had ten children one of whom Asahel fell at the battle of Bunker Hill
. ‘On the morning when Captain Wyman
and his men left Keene
, Asahel came into town from his home on the Sullivan Hills
where he was clearing land and getting ready to settle with one whom he hoped soon to marry.
He saw the military movement and was fired with that spirit of military and patriotic fervor which has been such a characteristic of the Nims family.
One fellow who had enlisted did not have the courage to start.
Asahel consented to take that fellow's place and lost his life in his first battle.
He was buried on the battlefield and his name is recorded on one of the gates of Bunker Hill Park
Zadok, another son and the grandfather of Col. Ormand Nims
fought at Lake Champlain
, and it is a tradition concerning him that at this time he became so exhausted that his commander and comrades believed him dead.
They were preparing his body for burial, when to their delighted surprise he came to his senses and afterward fully recovered.
Col. Ormand F. Nims
was born in Sullivan, N. H.
, August 30, 1819, his father, Philander Nims
, being a farmer in that vicinity and his mother, the daughter of Col. Solomon White
of Uxbridge, Mass.
served seven years in the War
for Independence and later commanded a Massachusetts regiment at the head of which he marched to Worcester
at the time of Shay
An uncle, Frederick Nims
, served during the War
of 1812 performing creditable military service.
was twenty-three years old when he left the farm in Sullivan
and came to Boston
, where in 1854 he bought a drug store on Cambridge Street and set up in business for himself.
His first taste of a military career had been when, a boy of fifteen, he had joined the Sullivan Militia
commanded by his brother.
In 1853 he with his two brothers joined the Lancers and this branch of the militia of