls, carrier, of Portscatho, to the amount of 7s. 6d. on December 22nd. Mr. G. A. Jenkins defended. Complainant said he met defendants at the top of Gerrans hill, and at the stable found the roof bulging in, and two small holes in it. He never accused anybody but defendants of throwing stones on to his roof. Complainant’s two sons deposed to seeing defendants throw stones on the roof. Henry Edmund said he accompanied complainant to the house of defendant Williams, who admitted doing damage to the roof, and stated that he was willing to pay if complainant would not take the case into court. Defendants were ordered to pay £2 2& in all, including fines, damage, and costs.

A Carrier’s Failure

Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser - Friday 10 June 1910

The first meeting of creditors in the estate of William Henry Nicholls, carrier, was hold at the office of the Official Receiver, Truro, yesterday. Debtor’s statement of affairs showed gross liabilities, £87 13s. Bd.; assets, £48 9s. 9d.; deficiency, £39 3s. 11d. Debtor attributed his failure to being unexpectedly sued by his daughter-in-law, Sarah Elizabeth Nicholls, for money due on a promissory note, and illness of his late wife and self. He had been in-patient at the Royal Cornwall Infirmary for several months, and unable personally to superintend his business. From October to November, 1909, he lost two horses by death. —The Official Receiver reported that debtor (aged 62) commenced business about 25 years ago with capital of about £25, consisting of cob, trap, and harness. The largest debt, amounting to £66 8s. 10d., was due to debtor’s daughter-in-law for loans and interest. A writ was issued for that sum when the debtor filed his petition in bankruptcy. The sum of £14 was alleged to be due to the debtor’s unmarried daughter for loan. He alleged that be could not say what his income or profits for the past three years had been, but had drawn about £50 a year for household and personal expenses.

A Portscatho Carrier

The Cornish Telegraph - Thursday 23 June 1910

The examination was also held of William Henry Nicholls, carrier, Portscatho, who said he commenced business thirty-four years with a capital of £25. Six years ago his son, Stephen, came into partnership with him. putting into the business £55, which he borrowed from the lady whom he subsequently married, and who was the largest creditor. His son continued in the business for two years and then got married and went into a farm some distance away. When came to say “Good-bye” to his mother and debtor, he brought down a folded paper like a bill with a stamp the bottom. He said, “Father, I’m going away and I am going turn over everything you. Debtor replied, “That is a good son. Thank you, my son.” His son then said. “Miss Wilkins (the lady he married) has put stamp there, you put your name across it. and that will make everything right.” Debtor signed his name. He did not examine the paper, and never thought there was anything wrong.

The Official Receiver: And the document 18 the promissory note under which she sued you ?
Debtor: Yes.
The Official Receiver: The money for which your daughter-in-law is suing, and which she says was paid to you, has never been received by you.
Debtor: No. It was money son had to come into the business.

In answer to subsequent questions, he said he had been idle for some time. He had been in the Truro Infirmary for weeks, and during the last four years he had lost four horse* death.

The examination was closed.

DEATHS

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser - Thursday 09 December 1915

NICHOLLS – At Portscatho. December 3. after short illness. William Henry Nicholls, aged 65.