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John Nickinson & EJ Phillips

Playbill, Roll of the Drum, Royal Lyceum, Toronto, Jan. 12, 1855    Playbill, Octoroon, May 8, 1861, Metropolitan Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario CANADA   
John Nickinson in Canada   First marriage & family Charlotte Nickinson Morrison  Eliza Nickinson Peters  Virginia Nickinson Marlowe  Isabella Nickinson Walcot  John Jr
Nickinsons in Cincinnati   John Nickinson obituary     Nickinson family tree 

After Mitchell's Olympic Theatre in New York closed abruptly in 1850, John Nickinson formed his own company and with daughter Charlotte toured in Providence RI, Montreal, and Rochester and ended up in Toronto in 1851. In 1852 he and Charlotte took to the road again with a larger company and more varied repertoire.  The company included Charles Peters (who married Eliza Nickinson) and Miss EJ Phillips.  After the Utica Museum [Theatre] Nickinson had been managing failed in 1852 he resettled in Toronto in 1853 as Manager of the Royal Lyceum Theatre and stock company]. EJ Phillips wrote at the end of her life” In the meantime I had received several offers of employment from professional companies and at last accepted one from Messrs Besnard & Nickinson to open the season in Toronto, Ont on Easter Monday 1852 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre."

John Nickinson was 22 years older than EJ Phillips.  Their relationship obviously dated from about the time EJ Phillips joined his stage company in 1852, for his letter of October 3, 1859 refers to "our seven years of past love".  The date of their marriage is less clear, and since Canadian records were lost in a fire we may never know when or whether they married. .  (John Nickinson, son of his first marriage, wrote to the New York Clipper after his father's death that his parents had never been divorced.) John Nickinson and EJ Phillips had three children -- Charles Alderman (born. Toronto, Apr. 30, 1858 - died Pittsburgh, Sept. 1859, reportedly of a fall from a high chair. Hattie Christine Harriet Melanie (Dolman) (born Toronto, Aug. 24, 1860 - died Philadelphia Oct. 9, 1946) and Albert Edward (born Cincinnati July 8, 1863 - died Pensacola, Florida June 3, 1948)    

John Nickinson and his first wife Mary Anne Talbot Nickinson had five children – daughters Charlotte (1832-1910), Eliza (born 1834), Virginia (1838-1899), Isabella (1847-1906) and son John Jr. (1844-1916) All the children spent time in Toronto and most acted at the Royal Lyceum. We have a deed of separation for Mary Ann and John Nickinson dated March 1855.

Eliza Nickinson married Charles Peters in September 1854 and they moved to New York. Virginia Nickinson married Owen Marlowe in October 1857 at Niagara Falls and they left Toronto for a tour of the Southern states. Mary Ann Nickinson and Isabella went to New York in 1858. Charlotte Nickinson married journalist and theatre critic Daniel Morrison in April 1858 and after playing Lady Teazle in School for Scandal retired from the stage and the couple moved to Quebec, then New York and finally back to Toronto.

By July 1858 Owen Marlowe was the manager of the Royal Lyceum and John Nickinson had resigned, though he became manager again in September.  But the December Aladdin holiday spectacle failed to revive the theatre’s failing fortunes and the New York Clipper announced the closing of the Royal Lyceum Feb 19, 1859. "Blue times in Toronto. Both theatres closed. hope Brother Nickinson is not a loser. Cheer up Villikins'! We know you deserve success even if you have not obtained it."  (Nickinson returned to Toronto primarily as a booking agent for a few months in the spring and summer of 1860.)  

The Marlowes reopened the theatre in April 1859. Later that year EJ Phillips and other Royal Lyceum actors were hired by the Pittsburgh Theatre, which closed after four months. In August the Marlowes announced the closing of the Royal Lyceum having lost $1,000 and went to Troy NY. . In September John Nickinson was In Buffalo to see Henry T. Meech “with every expectation of getting that theatre”.  In March 1860 Nickinson once more took over the Royal Lyceum until August (when ads stopped appearing in the newspapers]. We have playbills from Rochester (1858), Toronto (1860), Lockport, Hamilton and Ottawa, Ontario, Erie, Pennsylvania and Montreal and Quebec City (1861).  The Ottawa theatre closed in December 1861.  Clearly this was a very unsettled time.  
 
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John Nickinson (June 1, 1808, London, England - Feb. 9, 1864, Cincinnati, Ohio)  the son of a Chelsea Pensioner,  enlisted in the British Army at 15 [1823] as a drummer boy,  in the 24th Regiment, and was posted to Canada. He had been promoted to Sergeant at 17. Made his first dramatic appearance (as an amateur) in Quebec and his success in Garrison theatricals led to a civilian stage career.  He liked acting so much that he bought his discharge from the army "when opportunity offered itself" and came to the United States. History of the American Stage

New York Clipper  1853 Aug 13 Nickinson will shortly open a theatre , to be called the Metropolitan, at Hamilton, Canada West.

John Nickinson
  painting     CDV Charles Frederick NY 1863  Playbills   Uncle Tom's Cabin   Octoroon more JN photos

Mary Shortt, in a January 1980 letter about her thesis on Toronto theatre notes that "I was unable to explain Nickinson's strange behavior in 1858, when he disappeared for an extended period from the Royal Lyceum.  The loss of Charlotte, who married and left the stage in the spring of '58 was obviously a blow, but I was unaware of the great stress created by E.J.'s pregnancy (in strait- laced  Toronto, where Nickinson had been considered a pillar of respectability!").

John Nickinson often refers to himself as EJ Phillips' husband in his letters.  EJ Phillips occasionally calls herself Nickinson, though she uses Phillips much more often, and in her letters does not directly call him her husband.  The fullest obituary of EJ Phillips (New York Dramatic Mirror, August 20, 1904) makes no reference to John or Albert Nickinson, but lists Hattie and the three grandchildren.  The New York Times obituary mentions only Hattie.

John Nickinson and EJ Phillips had three children -- Charles Alderman (b. Toronto, Apr. 30, 1858 - died Pittsburgh, Sept. 1859), "Hattie " Christine Harriet Melanie (b. Toronto, Aug. 24, 1860 - d. Philadelphia  Oct. 9, 1946) and Albert Edward (b. Cincinnati July 8, 1863 - d. Pensacola, Florida June 3, 1948)      Nickinson Family  

Hard times came to Canada in 1858 and by Feb 19, 1859, the New York Clipper reported "Blue times in Toronto. Both theatres closed. hope Brother Nickinson is not a loser. Cheer up Villikins'! We know you deserve success even if you have not obtained it."  (Nickinson returned to Toronto primarily as a booking agent for a few months in the spring and summer of 1860.) [Shortt]

The 1859-60 Toronto City Directory does not list a Nickinson [except John Nickinson as a member of the Toronto 3rd Rifle Co], but has Miss Elizabeth Phillips, actress at 146 Richmond St West. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-146894&R=DC-146894 

One source says John Nickinson's last appearance in New York was in May 1862 at Laura Keene's  Ireland's History of the New York Stage says he appeared for the first time in ten years as Havresack with Isabella Nickinson playing Melanie, and he played Spurrit in The Post Boy in June.  Charles Peters and Owen and Virginia Nickinson Marlowe were in Laura Keene's company that season.  But I have a playbill (a gift from Effingham Dolman) in which he was playing in Harlem  Aug. 20 1862 in The Soldier's Return;' Or an Unwarrantable Intrusion as Old Potter, with Owen Marlowe, singing St. Patrick's Birth--day and concluding with the farce of Box, Cox, and Knox; or The Printer and the Hatter as Box with Marlowe as Cox. Marlowe and Isabella Nickinson were also in the Household Fairy! as Julian De Clifford and Katharine.  

David Beasley's McKee Rankin and the Heyday of the American Theater says that John Nickinson became stage manager at Pike's Opera House March 11, 1863.

When John Nickinson died in 1864 EJ Phillips was leading woman in Pike's Stock Company in Cincinnati, playing in the Shakespearean and "standard drama".  
Mary Shortt notes that she seemed to have no settled home in the 1860's and 1870's as her career led her to many different cities, as documented in issues of the New York Clipper  ). 

Mary Shortt also writes (Sept. 30, 1980) "various references indicate that [John Nickinson] was quite a martinet, which supports the family tradition that he was not very kind to EJ."  Perhaps widowhood had its liberating aspects.  A newspaper clipping I read at the Harvard Theatre Collection substantiated John Nickinson's reputation for a nasty temper in general.

I found at the Harvard Theatre Collection a scrapbook that Augustin Daly made of Ireland’s Records of the New York Stage from 1750-1860 and related materials, where Victor Parton was quoted as saying of John Nickinson 

"The great comedian had some unfortunate and disagreeable peculiarities as a manager.  He was not only absolute and tyrannous but often willfully neglectful of the people employed by him.”   

Victor Parton had been recommended to John Nickinson for an engagement, and JN said to him “Well sir, I will try you for a week, and if at the end of that time, you like me and I like you, the engagement may be continued”.  Parton was hoping for something less uncertain, but “Mr. Nickinson would not recede an inch”  Towards the end of this week of probation I found my name in the “Cast case”  [a glass box found in green rooms with a list of who would play different roles] in several new casts for the ensuing week, and as the casts were made out in Mr. Nickinson’s handwriting, I knew he was solely responsible for them. … I said to Mr. Wm. Griffiths, the stage manager or prompter “I see my name in the cast case for next week,  I don’t  think I shall be here.”

“You’d better speak to Mr. Nickinson about it then.”

“I don’t know that I shall. I am engaged for one week, and am under no obligation to remain.”  “But don’t you want an engagement?”  “Yes, I do want an engagement, but”

On Monday I went to the theatre for my salary, and met Mr. Nickinson in the box office.  

“What does this mean sir?  They tell me you are not going to stay” he roared.

:And I am not” I answered.  “But you must, you are bound to, what was our agreement?”  “Our agreement, Mr. .Nickinson, was this, that I was to play a week, and if, at the end of that time you liked me and I liked you, I was to continue.”

“Well sir,” blustered the old gentleman” I like you very much”. 

“I don’t know about that Mr. Nickinson, but I don’t like you.

