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Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson

F, #3473, b. 31 March 1921, d. 9 June 2022
Last Edited: 30 Aug 2023
Phyllis P Nicolson aged about 5 in about 1927, Scotland


Father*: Forester C Nicolson iron turner b. 31 Jan 1899, d. 11 Apr 1981
Mother*: Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder b. 18 Nov 1898, d. 19 Apr 1974
2nd cousin 1 time removed of Patricia Catherine Adamson
  • Birth*: Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson was born on 31 March 1921 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, .1
  • She was the daughter of Forester C Nicolson iron turner and Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder.
  • Marriage*: Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson married Howard Gordon Keller on Sunday, 25 October 1942.2
  • (Deceased) Death*: Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson died on 9 June 2022 at Tampa, Florida, USA, , at age 101.3
  • Obituary: The obituary of Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson was was published on 15 June 2022 at Tampa, Florida, United States, . Phyllis KELLER Obituary

    KELLER, Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson 101, of Tampa, FL was born March 31, 1921 in Dundee, Scotland to Forrester and Sophia (Innes) Nicolson. Phyllis immigrated in 1928 at age six and lived in Collingdale, PA and Wellesley, MA. She graduated from Wellesley High School in 1939 and Lasell College with an associates degree in 1941. She married Lt. Howard G. Keller on Oct. 25, 1942. Howard served in WWII. Phyllis loved gardening, reading, sewing, line dancing, exercise classes, puppets and bell ringing with her church. She was involved with the Clan MacNicol Society. Phyllis and Howard were married for 46 years until he died in 1989. She lived in her own home until she was 98 years old and then moved to an ALF. She was diagnosed with cancer in January 2022 and died on June 9, 2022. She is survived by Cindy (Cliff) Olstrom, Joyce Keller, Doug Keller and Scott Keller; her grandson, Bryan (Dana) Boliard and great-grandson, Brett (Kate) Boliard; her brother, Forrester "Nicky" (Judy) Nicolson. She will be buried next to Howard and their infant son Gordon in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, New York. Memorial services will be held at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. San Jose St., Tampa, FL on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 2 pm. Donations can be made to Metropolitan Ministries, the Salvation Army or your choice.
    Published by Tampa Bay Times on Jun. 15, 2022.
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    Our condolences to you and your family on the home-going of your Mom. Even though we did not know her personally except through you, she was a special person and loved by her family and will be missed. She had a wonderful and full life. May your memories help you during your time of mourning.
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    May all your beautiful and precious memories of Phyllis fill your hearts with love, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time.
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  • Photograph*: Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson is in this photograph taken circa 1923 at Dundee, Scotland, .4
    Phyllis P Nicolson aged about 2 in about 1923, Scotland
  • (Witness) Photograph: She is in this photograph taken circa 1927 at Dundee, Scotland, , along with Forester C Nicolson iron turner, Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder.4
    Sohpia Innes, Phyllis P, and Forester C Nicolson in about 1927, Scotland
  • (Witness) Passenger List: Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson was mentioned on a passenger list with Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder on the on 9 January 1928 at New York, USA, . Name: Sophia Nelson Morrison Nicolsen Arrival Date: 9 Jan 1928 Birth Year: abt 1900 Birth Location: Scotland Birth Location Other: Dundee, Scotland Age: 28 Gender: Female Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Scottish (Scotish) Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Caledonia Search Ship Database: Search the Caledonia in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database.5
  • (Immigrant) Immigration: Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder and Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson immigrated on 9 January 1928 to New York, New York, USA, ; List or manifest of Alien passengers for the Unites States Immigration Officer at port of arrival; SS Caledonia, passengers sailing from Glasgow, 31st December 1927, arriving at port of New York, 9th January 1928, line 19; Nicolson, Sophia Nelson Morrison, age 28 years, female, married, occupation h'wife, able to read, language English, able to write, nationality British, race Scottish, place of birth Scotland, Dundee, immigration visa no 7516 issued at Glasgow 8/11/27, last permanent residence Scotland Dundee, nearest relative/friend in county from whence alien came - mother, Mrs Sophie Morrison, 7 McGill St, Dundee, final destination PA Collingdale, whether having a ticket to such final destination - yes, paid for passage - husband, in possession of $50, before in United States - no, whether going to join a relative or friend - husband Forrester Nicolson, 88 Chester Pike, Collingdale, PA, col 24a (descptn?) - no, length of time intends to stay - perm, whether intends to become a citizen of United States - yes, col 25 (descptn?) - no, polygamist - no, anarchist - no, col 28 (descptn?) - no, col 29 (descptn?) - no, previously here and departed within one year - no, good condition of health, no deformity, height 5'3 1/2", complexion fair, hair brown, eyes blue, no marks of identification; line 20, Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson, all same, except aged 6, immigration no 7517, ticket paid by father, complexion fair, hair fair, eyes grey blue.6
  • Married Name: As of say 1946, her married name was Keller.
  • (Witness) Photograph: She is in this photograph taken in 1947 along with Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder, Forester C Nicolson iron turner.7
    L-R Nick (Forester I) Nicolson, Phyllis Nicolson Keller, Cindy Keller, Forester C Nicolson, Sophia Innes Nicolson
  • Photograph*: Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder and Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson are in this photograph taken say July 1972.7
    L-R Sophia Innes Nicolson, Cindy Keller, Donald Duck, Phyllis Nicolson Keller
  • (Spouse) Death: Her spouse Howard Gordon Keller died on 3 January 1989 at Florida, USA, .9
  • Photograph: Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson is in this photograph taken say 2018.7

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Witness29 April 1930Phyllis Pitkethly Nicolson appeared on the census of 29 April 1930 in the household of Forester C Nicolson iron turner and Sophia Nelson Morrison Innes jute winder at 6a Norfolk Terrace, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA, ; Nicolson, Forrester C, head, rented property, rent $17.50, radio set = y, not living on a farm, white, 31, married, aged 20 when married, has not attended school or college since Sept 3rd 1929, able to read & write, born Scotland, parents born Scotland, English language spoken in the home before coming to the US, immigration to US in 1926, occupation janitor at apartment house, class of worker = w, actually at work yesterday = yes, veteran of US military or naval forces = no; Nicolson, Sophie I, wife - H, f, white, 31, mar, 20 at marriage, Scotland, Scotland, Scotland, English, immigrated 1928, able to read & write, no occupation.10,11


Howard Gordon Keller b. 18 Nov 1915, d. 3 Jan 1989


Howard Gordon Keller12 b. 15 Jul 1949, d. 17 Oct 1949


  1. [S67] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com) https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/240551496/phyllis-pitkethly-keller [Jun 2022].
  2. [S32] Newspaper Article, https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/tampabaytimes/name/phyllis-keller-obituary?id=35240624 [Jun 2022].
  3. [S6] From CKO [June 2022].
  4. [S43] CO [Aug 2018].
  5. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Year: 1928; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: T715_4195; Line: 19; Page Number: 27.
    Source Information:
    Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
    [Nov 2010]
  6. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) ancestry.co.uk New York passenger Lists 1820-1957 [Feb 2008].
  7. [S40] CO via email [May 2018].
  8. CO via email [May 2018]
  9. [S56] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index), United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries [Sep 2018].
  10. [S40] From WT [May 2007].
  11. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) ancestry.co.uk [Feb 2008].
  12. [S40] CO [Sep 2018].