Savage says Adam Nicholls was of New Haven 1645 or earlier. It was definitely earlier. Adam Nicholls is on the list of later (1639-1644) signers of the fundamental agreement. He was on an early list of freeman, having taken the freeman's oath 11 June 1640 and he took the Oath of Fidelity in 1644 with the other male inhabitants of New Haven.
He did his civic duty by serving on a viewing committee in 1641. All able bodied men served in the train band and as part of the watch.
Adam had his share of fines: 1643 5s for lack of a ladder, 1644 for being late to the Lord's day with his armes, 1648 late for watch, for neglect of fence. In 1646, Adam Nichols was warned to court. He didn't show up, or give notice of submission and was again warned to the next court, when he would also answer for contempt. At the next court, Nichols said he forgot. He was fined 10s for contempt and 1s for want of worme and scourer. These items were part of the musket "bag." A worm was used to extract wads from failed charges, and a scourer stick was used to clean the barrel.
Nichols had the number two lot in the land division described as "the land for the small lotts on ye banke side and by ye west creeke was appoynted to be layd out, as their lotts were drawne in order as followeth." He bought 24 acres from Edward Wigglesworth, and he sold 6 acres in the Yorkshire quarter to Christopher Todd in March 1651/2 He and his wife had assigned seats at the First Church of New Haven They were dismissed from the church in New Haven in 1654, at which point they went to Hartford.
Adam Nichols married (about 1645) Ann the daughter of Francis and Anne (Goode) Wakeman). She was baptized 3 July 1614 in Bewdley, co. Worcester, England.
We know her name from the will of her brother John Wakeman, dated 18 4th month 1660
"Item. I give vnto my brother in law Adam Nicholls of Hartford my cloath cloake and the suite of the same which was my cousin John Walker's, and my grey hatt, and I give vnto his wife, my sister Anna Nicholls, ten pounds to be wholly at her own disposing, and to theyr four children twenty shillings apiece, namely, John, Hannah, Sarah, and Ebenezer, all which is my will should be paid to them wthin six moneths after my decease."
In 1655, he was of Hartford. He was on the tax lists in 1655 (rate 00 04 05), 1656 (00 06 06) and 1657 (00 17 02).  He was still there in 1660 when he was called of Hartford in John Wakeman's will.
Adam returned to Hartford before his death there 25 Aug. 1682. Savage believed he had only one child left at the time of his death, Esther Ellis.
His inventory states his death on 3 August 1682. Before his death he was living with Goodman Parks, who was maintaining him. He was in debt more than the value of his estate which was about 8 pounds. "Goodwife peck allso gave an account off four napkins Addam Nicols gave to his daughter Ester Ellis and one Bellmettle Skillet when his daughter was last att said parks; and left one Napkin att Haddam when he went down to vissett his son & dafter; half a sheet and one Napkin more was disposed off for his Buriall"
The highlighted sentence above from his probate documents is certainly open to several interpretions. 1) Ester Ellis and her husband lived in Haddam. 2) Ester Ellis and a brother and sister were still living. 3) Ester and her brother and the brothers wife were alive. or 4) Ester and a sister and the sister's husband were alive. At any rate no records for Ester Ellis have been found in Connecticut, and no records for Ebenezer Nichols in Haddam.
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