John Nickinson's First Marriage and Children
Mary Anne Talbot seems to have married John Nickinson while he was in the British Army in Canada.  After leaving the army in 1835 John Nickinson acted at the Theatre Royal, Montreal, and the following season 1836-1837 joined a stock company in Albany, New York.  Charlotte Cushman played Romeo at the Albany theatre and after the performance, John Nickinson led her on stage and placed a wreath on her head. 

one newspaper did provide, however, the only extant record of Mrs. John Nickinson in connection with her husband's theatrical activities. Her appearance coincided with Charles  Couldock's scheduled performance on 22 January 1855. Couldock did not meet the commitment and on 25 January 1855 the Evening Patriot noted in its "arrival" column the names of Mrs. Nickinson and Couldock from Buffalo. Presumably, Nickinson cancelled Hamlet, Richelieu, and The Lady of Lyons, plays regularly performed during Couldock's 104 appearances, on 22, 23, and 24 January, and substituted plays from his personal repertoire, while Mrs. Nickinson collected Couldock from Buffalo.  O'Neill Thesis 1973

While the Nickinsons were in New York City they spent winters there and summers on tour in Canada. After Albany (1836-37) the family came to New York at the Franklin and Park Theatres, then to William Mitchell's Olympic from 1841-1850, until it closed abruptly.  Mitchell's Olympic.  Olympic image  http://www.musicals101.com/bwaythenow.htm

Nickinson John comedian  42 Hamersley  The New York City Directory ...
, Volume 2 (Google eBook)  C.R. Rode, late Doggett & Rode., 1843 - New York (N.Y.)  Hammersley – West Houston St http://forgotten-ny.com/1999/09/Greenwich-village-necrology/
Longworth's American Almanac, New York Register, and City Directory ...
 (Google eBook) T. Longworth & Son., 1841 - Almanacs, American also lists JN as 42 Hamersley

Nickinson and daughter Charlotte then toured and eventually much of the family ended up in Toronto during the 1850s. John Nickinson's career in Canada

Did John Nickinson ever meet Edgar Allan Poe?
A reminiscent article of peculiar interest, written by one who knew Poe intimately in his latter [page 462:] days, appeared in the New York Times, in 1888 [Memories of Edgar A. Poe, Fordham still treasures his odd old cottage, Aug. 12, 1888]  “Poe had his offs and ons, declares this chronicler. “He was not a steady drinker. Appreciation was his thirst. Often he found it in the society of intellectual women, who visited himself and wife in the city. Ordinarily grave and silent among them he could be chatty and witty. Craving excitement apart from his labor, he sought the companionship of his guild downtown, and he found that, too, in a little store in Nassau Street, between Ann and Beekman, where gathered a few elevated literary minds, reinforced by a sprinkling of actors like Peter Cunningham, John Brougham, Oliver Raymond, Tom Johnston and John Nickinson. It was not a dramshop, but it dispensed various kinds of nervine, and it had facilities for adding emphasis to what ‘the Governor of North Carolina once said to the Governor of South Carolina.’ Clara Dargan Maclean, “Some Memorials of Edgar Allan Poe,” Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, April 1891, vol. XXXI, no. 4, pp. 457-464 http://www.eapoe.org/papers/misc1851/18910401.htm 

John Nickinson and his first wife Mary Anne Talbot legally separated in March 1855 because "unhappy differences have arisen and do still subsist".  He agreed to pay her an annuity of seventy-eight pounds yearly, or one pound and ten shillings weekly.  They were already living apart by this time. John Nickinson agreed "that he will not at any time hereafter by any cause or any pretence whatever, sue or prosecute any person or persons for receiving, harbouring or protecting the said Mary Anne." Mary Anne agreed that she would not "molest or disturb the said John Nickinson or his children living with him, by her presence, or her act or deed in any way whatever nor continue to live in the same city, town, or part of the country in which he or they may be living..."

John and Mary Anne Nickinson had five children, four daughters and one son.

Born in London, Eng., in 1808; at an early age he enlisted in the 24th Regiment, receiving his discharge with the rank of color-sergeant in 1835. He thereupon entered the theatrical profession, his first engagement being at Albany, N.Y. He then went to New York City, where he remained for several years, coming to Canada in 1852. From 1853-8 he managed the Royal Lyceum, King street west, Toronto. Mr. Nickinson possessed histrionic ability of a high character, and displayed wonderful versatility. He died in 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His only son, John, an American Custom House official, died in New York in 1916. His eldest daughter, Charlotte, married Daniel Morrison, and his two granddaughters, Miss
Charlotte Morrison and Miss Agnes Morrison, married Mr. E. B. Brown, son of the late Gordon Brown, and the late Mr. Raynald Gamble, of the Dominion Bank, respectively. Photograph, colored. Size 4x5. Head and shoulders. See 1121.1121— NICKINSON, JOHN— In "The Old Guard"— Mr. Nickinson was the pioneer in theatrical management in Toronto, and was the manager of the Royal Lyceum, Toronto, from 1853-8. He was an actor of high reputation. The picture shows him as "Havresack" in the play of "The Old Guard." Mr. Nickinson acted the part in 1848-52 in the Olympic Theatre, New York, and at various times between 1853-8, when manager of the Lyceum, Toronto. Miss Charlotte Nickinson (Mrs. Daniel Morrison), his eldest daughter, an accomplished actress, acted the part of "Melanie" in the piece. Mr. Nickinson's death took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1864. "The Old Guard" was produced at the Princess', London, in 1844, and was first performed in America at the Chatham Theatre, 1845. Water color by John Fraser, presented to J. Ross Robertson by Mr. Nickinson's granddaughter, Mrs.-Raynald Gamble, Toronto. Size 11 x 14. Full length, sitting.  http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/toronto-public-libraries/landmarks-of-canada-what-art-has-done-for-canadian-history-a-guide-to-the-j-r-hci/page-32-landmarks-of-canada-what-art-has-done-for-canadian-history-a-guide-to-the-j-r-hci.shtml

Charlotte Nickinson(1832-1910) was born in Quebec.
John Nickinson as Havresack and Charlotte as Melanie
  http://www.library.illinois.edu/contented/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISOBOX1=Havresac&CISOFIELD1=role&CISOROOT=%2Factors

585 NICKINSON, JOHN Charlotte and Daniel Morrison and family, photo from Mary Shortt

Born in London, Eng., in 1808; at an early age he enlisted in the 24th Regiment, receiving his discharge with the rank of color-sergeant in 1835. He thereupon entered the theatrical profession, his first engagement being at Albany, N.Y. He then went to New York City, where he remained for several years, coming to Canada in 1852. From 1853-8 he managed the Royal Lyceum, King street west, Toronto. Mr. Nickinson possessed histrionic ability of a high character, and displayed wonderful versatility. He died in 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His only son, John, an American Custom House official, died in New York in 1916. His eldest daughter, Charlotte, married Daniel Morrison, and his two granddaughters, Miss
Charlotte Morrison and Miss Agnes Morrison, married Mr. E. B. Brown, son of the late Gordon Brown, and the late Mr. Raynald Gamble, of the Dominion Bank, respectively. Photograph, colored. Size 4x5. Head and shoulders. See 1121.1121— NICKINSON, JOHN— In "The Old Guard"— Mr. Nickinson was the pioneer in theatrical management in Toronto, and was the manager of the Royal Lyceum, Toronto, from 1853-8. He was an actor of high reputation. The picture shows him as "Havresack" in the play of "The Old Guard." Mr. Nickinson acted the part in 1848-52 in the Olympic Theatre, New York, and at various times between 1853-8, when manager of the Lyceum, Toronto. Miss Charlotte Nickinson (Mrs. Daniel Morrison), his eldest daughter, an accomplished actress, acted the part of "Melanie" in the piece. Mr. Nickinson's death took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1864. "The Old Guard" was produced at the Princess', London, in 1844, and was first performed in America at the Chatham Theatre, 1845. Water color by John Fraser, presented to J. Ross Robertson by Mr. Nickinson's granddaughter, Mrs.-Raynald Gamble, Toronto. Size 11 x 14. Full length, sitting.  http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/toronto-public-libraries/landmarks-of-canada-what-art-has-done-for-canadian-history-a-guide-to-the-j-r-hci/page-32-landmarks-of-canada-what-art-has-done-for-canadian-history-a-guide-to-the-j-r-hci.shtml

John Nickinson's greatest role was Havresack in Dion Boucicault's Napoleon's Old Guard.  He and Charlotte (playing Melanie to his Havresack) toured in this for three years. Described in Joseph Norton Ireland's Records of the New York Stage from 1750-1860 (vol. II June 24 1846) Niblo's Garden -- The first time the interesting and exciting drama entitled Napoleon's Old Guard ... It was triumphantly successful and continued being played nightly ... The Vauxhall Garden Saloon was opened on the first of June 1846 with Mr. BA Baker as stage manager and Henry Chapman, Nickinson, Miss [Charlotte] Nickinson [and others] as performers...The youthful and pretty Miss Nickinson made her first appearance as Rose in "Cousin Lambkin" and Clarissa in "Bothered Between 'Em".  She was exceedingly neat and clever in juvenile walking ladies and a year or two later was warmly applauded as the representative of Florence Dombey at Burton's Theatre. 

After the Olympic closed abruptly in New York in 1850, John Nickinson formed his own company and with daughter Charlotte toured in Providence RI, Montreal, and Rochester. he played short engagements in Toronto in 1851 and 1852. The Utica (New York) Theater he managed failed in 1852. 

New York Clipper 1853 Aug 13 Theatrical Squibs  Nickinson will shortly open a theatre , to be called the Metropolitan , at Hamilton , Canada West
1862 May 24
John Nickinson and daughter are to perform for Mr. . Peters benefit at Laura Keenes , on the 21 st inst .

Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto 1894 http://books.google.com/books?id=gVkRAQAAMAAJ&vq=nickinson&dq=robertson's+landmarks+of+toronto&source=gbs_navlinks_s  says that John Nickinson first came to Toronto in  1852, and that Charlotte's godmother was Charlotte Cushman. Drawing of the 1849 Royal Lyceum Theatre.

"Charlotte, then 21, was the company's leading lady, playing Shakespearean roles as Ophelia, Desdemona, and Portia, though possibly Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal was her favorite.  She had been born in Quebec City in 1832 and died in 1910.  She made her debut at Mitchell's Olympic Theatre in New York. She married the editor of the Toronto Leader and forthright theatre critic Daniel Morrison Apr. 22 1858 in Toronto and left the stage for a time.  She had toured extensively with her father, and her loss must have been a blow to him..  The Morrisons moved to Quebec City, London,  New York, and finally back to Toronto.

Before Morrison "honest theatre criticism was virtually unknown in Toronto...the fulsome praise of a press agent, was almost universal in the United States, and performers coming here [Toronto] assumed - usually correctly - that Canadian editors were as venal as their American counterparts. Daniel Morrison, the Scottish-born editor of the Leader, declared war on this system at the beginning of 1854 ... When a doubtless resentful Nickinson ceased to advertise in the Leader, the rival Patriot charged that the Leader's censure of performances was in reprisal for this loss of revenue. ...Morrison showed himself in fact to be a most fair minded critic, and Nickinson eventually resumed his Leader advertisements.  If any bias can be detected in Morrison's reviews, it is in favor of Charlotte Nickinson, whose charm and talents he eloquently praised right up to April, 1858, when he married her and removed her from the stage she had adorned.

Daniel Morrison died in 1870, leaving Charlotte a widow with four children.  Charlotte returned to acting and producing at Toronto's Royal Lyceum in 1871 and 1872.  She became a director of the Toronto Opera House Company in 1873, and was the first manager of the Grand Opera House, until it was sold to a new owner who replaced her two years later in 1878.  It was fortunate for Charlotte that she was no longer in charge of the theatre when it burned down on the night of Nov. 29-30, 1879. Charlotte remained active in many charitable causes, and to the end was the best known and best loved woman in Ontario.  The benefit performance given for her at the end of her last season as manager of the Grand Theatre was under the patronage of the Prime Ministers, the Governor- General, the Premier of Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Mayor of Toronto, etc.   Mary Shortt

MORRISON, MR. AND MRS. DANIEL Mr. Morrison, one of the most brilliant editorial writers on the Canadian press from about 1853-69, was born in Inverness, Scotland, 1827, the son of the Rev. Mr. Morrison. In the early fifties he emigrated to Canada, engaging in farming for a time, and later editing the Dundas (Ont.) Warder in conjunction with S. T. Jones. In 1854 he assumed the editorship of the Toronto Leader; three years later became editor of the Toronto Daily Colonist, and in 1859 was appointed by the Government as a Provincial Arbitrator in connection with the Public Works Department, resigning the following year to become editor of the Quebec Morning Chronicle. In 1861 he edited the London Prototype, and then joined the staff of the New York Times. Returned to Toronto in 1868 and became editor of the Toronto Daily Telegraph, remaining with that paper until his death in 1870. In 1858 he married Miss Charlotte Nickinson, the celebrated and accomplished actress and daughter of the well-known actor, John Nickinson. Water color from a daguerreotype in possession of their daughter, Mrs. Edward B. Brown, Toronto. Size 5x6. Half length, sitting.  LANDMARKS OF CANADA WHAT ART HAS DONE FOR CANADIAN HISTORY A GUIDE TO THE J. ROSS ROBERTSON HISTORICAL COLLECTION IN THE PUBLIC REFERENCE LIBRARY TORONTO, CANADA PRESENTED TO THE TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY BY J. ROSS ROBERTSON TORONTO, DECEMBER, 1917 http://www.archive.org/stream/landmarksofcanad01torouoft/landmarksofcanad01torouoft_djvu.txt

The manageress of the Grand Opera House, Toronto, was a Mrs. Morrison, who had been a Miss Nickerson, daughter of an old and respected actor. She was in great favour with the very popular Governor-General of that day, Lord Dufferin. She was a most admirable business woman as well as a very capable actress and a kind, considerate friend to many people, including myself. She persuaded me that I had created sufficient interest in Toronto to warrant my trying two weeks "starring" there on my own account in modern plays.  This I did, playing The Romance of a Poor Young Man, Old Soldiers, Partners for Life, etc., with a pleasant result both artistically and financially. After this I was engaged, at Boucicault's suggestion, to play Captain Molyneux in the first Canadian production of his play The Shaughraun. This was the part created in New York by Harry Montague. The play made a huge success in Toronto. .. After Mrs. Rousby 's engagement closed I had a week's tour of some smaller Canadian towns, accompanied by Mrs. Morrison, and then spent a few days in Toronto saying " good-bye " to a lot of as good friends as a man could ever expect to make away from home. JH Barnes, Forty Years on the Stage London: Chapman & Hall 1914 http://www.archive.org/stream/fortyyearsonstag00barnuoft/fortyyearsonstag00barnuoft_djvu.txt  

JH Barnes later worked with EJ Phillips as part of Olga Nethersole's company, and was at the Union and Madison Square Companies.

