Sergeant Francis Nichols

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Sergeant Francis Nichols, son of John Nichols and Joan (…), was born probably shortly before his baptism at Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire, England, 25 May 1575.1 He died at Stratford, Connecticut, before 8 January 1650/51, when his estate was inventoried.1

Francis married (1) Frances Wimarke, daughter of Robert Wimarke, at Sedgeberrow, 24 January 1599/0;1,2 he married (2) Ann Wines, daughter of Barnabas Wines and Anna Eddy, about 1649.1,2

He was among the very first settlers of Stratford. The General Court on 10 October 1639 directed, "Mr Governor and Mr. Wells to confer with the planters at Pequannocke [Stratford], to give them the oath of Fidelity, make such free as they see fit, order them to send one or two deputies to the General Courts in September and April, and for deciding of differences and controversies under 40 s. among them, to propound to them and give them power to choose 7 men from among themselves, with liberty of appeal to the Court here; as also to assign Sergeant Nicholls for the present to train the men and exercise them in military discipline."

Given his responsibility, he probably had military experience before immigrating.

The inventory totaled £29, 9s.3

Family 1

Frances Wimarke b. 2 Nov 1577, d. bef. 1639
  • John Nichols1 b. 16 May 1601, d. bef. 19 Jun 1655
  • Jane Nichols1 b. 3 Nov 1603
  • Henry Nichols1 b. 19 Nov 1605, d. bef. 21 Dec 1606
  • Anne Nichols1 b. 18 Oct 1606, d. bef. 25 Oct 1606
  • Margaret Nichols1 b. 4 Jan 1608/9
  • Francis Nichols1 b. 25 Aug 1611
  • Joseph Nichols1 b. 31 Aug 1614, d. bef. 2 Sep 1614
  • Jonathan Nichols1 b. 31 Aug 1614, d. bef. 4 Sep 1614
  • Sarah Nichols1 b. 12 Nov 1615
  • Isaac Nichols+1 b. 27 Dec 1617, d. bt 28 Sep 1694 - 5 Nov 1695
  • Caleb Nichols1 b. abt. 1623, d. 14 Apr 1690

Family 2

Ann Wines b. abt. 1632, d. bef. 1698
  • Ann Nichols1 b. abt. 1650
This person was last edited on1 Jan 2021


  1. [S314] Neil D. Thompson, "The English Origin of Sergeant Francis1 Nichols of Stratford, Connecticut," The American Genealogist 75 (October 2000): 267-271, further cited as Thompson, "English Origin of Francis Nichols."
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1091, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S339] Samuel Orcutt, A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut (New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1886), 129.