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MY GENEALOGY RESEARCH - BILLIE JO NICHOLS BENNETT
James Wilson Nichols
James Marion Nichols
Andrew Colvin Nichols
|Oscar Bryan "Bo" Nichols||Billie Jo & Clara Sue Nichols|
Oscar & Billie Nichols
Contact Email: Billie Nichols Bennett
NICHOLS FAMILY REUNION - Waco, TX
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about this family line... so much is wrong! Verify before
using it or any data taken from the internet.
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records of those that submit here.
BILLIE NICHOLS BENNETT
DNA Testing - NICHOLS and variant spelling
SIMON SAMUEL NICHOLS LINE...
born in LA, lived in MS
has been processed on a Nichols male in an attempt to confirm or rule out
Nichols families in Texas, but it was found that our Nichols line had a
direct connection to a Nichols line that had the earliest name as Simon
Samuel Nichols born in Louisiana who moved his family into Mississippi.
LINK TO: MS
of either line has information connecting these two lines of Nichols
families, please contact me.
Keep in mind this had been researched
partially by me & by others research so use it as a tool, not proven
all documentation has been verified.
ATTENTION MARSHALL RESEARCHERS!
daughter of William R. Marshall & Melinda Woods married James Marion
Nichols, son of James Wilson Nichols. Another researcher has
her parents listed on Ancestry as James Marshall & Mary F. Moore
which is incorrect. The Mary Marshall of James Marshall
married Geo. M. Humberson. BNB
Allied Family Surname Histories
Baker Billings Bishop Callahan Crouch
Day Duderstadt Fessenden
Kidd McDonald Nowell Rector Reich Sowell Turner Winters
family listed above in the Allied Family Surname Histories married in to
the WINTERS family.
That CROUCH or WINTERS link will take you to the James Washington
Winters, Sr. family page; his daughter Sarah Druscilla Winters married
Additional links from there go to information
1. Clare Green; biography was written by
Wrinkle, additional information on the family
If you have obituaries of your ancestors... or of
current day Nichols's of these families... please send them to me to be
included on this website so that others researching these line will have
the benefit of this information.
James Francis WALKER, Sr. - Family Bible
Robert Milam Johnson & Malinda Ann "Polly" Nichols - Family Bible
Family Photo Pages
BRYSON Photo Pages
Cemetery Records and Photographs
Barbee Cemetery, Erath Co., TX
Barton Cemetery, Hays Co., TX
Brushy Cemetery, Buffalo, Leon Co., TX
Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe, Maricopa Co., AZ
Live Oak Cemetery, Manchaca, Travis Co., TX
Nichols & Kelley headstones
Nichols Cemetery, Ingram, Kerr Co., TX
Twin Butte Cemetery, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ
Woodland Cemetery, Kirvin, Freestone Co., TX
The San Marcos Primitive Baptist Church
was constituted April 30, 1853 by
Elders George Daniell and R.W. Ellis in the home of Elder Daniels. At this meeting Elder Daniels presented a letter and joined them, and accepted the call, or care, as pastor of the organized church and served them until 1862.
Elder George Daniell was the father of Mary Ann Daniell. Mary Ann Daniell was the wife of James Wilson Nichols. These are two images of the booklet printed in 1953 on the one-hundredth anniversary of the church.
James Wilson Nichols, b. Dec. 27, 1820 Franklin Co., TN;
s/o George Washington Nichols & Mary Walker; h/o Mary Ann "Polly" Daniell
ITEMS GLEANED FROM MEXICAN WAR PENSION RECORD OF MARY ANN
Mary Ann’s Application No. 10392, Certificate No. 7929
James Wilson’s Application No. 3853, Certificate No. 2575
James Wilson’s military unit: McCullouch’s Texas Mounted
He enlisted 2 OCT 1846 at San Marcos
He was discharged 21 OCT 1847. At Austin
Mary Ann was born 23 JUL 1825.
James Wilson died 7 OCT 1891.
James Wilson’s military rank was Corporal.
Mary Ann resided at Kerrville, Kerr Co. TX temporarily at
time of application
James Wilson was in the Battle of Monterrey
James Wilson lived in Hays and Blanco Counties after his
James Wilson was 5’10” tall, dark complected, grey eyes at
the time of enlistment
Officers and men of his company: Capt. McCulloch, Lt. C.C.
Pendley, Sergeants: Riggins and Holt; Privates: James M.
Day, Sol Nichols, Asa Sowell, Harden Turner, John D. Pickens
James Wilson resided at Johnson City, Blanco County, TX as
of 17 JUL 1886.
James Wilson died at Kerrville, Kerr county: 1) His
wife resided at Kerrville at the time of her pension
application and 2) J.M. Hankins, who lived at Kerrville,
says he had known Nichols all of his life and had seen him
after his death.
1876 showing location Jim Nichols was living.
1876 Appoints M.D. Miller "true & lawful attorney"
REPUBLIC of TEXAS - Debt Claim Certificate; claim for service in the WOLL Campaign 1842. NOTE: his father, George Washington Nichols was killed in this campaign.
Service on the Woll Campaign
George W. Nichols, (George Washington Nichols) b. June 12, 1851 Bexar Co., TX
s/o William Rowland Nichols, Sr. & Miranda Jayne Harrison; h/o Mary Catherine Corbell
Milford Wilson "Mitt" Nichols: s/o Alexander Green Nichols & Caroline Jane "Margaret" Day; b. 1876, d. 1963. Enlistment, Oath of Service, and Description-Ranger Force
STORIES, BOOKS, ARTICLES, ETC.