Grand Opera House, Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Opera_House_(Toronto)
Establishing our boundaries: English Canadian Theatre Criticism Anton Wagner University of Toronto Press 2010 http://books.google.com/books?id=hztKHvAl51QC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

The 1859-60 Toronto City Directory listed Daniel Morrison at 18 Wellington Place. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-146894&R=DC-146894

North American Theater Online http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/atho/atho.detail.people.aspx?personcode=per0046864

Eliza Nickinson Peters (b.1834), married English comedian Charles Peters (1825-1870) in the fall of 1854.  Peters had been hired by John Nickinson in 1852. Eliza had appeared (briefly) at William Mitchell's Olympic Theatre, and the couple moved back to New York after their marriage. Peters was run over by a Third Ave. car in New York. [Stage]  But according to his New York Clipper obituary (Nov 12, 1870) he died of consumption at his home at the corner of 83rd and Third Ave., but had been incapacitated  by a serious accident on the Third Ave. railroad.  His last professional appearance was as the grave digger in Hamlet.   

Eliza Nickinson Peters, Frederick NY  July 1897 Asbury Park as the Widow McNally?  
                                                                                                                                      Charles Peters from Lester Wallack, Memories of Fifty Years 1889

A 1905 article in Donohoe's magazine interviewed Mrs. Peters and said she had become a Catholic under the instruction of Jesuit Father Damen, while living in Yorkville New York. She went back to acting after the death of her husband and played a new England widow and Irishwoman in the 1870s and played similar roles in Boucicault's Shaughraun, various roles in the Irish village at the St, Louis World's Fair and the part of the Widow McNally in the Sunshine of Paradise Alley was written for her. [We have a letter from her on Sunshine of Paradise Alley stationery.]  this article says her mother Mary Ann Talbot was born in Limerick.  The article says only 3 children were still living. 
http://books.google.com/books?id=qgjZAAAAMAAJ&vq=nickinson&dq=eliza+nickinson+peters&source=gbs_navlinks_s

NY Times opening Sunshine of Paradise Alley May 10 1896 http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F10D15FE3E5F1B738DDDA90994DD405B8685F0D3 by Denman Thompson and George Ryer and included an "electrical snowstorm" Mrs. Peters toured in it into the early 20th century. But I haven't been able to find when she died. 

We have a mysterious April 12 1900 letter on Sunshine of Paradise Alley letterhead, which had been attached to one from Mrs. Peters to her brother reading "Mrs. Peters who plays the widow (her creation) has asked me as a special favor, she has a brother there [where?], Nickinson, and I believe they don't speak as they pass by.  This is her way of showing him that she is still on earth."    An April 15 1900 letter from EJ Phillips mentioning her "Saw by [Middletown newspaper]  Mercury that you are to have a play at the Casino [Theater] on Tuesday next in which Mrs. Charles Peters played in here [Philadelphia] at the Park a few weeks ago. Was born 1834. Guess she is with it still for the play belongs to Denman Thompson who was a member of your father's company for several years and he still is grateful for the kindnesses he received then from the "Governor" and has frequently given employment to members of the family who requested it -- since he has been a star-manager. ... Strange how things come about.  I have not seen Mrs. Peters since she was married and that was in 1854, I think, and became a widow not later than 1866 & now you will see her after so many years.  She has a son Fred and a daughter, Maud, living, that is all I know of.  Both were on the stage.

Mrs. Charles Peters played the Widow McNally in the Sunshine of Paradise Alley.  Opened May 11, 1896, at Haverly’s 14th Street Theatre https://www.ibdb.com/Production/View/405216  The History of the New York Stage says the theatre closed June 13, 1896.

Dec 29, 1897 Evening Times Washington DC Sunshine of Paradise Alley at the Academy next week, with Mrs. Charles Peters as the Widow McNally.
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024441/1897-12-29/ed-1/seq-4.pdf 

Indianapolis News 3 March 1901 https://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana?a=d&d=INN19010306-01.1.12
Mrs. Charles Peters, who created the part of the old market woman, the Widow McNally, In Denman Thompson’s “The Sunshine of Paradise Alley,” will be seen In her original role at the Park Theater tomorrow. Mrs. Peters’ impersonation has the same excellences as the Uncle Josh of Mr. Thompson, the Rip of Mr. Jefferson and the Uncle Nat of Mr. Heme? Mrs. Peters was trained in the same company with Denman Thompson many years ago. She is a sister of Mrs. Charles Walcot, of the Frohman's Lyceum Theater Company. 

Indianapolis News 2 March 1901 https://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana?a=d&d=INN19010302-01.1.10 
'THE pleasant thing about Denman A Thompson and George W. Ryer’s "Sunshine of Paradise Alley,” which comes to the Park next Thursday, Friday and Saturday is the good nature of all the characters. The play begins with a representation of New York dock life in summer, and introduces persons known nearly everywhere because they have been figures for the descriptive writers on the dally papers of New York. The wharf rat, the poor drunkard, the tough boy, the kind-hearted Irishman, the drunken husband, the neglected children, the New York policeman and the providentially good girl, who converts wickedness into goodness, come to view. The Incidents move the sympathies and keep the Interest sustained throughout. All the old favorites of the cast. Mrs. Charles Peters. Phlla May, Helen Gurney, Grace Kimball. John Walsh, W. J. Sully, John 'J. Flynn, George P. Annand, Albert Brown and the Verdi ladles’ quartet will be seen In the parts they played when this comedy-drama was produced at English’s two seasons ago.

Cambridge Chronicle, MA 17 Jan 1903 at Keith’s Theatre Mrs. Chas. Peters who created the role … The play is cleverly conceived, has much witty dialogue, and numerous amusing situations. and in the hands of such competent actors, cannot help being a pronounced success.
http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/cgi-bin/cambridge?a=d&d=Chronicle19030117-01.2.166 

Cambridge Tribune Jan 27, 1903 mentioned Mrs. Charles Peters appearing in Augustus Thomas’ The Man Upstairs” comedietta at Keith’s Theatre http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/cgi-bin/cambridge?a=d&d=Tribune19030117-01.2.57

YouTube Sunshine of Paradise Alley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6TkQqChqEc

The Sunshine of Paradise Alley http://parlorsongs.com/issues/2005-5/thismonth/feature.php
Music by John W. Bratton Words by Walter H. Ford Published 1895 by M. Whitmark & Sons

[Verse 1] There's a little side street such as often you meet,
Where the boys of a Sunday night rally,
Tho' it's not very wide, and it's dismal beside,
Yet they call the place Paradise Alley.

But a maiden so sweet, lives in that little street,
She's the daughter of widow McNally,
She has bright golden hair, and the boys all declare,

[Chorus] 
She's the sunshine of Paradise Alley.
Ev'ry Sunday down to her home we go,
All the boys and all the girls they love her so,
Always jolly, heart that is true I know,
She is the Sunshine of Paradise Alley. 

[Verse 2] When O'Brien's little lad had the fever so bad,
That no one would dare to go near him,
Then this dear girl so brave, said, 
"I think I can save, or at least I can comfort and cheer him,

Soon the youngster got well, 
and the neighbors all tell 
How the daughter of widow McNally,
Risked her life for a boy, and they hail her with joy,
As the sunshine of Paradise Alley.
[Chorus]

[Verse 3] She's had offers to wed by the dozen, 'tis said,
Still she always refused them politely,
But of late she's been seen with young Tommy Killeen,
Going out for a promenade nightly,

We can all guess the rest, for the boy she loves best,
Will soon change her name from McNally,
Though he may change her name, she'll be known just the same,
As the sunshine of Paradise Alley.
[Chorus]

Sunshine of Paradise Alley, Sheet music cover  Compose John W Bratton, Lyricist Walter H Ford, 1895 http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1652-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?uuid=683d7261-fecf-b26f-e040-e00a18065c80 This song also seems to have been part of Charles Hoyt’s Trip to Chinatown

Paradise Alley itself ran between the double tenement of Gotham Court also known as “Sweeney’s Shambles,” apparently one of the worst tenements in New York history (it was just off Cherry Street which runs parallel to the waterfront between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges). “The Sunshine of Paradise Alley” was originally an 1886 Broadway play by Denman Thompson, as well as 
a popular vaudeville song. In the film, made 40 years later, a wealthy banker wants to tear down the tenements to build a factory but “Sunshine” O’Day, played by [Barbara] Bedford, uses her charms to persuade him to change his mind.  https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/movie-poster-of-the-week-sunshine-of-paradise-alley

Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
In The Iceman Cometh, O'Neill drew from his past in the low-grade saloons where he spent several years of his young manhood. At Harry Hope's saloon, the inhabitants feed on their dreams of a promise of tomorrow that will never be fulfilled. Yearly, on Hope's birthday, Hickey, a traveling salesman, comes to liven their doldrums with whiskey and good humor. This year, it is different, for Hickey sets out to cause each of the inhabitants of the bar to face the fact that his dream is a lie and that tomorrow will never come. The results are disastrous. …
At the end, when Hickey's presence no longer threatens them, and as the booze regains some of the kick Hickey's reforms have taken from it, a flow of life stirs the "Bottom-of-the-Sea Rathskeller," and each of the bums be-gins his own song. In the staging, by no means should the cast be allowed to sing the same song so that they sound like a well-drilled college glee club. O'Neill's point is that the ability to sing again has restored the individual dream to each of the dreamers. That each has a personal song marks the reassertion of life after Hickey's at-tempt to render the bums empty and lifeless. Their singing is a wonderful theatrical moment, a cacophonous, drunken "Ode to Joy."  Harry begins by singing "The Sunshine of Paradise Alley," and at once the others come alive.   http://www.eoneill.com/library/songbook/iceman.htm

An Avenue A artists enclave called Paradise Alley  https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/an-avenue-a-artists-enclave-called-paradise-alley/   This little East Village enclave consisted of several small tenement buildings sharing a courtyard on the hard-luck corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street.   Or maybe Paradise Alley was a truly heavenly place to live and work, especially for the painters and writers who made it an unofficial arts colony through the 1960s. … Built in the 1860s, the walk-up buildings here were home to the waves of German, Irish, and then Italian immigrants who settled in a neighborhood known by turns as Mackerelville, Kleindeutschland, and the northern end of the Lower East Side.

