Matthew Nicholson


MATTHEW NICHOLSON, an old and honored native citizen of Steubenville, was born March 9, 1824, son of John E. and Mary (Myers) Nicholson. The mother was born on Peter's Creek, in Pennsylvania, and removed with her parents to Steubenville, August 18, 1800, when she was five years old. His father, son of James Nicholson, a native of Ireland, spent the latter part of his life in Venango county, Penn., came to Steubenville at about twenty years of age, and here was married to Mary, daughter of Matthew and Eve (Figley) Myers, who were among the first settlers of Steubenville. By this marriage there were seven children, of whom Matthew was the fourth. Of these he and two sisters are now living. John E. Nicholson, died March 13, 1865 and his wife died September 11, 1886, in the ninety-first year of her age. Matthew Nicholson worked somewhat at blacksmithing, the trade of his father, but at about sixteen years of age he took up brick making, which became his vocation. He worked as a journeyman until he reached the age of twenty-two, and then began manufacture of brick on his own responsibility, and until 1885, a period of nearly forty years, he was leading brick manufacturer of Steubenville. He also gave much attention to the mining and delivery of coal, and as a contractor erected many of the substantial buildings of Steubenville. Mr. Nicholson was married to Helena Tredway, who was born in Wood county, W. Va., March 3, 1824. Her father, Henry H. Tredway, was born near Baltimore, Md., the son of Edward and Nancy Tredway,of Maryland. Her mother Sarah, daughter of George and Sarah Johnson, was born in Hartford county, Penn. Mrs. Nicholson was the fourth in a family of eight children. She, two sisters and one brother survive. She was only eleven years old when her mother died, after which her father was married to Eliza Foley, who bore to him six children, of whom two sons are now living. He died about 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson have had nine children: George W., John H. (deceased), Andrew J., Mary E., John H., Ross, Frank, Baz and Charles M. In politics Mr. Nicholson is a republican. He started as a poor boy in a brick yard, and by leading a life of industry he has accumulated considerable property, which he and wife now enjoy in quiet and happy retirement, and their home on the hill south of the city, to which they removed in September, 1853.

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