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Name: Emma Nicholls

Burial Number: 0754

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1822

Died: 24/08/1914

Buried: 27/08/1914


Emma Nicholls (nee Cooper) was born in 1822 in South Bersted, Sussex, to John and Hannah Cooper (nee Yeates).  John worked as a carpenter and lived and worked in the High Street in South Bersted, Sussex.

She married Robert Todd Nicholls on 25th February 1854 at the Parish church, All Saints, Oxford.

They had 6 children-

James Thomas Blackwell Nicholls b1855

Eliza Henrietta Nicholls b1856

Alice Harriet Nicholls b1858

Matilda Alice Nicholls b1859

Ellen Louisa Nicholls b1861

Alfred Charles b1862


Robert worked as a Mercantile Clerk and in 1871 the family were living  at  2 Park Road, Hackney, London. By 1881 Robert was a Bankers Clerk and was now living in Brighton Road, Sutton, Surrey.

Between 1881 and 1891 Emma and her Husband had moved to Worthing and lived at ‘Dinedor’ Belsize road, Worthing.  Robert had now retired, and his children had left home.

Robert gave regularly to different charities including-

In 1894 he donated to the Worthing ‘Wreck of the Zadne appeal’.  The Zadne was a 490 ton steamer that was caught in a terrible storm on the 14th November 1894. A big wave flipped the steamer over and 12 people lost their lives and were washed up on Worthing’s beach.  The bodies were buried in Broadwater cemetery.

In 1897 he donated to the Worthing Mayor’s Maidstone Epidemic fund.  The Maidstone epidemic in 1897 was the largest typhoid epidemic in the UK, with over 1,900 people infected and 132 people died.

Robert died on the 16th April 1904 and left £37,114 6s 10d (£2,916,000 in 2020) with probate to James Thomas Blackwell Nicholls (Son), commercial clerk and Peter Riddoch (Son-in-law), Gentleman. He was living in ‘Dinedor’ Belsize Road, Worthing.

Emma continued to live at ‘Dinedor’ Belsize Road, Worthing until her death on 24th August 1914. She left £4712 4s 6d (£277970 in 2020) with probate to Alice Harriett Antill (Daughter) and Ellen Louisa Riddoch (Daughter)


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 1 Plot: 14

Exact Location (what3words): cross.chefs.legal

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of my dear husband Robert Todd Nicholls who died on April 16th 1904 in his seventy eighth year also of Emma wife of Robert Todd Nicholls who died August 24th 1914

Further Information


Name: Emma Nicholls

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1822

Town: South Bersted

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Cooper

Marriage Date: 25/2/1854

Spouse First Name: Robert

Spouse Second Name: Todd

Spouse Last Name: Nicholls

Town of Marriage: Oxford

County of Marriage: Oxfordshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 24/08/1914

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Dinedor

Address line 2: Belsize Roadf

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £4712 4 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £277970

Census Information


29 Culford Road, Hackney, London

Robert T Nicholls (Head) age 34, Emma (Wife) age 37, James TB (Son) age 6, Elizabeth H (Daughter) age 4, Alice (Daughter) age 2, Ellen (Daughter) age 2 months plus 1 servant


2 Park Road, Hackney, London

Robert Nicholls (Head) age 44, Emma (Wife) age 48, James (Son) age 16, Eliza (Daughter) age 14, Alice (Daughter) age 12, Ellen (Daughter) age 10, Alfred (Son) age 8, plus 1 servant


Brighton Road, Sutton, Surrey

Robert Nicholls (Head) age 54, Emma (Wife) age 58, Alfred (Son) age 12, Eliza (Daughter) age 24, Alice (Daughter) age 22, Ellen (Daughter) age 20, plus 1 servant


‘Dinedor’ Belsize Road, Worthing, Sussex

Robert Nicholls (Head) age 64, Emma (Wife) age 68, plus 1 servant


‘Dinedor’ Belsize Road, Worthing, Sussex

Robert Nicholls (Head) age 74, Emma (Wife) age 78, plus 2 servants



‘Dinedor’ Belsize Road, Worthing Sussex

Emma Nicholls (Wife) age 87, plus 1 companion and 2 servants


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