19th Century Saltworks Represent Yankee Ingenuity

By D. Scott Nickerson, M.D. As the Nickerson Family Association’s project to rescue the 1829 Caleb Nickerson House got underway, I noticed the biographical vignette about Caleb #219 in The Nickerson Family Part 2.  I was curious about the mention in his will of “2800 feet of saltworks, store and mills.” As I investigated more, …

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Per K.: The life of Anna C. Kingsbury, Genealogist to William E. Nickerson

By Debra Lawless (This article appeared in slightly different form in The Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, Spring 2013.) This is the story of the remarkable three-decade collaboration of William Emery Nickerson, who founded the Nickerson Family Association in Chatham, and Anna Chandler Kingsbury, his genealogist. In June 1897 Nickerson organized a reunion …

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The Ever Mysterious HATTIE (NICKERSON) LORD

Have you heard of her?  Have you wondered how she fit in the Nickerson Family?  Have you thought about how famous she has become and even is claimed to be a daughter of William1 Nickerson? Let’s go back in time and read an article in the Boston Evening Transcript of 5.NOV.1823 and we will find …

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Journey with me through the Nickerson Family Association Campus

[fts facebook id=NickersonFamilyAssociationUSA posts_displayed=page_only type=page] Taking a journey through the Nickerson Family Association Campus in Chatham Port is enhanced by one of those clear, beautiful days during which everything seems more intense, more vivid than normal in this golden light. The Campus features the two NFA houses. One is the Genealogy Research Center. This house …

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From the NFA Archives: Nickerson Secret Code

  Can you decipher the Nickerson “secret code?”              The archives of the Nickerson Family Association, located in the William Emery Nickerson Archives in lower level of the Genealogy Center, hold many intriguing documents and artifacts that may some day, with further research, yield up their secrets. We have paper documents such as late 18th …

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Where in the world is Squanto?

Where in the world is Squanto? Out in front of the Nickerson Family Association’s grounds at 1107 Orleans Road is a 1955 plaque that you might have been wondering about. It says Squanto was buried “somewhere within gunshot of this stone.” What is this all about? Squanto, also known as Tisquantum was, of course, the …

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Chatham, The Turning Point: The Mayflower and the Nickersons

For centuries, descendants of William and Anne Nickerson who are also descendants of Mayflower passengers, have traced and celebrated their genealogies. Warren Sears Nickerson (1880-1966) of East Harwich was a ninth-generation descendant of William Nickerson. No less than nine of Sears Nickerson’s ancestors sailed aboard the Mayflower. In 1931 Nickerson published a book called Land …

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William and Anne (Busby) Nickerson Come to Town

The town at the elbow of Cape Cod was originally known as Monomoyick, named after the Native American tribe prevalent in these parts. In October 1606, when the French explorer Samuel de Champlain and his party arrived, the French sailors famously skirmished with the initially-friendly natives at the place later known as Port Fortune, now …

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