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  • ID: I1806
  • Name: Benjamin NICHOLSON
  • Surname: NICHOLSON
  • Given Name: Benjamin
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 Aug 1788 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Death: 13 May 1813 in York (later Toronto), Canada
  • _UID: 41A08F6F9731D5118680EF90A100BA0B781C
  • Note:
    1. St. James Parish Register, Maryland, 1787-1815 (Baltimore)

    NICHOLSON BENJAMIN, b. to Benjamin and Mary, 8/17/1788

    2. Captain in the 14th Infantry United States Army and was aid-de-camp to General Pike.

    Killed by the explosion of a magazine during the attack on York (afterwards Torono), Canada,on April 23, 1813. Died of wounds on 13 May, 1813.

    3. Marriages & Deaths from Baltimore Newspapers, Surnames, M-N, Page 237

    NICHOLSON, Capt. Benjamin, native of Md., and aid-de-camp to Brig.-Gen Pike, died on board Comm Chauncy's fleet on the Lakes (BFG 27 May, 1813)

    4. From: Emory, Mary Bourke. Colonial Families and Their Descendants. Press of the Sun Printing Office. Baltimore. 1900.

    A. Benjamine Nicholson, was a brave and gallant captain in the United States Army and was aid-de-camp to General Pike, who was killed by the explosion of a magazine during the attack o?? York, afterwards Toronto, Canada, April 27th, 1813.

    B. Gustavus William Tidmarsh Wright, son of Gov. Robert Wright, fought a duel with Benjamin Nicholson. Both of these gentlemen expected to be killed, and their escape was most marvelous, as they stood but six feet apart and each one had two shots.

    "Both looked to sun and stream and plain, As what they ne'er might see again."

    At the first fire, Nicholson was shot in the hand. The second ball entered his side. The wound being considered mortal, the affair ended. Nicholson recovered and fought under Brigadier-General Pike, in the war of '12, who, with 300 of his men, was blown up at Little York, now Toronto, Canada, by the explosion of a powder magazine 13th May, 1813.

    This memorable duel between Gustavus W. T. Wright and Benjamin Nicholson was fought at "Slippery Hill," near Queenstown, on the Piney Neck road, not far from Governor Grason's hospitable old home.

    5. Colonial Families and Their Descendants
    Author: Mary Bourke Emory
    Call Number: R929.1 E545c
    This book contains the history and genealogy of the Wright families. Bibliographic Information: Emory, Mary Bourke. Colonial Families and Their Descendants. Press of the Sun Printing Office. Baltimore. 1900.

    pg. 33
    The third Darby Lux married Mary Nicholson, the daughter of Judge Benjamine Nicholson, of Baltimore County, one of the most active and prominent men of the Revolution. He was a member of the Association of Freemen, judge of the Court of Admiralty unti?? it was abolished by the Federal Constitution, and afterward?? judge of the Sixth Judicial District. He died in 1792. His son Benjamine Nicholson, was a brave and gallant captain in the United States Army and was aid-de-camp to General Pike, who was killed by the explosion of a magazine during the attack o?? York, afterwards Toronto, Canada, April 27th, 1813.
  • Change Date: 1 Apr 2008 at 20:49:16



    Father: Benjamin NICHOLSON b: BEF 1745 in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
    Mother: Mary RIDGELY
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