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Family Group Sheet: Sylvanus Millard and Ophelia Nichols

Data last updated/modified: February 2011

Husband:  Sylvanus Millard
Wife:  Ophelia Nichols
  Birth:Mar 1830
Death:1915 in Corning, Steuben, New York, USA
Burial:Pine City Cemetery, Southport, Chemung, New York, USA
Father:Samuel Nichols
1 M Name:Miles H. Millard
Death:1929 in Corning, Steuben, New York, USA
Marriage:16 Oct 1872 in Corning, Steuben, New York, USA
Spouse:Julia C. Corcoran
2 F Name:Alice Millard
Death:Aft. 1930
Marriage:04 Jun 1871 in Corning, Steuben, New York, USA
Spouse:Merton D. Litts
3 F Name:Ellen Millard
Birth:Aug 1856
Death:23 Apr 1870
4 M Name:Samuel B. Millard
Birth:1858 in Lindley? New York, USA
Death:1930 in Corning, Steuben, New York, USA
Marriage:15 Mar 1882 in Corning, Steuben, New York, USA
Spouse:Jessie M. Egbert

Family Notes

Marriage date for Miles H. Millard and Julia C. Corcoran based on age of oldest child, 6 at time of 1880 census

Alice Millard married Merton D. Litts in June 1871. They had two daughters, Jennie (Dec. 1872) and Nettie (Jan. 1875).

According to Uwe Milford's history of Corning, Alice married Appleton; however, this is certainly an error based on evidence from multiple census lists. More likely, Appleton Golden was a witness for Alice and Merton's wedding. In 1883, Appleton Golden died of "remitting fever" (probably malaria), and one of the pallbearers at his funeral was M. D. Litts; this adds weight to the theory that the two men were friends.

Uri Mulford, "Pioneer Days and Later Times in Corning and Vicinity, 1789-1920." Page 289: In Corning, June 4, 1871, Appleton L. Golden and Miss Alice Millard, both of Corning.

Brotherhood of locomotive firemen and enginemen's magazine, Volume 7, page 136.


Of Fellowship Lodge No. 121, died of Remitting Fever January 16, 1883. His policy is payable to Mrs. A. L. Golden, his wife. The following notice of his funeral is taken from one of the Corning papers:

"The funeral of Appleton Golden, who died Tuesday, occurred Thursday. The services were conducted by the Knights of Honor and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. A very large concourse of friends followed the body to the grave. He was a faithful and honored member of both organizations. The pall bearers were M. D. Litts, F. H. Johnson, A. W. Smith, M. D. Robinson, John Krebs and O. L. Baker. J. B. Gorton was marshal."