A. F. Nichol, a farmer residing in Rutland township, LaSalle county, was born December 30, 1852, a son of John Tilton and Rebecca (Mickey) Nichol. His great-grandfather was a native of Scotland, where he was united in marriage to a Miss Hilton, by whom he had two sons and three daughters. He emigrated to America about the year 1770. John Tilton Nichol is a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Tilton) Nichol. His father was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1780 and died in 1831. His mother was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, in 1782 and died at her son's residence in 1854. J. T. Nichol was reared a farmer, receiving a common-school education. He left his native county and settled in Wayne county, Ohio, thence he moved to Ashland county, that state, and in June, 1845, came to LaSalle county, Illinois, and settled where he now lives, in Rutland township. He bought eighty acres of land, but has added to these until he now owns four hundred acres, and his improvements are among the best in the township. Mr. Nichol was married February 6, 1840, to Rebecca Mickey, a native of Ashland county, Ohio, born December 25, 1820, a daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Woodrow) Mickey. Her father was a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and her mother of Maryland. To Mr. and Mrs. Nichol have been born seven children, five of whom are living: Lucius R., a resident of Bates county, Missouri, who was a soldier in the civil war, a member of Ford's Cavalry, Company L, Fifteenth Regiment. He enlisted January, 1862, and served until the close of the war; Marcia, wife of M. H. Trowbridge, also of Bates county, Missouri; James E., of Platte county, Nebraska; A. F., our subject; Flora B., of this township; Samantha E.; and John Orr, deceased. In politics Mr. Nichol is a Republican and has served his township as supervisor for seven years. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Rebecca Nichol was laid to rest February 1, 1890, at the age of seventy years.
A. F. Nichol received his preliminary education in the schools of his native township, also spent one year at the Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, and is now taking a course in engineering and surveying, at Scranton, Pennsylvania. On December 30, 1879, he made a journey to Ashland county, Ohio, bringing back with him a wife. This lady was Miss Sadie Riddle, daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Dally) Riddle, born September 24, 1853. Three children have blessed their home, one of whom, Portia, was taken to the heavenly home at the tender age of five years. Ethel was born February 14, 1886. Grace was born December 24, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Nichol are highly respected residents of the community in which they live. He is a Republican and has served his party in places of trust.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 204-205.