Charles Peters  Histrionic Montreal says he was  "The original Binney in Our American Cousin" and had a son Fred and a daughter Maud.
http://books.google.com/books?id=Hb-w7l_YGcwC&dq=%22charles+peters%22+binney+original+%22our+american+cousin%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s

According to Mary Shortt, Peters was "a fat man, and made his biggest hit dressed in short skirts as Cupid in a burlesque ballet."

Virginia Nickinson Marlowe (1838?-1899) was born in Albany NY and first appeared on the stage in Utica in Oct 1853 as King Charles in Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady.  Made her last appearance on the stage in Who Killed Cock Robin at the Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia, in 1866 [History of the American Stage ] She played Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin and a similar part in Dred.  

She married actor Owen Marlowe in October 1857 at Niagara Falls, and left Toronto, but with a depression underway, were back by May 1858. Marlowe is described by Mary Shortt as "an attractive and charming young man (although as it proved, of weak character) and later achieved popular success in New York and San Francisco.   By July 1858 John Nickinson was "billed only as lease [of the Royal Lyceum, Toronto] with his son-in-law Owen Marlowe, named as manager ... but in September Nickinson again assumed the management. But the economy was too bad [Shortt]

The 1859-60 Toronto City Directory listed Owen Marlowe as the Royal Lyceum manager and lessee, living at 144 Wellington Street. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-146894&R=DC-146894 

Virginia Nickinson Marlowe, Conty, Boston June 1889

1861-1862 Marlowe was with Laura Keene in New York, and in 1863-1867 with Mrs. John Drew's company in Philadelphia. in 1868 he was in San Francisco under the management of John McCullough. In June 1870 five Marlowes were living in New York, according to the census -- Owen, Virginia, Jesse, Ethel and Virginia.  By June 1871 Owen Marlowe was back in San Francisco, and by January 1872 Virginia Marlowe was appearing there in plays with him. However by July 1873 Owen Marlowe was given a farewell benefit with a rosewood cane given by the Bohemian Club and went east by steamer through Panama.  No mention in the newspapers when Virginia returned east. By  Sept 1984 Owen Marlowe was appearing in Brooklyn in London Assurance. In  1874 he visited his family in England for the first time in 20 years, and in  1875 appeared in New York as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Day, in "18 spectacular scenes:...from his London club room through the Suez into the interior of a Hindoo bungalow ...[leading] up to a "startling pyre" and a Grand Funeral Pageant."  [Bordman, Gerald: American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle 2010]. In March 1876 he was appearing in Chelsea Massachusetts in Our Boys and died in May at Mass General Hospital of consumption.  He died penniless and was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery.  Virginia was appearing in Toronto at her sister Charlotte Morrison's Grand Opera House as the boy Paul in The Octoroon.

Owen Marlowe died in May 1876, of heart disease in the wings of the Globe Theatre at Boston (according to his daughter Ethel's obituary (Nov. 17, 1898).  But perhaps he died of consumption, leaving a widow and several children in Toronto. He had first appeared on the stage in New York at Barnum's Museum in 1855 and been at the Arch Street Theatre, Philadelphia.  New York Clipper obituary, June 6, 1876

Theater critic William Winter's Brief Chronicles 1889 http://books.google.com/books?id=agYuAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=marlowe&f=falsegives consumption as the cause of Marlowe's death in 1876 and "latterly he was unemployed and in poverty as well as sickness".  He played Sir Lucius O'Trigger at the Arch St Theatre, Philadelphia under Mrs. John Drew in 1863.

photo Owen Marlowe, Arch St. Philadelphia http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/19thcenturyactors&CISOPTR=377&CISOBOX=1&REC=1
photo 1870 http://www.picturehistoryprints.com/product/id/25576 

Their daughter Ethel Marlowe died in 1898, suddenly of heart trouble, at the Knickerbocker Theatre, in the third act of The Christian. Virginia's  New York Clipper obituary (Mar. 18, 1899) reported that she had retired from the stage "at the time of her daughter's sudden death" and had since made her home with the married daughter, at whose house she died.

Son John Nickinson Jr.  (c. 1844-Feb 1916) according to a brief New York Times (Feb. 15, 1916) obituary, was "for many years managing clerk at the grocery division of the Appraiser's Stores" and died suddenly at work at 72, leaving a daughter in Toronto.  He had entered the Customs Service in 1881. An 1886 New York City Directory listed him as a clerk with an address at 221 East 81st. St.

John Nickinson Jr. seems to have been involved with theatrical publishing. 
Project Gutenberg Punchinello project notes that applications for advertising should be addressed to John Nickinson, Room No. 4, No. 83 Nassau St. N. Y. [between John and Fulton St. according to Google Maps t.]  
Punchinello Vol. 1. No. 3 http://www.fullbooks.com/Punchinello-Vol-1-No-3-April-16-1870.html
Vol. 1 No. 7 http://www.fullbooks.com/Punchinello-Vol-1-No-7-May-14-1870.html
Vol. 1 No. 19http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/0/0/1/10015/10015-h/10015-h.htm 
Vol. 2 No. 32http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/0/1/0/10104/10104-h/10104-h.htm 

Isabella Nickinson Walcot (1847-1906) was born in New York on Oct 7 1847 and played Phoebe in As You Like It at eight, Maria in Twelfth Night at ten, and "a squaw, a page or a peasant as needed."  Her last appearance in Toronto seems to have been on Jan. 11, 1858 at the Royal Lyceum in The Wife, playing Florabella.  

She appeared on the stage in New York at Laura Keene's Theatre in May 1862 as Melanie to John Nickinson's Havresack.  She married the actor Charles Melton Walcot Jr. (1840-1921) in 1863 in New York and played with him at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.  They then joined Daniel Frohmans' company in New York and appeared at the Lyceum Theatre from 1887-1899. Until her death they almost always played together. History of the American Stage  Isabella was part of Laura Keene's company in 1862 and in November appeared as Uria in Blondette or the Naughty Prince and the Pretty Peasant. In April 1863 she was Pennie Durgan in Bantry Bay or Ireland in 1798 with Charles Peters as Phadrig.   in 1894 she appeared in Henry Arthur Jones' Case of the Rebellious Susan and in 1895 in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband.

Blanche Whiffen (the original Buttercup of HMS Pinafore) writes in her autobiography of being friends with Isabella Walcot.  "Once, when we were rehearing [David Belasco Henry DeMille's]  "The Charity Ball," Mrs. Walcot and I, thinking we had time enough, went out to seek some lunch while a scene just before outs was being rehearsed. As luck would have it, our scene was called while we were away, and when we came back, Mr. Belasco was very angry and called us down, ending up with: "And from now on you won't go out to lunch at all. You'll  stay in the theatre and eat beans and drink water!"  Mrs. Walcot, being a braver soul than I , spoke up pertly:" "All right, Mr. Belasco! I'll bring the beans if you bring the water!" And she did bring a pot of Boston baked beans the next morning, Mr. Belasco took the joke and helped us eat the beans, bringing us a large dipper of water.  Mrs. Thomas Whiffen, Keeping off the Shelf, New York EP Dutton & Co, 1928

Players of the Present, John Bouvé Clapp, 1899 has several paragraphs on Isabella Nickinson Walcot and her career http://books.google.com/books?id=QhsPAAAAIAAJ&dq=nickinson&q=nickinson#v=snippet&q=nickinson&f=false photo Isabella Walcot  The Walcots were in the Booth brothers production of Julius Caesar  with Edwin as Brutus, Junius Brutus as Cassius , John Wilks as Mark Antony, and Charles Walcot as Octavius and Isabella as Calphurnia. After the Winter Garden Theater burned they went to there Walnut St Theatre in Philadelphia for about 12 years, and joined Daniel Frohman's stock company in 1887.

Walcot is noted (in Durham)as a member of the Madison Square Company in 1884-1885,  where EJ Phillips had been since 1877. His father was also an actor, "an eccentric comedian and writer of burlesques" who had been at Mitchell's Olympic Theatre with John Nickinson..  The son "sported a moustache and always wore the jovial expression of a genial English squire."Dictionary of American Biography
Interview New York Dramatic Mirror Apr. 18, 1896, Harvard Theatre Collection has letters

Isabella Walcot's NY Times obituary (June 4, 1906) refers to her "memorable run of 100 nights at the Old Winter Garden in Broadway, opposite Bond Street, [where] she played Ophelia to [Edwin] Booth's Hamlet" and says that she was "for forty years a familiar and loved figure on the stage." She died at her home 200 West 101st St., three months after a stroke at their country home in Rhinebeck. Her last stage engagement had been with Annie Russell.

Her NY Dramatic Mirror obituary June 9 1906 says she was born in New York City Oct 7 1847. Her "earliest recorded appearance was as Melanie in Napoleon's Old Guard, her father acting the part of Havresack. Under the able direction of Laura Keene she received a thorough old fashioned training, playing leading juvenile characters in the Keene company."

Mary Anne Talbot Nickinson and Isabella are thought to have gone to New York in 1858, the same year Charlotte was married.  There are only brief mentions of any of the older Nickinson children in the letters, though Isabella, John,  Virginia, and Eliza seem to have been in New York in the 1880's and 1890's.  Did any of the half-siblings meet besides Albert and Eliza in 1900?

More on Virginia, Eliza and Isabella's roles available in A history of the Thomas Allston Brown's  New York Stage Volume 2 1851-1901 http://books.google.com/books?id=mJEXAAAAYAAJ&dq=nickinson+fanchon&source=gbs_navlinks_s Ireland's Records of the New York Stage 1750-1860  has a number of references to John and Charlotte Nickinson  http://books.google.com/books?id=C6INAAAAQAAJ&vq=nickinson&source=gbs_navlinks_s 

Royal Lyceum, Toronto, Jan. 12, 1855
    Playbill for Dion Boucicault's Octoroon, May 8, 1861      Nickinson medal
                            Metropolitan Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario CANADA

Dion Boucicault's "Octoroon (1860) was notable for its condemnation of slavery ... and features a camera as a major plot device in capturing the villain."   Dion Boucicault: His Life and Times, David W. Dwyer, 1998 
Burnt Cork and Tambourines, William L. Slout, Circus Historical Society, 2005 http://www.circushistory.org/Cork/BurntCork6.htm 
Dion Boucicault Theatre Programme Collection, Templeman Library, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury
http://www.kent.ac.uk/library/specialcollections/theatre/Boucicault/index.html 

"The second most frequently performed anti-slavery play, after George Aiken's adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.... John Brown had been hanged three days before the play opened,  Chapter Five: The Work of the Public Mind, Univ of California -Irvine, Octoroon included an exploding river boat scene.

An undated newspaper clipping gives the program at Pike's Opera-house [Cincinnati] Jan. 25, 1864 as Maggie Mitchell in Fanchon OR the Cricket! with Mr. Nickinson as Father Barbeaud and Miss Phillips as Old Fadet, concluded by a Grand Ballet Divertissement by the renowned Zavistowski Troupe. 

