Nicols bought land in Ramsey County and lived there from 1855 until his death in 1873. Before 1855 he lived in Caroline County, Maryland, and he inherited slaves.

Margaret Downs: She was Nicols’s slave until he freed her in Maryland on January 1, 1858. [see Caroline County, Maryland Circuit Court, Certificates of Freedom, 1857-1864, vol. 835, 5.]

Alexander Ross: He was Nicols’s slave until Nicols freed him on January 15, 1859. [see Caroline County, Maryland Circuit Court, Certificates of Freedom, 1857-1864, vol. 835, 82-83.]

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