A Memorial to the Memory of Amanda Nichols Burritt by her Youngest Daughter Mrs Lillian Burritt Brock: Amanda Nichols was a granddaughter of Capt Edward Dimrnick who moved from Connecticut to Susquehanna Co Pa in 1808. Her mother Eunice Dimmick married before she was sixteen Eli Nichols whose early death left her a widow in her twenties. Amanda and her brother Ira Nichols were the only surviving children of that early marriage. Amanda finished her education in Harford Seminary and taught school until her marriage with Samuel Burritt. She became the mother of eight children all of whom grew up and all survived her except the two oldest sons Colonel Loren and Capt Ira Nichols Burritt whose wounds in the Civil War ultimately resulted in their death. Her life was spent on a farm in Herrick township. In those days farm life had not been made easier by machinery or new methods. It meant constant toil for the farmer and his wife and children. But that hard work never broke the spirits or interferred with church or neighborhood activities in the Burritt home. It was always a center. Ministers and distinguished visitors to the community were always entertained there. The combination of being religiously strict and socially delighted was happily solved. Faithful and active Presbyterians. No church duty was neglected no neighbor ever called for assistance in vain. Intelligent interest in public affairs was a feature of that family and community. They were Abolitionists of course and the outbreak of the Civil War found the two oldest sons in the volunteer army. In 1863 while both sons were in the field. Samuel Burritt died after a few days illness. The news of his death reached the sons just before they went into the battle of Gettysburg. In those dark days the mother leaning on the Hand that never failed her took up the life alone. She lived thirty one years a widow rearing three children who were under twelve at the death of their father making a home not only comfortable but refined and attractive, assisting to care for grand children for the sons who later became invalided. Always useful industrious pious her character shone in the darkest places with a serene golden glow. Her excellent judgment and true common sense made her a tower of strength to her family and a valued counselor for her friends (The family of Blackleach Burritt Jr. )