John Nickinson died in Cincinnati, Feb. 9, 1864.  "Spirit letter"      EJ Phillips' career Ben DeBar, Lawrence Barrett and Chestnut St. Theater, Philadelphia  

Bibliography
Beasley, David, McKee Rankin and the Heyday of the American Theater, 2002 http://books.google.com/books?id=lFz0XOblBDIC&dq=storm+beaten+%22union+square%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s
Benson, Eugene and LW Connolly, editors, Oxford Companion to the Canadian Theatre, Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Burton, Rebecca, “The (Forgotten) Glories of Mrs. Morrison’s Regime”, paper presented at ACTR Association for Canadian Theatre Research, May 24-27, 2000, Univ. of Alberta http://www.catr-acrt.ca/news/24-1/burton.htm
Crehan, John, Life of Laura Keene 1897http://books.google.com/books?id=4sg_AAAAYAAJ&dq=isabella+Walcot+%22laura+keene%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s  mentions Isabella Walcot
Edwards, Murray D "John Nickinson" Dictionary of Canadian Biography http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=4625&&PHPSESSID=ychzfqkvzape
Graham, Franklin,
Histrionic Montreal: Annals of the Montreal stage, with biographical and critical notices of the plays and players of a century , J Lovell 1902 
 http://books.google.com/books?id=svQ_AAAAYAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s
North American Theatre Online John Nickinson http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/atho/atho.detail.people.aspx?personcode=per0046865
O'Neill, PB Anthony, A History of Theatrical Activity in Toronto, Canada, from its beginning to  1858, Louisiana State University dissertation, 1973 

Shortt, Mary "The Royal Lyceum: part I 1848-1859", John Nickinson chapter, Master's Thesis on Toronto theatre 1809-1874 c1979
Wagner, Anton, Establishing our Boundaries: English Canadian Theatre Criticism, Univ of Toronto Press, 2010 discusses Daniel Morrison and other theatre critics.
https://books.google.com/books?id=hztKHvAl51QC&dq=daniel+morrison+canada+theatre+history&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Forms of Variety Theater, Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/vshtml/vsforms.html Vaudeville/variety, minstrel shows, burlesque, extravaganza, spectacles, musical reviews, musical comedies
Theater playbills and programs, Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/vshtml/vsprge.html

Mary Short, theatre historian, highly recommends Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby and its portrayal of Vincent Crummles as the manager of a provincial touring company, "in striking verisimilitude, particularly the episode in which Nicholas joins Crummles' troupe." 

Nicholas Nickleby http://www.literaturepage.com/read/nicholasnickleby-336.html

Last updated Feb. 16, 2018

1848 4.9   to 1860 Toronto Royal Lyceum Toronto and the Royal Lyceum Theatre  
1848 5 17   Toronto Royal Lyceum Pride of the market Louisa de Volange   Also Polka Mania as Laura Dorrington    
1848 5 18 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Irish Lion by John Baldwin Buckstone    C Kemble Mason
1849 6 8 or July? Toronto Royal Lyceum Benefit for April 1849 fire victims with Miss Phillips    
1849 6 11   Toronto Royal Lyceum Tragedy of Douglas  EJP as Lady Randolph with Charles Kemble Mason 1str professional to appear with
1849 7 6   Toronto Royal Lyceum Benefit for Miss Phillips and Mrs Lyon   Scapegrace Dead Shot Raising the Wind
1849 to 1859 Toronto   improved water and rail transport leads to growth of Toronto        
1849     season summary Toronto Royal Lyceum Miss Phillips listed as a new performer in summary of 1849 season
1850 6 5   Toronto Royal Lyceum HoneyMoon and The Stranger EJP in with Charles Kemble Mason
1851 4 20   Toronto Royal Lyceum John & Charlotte Nickinson first appeared in Toronto Easter Monday        
1851 6 17   Toronto Royal Lyceum John and Charlotte under mgt of  TP Besnard       1st night no plays specified
1851       Toronto Royal Lyceum New performers Virginia, John Charlotte Nickinson
1852 2 12 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum White horse of the Peppers EJP Magdalene? Or Agatha? 
1852 2 24   Toronto Royal Lyceum Rivals benefit patronage Toronto Fire Brigade Lydia Languish  
1852 3 .   Toronto   John Nickinson goes to Toronto after Utica Museum fails, Company opens Easter Monday
1852 4 12   Toronto Royal Lyceum Charles Peters hired by John Nickinson        
1852 4 12   Toronto Royal Lyceum EJP joins Royal Lyceum stage company        
1852 4 12 1 month Toronto Royal Lyceum John Nickinson agreed with TP Besnard to bring Utica Co to Toronto 
1852 4 12 to May 11? Toronto Royal Lyceum London Assurance Charlotte as Lady Gay Spanker EJP as Grace        
1852 4   ? Toronto Royal Lyceum My first salary was $8 per week had to buy stage clothes with it. Paid $2.50 board 9 month engagements
1852 5 19   Toronto Royal Lyceum Lyceum season ended with benefit for Charlotte Nickinson Old Honesty Farewell Address Miss C Nickinson        
1852 .     Toronto   JN's 1859 letter to EJP refers to "our 7 years of past love"
1852     to 1853 Toronto Royal Lyceum JN not living in Toronto but just playing short engagements there
1852 or 53    Toronto Royal Lyceum MacBeth   EJP Donalbein, Gentlewoman, Malcolm, Witches     
1853 3 28 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Rough Diamond John Nickinson in John Baldwin Buckstone's 
1853 4 8 mult months Toronto Royal Lyceum Fiddle Faddle and Foozle  by G Simcoe Lee  EJP Miss Fixington      
1853 4 12 Toronto Royal Lyceum Omnibus or a convenient distance JN EJP as Mrs Damper      
1853 4 . to 185? Toronto Royal Lyceum JN sole manager Royal Lyceum == success for 5 years, gave up Quebec theatre        
1853 4 spring Toronto   Demand for Canadian wheat and flour added est $3 million to farmers' incomes      
1853 5 31 to Jun 9 Toronto Royal Lyceum Uncle Tom's Cabin by Lemon and Taylor  
1853 6 17 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Hamlet EJP Player Queen Marcellus Guildenstern Queen Gertrude    
1853 7 8   Toronto Royal Lyceum Norma John Nickinson produced opera Bellini's Norma
1853 9 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Romeo and Juliet Juliet Nurse  
1853 10 5 to 1865 Mar Toronto   Crimean War eliminated Russian wheat from British market, increasing demand for Canadian breadstuffs      
1853 11 11   Toronto Royal Lyceum Douglas or the Noble Shepherd by Home        EJP Lady Randolph Anna Eliza Nickinson
1853 12 12 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Richard III Couldock EJP Queen, Lady Anne, Duchess of York    
1854 1 11 ? Toronto Royal Lyceum Wife The Eliza Nickinson as Count Florio in James Sheridan Knowles        
1854 1 17   Toronto   Railway Jubilee line completed Hamilton to Detroit        
1854 3 3 mult yrs? Toronto Royal Lyceum Merchant of Venice Portia    
1854 7 27 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Paul Pry EJP Mrs Subtle WM Davidge Paul Pry Charlotte N Phoebe Virginia N as Eliza        
1854 7 27 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Poor Pillicoddy by John Madison Morton EJP as Mrs Pillicoddy     EJP Mrs. Pi Wm Davidge Mr. P Charlotte N Sarah Blunt Va N Mrs O Scuttle
1854 7 28 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Buzzards The EJP Miss Lucretia Buzzard Virginia Nickinson as Sally
1854 7 28 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Petticoat government by Charles Dance       EJP Mrs Carney WM Davidge Hectic Virginia N Annabella D thompson dance
1854 7 29 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Robt Macaire or the two murderers  EJP as Marie JN Robt Macaire Davidge Thompson Va N as Clementine        
1854 7 31 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Dominique the deserter EJP Genevieve  Davidge Thompson Va N as Jeannette        
1854 8 1 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Secret Service or the cure and the minister EJP Therese Davidge Thompson
1854 8 2 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Betsey Baker EJP Mrs. Crummy Charlotte Nickinson Betsey Baker Davidge Thompson
1854 8 2 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Two Bonnycastles EJP Patty Charlotte N Mrs Bonny castle Davidge Benj Bonnycastle  Va N Helen        
1854 8 3 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Honeymoon EJP Volante JN Lopez Davidge Thompson  Charlotte Juliana Virginia Zamora        
1854 9 3 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Pizarro   Elvira Cora    
1854 season summary Toronto Royal Lyceum New performers Eliza Nickinson Charles Peters      
1854     to 1862? Toronto Royal Lyceum Denman Thompson joined Royal Lyceum company
1855 1 12 to Jan 15 Toronto Royal Lyceum Peculiar position JN EJP Countess de Novara in Eugene Scribe's 
1855 1 12 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Roll of the Drum Virginia  & Isabella in Thomas Edgerton Wilks Roll of the Drum
1855 2 ? mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum King Lear   Goneril?    
1855 3 16   Toronto   Mary Ann Talbot Nickinson and John  Nickinson legally separate alimony 78 pounds annually        
1855 5 1   Toronto Royal Lyceum Magic Trumpet  benefit of Miss Phillips    
1855 7 23 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Paul Pry Poor Pillicoddy Honeymoon  Two Bonnycastles         
1855 7 25 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Revolt or the Masked Unmasked by Ware EJP Mathilde CN Fleurette VN Bertha         
1855 7 25 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Sweethearts and Wives EJP Mrs Bell Charlotte Eugenia Isabella  as Laura Virginia as Susan Thompson Sanford        
1855 7 26   Toronto Royal Lyceum Secret or a hole in the wall EJP Mrs Dupuis Virginia Angelica        
1855 7 27 30-Jul Toronto Royal Lyceum Married Unwedded or the Notary & The Duchess EJP Martha Charlotte Julia        
1855 7 28   Toronto Royal Lyceum To Parents & Guardians EJP Lady Nettles Charlotte Robt Nettles Virginia Mary Swish  Isabella as Virginia        
1855 7 31   Toronto Royal Lyceum School for Scandal EJP Lady Candour CN Lady Teazle JN Crabtree VN  Lady Sneerwell IN Maria        
1855 8 1 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Grandfather Whitehead by Lemon EJP Susan Virginia Lady Drayton        
1855 8 1 26-Nov Toronto Royal Lyceum Love Chase by Knowles EJP Widow Green VN Lydia IN Phoebe CN Constance        
1855 8 10 mult 1857 Jun  Toronto Royal Lyceum As you Like It  EJP Celia Davidge as Touchstone Thompson Sylvius Charlotte Rosalind Isabella Phoebe Va Audrey    
1855 8 10   Toronto Royal Lyceum Love & Charity EJP Miss withers VN Susan        
1855 10 31 Nov 1-3  Toronto Royal Lyceum Venice Preserved  Shylock or the merchant of Venice 
1855 11 26 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Poor Gentleman by Sarah Isdell EJP Miss Lucretia McTab VN Mary Harrowby CN Emily Worthy JN Sir Robt Bramble        
1855 11 26 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Wandering Minstrel by Henry Mayhew EJP Mrs Crinkum VN Betsy IN Herbert Carol        
1855 11 28 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Heir at Law by Geo Colman Younger EJP Lady Dubsky VN Caroline Dorner CN Cecily Homespun        
1855 12 4 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Immortal Toodles by RJ Raymond  EJP Mrs. Toodles Isabella as Mary       
1855 12 7   Toronto Royal Lyceum My Precious Betsy by John M Morton EJP Mrs Bobtail Virginia Mrs Wagtail Isabella Nancy Moddle        
1855 season summary Toronto Royal Lyceum New performers Isabella Nickinson      
1855       Toronto   John Nickinson discharged from Canadian Militia
1856 1 4 1870s? Toronto Barrett? Taming of the Shrew Katharine, the shrew    
1856 3 8 Toronto Royal Lyceum Lucretia Borgia   Lucretia    
1856 3 24   Toronto Royal Lyceum My Serious Family EJP Lady Sowerby Creamly CN Mrs Ormsby Delmain VN Mrs. Torrens In Emily Torrens JN Aminadab Sleek      
1856 3 25   Toronto Royal Lyceum Lottery Ticket or 2450 by Sam Beazley Sr  EJP Mrs Corset Virginia Susan        
1856 3 26 1857 Aug Toronto Royal Lyceum Po Ca Han Tas EP savage We Cha Ven Da with Isabella & Virginia         
1856 3 28   Toronto Royal Lyceum Midas EJP Mysis Virginia Nyssa Isabella Daphne JN Midas        
1856 3 31 to Apr 12 Toronto Royal Lyceum MacBeth with James W Wallack Sr    
1856 4 15 mult months Toronto Royal Lyceum Blessed Baby EJP Mary Jane mother of the blessed baby by  J George Moore
1856 4 15 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Hunchback  EJP as Helen Fanny Morant   
1856 4 18   Toronto Royal Lyceum William Tell The hero of Switzerland   Emma Tell's wife    
1856 4 26 to Jun 26 Toronto Royal Lyceum House Dog farce Miss Melpomene    
1856 4 26 Toronto Royal Lyceum Jane Shore   EJP Alicia    
1856 4 28 or 1857? Toronto Royal Lyceum Merry wives of Windsor  Mrs Page?  
1856 7 2 Toronto Royal Lyceum King John   Eleanor      
1856 7 8   Toronto Royal Lyceum Black eyed Susan EJP Susan Charlotte Dolly Mayflower        
1856 7 9   Toronto Royal Lyceum Tam o-Shanter EJP Maggie      
1856 7 11   Toronto Royal Lyceum Caught in her own trap EJP Madame Vanderbushell
1856 7 12   Toronto Royal Lyceum Robbers The EJP as Amelia      
1856 7 16   Toronto   Fire at Theatre Lane and King St EJ Phillips  & 2 other company lodgers loses nearly all their possessions
1856 7 17 3 nights Toronto Royal Lyceum Zavistowski troup of ballet dancers and pantomimists        
1856 7 23 3 nights Toronto Royal Lyceum Much Ado about Nothing with James W Wallack Sr Benedick Charlotte Nickinson Beatrice
1856 9 12 Toronto Royal Lyceum Gamester   Mrs Beverly    
1856 10 29   Toronto Royal Lyceum Box and Cox EJP and Mr. Marlowe    
1856 10     Toronto   Grand Trunk Railway opened between Montreal and Toronto        
1856 11 11   Toronto Royal Lyceum Rivals  EJP Mrs Malaprop Mr. Petrie Sir Anthony Absolute      
1856 11 28 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum My Young wife and My Old Umbrella Virginia Nickinson Dinah        
1857 1 12 to Jan 16 Toronto Royal Lyceum Cinderella JN Baron Pompolino EJP Stepsister        
1857 2 6   Toronto Royal Lyceum Irish Assurance or Yankee Modesty EJP Miss Buffer Isabella Nancy        
1857 2 6 may-june? Toronto Royal Lyceum Uncle Tom's Cabin EJP as Cassy Charlotte as Eliza Den Thompson Uncle Tom Eliza Va N Topsy        
1857 2 11 to Feb 16 Toronto Royal Lyceum Hamlet with JW Wallack      
1857 5 6 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Bob Nettles EJP Lady Nettles VN Mary Swish IN Virginia JN Monsieur Tourbillion Charlotte Master Rob Nettles        
1857 6 6   Toronto Royal Lyceum Flying Dutchman or Phantom Ship EJP Lucy Isabella Lestelle Vanhelm Marlowe Toby Varnish        
1857 6   ? Toronto Royal Lyceum Isabella as Maria in Twelfth night and a squaw a page or a peasant as needed        
1857 7 21 to Jul 25 Toronto Royal Lyceum School for Scandal Lola Montez 4 night appearance Sheridan's Charlotte Corday & Lola Montez in Bavaria
1857 8 18 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Fair one with the Golden locks by Planche EJP Mollymopsa Isabella Queen Lucidoa Charlotte Graceful        
1857 8 28   Toronto Royal Lyceum Rivals EJP as Mrs Malaprop Davidge Sir Anthony JN Bob acres Charlotte Lydia Languish Isabella Lucy    
1857 8 29 Toronto Royal Lyceum Twelfth Night EJP Countess Olivia Charlotte Viola Isabella Maria    
1857 9 ? mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Othello   Emilia    
1857 11 20 to Nov 23 Toronto Royal Lyceum Coriolanus   Volumnia    
1857 11 26 to Nov 28 Toronto Royal Lyceum Three Guardman with Lester Wallack    
1858 1 11   Toronto Royal Lyceum Wife The with Isabella Nickinson's last Toronto appearance as Florabella in Knowles'         
1858 1 22   Toronto Royal Lyceum Monsieur Tonson EJP Mme Bellegarde JN Mons Morbllieu  also Temple JN Isoline Charlotte        
1858 4 22   Toronto   Charlotte Nickinson married Daniel Morrison  
1858 4 28   Toronto Royal Lyceum School for Scandal Charlotte Nickinson retired from the stage as Lady Teazle Nan the good for nothing
1858 4 30   Toronto   Charles Alderman Nickinson born        
1858 7 1   Toronto Royal Lyceum Marlowes back in Toronto after tour of southern states  remained for several years        
1858 7 1   Toronto Royal Lyceum Owen Marlowe manager John Nickinson resigned         
1858 9 1 to ? Toronto Royal Lyceum John Nickinson again manager Royal Lyceum
1858 9 10   Toronto Royal Lyceum Ocean Child Or The Sea  Great Nautical Drama
1858 12 . 2 weeks Toronto Royal Lyceum Aladdin holiday spectacle failed to revive theatre's failing fortunes
1859 2 19   Toronto Royal Lyceum Royal Lyceum closing announced NY Clipper
1859 4 5   Toronto Royal Lyceum Marlowes reopen Royal Lyceum    
1859 7     Toronto Royal Lyceum What will he do with it with John Nickinson Mr. Miss Richings
1859 8 6   Toronto Royal Lyceum Farewell benefit Owen Marlowe        
1859 8 29   Toronto Royal Lyceum Marlowes announce closing of Royal Lyceum having lost $1,000
1859 9 7   Toronto   John Nickinson first anniversary but month of my teetotality 
1859 9 16 . Toronto   JN letter to EJP our sad bereavement Marlowe lost Lyceum going to Troy Morrison to Quebec w/all family but John        
1860 3 . to Aug Toronto Royal Lyceum JN returned to Toronto to take over Royal Lyceum until August when ads no longer appear in Globe
1860 4 30 ? Toronto Prince of Wales Royal Lyceum renamed Prince of Wales Theatre
1860 5 7 mult yrs Toronto Prince of Wales Rob Roy EJ Phillips John Nickinson  in Walter Scott's Rob Roy MacGregor        
1860 6 ? ? Toronto Prince of Wales Uncle Tom's Cabin EJP Cassy    
1860 8 24   Toronto   Christine Harriet Melanie  "Hattie" Nickinson born
1860 9 22   Toronto Prince of Wales JN Managing theatre Toronto not much of a place for theatricals ….company is small and adapted only to light pieces