Families & Allied Families
"Adventures of an Old Texas Ranger"
Author: James Wilson Nichols
Information from the original Journal Pages in Public Domain
when purchased by the DRT Library - source: DRT Library
This Journal was published by the University of Texas Press -
the book is not in the Public Domain - published as:
NOW YOU HEAR MY HORN - Journal of James Wilson Nichols
Anything placed here will be from the original
manuscript under the title "Adventures Of An Old Texas Ranger"
James Wilson Nichols wrote a journal about the events of his life, and in his later years he took that journal and wrote a book that he titled "Adventures of an Old Texas Ranger". The first two chapters were printed in a early publication
(Frontier Times) before his death in 1891. At his death, no Will was left by Jim Nichols. No family member was designated as having copyright through inheritance, leaving James Wilson Nichols as the holder of the copyright on his original manuscript.
After the deaths of Jim and Mary Ann Nichols, his book was in the possession of their grandson, Hugh Allen Nichols and wife, Flora Chamberlain. Unfortunately it was loaned out to others
who wrote books with some of the information included, resulting in portions of the book never being returned. In later years Flora Nichols allowed her grandchildren to read the remaining pages of the book. It was their curiosity and interest in the book that resulted in Sylvia Peters taking the journal pages to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library in the belief that James Wilson Nichols was a defender of the Alamo. His writings prove that he was not in Texas until December 16, 1836 ... after the fall of the Alamo.
Sylvia Peters sold the handwritten manuscript of his book and the buyer donated it to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.
At the time the DRT Library obtained the manuscript it was so old it was
already in the public domain. Ultimately the pages were edited by Catherine McDowell
(Mrs. McDowell worked at the DRT Library at the time) and it was published by the University of Texas Press as "Now You Hear My Horn - Journal of James Wilson Nichols". I have reviewed the original pages and the editing of the McDowell work, finding some minor word phrasing not as written by James Nichols, but this is probably due to the difficulty in reading such an old manuscript in poor condition.
Some of Jim Nichols's original book was not published due to Ms. McDowell's opinion the material would be controversial. Some of the chapters not published were short biographies of early Texas men of that era with whom Jim Nichols was personally acquainted. It is unfortunate that some of his accounts of some of these men were not included as it presents a first hand account of such historical events.
The original pages of the
manuscript is in public domain, but the book format is copyrighted by
the DRT Library and they receive the royalties from the sale of the book
"Now You Hear My Horn".
Later I will include some of the stories
Jim Nichols wrote concerning his life in Arkansas and his years involved in the making of Texas history from 1836 until his death in 1891.
TEXAS MONTHLY-1891 (cont. - TEXAS MONTHLY story)
Wounding of MILFORD DAY
James Milford Day was a brother-in-law to Jim Nichols. He married Martha Hannah Nichols, May 2, 1838 in Gonzales Co., Texas
Capt. James H. Callahan
Written by James Wilson Nichols, it contains a short biography of Capt. James Callahan's move to Texas in 1836, his last service in the Texas Rangers as well as the incident that resulted in his death.
T.J. "Tim" CUDE
Link to: Tim Cude's story
of his return from the Civil War
Link submitted by: Greg Stewart
Tim Cude's story about his service in the
Civil War and his return to Texas
Tim Cude was the son of:
William A. "Billy" Cude, Jr., b. 1801 Granger
Co., TN; d. 1847 Montgomery Co., TX
Lydia Ellen "Lillie" Winters, b. 1822 Giles
Co., TN; d. 1901 Live Oak Co., TX
A PRODIGAL SOLDIER'S RETURN
From book entitled: True Tales of the South at War
Collected and Edited by Clarence Poe
"No picture of the war could be complete unless it included the
father and mother of the son in uniform - often waiting, waiting
for a too-long-delayed return. Sometimes the soldier had never
learned to write and so depended on some oral message, possibly
lost in transmission. At any rate not a few soldier's far from
home returned months after - and in some cases a year or so
after the war - with no advance word to wife or parents. With
charm and authenticity Dr. J. Frank Dobie of the University of
Texas here revealed what war meant to one such waiting couple in
pioneer Texas cattle country - a true story sent for special
inclusion in this volume."
Visit other Nichols & Allied Families Websites
Donald Ottinger's Website
Surnames: Ottinger, McDoniel, Nichols, & their allied families
Donald has pictures from an old Nichols Photo Album on his website. Don't miss looking to see if you can help identify those that have not been identified.
Claire Ortiz Hill's Website
Claire has her Nichols connection on this website. Her line is: Solomon Grundy Nichols b.1813 TN> Milford Riley Nichols> Milford Lee Nichols> Lorena Geneva Nichols> Milford Lee Hill
Joan Coffey's Website
Malinda Nichols b.1873, dau. of James Marion Nichols (son of James Wilson Nichols) and Mary Marshall, married Robert Milam Johnson. Joan has records of: Johnson, Coffee, Dobbs, Byrds, Spence, Orange, Tune & Jones families with many pictures.
George W. Nichols married the widow Rachel Sarah Carpenter-Sowell (ended in divorce); Elizabeth Nichols b.1840 married John Newton Sowell, Jr.; Milford Riley "Mitt" Nichols b.1876 married Isabel Graham Sowell.
Milford Riley Nichols & Isabel Graham Sowell
Family in Garza Co., TX
Nichols, Daniell, Lester, Hill, Blake
DNA Testing - NICHOLS and variant spelling
If you are a Nichols male from this line... please consider DNA testing. Some of us believe this Nichols line to be directly linked with another Nichols line in the same area in Texas with same given names. Go to the above link for information on the testing and results of other tests. We have exhausted the records searches, now this will be the only way to connect the two lines.
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