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  • ID: I3246
  • Name: William Carmichael NICHOLSON
  • Surname: NICHOLSON
  • Given Name: William Carmichael
  • Prefix: Commodore
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 27 Sep 1800 in Kent County, Maryland
  • Christening: 30 Jan 1803 St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church, Baltimore Maryland
  • Death: 25 Jul 1872 in Philadelphia, Pensylvania
  • _UID: EAA58F6F9731D5118680EF90A100BA0B26F7
  • Note:
    1. Commodore William Carmichael Nicholson
    (1800 Kent Co., MD-1872 Philadelphia, PA)

    From: "The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IIV"

    William Carmichael Nicholson, naval officer, was born in Maryland in 1800; son of Capt. John Nicholson, an officer in the Continental navy during the Revolutionary war, and nephew of James and Samuel Nicholson (q.v.). He was commissioned a midshipman in the U.S. Navy, July 18, 1812, and served on the PRESIDENT, under Decatur, during the action off Long Island in 1815, where he was taken a prisoner to England and confined until the close of the war. He was promoted lieutenant in March, 1821, and served on the frigate UNITED STATES, Pacific squadron, 1827-34. In 1834 he was assigned to duty at the naval station. He was commissioned commander, Sept. 8, 1841, and commanded the sloop PREBLE in the Mediterranean squadron, 1843-45. He was on duty at the naval rendezvous at Boston, Mass., 1845-46; served on the receiving ship in NEW YORK, 1847-48, and commanded the navy yard at Memphis, Tenn., 1852-53. He was promoted captain, Aug. 22, 1855; was fleet captain of the Pacific squadron in 1855; commanded the steam frigate MISSISSIPPI in the East India squadron, 1858-61; was in command of the United States marine asylum in Philadelphia, and commanded the steam frigate ROANOKE when the Civil War began. He served on special duty, 1861-66, and was commissioned Commodore, July 16, 1862. He died in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 1872.

    2. 1850 New York Census

    New York City

    Wm C. Nickleson 45 Capt. U.S. Navy

    3. 1860 Pennsylvania Census


    Marine Asylum

    Capt. W. C. Nicholson 55 Commander in the Navy b. MD
    Miss Nicholson 50 b. MD

    4. 1870 Pennsylvania Census


    Nicholson, Wm C. 68 Commodore USN b. MD
    " Margaret 70 b. MD

    5. Patriot obituary with biographical information
  • Change Date: 20 Aug 2008 at 14:21:44

    Father: John NICHOLSON b: 1756 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
    Mother: Rebecca HOLT b: 1765

    1. Title: St. Paul's Parish Records
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