John Nickinson
1808 6 1   England London John Nickinson born          
1823       England London? John Nickinson enlisted in British Army as drummer boy          
1825       Canada   John Nickinson promoted to Sergeant [never an officer]          
1830 .     Quebec City Garrison Amateurs JN joins 24th Regiment of Infantry Garrison Amateurs when formed          
1830       Montreal   JN's regiment returns to Montreal           
1831     circa Canada?   John Nickinson and Mary Ann Talbot married          
1833 4 .   Montreal Garrison Amateurs Miller and his men JN as Karl in Isaac Pocock's & Caleb in Henry Lee's The Review or Wags of Windsor?            
1836 9 7   Montreal Theatre Royal Review The John Nickinson as Caleb Quotem benefit before leaving for Albany          
1836 11 28 to 1837 Montreal Acad Music JN discharged as a captain in Canadian militia, joins stock company Albany NY visiting card Maj Nickinson 2nd Batt Canada VR          
1836 11 28   Albany NY Acad Music John Nickenson comes first to US       ejp 1893 May 12
1837 4 1   Albany NY Acad Music Romeo with Charlotte Cushman John Nickinson placed a wreath on her head          
1837 7 19   New York NY Franklin Theatre Monsieur Tonson JN first appeared in NY in Monsieur Morbleau in Wm T Moncrieff's           
1837 7 24 5-Aug New York NY Franklin Theatre Pickwick Club John Nickinson as Pickwick          
1837 10 9   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Geoffrey Dale JN as the miser's man          
1838 1 1   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Richard III JN as Catesby I & Lewey Madigan in Erin go bragh or a tale of Munster            
1840 9 30   New York NY Park Theatre King Lear John Nickinson as Burgundy          
1841 5 24   New York NY Park Theatre Jack Cade JN as Friar Lacy with Edwin Forrest in Robert T Conrad's Jack Cade or Aylmere          
1841 ?     New York NY Park Theatre Money John Nickinson in Bulwer Lytton's  Money          
1841       New York NY   City directory lists JN as comedian living at 42 Hamersley [West Houston St]          
1841     summer? Montreal Theatre Royal JN to Montreal as part of theatre company          
1842 1 10   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Happy Man JN in first Irish piece at the Olympic       performed 20 times in season
1842 2 10   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Richard III burlesque JN as King Henry in           
1842 3 7   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Cinderella JN as Alderman Lollipop in Cinderella or the Foreign Prince & a Large Glass Slipper          
1842 5 18   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic White Horse of the Peppers  JN as Croaker in Samuel Lover's          Petty Sins & Pretty Sinners JN  Reuben Snaffler
1843 1 20   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Beauty & the beast JN as Croton Pump in Planche's Beauty & the Beast          
1843 6   summer Montreal Theatre Royal JN Leasee & mgr Nickinsons ill fated season as  Morgan Rattler in Tyrone Power's How to Pay the Rent          
1843 9     New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Charles Walcot Sr and George Holland join Mitchell's Olympic          
1843 10 3   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Hamlet Travestie JN Polonius       1843-44 Salary $15/week Momus
1843 11 7   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Don Giovanni in Gotham JN as Mons Kickshaw in Chas Walcot's Don Giovanni in Gotham          3-4 other roles/plays in article
1843       New York NY   City directory lists JN as comedian living at 42 Hamersley [West Houston St]          
1844 1 8 16-Feb New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Old King Cole John Nickinson as Old King Cole          
1844 6 . to Sept New York NY Niblo's Garden John Nickinson in  Parson's Nose La Fille du Regiment  
1845 6 1 6-Jun New York NY Niblo's Garden Seven castles of the passions John Nickinson as Mephistopheles          
1845 7 13 2 weeks New York NY Niblo's Garden Honeymoon John Nickinson with Mrs. Mowat, EL Davenport           
1846 ?     New York NY Niblo's Garden Napoleon's Old Guard John Nickinson as Havresack in Boucicault's           
1847 9     New York NY Park Theatre JN leaves Mitchell's Olympic for Park Theatre Chas Walcot Sr  leave NY to tour          
1848 4 27   New York NY Burtons Theatre Love and Murder John Nickinson in John Baldwin Buckstone's           
1848 5 11 19-May New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Lavater the Physiognomist John Nickinson in James Robinson Planche's           
1848 7 25   New York NY Castle Garden Napoleon's Old Guard   JN and Charlotte      
1848 10     New York NY Olympic Theatre Who's got Macready or a Race to Boston JN sd zmsvtrsfy        
1848 12 18   New York NY Olympic Theatre Love's Telegraph JN as Baron Pumpernickel          
1848       Providence RI Providence museum Co John Nickinson and Charlotte guests of Providence Museum Co          
1849 to 1859 Toronto   improved water and rail transport leads to growth of Toronto          
1850 3 9   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Olympic closed abruptly          
1850 4 26   Troy NY Museum John and Charlotte Nickinson        
1850 5 15   New York NY Niblo's Garden Home John Nickinson as Squre Bullworthy          
1850 9 20   New York NY Italian Opera house John Nickinson Italian Opera House Astor Place  
1850 ?     New York NY Burton's Theatre John Nickinson at Burton's Theatre per Records of the NY Stage             
1851 6 17   Toronto Royal Lyceum John and Charlotte under mgt of  TP Besnard       1st night no plays specified
1851 6 18 mult  yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum School for Tigers or the Schilliing Op JN Mr. Fanelo Charlotte Tom Crop Virginia Traces          
1851 12 13   Utica NY Utica Museum Ladies Battle JN in Ladie's Battle, Don Caesar De Bazan one week          
1851 12 to 1852 March Utica NY Utica Museum John Nickinson at Utica Museum for season    
1851       Toronto Royal Lyceum New performers Virginia, John Charlotte Nickinson  
1852 3 8   Utica NY Utica Museum John Nickinson presented with silver mug by patrons   
1852 3 15 14-Apr New York NY   John Nickinson and Charlotte return to NY after 6 month sin Utica Museum then to Canada
1852 3 .   Toronto   John Nickinson goes to Toronto after Utica Museum fails, Company opens Easter Monday
1852 4 12 1 month Toronto Royal Lyceum John Nickinson agreed with TP Besnard to bring Utica Co to Toronto 
1852 4   to 1860? Toronto Royal Lyceum Charles Walcot member of Royal Lyceum Co          
1852 5 19   Toronto Royal Lyceum Lyceum season ended with benefit for Charlotte Nickinson Old Honesty Farewell Address Miss C Nickinson          
1852 5 ? check date New York NY Laura Keenes? How to pay the rent JN Last appearance in New York until 1862 
1852 8 7 Summer Quebec     JN summer season then to Utica closes 1853 Jan 1  
1852 9 3 to Dec Utica NY Utica Museum John Nickinson to Utica for winter season lease expired April 1853

