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Name: Robert Nicholls

Burial Number: 0436

Gender: Male

Occupation: Mercantile Clerk

Born: 00/00/1827

Died: 16/04/1904

Buried: 18/04/1904


Robert Todd Nicholls was born in 1827 in Islington, London, to James Thomas and Eliza Henrietta Michaelis Nicholls (nee Baldwin).  James Thomas Nicholls joined the Navy on 1st September 1805 on board the Glory 98, and was for two years employed in the channel and off Cadiz, Spain,  he was midshipman for part of the time.  From 1807 until November 1811, he was on Home Service in the Barfleur 98, part of the channel fleet and flagship of Sir Richard Bickerton.  He then joined the Dominica Schooner under the command of Lieut. George Barette. The schooner was escorting a merchant ship but became  involved in a battle with the American Decatur schooner during the war of 1812,  and after a fierce battle the schooner was boarded and many men were killed or taken captive. James Thomas Nicholls was taken captive and released in July 1814. After this he became attached to the Argo 44, a flag-ship of Rear Admiral William Brown, then the Prince 98 and finally the Euryalus 36.  After this he was employed in the coast Guard from 5 April 1831 until the spring of 1844. In 1839 he was commander of the Burton station in Dorset.  James Thomas died in 1862 in Hackney Middlesex.

Robert Todd Nicholls left home by 1851 and was living in South Bersted, Bognor as a Shopman.  He married Emma Cooper 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 was living with his family at 2 Park Road, Hackney, London. By 1881 he was a Bankers Clerk and was now living in Brighton Road, Sutton, Surrey.

Between 1881 and 1891 Robert and his Wife 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, Robert’s Wife died on 24th August 1914, she was still living in Belsize Road, worthing.





Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

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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: Robert Todd Nicholls

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1827

Town: Islington

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 25/2/1854

Spouse First Name: Emma

Spouse Last Name: Cooper

Town of Marriage: Oxford

County of Marriage: Oxfordshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/04/1904

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Dinedor

Address line 2: Belsize Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £37114 6 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £2916000

Census Information


High Street, Bognor, Sussex

John Cooper (Head) age 40, Mary A (Wife) age 41, Richard (Brother) age 33, Eliza (Sister) age 26, Robert Nicholls (Shopman) age 24, Samuel Payne (Shopman) age 19


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


Miscellaneous Information

Daughter – Eliza Henrietta Nicholls


Eliza Henrietta Nicholls married Peter Riddoch on the 28th April 1882. They had 5 children.

Peter Riddoch was a chairman of East Surrey Water Company. He was also a director of many companies including-

Alagoas and Northern Railway, Argentine Land & Investment, Catalinas Warehouses and Mole, Central Argentine Railway, Great Western of Brazil Railway, New South Wales Land Agency (Chairman).  He died in 1915 and Left £249,599 in his will (£14,724,000 in 2020).