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Booth Families
of England and America

Genealogies of the Booth and Nichols Families of England, America & Australia (1600's to 1900's)

Historical Information, Photographs and Genealogies on the
Nichols of England, America and Australia

England Certificates of Births and Marriages and Deaths
of Nichols and Booth Relatives

     The Nichols & Booth Family Organization (NBFO) is a large ancestral family organization. It was offically organized in 1980, and has since conducted extensive genealogical research on the ancestors, descendants and relatives of Benjamin Thomas Nichols (1875-1934) and Olive Lovenia Booth (1877-1924).
     In 2002, Forrest Rick McConkie and Evelyn Jean Nichols McConkie published a 475-page book on The Life and Times of Benjamin Thomas Nichols and his wife Olive Lovenia Booth, 1875-1934--which included extensive histories, photographs and genealogies of their descendants and ancestors. The book (shown below) is still available from the McConkie's, via: Jennies Family Histories, P.O. Box 702094, West Valley City, Utah, 84070, phone: 801-966-0537; email: ricknev@xmission.com. Also, the book can be freely viewed on FamilySearch at: https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE228510

Olive Lovenia Booth (1877-1924) married Benjamin Thomas Nichols (1875-1934) in 1895 in Coalville, Utah. They had eleven children-between 1896 and 1924 (most of whom are shown above). Benjamin worked most of his adult life as a coal miner and carpenter in Utah and Wyoming. Olive died from childbirth complications in January 1924 in Standardville, Utah. Between 1924 and 1933 Benjamin and several of his children lived in Samaria, Idaho. Benjamin died in December 1934 in Mesa, Arizona. The oldest child of Benjamin and Olive Nichols was William (Bill) Nichols (1896-1970), shown below.

John Booth (1837-1914) married Ann Lythgoe (1836-1906) in 1857 in Pendlebury Eccles, Lancashire, England. They had twelve children-between 1857 and 1880 (some of whom are shown above). In 1859, John sailed from Liverpool, England, to New York, USA, and eventually settled in Coalville, Utah. In England, John worked in the silk industry. In American, he worked as a prospector and coal miner in Utah and other areas of the western United States.

The parents of John Booth (1837-1914) were James Booth (1813-1878) and Ann Tetlow (1813-1853) who were married on 24 August 1834 in St. Mary, Prestwich, Lancashire, England, and whose burial sites are shown below.

The Booth Families of
Middleton, Lancashire, England

The picture below shows the gravestone of Joseph Booth (1792-1866) of Bowlee, Middleton, Lancashire, who is the 3rd great grand-uncle of Ethel M. Brough (b.1947) of West Jordan, Utah, USA.

The picture below shows the gravestone of John Tetlow of Thornham, Middleton, Lancashire, who is the 5th great-grandfather of Ethel M. Brough (b.1947) of West Jordan, Utah, USA.

The picture below shows the gravestone of Edward Tetlow of Thornham, Middleton, Lancashire, who is the 5th great grand-uncle of Ethel M. Brough (b.1947) of West Jordan, Utah, USA.

The picture below shows the gravestone of Thomas Tetlow of Thornham, Middleton, Lancashire, who is the 4th great grand-uncle of Ethel M. Brough (b.1947) of West Jordan, Utah, USA.

James Booth (1813-1878) married Ann Tetlow (1813-1852) in 1834 in Prestwich, Lancashire, England. They had seven children-between 1834 and 1846. James Booth worked as a silk twister and cotton warper in Middleton, Lancashire. He died in 1878 at the Municipal Union Workhouse in Oldham, Lancashire.

John Booth (1787-1845) married Mary Barlow (1787-1861) in 1807 in Prestwich, Lancashire, England. They had eleven children-between 1809 and 1831. John Booth was a farmer and a "hatter" in Middleton, Lancashire. He died in 1845 by "hanging [himself] whilst under the influence of temporary insanity". It is possible that John Booth went "insane" from the mercury he used in making hats. (In fact, during the 1800's mercury was used to process felt hats in England, and its poisonous substance and toxic vapors caused many hatters to go "mad"-such as in "Mad as a Hatter"--and to exhibit behavior that was "erratic [and] flamboyant [and resulted in] excessive drooling, mood swings, trembling, talking to themselves and having bouts of severe paranoia".) John Booth's gravestone is shown below.


The Booth Families of
Birch in Hopwood, Lancashire, England

In 2002, Ethel Brough obtained the help of Mark E. Gardner, a professional genealogist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, to help her conduct research into her Booth ancestry. In 2006, Mark Gardner suggested that Ethel Brough obtained additional genealogical help from a professional genealogist living in Lancashire, England; and in 2007-2008, Ethel Brough obtained such help from Kathryn Stout, a professional genealogist living in Manchester, England. The information and photographs shown below are a result of such research and display the most current genealogical findings on the Booth family of Birch in Hopwood, Lancashire, England.

On August 11, 2008, Ethel M. Brough discovered the gravemarker of James Booth (1790-1843) on the bottom of the gravestone (shown above) of John Booth (1787-1845). The inscription at the bottom of the gravestone--that had been covered over by grass and soil--stated: "James, brother to John Booth, who departed February 15, 1843, aged 54".

Thomas Booth (1760-1817) and
Elizabeth Gorton Booth (1766-1832)
and Family of Bowlee, Lancashire

The Booth Families of
Oldham, Lancashire, England

In August 2008, Ethel M. Brough traveled to England and met, for the first time, her "3rd cousin", Kathleen Mellor Barnes--who resides in Grotton, Oldham, Lancashire. The following four pictures shows their reunion and common ancestry.

Kathleen Mellor Barnes is also related to the famous Osmond Family singers (such as "Donny and Marie Osmond") in the United States--since she is a "second cousin once removed" to the Osmond's grandmother, Vera Ann Nichols, shown below.

Some of the Mellor and Booth ancestors and relatives of Kathleen Mellor Barnes are shown and identified below in the following two photographs:

Several related Booth families (shown below) are buried in Lees Cemetery--located on Thomas Street, Lees, Oldham, Lancashire, England. (Photos provided by Kathryn Stout in June 2008.)

The Lythgoe and Collier Families of
Pendlebury, Lancashire, England

Thomas Lythgoe (1804-1887) of Lancashire, is the second great-grandfather of Ethel M. Brough. According to family sources and historical documents, Thomas's wife, Esther Wilcock, "parted from her husband of nearly forty years to accompany her daughters Elizabeth, Rachel and Ann on the sailing ship 'Monarch of the Sea, destined for Utah on April 27, 1864. James Lythgoe [Thomas's son] and his wife along with her two sisters left some three weeks later on the [ship] 'General McClellan.' James Lythgoe said that 'My father [Thomas Lythgoe] came to see me a few days before I set sail for America, and I accompanied him to the Bolton Station and gave him half sovereign 10 shillings as I parted with him. My mother held means for his emigration until the last but he would not go'." Family sources further state that Thomas Lythgoe was a Weaver, Collier and Grocer, and that Thomas "would not come to America with the rest of his family, allegedly due to a fear of water." Thomas Lythgoe is buried--along with his oldest daughter Lucy and her husband John Collier--in the churchyard (shown below) of St. Augustine, Pendlebury, Lancashire.