Charlotte Nickinson Morrison
1832 2 16   Quebec   Charlotte Nickinson born      
1845 9   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Charlotte Nickinson joins Mitchells Olympic    
1846 6 1   New York NY Vauxhall Garden Bothered between JN performer Charlotte's NY Debut as Rose in Cousin Lambkin & Clarissa in Bothered Between Em      
1846 .    to1848 New York NY Vauxhall Garden Captain of the Regiment JN as Martelle in Captain of the Regiment      
1848 8 16 9/10 New York NY Burtons Theatre Dombey & Sons C Nickinson as Florence Dombey J Nickinson as original Dombey  by John Brougham'      
1850 10 1 to 4 New York NY Burton's Theatre Poetus Caecinna Charlottes final NY appearance in Isaac Clarke Pray's tragedy Poetus       Clarke Pray’s tragedy Poetus Cæcinna
1851 4 20   Toronto Royal Lyceum John & Charlotte Nickinson first appeared in Toronto Easter Monday      
1851 .     Providence RI Prov Museum Co Home John & Charlotte Nickinson guest star w/ Herons & later CW Couldock Kate Horn       
1851 .     Providence Rochester Montreal   JN  tours with Charlotte Providence Montreal Rochester NY      
1852 4 17   Toronto Royal Lyceum Benefit Miss Charlotte Nickinson under patronage of 1st Highland Light Infantry      
1855 1 12 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum Roll of the Drum Virginia  & Isabella in Thomas Edgerton Wilks Roll of the Drum
1856 7 23 3 nights Toronto Royal Lyceum Much Ado about Nothing with James W Wallack Sr Benedick Charlotte Nickinson Beatrice
1858 4 22   Toronto   Charlotte Nickinson married Daniel Morrison
1858 4 28   Toronto Royal Lyceum School for Scandal Charlotte Nickinson retired from the stage as Lady Teazle Nan the good for nothing
1861       Toronto George St Census  Canada East Morrisons Daniel editor 34  Charlotte 29 Isabella Nickinson 19 C Morrison 2 Robt M 1      
1864 1 20   Montreal Theatre Royal Money with Charlotte N Morrison as Clara Douglas Bulwer Lytton's then left stage
1870 4 11   Toronto   Daniel Morrison died leaving Charlotte Nickinson Morrison with 4 children      
1871     to 1872 Toronto Royal Lyceum Charlotte Nickinson actor manager Royal Lyceum      
1872 5 18   Toronto Royal Lyceum Charlotte brief season School for Scandal and Lady of Lyon London Assurance Bonnie Fishwife Naval Engagements       
1874 9   1876 Oct Toronto Grand Opera House Charlotte Nickinson manages Grand Opera House      
1874 1920       Charlotte Morrison 14 articles
1876 10 . to 1880 Dec Toronto Grand Opera House Grand Opera House sold to Alexander Manning for $45K      
1878 10     Toronto Grand Opera House Charlotte Morrison replaced by August Pitou as manager      
1910 8 1   Toronto   Charlotte Nickinson died      


Eliza Nickinson Peters

1825 4 15   England Birmingham Charles Peters born    
1834       Montreal   Eliza Nickinson born    
1850 10 ?   New York NY Niblo's Garden Charles Peters came to America Fall 1849, first engaged Niblo's     
1852 4 12   Toronto Royal Lyceum Charles Peters hired by John Nickinson    
1854 1 11 ? Toronto Royal Lyceum Wife The Eliza Nickinson as Count Florio in James Sheridan Knowles    
1854 9   Fall New York NY   Eliza Nickinson married Charles Peters moves to NY    
1854 season summary Toronto Royal Lyceum New performers Eliza Nickinson Charles Peters  
1857 9 28   New York NY Laura Keenes Siam Light Guard with Mrs Chas Peters as Dodo and Chas Peters as Knappkin    
1858 10   to 1859 march New York NY Laura Keenes Our American Cousin Charles Peters original Binney by Tom Taylor     
1865 12 8   New York NY   Napoleon's Old Guard Benefit for Charles Peters run over by a 3rd Ave car  C  Walcot $4k raised    
1865       where?   Maud Peters born to Eliza Nickinson and Charles Peters    
1870 11 2   New York NY   Charles Peters died    
1878 1 19   New York NY Park Theatre Colonel Sellers Mrs. Charles Peters in Mark Twain's Colonel Sellers     
1880 1 .   Boston MA Boston Theatre Joshua Whitcomb Fred Peters in Denman Thompson's  [program]     
1881 8 27   New York NY Standard Theatre Messenger from Jarvis Mrs Charles Peters as Nancy Bartlett in A messenger from Jarvis    
1882 6 10   Chicago IL McVickers Mrs Charles Peters as Madame Denise in William Young's The House of Musprat     
1883 10 13   New York NY 14th St Theatre Eileen Oge Mrs. Charles Peters as Mrs. O'Donnell in Edmund Falconer's Eileen Oge    
1885 8 1     Ranks Co Mrs Charles Peters Eliza Peters have signed as support for Douglass White's Co      
1886 1 16   New York NY Union Square Leah Margaret mather Fred W Peters in cast    
1886 .   1919       Fred W Peters more in Clipper
1887 8 7       Mrs Charles Peters engaged. For the We Us and Them Co     
1887 9 3   Boston MA Howard Athenaeum Mrs Charles Peters in JC Kenny's We Us & Them Co    
1887 10 15   New York NY Lyceum Theatre Camille Mrs Charles Peters in Camille    
1888 12 8   New York NY Jacobs Thalia Theatre Hazel Kirke Mrs Charles Peters as Clara a maid Steele MacKaye's in Hazel Kirke    
1889 8 17   Rockaway Long Island NY   Mrs Charles Peters and Maud Peters are at Rockaway LI.     
1891 9 12   New York NY Standard Theatre Struggle for life Mrs Charles Peters     
1893 1 14   New York NY Standard Theatre Struggle for life Mrs Charles Peters as Molly MacCae  in The Struggle for Life     
1893 7 8   New York NY New Lyceum Theatre Camille Mrs Charles Peters in Camille    
1895 1 2   New York NY   Maud Eliza Peters and Dr. Roberto Drabon married at Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Jan     
1896 1 26   New York NY 14th St Theatre Mrs Charles Peters retired from the Rory of the Hill Co.      
1896 5 16   New York NY 14th St Theatre Sunshine Paradise Alley Mrs Charles Peters as the Widow McNally in Denman Thompson Sunshine of Paradise Alley    
1897 12 25   New York NY Third Ave Theatre Sunshine of Paradise alley Mrs Charles Peters  Widow McNally     
1898 6 25   New York NY Proctor's theatre Mrs Charles Peters & Co Sunday concert    
1898 7 23 27-Aug New York NY Proctor's Pleasure Palace Mrs Charles Peters made her debut in vaudeville in the Widow Flaherty, written for her    
1898 1917       Charles Peters 45 articles including Mrs Charles Maude Peters 6 results
1900 4 12   New York NY Geo A Ryer Sunshine of Paradise alley stationery from Mrs Charles Peters referring to her brother not speaking to her  
1900 4 15   Middletown NY Casino Sunshine of Paradise alley Mrs Charles Peters  Widow McNally   
1904 4   to Dec? St Louis MO Worlds Fair Eliza N Peters in performed in play???Irish Village     
1904 11 19   New York NY Proctor's 5th Ave Mathilde Edson as Mrs. Wright on  in the Stubbornness of Geraldine    
1904 .   1913       Mathilde Deshon 10 articles 
1907 4 22   New York NY Fifth Avenue Mathilde Deshon in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle    
1909 9 6   Sacramento CA Grand Theatre come back to Erin Mrs Charles Peters    
1912       Eliza Peters appeared on stage after her 79th birthday per Clipper obit  
1917 5 30   Morsemere NJ   Eliza Nickinson Peters died survived by Fred W Peters and Mathilde Deshon    
1919 2 26   New York NY Bijou Theatre One Sleepless Night with Fred W Peters as Rev Henry Townsend "new bedroom play has one good act"    
1931       where?   Maud Peters died    

