To The
Lee County Wills

Contributed by Barbara A. Leach

"PETITION OF Andrew J. Nichols
in the matter of John Nichols deceased for Letters of Administration.

To the Hon. William W. DeWolf, Judge of the County Court of Lee County in the State of Illinois.

The Petition of the undersigned Andrew J. Nichols respectfully represents that John Nichols late of the County of Lee aforesaid, departed this life at China Township in said County, on or about the Seventh day of April A.D. 1868 leaving no last will and testament as far as your petitioner knows or believes. And this Petition further shows that the said John Nichols died, seized and poossessed of Real and Personal Estate consisting chiefly of Real Estate. That the Personal Estate of said deceased consisted chiefly of the household furniture of said deceased and that all of said personal estate being estimated to be worth about One Hundred and Fifty dollars. That said deceased left surviving him Maritta Nichols, his widow, and Andrew J. Nichols, LaFayette Nichols, Sarah Bedford & Edwin Bedford, children of Maria Bedford, William H. Thomas & Ruby Thomas, children of Mary A. Thomas Deceased and Anna Sheldon & Fillmore Sheldon, children of Lydia Sheldon, Deceased, his children (& Grandchildren)* as heirs. That your petitioner (being a son of said deceased, and) believing that the said estate should be immediately administered, as well for the proper management of said Estate as for the prompt collection of the assets, by virtue of his right under the Statute he therefore prays that your honor will grant Letters of Administration to him in the premises, upon his taking the oath prescribed by the Statue, and entering into Bond in such sum, and with securities, as may be approved by your honor.

Andrew J. Nichols being duly sworn, deposes and says, that the facts averred in the above petition are true according to the best of his knowledge, information and belief.

Sworn to and Subscribed before me, James A. Hawley Clerk of the County Court of Lee County this Sixth day of April A.D. 1869.James A. Hawley Clerk

A. J. Nichols (signed)

Notes from Barbara A. Leach
John and Maritta Nichols are buried in Emmert Cemetery along with their son, Andrew J. Nichols and his wife and their son. Or at least their names are on a large double tombstone with a connecting arch above them. Unfortunately I could not read the birth dates, which was what I hoped to find. And strangely, John & Maritta's burial in that cemetery are listed in the Cemetery Records we found at the courthouse (I suspect published under the auspices of the Lee County Genealogical Society), but their names do not appear on the Death Indexes (also in the Court House but probably published by the same Society). They do not appear on your site cemetery records either which leads me to believe the latter names were placed there by knowledge of individuals and not by "walking" the cemeteries.
Barbara is still trying to prove that Amos Leach of Wilson, (Niagara Co) NY is related to Maritta Leach Nichols (also of Niagara Co., and China Twnshp., Lee Co., IL Amos had a son Hiram who moved from the Wilson area to Franklin Grove, Ill. about the same time as John & Maritta Leach Nichols did (also the Miller and Thomas families who inter-married with the Leaches and Nichols families). I am trying to prove that this Amos Leach and this Maritta Leach Nichols are the same as an Amos Leach and a Rheta (sic) Leach Nichols mentioned in a Dutchess Co., NY will of Ephraim Leach in 1813.