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Edward W. Nicholson papers

 Collection — Folder: S1554
Identifier: S1554

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of certificates, statements, letters, affidavits, transcripts of marraige and death records, and muster rolls relating to the Civil War veteran's pension of Edward W. Nicholson and his widow Emily Ellen Nicholson, ranging from 1861 to 1915.


  • 1861-1915


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Edward Willis Nicholson was born around 1828 in Kentucky. During the Civil War, he first entered military service as a private in the 11th Indiana Regiment and was promoted to sergeant in the 9th Battery of Indiana Volunteers. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant on December 15, 1862, and then transferred to the 22nd Indiana Battery. On July 5, 1864, he became a captain. Edward was mustered out of service on July 7, 1865, following the end of the Civil War. On November 1, 1865, he married Emily Ellen Meredith and they had a son and a daughter, (Willis) Meredith and Margaret E. Nicholson. Meredith Nicholson became a best-selling author and politician. Edward died on August 19, 1894 in Washington, D.C. Emily Nicholson died over two decades later on July 6, 1915.


Items in the collection. "Edward W. Nicholson."1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2010. Accessed July 16, 2015. "Edward W. Nicholson." Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992 [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2014. Accessed July 16, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Robert or Roberta Nicholson on 1980/08/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/16 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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