Isabella Nickinson Walcot
1844 7 1   Boston MA   Charles Melton Walcot Jr born      
1847 10 7   New York NY   Isabella Nickinson born      
1848 2 24 10 perfs New York NY Mitchell's Olympic King of the Peacocks Isabella in   1st NY Performance
1849 9 10   New York NY   Brittania & Hibernia with Eliza John Jr Isabella Nickinson      
1855 season summary Toronto Royal Lyceum New performers Isabella Nickinson    
1856     1922       Charles Walcot 192 articles
1857 6   ? Toronto Royal Lyceum Isabella as Maria in Twelfth night and a squaw a page or a peasant as needed      
1858 1 11   Toronto Royal Lyceum Wife The with Isabella Nickinson's last Toronto appearance as Florabella in Knowles'       
1858 2   ? New York NY   Isabella and Mary Ann Nickinson go to New York      
1858 6     New York NY Laura Keenes Napoleon's Old Guard Isabella Nickinson 1st appeared at Laura Keens as Melanie      
1861 1     Toronto   Isabella Nickinson in census at Charlotte and Daniel Morrisons      
1862 9 2   New York NY Laura Keenes Old Heads and Young Hearts Isabella Nickinson Chas Peters Owen Marlowe      
1862 9 6   Troy NY Adelphi Theatre JN and Isabella in Troy for a limited time       
1862 9 9   New York NY Laura Keenes Laura Keenes stock Co Owen Marlowe Isabella Nickinson JH Stoddart Stuart Robson MM Chas Peters      
1862 9 26   New York NY Laura Keenes School for Scandal Isabella Nickinson Maria Owen Marlowe Carless JH & MRS Stoddart      
1862 ? .   New York NY Laura Keenes Fair one with the golden locks Isabella Nickinson as Papil in JR Planche's       
1862 ?   to 1863 New York NY Laura Keenes Isabella Nickinson,  Chas Walcot leading man, Charles Peters Mr. and Mrs. Owen Marlowe at Laura Keene's      
1863 3 23   New York NY Laura Keenes Jessy McLane Isabella Nickinson as Mrs Gimp      
1863 4 6   New York NY Laura Keenes Bantry Bay .Isabella Nickinson in Bantry Bay or Ireland in 1798 as Penny Durgan with Chas Peters      
1863 4 13   New York NY Laura Keenes Rivals Peg Woffington Isabella Nickinson as Mabel Vane in Peg Woffington Julia Melville The Rivals       
1863 4   16-Jan New York NY Laura Keenes Rivals Isabella Nickinson as Julia      
1863 5 4   New York NY Laura Keenes Tib or our cat in crinoline Isabella Nickinson burlesque      
1863 5 31   New York NY   Isabella Nickinson married Charles M Walcot Jr      
1863 10 8   New York NY Mrs J Woods Olympic Isabella and Charles Walcot at Mrs. J Woods Olympic Theatre      
1863 11 25 1862? New York NY Laura Keenes Blondette The Naughty Prince  Isabella Nickinson in as Una      
1864 11 16 to Mar 65 New York NY Old Winter Garden Hamlet Isabella Walcot plays Ophelia to Edwin Booth's Hamlet by Shakespeare   100 night run      
1864 11 25   New York NY Winter Garden Julius Caesar Walcots play Cassius & Calphurnia with Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr & John Wilkes Booth      
1864 12 8   New York NY Acad Music School for Scandal Isabella Walcot as Maria      
1867 3     New York NY Winter Garden Winter Garden burns so Walcots move to Walnut st Theatre Philadelphia      
1867 4 ? to 1879 Philadelphia PA Walnut St Theatre Charles  Walcot stage mgr Isabella Walcot stage company member       
1867 4 ?   Philadelphia PA Walnut St Theatre Walcots at Walnut st theatre with C Cushman, Fechter, Chanfrau, EL Davenport, Januschek, Clara Morris      
1867 4   ? Philadelphia PA   Nicholas Nickleby Isabella Walcot as Smike C Walcot Jr as John Brodie in Boucicault's       
1870 1912       Charles Walcot 36 articles
1871 6 8   New York NY Acad Music Colleen Bawn Owen Marlowe as Kyrle Daly      
1871 6 26   New York NY   Pretty piece of business Mr. Mrs Chas Walcot benefit for Owen Marlowe      
1874 10 27   New York NY Grand Opera House Flash of Lightning Mrs CM Walcot as Bessie       Augustin Daly?       
1879 2 16   Philadelphia PA Arch St Theatre Rivals Isabella Walcot Lydia to Mrs. Drew's Mrs. Malaprop - first old women's part she played      
1879 ?     Chicago IL McVickers Walcots to McVickers  Chicago Rivals,  then toured in Banker's daughter, Divorcons, Esmerelda, & supported Barrett, Jos Jefferson & Rose Coghlan         
1880 6 1   Rhinebeck NY Duchess County   Charles and Isabella Walcot      census
1881 8 15   New York NY Madison Sq Theatre Bankers Daughter Isabella Mrs and Mrs CM Walcot in Bronson Howard's Cazauran adapted      
1884 ?   to 1885 New York NY Madison Sq Theatre Charles Walcot member Madison Square Theatre Co      
1885 8 3   New York NY Madison Sq Theatre Willow Copse Isabella as Meg Chas Walcot as Dick Hulks in  Boucicault's       
1887 11   to 1899 New York NY Lyceum Theatre Walcots to Daniel Frohman's company  Lyceum Theatre New York The Wife      
1889 11 19   New York NY Lyceum Theatre Charity Ball Mrs Walcot Camilla de Peyster Mrs Whiggen Mrs Van Buren      
1892 ?     Wash DC National Theatre Rivals Rip an Winkle Isabella Walcot in Rip Van Winkle and The Rivals with Joseph Jefferson       
1894 12 29   New York NY Lyceum Theatre Case of the Rebellious Susan Isabella Walcot in Case of the Rebellious Susan by HA Jones      
1895 3 .   New York NY Lyceum Theatre Ideal Husband Isabella Walcot as Lady Markby in Oscar Wilde's Ideal Husband  March Chicago July SF Aug LA      
1898 8 .   New York NY Acad Music Charles Walcot in Cecil Hicks Seymour Raleigh's Sporting Life       
1899 ?   to 1901 New York NY Dalys Walcots in Daly's company      
1900 2 5   New York NY Dalys Ambassador Chas Walcot Maj Hugo Lascelles   Mrs Chas Lady Basler       
1900 3 20   New York NY Dalys Interrupted Honeymoon Mrs Chas Walcot Rachel Gordon      
1900 11 27   New York NY Dalys Maneuvres of Jane Mrs Chas Walcot Mrs Beachinoor Chas Walcot Jervis Punshon      
1901 12 21   New York NY Dalys Lady Huntworth's Experiment Mrs Chas Walcot Hannah Pillenger by KC Carton      
1906 6     New York NY   Isabella Walcot died      
1921 1 1   New York NY   Charles Melton Walcot Jr widower of Isabella N Walcot died      

Virginia Nickinson Marlowe

1830 8 1   England Sussex Owen Marlowe born         
1837       Albany NY   Virginia Nickinson born        
1852 5 8 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum All that glitters is not gold JN  Stephen Plum Va Nick Martha Gibbs        
1853 10 .   Utica NY Utica Museum Faint Heart never won fair lady Virginia Nickinson debut as King Charles in Planche's         
1855 9 . brief New York NY Barnum's Museum Owen Marlowe first on stage as Lamp in Wild Oats         
1856 11 28 mult yrs Toronto Royal Lyceum My Young wife and My Old Umbrella Virginia Nickinson Dinah        
1856       Toronto Buffalo Owen Marlowe visited Buffalo and Toronto        
1857 10 .   Niagara Falls Virginia Nickinson married Owen Marlowe        
1858 7 1   Toronto Royal Lyceum Marlowes back in Toronto after tour of southern states  remained for several years        
1859 8 6   Toronto Royal Lyceum Farewell benefit Owen Marlowe        
1861 9 16 to Dec late New York NY Laura Keenes Seven Sons Owen Marlowe Fred Flutter  Mrs Marlowe Sulfurus        
1861 12 27   New York NY Laura Keenes Dickens Christmas with Peters Marlowe      
1862 2 10 New York NY Laura Keenes Our American Cousin Owen Marlowe Sir Edw Trenchard Mrs Marlowe Sharpe      
1862 5 16   New York NY Laura Keenes Sea of Ice Owen Marlowe Geo de Lavel Mrs Marlowe Countess de Theringe  Chas Peters        
1863 9   to 1867 Philadelphia PA Arch St Theatre Owen Marlowe in Mrs. John Drew's company Sir Lucius O Trigger in Sheridan's The Rivals        
1863 10 20   New York NY Laura Keenes No rest for the wicked Owen Marlowe Castelle Chas Peters JH Stoddart        
1863     1911       Virginia Marlowe Owen Marlowe  including Mrs Owen  150 plus
1865 8 11   Philadelphia PA Chestnut St Theatre Arragh Na Pogue by Boucicault Owen Marlowe        
1866 5 ,   Philadelphia PA Arch St Theatre Virginia's last stage appearance Gatanella in Who killed Cock Robin?        
1868 2 25   New York NY Mitchell's Olympic Fanchon Maggie Mitchell Owen Marlowe as Didier        
1868 8   2 seasons San Francisco CA California Theatre Owen Marlowe John McCullough manager        
1869 3 15   New York NY Wallacks Theatre School for Scandal Owen Marlowe Sir Benj also J Wallack JH Stoddart EM Holland        
1869 5 3   New York NY Wallacks Theatre Caste Owen Marlowe Captain Hawtree         
1870 1 28 to Apr 6 New York NY Wallacks Theatre Lost at Sea Owen Marlowe Lord Alfred Colebrooke bu Boucicault and Byron        
1870 6 1   New York NY census Owen Marlowe Va Marlowe Jesse 8 Virginia 5 Ethel 2        
1870 11 28   New York NY Sllemania Hall Owen Marlowe readings just returned from California        
1871 1 25   New York NY 14th St Theatre Lady of Lyon Owen Marlowe Glavia     benefit for George Holland
1871 4 15 ? New York NY Laura Keenes Rivals Owen Marlowe Sir Anthony Absolute         
1871 6 26   San Francisco CA California Theatre Owen Marlowe joining company from the East        
1871 10 13   San Francisco CA California Theatre Hunchback Owen Marlowe Mr. Modus        
1872 1 27   San Francisco CA Platts Hall California theatre co Benefit Ernst & Roussey families comedy with Mrs Owen Marlowe 1st appearance SF Miss Nickinson?        
1872 2 19   San Francisco CA California Theatre Memorial benefit Mrs Sedley Smith with Mr. Mrs Owen Marlowe        
1872 5 11   San Francisco CA California Theatre As you like it Mrs Owen Marlowe as Celia        
1872 5 13   San Francisco CA California Theatre Masks & Faces Peg Woffington Owen Marlowe Sir Charles Pomander        
1872 9 25   San Francisco CA Bohemian Club Platt's Hall Diamond Dividends Owen Marlowe & other members Bohemian Club        
1872 9     San Francisco CA California Theatre New Company John Torrence Owen Marlowe :"heavy swells and light comedy:        
1873 7 17   San Francisco CA California Theatre Owen Marlowe benefit presented him with a gold Jurgensen watch and rosewood cane from Bohemian Club        
1873 7 19   San Francisco CA   Owen Marlowe goes east via Panama by steamer        
1873 7 23   San Francisco CA   Owen Marlowe late residence furniture Auction 10 John St        
1873 9 4   Brooklyn NY New Park Theatre Owen Marlowe in London Assurance        
1874 5 4 to May 9 New York NY Lyceum? School for Scandal Owen Marlowe Sir Benjamin        
1874 12     England   Owen Marlowe visited family in England after 20 years then retired to Sing Sing NY        
1875 8 26   New York NY Acad Music Around the world in 80 days Owen Marlowe as Phineas Fogg last NY appearance 9/11/75        
1876 3 ?   Chelsea MA Acad Music Our Boys Owen Marlowe Talbot Champneys last stage appearance        
1876 3     Toronto Grand Opera House Octoroon Virginia Marlowe as the boy Paul in Boucicault's         
1876 4 29   Toronto Grand Opera House King John Virginia Marlowe as the boy Arthur in Shakespeare's         
1876 5 19   Boston MA   Owen Marlowe died  Mass General Hospital leaving widow and children in Toronto        
1880 8 9   Chicago IL McVickers All the Rage with Mrs Owen Marlowe as Mrs Dr Goodwin      
1884 12 29 to Jan 7 New York NY Haverley's theatre Jersey man Mrs Owen Marlowe Tabitha Mayberry        
1887 1 10 to Jun 4 New York NY 14th St Theatre Old Homestead Mrs Owen Marlowe Mrs Murdoch Annie Hopkins Denman Thompson Josh Whitcomb      
1889 6 .   Boston MA   Virginia Marlowe   photo    
1889 10 19   New york NY Procter's 23rd St Theatre Greater Metropolis Mrs Owen Marlowe Opio and CW Couldock        
1892 ?     New York NY Lyceum Theatre Va Marlowe Mrs Hodnut Isabella Walcot as Miss Brent in Arthur Wing Pinero's Lady Bountiful        
1892       New York NY   Va Marlowe as Mrs Cameron I Walcot as Mrs JR DeRuyter in Elisabeth Marbury's Merry Gotham         
1898 11 16   New York NY Knickerbocker theatre Ethel Marlowe, daughter of Virginia N Marlowe died suddenly performing in Hall Caine's The Christian          
1899 3 7   New York NY   Virginia Nickinson Marlowe died       no surviving children?

John Nickinson Jr.
1843       New York NY   John Nickinson Jr born        
1861 1 14   Quebec   John Nickinson Jr in Quebec        
1870 4   to Nov New York NY   John Nickinson Jr theatrical publishing        
1870     to 1871 New York NY   JN Jr Mercantile Library Association Board of Directors        
1874 4 30 1881? New York NY   John Nickinson Jr enters Custom Service        
1886       New York NY   John Nickinson Jr living at 221 E 21st St clerk        
1916 2 14   New York NY   John Nickinson Jr died   worked many years clerk grocery div Appraisers stores dau Toronto

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